Good Denver BBQ: Yazoo Barbeque Company

2014 June 16
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by David Schlichter

Yazoo BBQ

As a western city in a state with deep ranching and mining roots, it would make sense that Denver would be a great barbeque city.  And yet, sometimes the way things should be aren’t always the way things actually are...  More than once I’ve found myself wishing there were a few more Good BBQ options here in Denver.

Thankfully, Yazoo Barbeque Company bucks the trend.  The food hits the spot, the serving sizes are generous, and the prices are reasonable.  Yazoo has been in business in Five Points for 14 years, and it recently expanded and redesigned its space at 21st and Broadway to include a large seating area and a rooftop bar/patio.  The service is quick, and the central location is easy to get to from any part of the city.

Far too many times, I’ve left a Denver barbeque restaurant feeling frustrated with mediocre food.  Walking out of Yazoo, I felt happy to have eaten a delicious meal at a reasonable price…and, of course, I felt quite full.  That’s the way you should feel after eating Good BBQ, and that’s the reason I’ll be heading back to Yazoo the next time I want a Good Denver BBQ meal!

Yazoo Barbeque Company is located at 2150 Broadway.

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John Butler Trio Returns to Red Rocks

2014 June 6
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by David Schlichter

The John Butler Trio is returning to Red Rocks tonight for a sold out show.  With Butler’s incredible guitar skills, the immense beauty of Red Rocks, and JBT’s loyal fan base here in Colorado, these always end up being quite legendary performances.  If you don’t have a ticket, it would be worth making the trek out to Red Rocks to see if you can get one in the parking lot!

See you on the rocks, rain or shine…

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Ice Cream Riot: Denver’s Newest Ice Cream (and Water Ice) Shop

2014 May 21
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by David Schlichter

Ice Cream Riot The Good Life Denver

Denver is a fantastic ice cream city.  If you read this blog regularly, you know that I love local ice cream shops such as Little Man, Sweet Action, and Lik’s, and my ears always perk up when I hear about a new ice cream shop opening up.  Accordingly, my ears perked when Denver’s newest ice cream shop, Ice Cream Riot, opened three weeks ago in Capitol Hill on Colfax near Lafayette, just down the street from Voodoo Doughnut.

When I was there last night, the owner, Jim, was the only person on site.  Let’s get this man an assistant!  During the few minutes I was there, he had to run to the back several times as timers went off indicating ice cream and water ice were ready.  Though he was running all over the place, he still managed to serve me up with some delicious ice cream.

Some of the ice cream flavors available were Reese’s Puffs, Cocoa Puff’s, English toffee, strawberry cheesecake, Nutella, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Crunch Berries, and raspberry cream cheese.  My favorite flavors were the Cocoa Puff’s and the English toffee, and it definitely seems like cereal flavors are going to be Ice Cream Riot’s niche.  I think it is a great idea, especially given the loss of The Shoppe on Colfax, which closed last year but used to serve delicious cupcakes and bowls of cereal late into the night.

In addition to ice ream, Ice Cream Riot also serves various flavors of water ice.  If you haven’t been to Philly before and don’t know what water ice is, think of it as something in between a Slurpee and sorbet.   I enjoy water ice, but when faced with a choice between Cocoa Puff’s ice cream or water ice, I’ll be choosing Cocoa Puff’s ice cream every day of the week.

If you love ice cream as much as I do, I encourage you to give Ice Cream Riot a try.  Plus, for all of you late-night revelers, it’s open until 1:00am on weekends…later than any other ice cream shop in Denver!

Ice Cream Riot is located at 1238 E. Colfax Ave. in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.  Interested in purchasing a home in Capitol Hill?  Click here to search Denver Capitol Hill homes for sale.

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Living the Semi-Rad Life: Brendan Leonard

2014 May 19
by David Schlichter

Brendan Leonard outside the Refuge Sorellier while on a climbing trip to the Aiguille Dibona in France.

How great would it be to make your living by going on adventures and writing about them?  Denver-based Brendan Leonard is doing it.

I say “Denver-based” in spite of the fact that Brendan has been living on the road out of his van for the last three years–rock climbing, blogging, and self-publishing a book called The New American Road Trip Mixtape from some of the most beautiful parts of the country and the world.  Whether it’s a function of his success as a writer, fatigue from living for three years out of a van, or maybe just his girlfriend wanting him to take a few more showers, Brendan decided it was time to get an apartment again in Denver.  But just because he turned in the keys to his van for the keys to an apartment doesn’t mean that he is going to go back to the corporate 9-5.  If anything, he has become more focused and more determined to continue living his “semi-rad” lifestyle.

Brendan is the everyman’s outdoor adventure writer.  Here’s how he describes himself:

I have not been featured in a climbing video, or a ski film, and I will likely never win a bike or foot race.  I have a creaky knee, a stiff hip, and two fragile shoulders.  But I LOVE the mountains, and being outside.  I’m probably a lot like you.  I like rock climbing, but start to flail when it gets vertical.  I like bicycles, but not racing against other people on them.  I like running and trail running, but I probably like ice cream more.  I mostly avoid avalanches by not being a good enough skier to get on slopes steep enough to slide.  But I sure like to get out there.

Brendan may not be the world’s best rock climber, but he’s certainly not bad either.  I grabbed coffee with him two weeks ago as he was contemplating one of his next adventures: climbing all of the 5.9 rated sport climbs in Clear Creek Canyon…in a day.  5.9 is not a beginner’s climbing difficulty level; it takes years to get skilled enough to climb comfortably at that rating, and it can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour and a half for a climber and his/her partner to do just one pitch of climbing–and that’s after hiking to it.  Brendan was contemplating getting to and successfully climbing 31 pitches dispersed throughout an entire canyon in 24 hours.  Just because.

Brendan writes a blog called Semi-Rad.  Every Thursday he posts an article–on topics ranging from living life to the fullest, to a sobering account of a life-threatening accident, to amusing stories about the trials and tribulations of dating climbers, to a poignant tribute to his mother.  His writing is fantastic: well-crafted, entertaining, captivating, amusing, inspiring–and most notably–relatable.  And people are beginning to notice: he’s now got a regular column in Climbing Magazine, and he has been featured in Backpacker, the Denver Post, Adventure Journal and more.

If you’re into reading stories from the outdoors, I strongly recommend adding a visit to Semi-Rad.com to your calendar every Thursday, and you might also consider buying a copy of The New American Road Trip Mixtape while you’re at it.

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Summer 2014 Denver Residential Real Estate Market Update: Sellers Needed

2014 May 14
by David Schlichter

Jonathan and Sarah, two buyer clients of mine, recently closed on their new home.

The Denver residential real estate market continues to be incredibly hot and can be summed up as follows: we need more sellers.

I put a listing on the market last weekend, and it got 44 showings in the first 24 hours.  For the first time ever, I literally had to go to the property to do crowd control.  Like a rowdy bar, I managed the showings so that they were “one-in, one-out.”  We received 14 offers in a single weekend, and the property is selling for well-above the asking price.  (Interested in selling your home or condo in a market like this?  Click here to see how much your home is worth.)

With interest rates still near historical lows and Denver being the second-fastest-growing large city in the nation, demand continues to be high and supply continues to be low.  The last three deals I’ve negotiated were all multiple-offer situations, and those deals included homes listed between $200,000 up to 500,000.  As you start getting above the $600,000-800,000 range, properties move more “slowly,” but I put that in quotes because it is “slowly” only relative to lightning speed.  In April, I had a client make an offer on a $639,900 property and they got the deal–but it was the last of 4 attached row homes available, and they had to offer full price to get it.

A heat map showing Denver home appreciation in the last 12 months (blue represents appreciation, red represents depreciation)

The median sale price for detached single-family homes in the Denver metropolitan area in April 2014 was $305,000, up 10% from $278,000 in April 2013.  For attached single family homes (condos, duplexes, etc.), the median sold price from last month of $178,500 represented a 12% year-over-year gain from $159,900 at the same time last year.  And while the number of active listings this April was up from last year and the number of overall sold units this April was down from last year, those numbers don’t tell the whole story; if you compare the year-to-date numbers (factoring in all months, not just April), the total number of active listings so far in 2014 is down 1% this year from last year–and last year we had the lowest inventory levels in 13 years.

To make a long story short, if you’re thinking about selling your Denver home, now could be a very Good time to do it.  Contact me today to get the ball rolling.

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Good Rock Climbing Near Denver, CO

2014 May 5
by David Schlichter

Jesse dominating Icarus in Eldorado Canyon

As the summer quickly approaches after a great ski season this year, I find myself putting away the ski gear and breaking out the rock climbing gear.  A visit from my great friend Jesse, who has spent the last four and a half years in Rwanda, gave me the perfect reason to take a few days “off” from work (alas, I’m never truly “off”), to get in some fantastic rock climbing near Denver.  Jesse had been to visit before, and we had climbed both of those times in Rocky Mountain National Park and also on the first Flatiron in Boulder.  This trip, we decided to do three days of climbing in three different places, all within an hour of Denver: Boulder Canyon, Eldorado Canyon, and North Table Mountain.

I have a special love for Boulder Canyon because it is where I first started honing my skills as an outdoor rock climber.  There are around 1,500 routes from which to choose for climbers of all ability levels, and there are plenty of both sport routes (bolts and hangers are already drilled into the rock walls) and traditional (“trad”) routes (with no gear pre-attached to the walls) to suit every climber’s style.  Though on the weekends Boulder Canyon can get somewhat crowded with climbers, since it was a weekday we had the part of the canyon at which we were climbing, the Bihedral, almost entirely to ourselves.  A second pair of climbers arrived, of course,  just at the moment I thought it would be fun to do a big Tarzan-like swing across the rock face, howling included.  After a bit more climbing, w came back to Denver for a dinner at Vine St. Pub, which never disappoints.

The next day we had more time to spend on the rock, so we went to Eldorado Canyon where we did multi-pitch trad climbing.  Multi-pitch climbing enables you to get hundreds and even thousands of feet off the ground, as after each pitch of climbing, instead of going down to the ground, you continue to go up.  Eldo, as is it is called by climbers, is a fantastic place for this style of climbing.  The walls are big, the climbing exposed and invigorating, and there are over 1,000 routes from which to choose.  We climbed the classic Icarus route, which though it is rated relatively easy from a climbing difficulty perspective, is thought to be one of the best routes at its grade in all of Boulder (and still can get the adrenaline flowing–Eldo routes are stiff for their grades). The route was awesome–with some great chimneys, cracks, and slabs–and it finishes on a breathtaking and super exposed arete (check out this photo to get a sense of the exposure) atop which climbers are rewarded with tremendous panoramic views.  The descent on this was also great; after a short hike down you do three beautiful and airy 90-100 foot rappels.  So much fun.

Eldo is a fantastic place near Denver/Boulder to do multi-pitch trad climing.

Our last day of climbing was at North Table Mountain, just north of the Coors Brewery in Golden.  I love North Table Mountain because it is so close to Denver–a mere 25 minute drive gets you to the base of a 10 minute hike; so you can go from couch to climbing in just 35 minutes.  The proximity to Denver was the main reason we chose to climb there that day, because I had a real estate closing in the morning and we had a dinner with friends at Los Chingones scheduled for early that evening.  North Table Mountain is a ridge of rock ranging from about 60-90 feet tall which surrounds a table-like plateau (hence the name).  There, again, we largely had the place to ourselves since it was a weekday, and we were able to do a good mix of sport and trad climbing.  Since the routes are short and all next to each other (a climber’s trail travels the length of the base of the ridge), you can quickly move from one route to the next.  And, since the rock is predominantly south and west facing, it is a great place to climb even on a cold or wintry day.

I had such a Good time climbing with Jesse, and it reminded me just how lucky we are, in Colorado, to be home to some of the best rock climbing in the world.  There are almost 10,000 established outdoor routes within 60 miles of Boulder and Denver, and there are lots of Good books that can help get you started.  Online, Mountain Project is a phenomenal resource with route descriptions, updates, photos, and commentary.  But if you’re just getting into rock climbing, be sure to go out with an experienced friend or guide.  Rock climbing can be dangerous.

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Tres Pupusas: Tasty, Made in Colorado, and Gluten-Free

2014 April 26
by David Schlichter

I’ve been very lucky to have eaten lots of pupusas over the last year thanks to a colleague of mine in my Executive MBA program, Jason English, and his wife Cindy.  Pupusas are a Salvadorian food–a warm corn-based outside stuffed with cheese, meats, beans, and/or veggies on the inside, thrown on a skillet and pan-fried.  Other than the fact that they have a funny name, I don’t know why pupusas are not served all over the place.  They are delicious, filling, crispy on the outside, and warm and gooey on the inside–a great snack or meal, and they are naturally gluten-free.

Jason and Cindy launched Tres Pupusas in 2008 with a stand at the Boulder Famer’s Market, and started selling the product in stores in 2010 (actively marketing them as a gluten-free product).  Now, Tres Pupusas are offered in the freezer aisles at Whole Foods stores in the Rocky Mountain Region, local King Soopers, and other grocery stores around the country.  Their timing couldn’t be more impeccable: while they were expanding, the gluten-free market grew 44% from 2011-2013 to a whopping size of $14.5 billion.

If you like supporting Colorado small businesses, enjoy tasty food, or have a gluten-free diet, I definitely recommend that you add a few boxes of pupusas to your freezer.  You won’t regret it!  And if you don’t live in a city in which Tres Pupusas are sold, have no fear: you can order them online here.

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A Big Congratulations to the Women of the Women’s Bean Project

2014 April 24
by David Schlichter

Image Source: Women's Bean Project

The Women’s Bean Project just might be my favorite local non-profit in Denver.  The organization, located near downtown in an old fire house at 32nd and Curtis, helps chronically unemployed women by giving them job training, skills, life coaching, stability, and support.  Instead of a one-time handout, they get the tools and skills needed to sustain themselves and their families for a lifetime.  A select group of the women also get a short-term job throughout the year preparing dry food mixes such as chilis, soups, cookies, brownies, and more.  Each product is signed by the woman who prepared it, and as you go up to the “store” on the upper level, you get to pass through the facility in which all of the women are preparing the goods.

I have loved getting to see and interact with the women every time I come to the WBP, and I love supporting the organization.  Earlier this week I was in to purchase some products for a client of mine who closed on his first home, and two of the women told me that they were graduating on Friday.  They were so proud to have made it through the year, and I was touched to be invited me to attend the ceremony.  Sadly, I’ll be in an all-day master’s class on Friday so I won’t be able to attend, but giving them a big shout-out here is the least I can do!

Congratulations to all the women who are graduating tomorrow.  I wish you all the best of luck, and I hope to have the chance to see you around Denver as you experience success moving forward.  Readers, if you’ve never been to the Women’s Bean Project, I strongly encourage you to visit and sample some of the products.  The Women’s Bean Project is a phenomenal organization making a great impact in Denver–and it doesn’t hurt that the products are delicious!

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In addition to writing for The Good Life Denver, David works full-time as a Denver real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC. David helps his clients (ranging from first-time home buyers, to sellers, to seasoned investors) achieve their real estate goals. Contact David today for all of your Denver real estate needs. Direct: 7/440-2340, Office: 3/539-5700

Good Deal: More Free Yoga in Denver

2014 April 18
by David Schlichter


You may remember that a couple weeks ago, my colleague Chris Lindley launched his new Endorphin gym on South Broadway and offered a free yoga class in celebration
.  It was super fun, the studio was great, and the place was packed!  It also happened to be the week of Chris’ birthday–see above for his post-class birthday treat….

This week, Chris wrapped up a total remodel of his Endorphin yoga studio at City Park, and is offering free yoga all day on Saturday and Sunday in celebration.   Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, the studio is offering a little something for everyone: Saturday’s classes are Detox Flow, Kinesis, Asana and Beyond-Women’s Practice, and Strength and Flow Yoga;  Sunday’s options are Yoga Foundations, Kinesis, Yoga Scult, and Community Yoga.  ALL of the yoga classes this Saturday and Sunday are free, and if they are anything like the SoBo opening, they all should be awesome!

Endorphin City Park is located at 3170 E. Colfax Ave (at the intersection of Colfax and Steele).  See you there this weekend!

About Endorphin
Endorphin has been motivating warriors throughout Denver and Englewood with yoga, indoor cycling, boxing and functional fitness.  Previously known as “Qi,” Endorphin officially re-branded in 2014 with the tagline “movement is our drug.”  Endorphin operates four locations throughout the greater Denver area, including two on Colfax (Ryder’s and City Park), one in Lowry, and a new yoga studio on South Broadway.  An additional location at Broadway and 11th is coming soon.  For class schedules, instructor profiles, and more, visit www.MyEndorphin.com.

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In addition to writing for The Good Life Denver, David works full-time as a Denver real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC. David helps his clients (ranging from first-time home buyers, to sellers, to seasoned investors) achieve their real estate goals. Contact David today for all of your Denver real estate needs. Direct: 7/440-2340, Office: 3/539-5700

Good Article: “Case Studies in Placemaking: Stapleton, RiNo, and LoHi”

2014 April 10
by David Schlichter
Little Man Ice Cream The Good Life Denver

Little Man Ice Cream in LoHi

Eric Peterson has another Good article on Confluence Denver; this one details three case studies in placemaking: Stapleton, RiNo, and LoHi.

Placemaking is leveraging a community’s or location’s resources and combining that with innovation and vision to draw people in and help the area–and the people within it–flourish.  Peterson discusses how Forest City put fruit trees and “harvest tables” in common spaces in Stapleton, which became gathering spaces for residents, especially during harvest season.  He cites Mickey Zeppelin’s TAXI project as creating the energy that fueled much of the latest development in Denver’s River North (RiNo) neighborhood (for my take on RiNo’s recent development and future potential, click here).  And he brings up lessons learned and taught by Paul Tamburello–the man behind much of the initial development in LoHi (not to mention Little Man Ice Cream).

The full article is definitely worth a read.  As someone who thrives on the rapid urban development taking place in Denver, I’m grateful to Eric for putting it together–but more importantly, to the visionaries with the guts to take risks and help make Denver an even better city.  Interested in seeing some of these neighborhoods in person?  Click here to see what’s for sale, or contact David Schlichter for a personal tour!

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In addition to writing for The Good Life Denver, David works full-time as a Denver real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC. David helps his clients (ranging from first-time home buyers, to sellers, to seasoned investors) achieve their real estate goals. Contact David today for all of your Denver real estate needs. Direct: 7/440-2340, Office: 3/539-5700.

Good Denver Eatery, Bakery, and Market: Olive and Finch

2014 April 6
by David Schlichter

DF Hash at Olive and Finch The Good LIfe Denver

After just one visit, Olive and Finch quickly has become one of my favorite new go-to spots in Denver.  My wife Jessa and I went there for brunch earlier this week, and it was fantastic.  From the interior decor, to the banana bread that was being sampled by the register, to the baked goods ready to be purchased, to the meal we ate and the drinks we sipped, it was all awesome.

Billing itself as an “eatery, bakery, and market,” Olive and Finch opened late last year in the Uptown neighborhood, and it has quickly earned high praise.  Selected as one of the best new restaurants in Denver for 2013 by Westword and 5280, after just one visit it is easy to see why.  The menu has lots of great options from which to choose.  For breakfast, you can go sweet and get a “S’more” panini, with marshmallow, milk chocolate, and cinnamon spiced butter.   Or if you are feeling like you need something more savory, try one of the three “hashes” which come in a cast iron skillet.  I had the D.F. with two eggs, pulled pork, green chiles, chimichurri, cheese, potatoes & onions, and it was excellent.  There is also a mountain of baked goods to choose from in the front as you enter.  I sampled the banana bread, and it was divine.

To drink, you could have a mimosa or a freshly squeezed juice, made in-house.  The place also takes its coffee seriously, so you could also enjoy an espresso, served out of a $17,000 Strada machine.  Lunch includes a variety of sandwiches and soups, and dinner looks delicious too–as do the cocktails that come with it, featuring more juices squeezed in-house.

Baked Goods at Olive and Finch The Good LIfe Denver

A mountain of baked goods for sale at Olive and Finch

Olive and Finch is a great place to grab a drink, a bite to eat, or get some work done.  It is cozy, comfortable, and the food and drinks are delicious.  I encourage you to try it out, and if you do, be on the lookout for me.  I plan to be back quite often…

Olive and Finch is located on 17th Ave. between Humboldt and Franklin in the Uptown neighborhood.  To search homes for sale in Denver’s Uptown, City Park West, Whittier, and Capitol Hill neighborhoods, click here.

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Endorphin SOBO: Grand Opening, Free Yoga

2014 April 5
by David Schlichter

Endorphin Yoga South Broadway (SOBO) Denver EnglewoodIf you like yoga and pizza, tonight is your lucky night.

My colleague Chris Lindley, owner of the Endorphin fitness studios, is celebrating the grand opening of his newest yoga studio tonight on South Broadway in Englewood, and you are hereby invited.  From 5-6pm, come to a free yoga class taught by Christa Schwind and Briana Constance, and enjoy free pizza from the Atomic Cowboy and drinks after.

Learn more about Endorphin here, and RSVP for tonight’s event here!

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In addition to writing for The Good Life Denver, David works full-time as a Denver real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC. David helps his clients (ranging from first-time home buyers, to sellers, to seasoned investors) achieve their real estate goals. Contact David today for all of your Denver real estate needs. Direct: 7/440-2340, Office: 3/539-5700.

Good Denver Tacos: Los Chingones

2014 April 1
by David Schlichter

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Denver already has lots of Good taco restaurants, but I’m glad that didn’t stop Troy Guard from opening a new taco restaurant in RiNo a few months ago.

Called Los Chingones and next to Amergio Delicatus and Sugarmill, Chef Guard’s newest restaurant is serving up tasty tacos with choices including octopus, lamb neck, skirt steak, shrimp, butternut squash, beef tongue, and more.  The menu is great–the pig ear nachos, for example, just won “Best Specialty Nachos” from Westword for 2014–but don’t let the menu stop you; you can request an off-the-menu burrito called “the precious,” a deep-fried burrito with a pork tamale stuffed inside of it and topped with green chili, which may have to be the next thing I put inside my body…

Los Chingones has a Good happy hour with $2 tacos, and the tacquitos are a happy hour must-order.  They are fantastic!  The ambiance at Los Chingones, like the rest of the restaurants in the TAG dynasty, is excellent, and when the weather is warm it features a rooftop bar and patio.

As development pushes northeast from downtown Denver, I am excited by the potential of RiNo.  The area is proving to beone of the hottest parts of Denver with its art galleries, microbreweries, urban wineries, coffee shops, boutiques, restaurants, and more.  To learn more about RiNo, click here.  To search for homes for sale near Los Chingones in Denver, click here.

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Good Gluten-Free Denver Brewery: Brewery Rickoli

2014 March 12
by David Schlichter

Beers on tap from Rickoli's (Source: Brewery Rickoli Facebook page)

One would think that gluten-free and beer are essentially incompatible terms.  And yet one of the best double IPAs I have had in Denver happened to be gluten-free.  Well, technically it was “gluten-reduced,” due to the rules about what can and can’t be called gluten-free, but with less than 5 parts per million of gluten, the beer is, for all intents and purposes, gluten-free, and is tolerable for people with Celiac Disorder.

My brother-in-law lives near Sloan’s Lake, so we’ve talked a lot about how much we both like Hogshead Brewery, which is only a few blocks from his house.  And we’ve both raved about Renegade Brewing Co. for its lineup of Good beers and the Elevation IPA in particular.  But when he had told me about how one of the brewers from Renegade started his own brewery called Brewery Rickoli, and that it was awesome, I knew that I had to try it.  When we were up in the mountains skiing one weekend last month, he brought some growlers from Rickoli’s, including the double IPA (called Disturbed Reflection).  It was phenomenal.  Incredibly hoppy, strong (at 9.7 ABV), and a perfect level of bitterness (in spite of a whopping 190 IBUs, the taste is quite balanced).  Disturbed Reflection is easily one of the best IPAs I’ve ever had–and it was gluten “reduced” (this is done by adding an enzyme during the brewing process that breaks down the gluten).

We returned to Rickoli’s last weekend for another round of growlers and skiing.  The brewery could not be more humbly located in a seemingly random strip mall at 44th and Wadsworth.  While in the brewery we tasted several of the brews, and everything we tasted was all delicious.  The Elke Brown Ale was quite tasty with a classic brown ale and caramel taste, the Social Lubricant Scotch Ale was similar but with a significantly more intense finish (this growler of this was almost entirely consumed during the four and a half hour ride up to get to Vail–alas, I was in the driver’s seat so I couldn’t partake).

Brewery Rickoli is definitely now on my short list of favorite microbreweries in Denver, and I definitely plan to be back soon (and often).  Even if you aren’t gluten-free, definitely give Rickoli’s a try.  Just be sure to bring a growler–at $13 per fill, you may even want to bring two.

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Good Denver Dessert Restaurant: Sugarmill

2014 March 3
by David Schlichter

My wife Jessa and I each took our first bites of the chocolate peanut butter tart from Sugarmill and instantly started laughing out loud.  It was silly just how Good it was, and we both agreed that it was one of the tastiest desserts we’d had in Denver. 

Chef Noah French is doing great things at his three-month old dessert-focused restaurant.  From cookies, to tarts, to macaroons, to bourbon pecan caramel bars, and more, the desserts at Sugarmill are fantastic.  Whatever you get ends up being the perfect way to top off a night.  And while Sugarmill’s specialty is its desserts, French is also building up a customer base for his lunch and dinner offerings.  The dinner menu was just revamped this past week, and, though it is somewhat limited, it looks quite tasty, reasonably priced, and is earning rave reviews.

As I’ve mentioned repeatedly on this site, I believe as Denver continues to grow, development will move northeast from downtown into RiNo.  Located between Broadway and 25th on Larimer, Sugarmill is perfectly positioned, along with Amerigo Delicatus and Los Chingones, to help serve as a gateway for that expansion!

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The Good Life Denver is written by David Schlichter. To stay in the loop, like The Good Life Denver on Facebook and follow @thegoodlifeden on Twitter!

In addition to writing for The Good Life Denver, David works full-time as a Denver real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC. David helps his clients (ranging from first-time home buyers, to sellers, to seasoned investors) achieve their real estate goals. Contact David today for all of your Denver real estate needs. Direct: 7/440-2340, Office: 3/539-5700.