Friends of Molly’s! Come help us celebrate as we turn 2!
Time sure flies when you’re having fun, we are so grateful for our customers continued love, support and opportunity to be a part of this amazing Greater Denver area community. We are having a 2 day celebration for our customers in honor of our store turning 2!
Fun happenings going on for the duration of our party:
Live chalk artist painting by Mythica! Mythica recently competed on Skin Wars (now on Netflix) and is the same amazing local artist who did the first chalk art installation of Molly during our first anniversary! She will be back doing another Molly rendition in our Spirits section.
Free food trucks! What’s a party without free food?? Come grab a bite to enjoy while hanging and shopping at Molly’s.
Free special tastings! Friday, from 5-7pm (usual time) taste through the Campo Viejo wines from Spain. Saturday, from 3-5pm taste through Left Hand Brewing beers from Colorado.
Photobooth + Photo Contest! We will have a 1920’s themed photobooth setup on Saturday, bringing you back to prohibition era when drinking with friends and family was even more celebrated than it is today. Snap a photo as you enter the store, choosing from a myriad of props such as feather fans and boas, 20’s mobster hats, pearls and big faux fur coats! We will be randomly selecting ONE photo after our celebration each day to win a $50 giftcard to Molly’s!
Games! From guess the bottle to scavenger hunts, we have a few fun party games you’ll be able to partake in and win prizes from.
Giveaways! Stay tuned and check back soon! We will be hosting at least one giveaway per day. (Think snowboard giveaways, cocktail packages, etc.)
Anniversary Sales! We will of course be having special in store sales for our Anniversary! Curious what they are?! You’ll have to come to find out! Trust us, they are worth it!
Molly’s has partnered with Drizly for alcohol delivery. Because dreams do come true.
You get everything else delivered, why not your alcohol too? Molly’s Spirits now does consumer alcohol deliveries via the Drizly platform! If you live in Lakeside, Lakewood, Denver North (Lower Highlands and Highlands), Sloan’s Lake, Edgewater, Arvada or Wheat Ridge you are most likely within our alcohol delivery radius! Shop from thousands of Molly’s products directly from Drizly’s website or mobile app!
Ordering on the Drizly platform is extremely easy:
To start, go to Drizly.com and enter your delivery address in the top right corner.
From there, you can filter your search by store name (4th option down on the left hand navigation).
If you live within Molly’s delivery radius, you will see our name pop up here. Once you click on Molly’s, you can buy from our product inventory.
All deliveries will be personally delivered to your door by the same Molly’s staff you know and love! Order on demand and have your delivery in an hour or less.
Need something to get you over humpday, but don’t want to fight 5pm traffic? Have Molly’s deliver product for when you get off! It doesn’t get easier than that.
If you’re completely new to Drizly, enter promo code “MOLLYS” at checkout to get FREE delivery ($5 off your total) from our store.
Drizly Delivery Hours:
Monday through Thursday: 12pm-8pm || Friday and Saturday: 12pm-10pm || Sunday: 11am-7pm
Tequila is made by smoking, steaming then fermenting the heart (pina) of the Weber Blue Agave plant and then distilling the liquid. The pina takes up to 12 years to mature and can weigh up to 200 pounds. By Mexican law, to be a tequila must contain 51-percent Weber Blue Agave – a type of agave plant. Most premium tequilas are 100-percent blue agave and are they frequently state that on their labels. There are many less-expensive brands that do add sugar or corn syrup during fermentation and are called, mixto, or mixed, and their labels usually just say tequila on them.
Where Does Tequila Come From?
Yes, tequila comes from Mexico, but it comes from a specific region in Mexico. Like Scotch Whiskey must come from Scotland and Champagne must come from the Champagne region in France, tequila must come from the state of Jalisco and from limited regions in the states of Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas. These regions are the only places where tequila can be produced, so it is written in Mexican law so it is decreed.
A Little Tequila History:
Tequila was first produced in Mexico in the 15th century when Spanish conquistadors began distilling “pulque,” a mescal wine fermented from the Maguey agave sap, a drink popular with many of the native Mexican Indians. The truth to where the first tequila was distilled has been lost to lore; one legend has that it was near the town of Tequila, one has its origin in Amatitan, and another in Arenal. There is no documentation from 400 years ago and it is truly a cold-case detective story, so choose the legend which suits you best. However, it is certainly documented that Jose Cuervo was the first manufacturer of tequila. In 1758 the King of Spain granted Senor Cuervo the rights to land and it is on that land where Jose Cuervo brands continue to grow its agave and produce its tequila. While Cuervo is the world’s oldest and largest tequila brand, it was Cuervo disciple and eventual rival, Don Cenobio Sauza, who first imported tequila into the United States in 1873.
Aging of Tequila:
There are three distinctive types of premium tequila: Blanco (also called silver), reposado (meaning: rested), and anejo (meaning: old). Blanco tequilas are unaged – or at least unaged in wooden barrels. They have the purest agave flavor, sweet with a little bite. Reposado tequilas are aged in wooden barrels for a minimum of two months but no more than 11 months. Repasados still have a significant agave taste but the flavors are blended with some vanilla and caramel notes that often gained by wood aging. Anejo tequilas must be wood aged for at least two years, so it’s flavor and color are most affected in its aging process. Flavors imparted by the wood often dominate the agave flavors found in the blanco and reposado tequilas, yet anejo tequilas have deeper and more complex tastes ranging from black tea, chocolate to tannins.
Worms and Other Tequila Myths:
The history of tequila is loaded with myth, lore, mystery and downright fabrications. Perhaps tequila’s greatest myth revolves around the worm in the bottle. Worms were never put into tequila bottles, at least not until the 20th century, and it was more likely a marketing ploy than anything tradition. Damn those marketers. However, worms were put into mescal bottles which could lead to the confusion, because myth number two is that tequila is actually a mescal, but not all mezcals are tequilas. Tequila is a type of mescal, grown in specific regions of Mexico, like scotch whiskey is a type of whiskey produced specifically in Scotland. One other difference – Mezcal is produced from the agave plant, but tequila is produced from a specific type of agave plant – Weber Blue Agave. This leads to another myth, call it a misconception, that agave is a cactus; it is not. Agave is a succulent and a member of the Lily Family.
Tequila is More Than a Shot:
Most Americans have come to drunk tequila either drunk as a shot and mixed in a margaritas. These are not wrong ways to drink tequila, just the Gringo way. Tequila is much more versatile than we appreciate. Whether your pleasure is blanco, reposado or anejo, tequila is a wonderful sipping spirit, served up, chilled or on the rocks. It great mixed with juice – which is why the lime juice in margaritas is so prevalent; so try mixing it with orange juice, grapefruit juice, or pineapple juice. Sprite and 7Up are common mixers with tequila but if you want your own dash of sweet, try mixing the soda with agave nectar – after all, this nectar comes from the same succulent family that produces tequila; it’s got to mix well.
Molly’s Spirits is Tequila Central:
Molly’s Spirits has an excellent selection of tequila at all price levels. Our Spirits Staff is educated on all things tequila and they love to help our customers find the right tequila for the best price. And now that you’re an expert, check out these 7 Margarita Recipes You Need To Try!
So you’re a beer drinker. It’s in your DNA. Then it’s likely you are a whiskey drinker too. And there is a good bet that if you like a good dram of the whiskey that you enjoy a nice drought of the ale or lager. Why does the enjoyment of one coincide with a favored taste of the other? It might not only be in your DNA to like both liquors but also in beers’ and whiskeys’ as well.
Beer and whiskey are more closely related to one another than to any other liquor. Their DNA is so similar, the way they are made so closely parallel that they could be step-brothers, or steep-brothers if you would.
The relationship between beer and whiskey begins with their ingredients – cereal grains and water (hot) that are combined and steeped together in order to extract sugars from the grains. This sugar water is called wort and it is the foundation for every drop of beer and whiskey produced. Of course, most beers and many whiskeys use malted barley as their cereal grain of choice, but other grains may be used, from oats to wheat and from corn to rice.
Where beer and whiskey diverge is in the kettle during the second step in the brewing process. In this stage, water is added to the wort and mixture is boiled for a considerable time. This is the stage when brewers of beer add hops – and they can add hops at any time during the boil. Whiskey makers do not add hops during the boil – or ever. In whiskey terms this stage is called the wash and they like their wash clean of botanicals like hops – or of anything.
Once the boil is finished for both whiskey and beer, the wort (it is still wort, even though it is watered down and hopped up) is cooled so yeast can be added for fermentation. After the necessary fermenting time has elapsed both liquids are still technically beer and they go through one final, common stage: filtration. Most beer is filtered before kegging, bottling or canning; whiskey is always filtered before distillation. After filtration, beer and whiskey go their separate ways..
For the brewer, their beer is done, with some exceptions and it is on to the next batch of beer, the next filtration, or the next 4 hour nap until another brewing day begins. At this point, the work of the distiller has just begun. After filtration comes the distillation process; two or three (or more) times the ‘beer’ is distilled in accordance to style and preference. After distillation is complete, the white whiskey is transferred to age in wooden barrels for a minimum of two years and for as long as a couple of decades – for that really high-end hooch.
So, is this the reason beer and whiskey pair so well together; that beer drinkers are often whiskey drinkers and the vice of versa. Perhaps. One other test is to look at the foods you prefer to eat. Is your preference cereal grains as a food staple: bread, rice, pasta, oats? In any case, when you’re wandering through your liquor store or bellying up to the bar, thinking about which beer to order, which whiskey to sip, think of its step-brother and steep yourself into a nice beer and whiskey pairing.
For years, gin was one of those spirits enjoyed at country clubs and football tailgate parties, or by odd relatives at family reunions. Yet, gin is one of the most unique and uniquely misunderstood of all spirits and it is making a great comeback, especially with the skill and craft of small batch distillers.
Gin is descendant of a 16th Century Dutch concoction called genever, originally used to mask a juniper elixir prescribed for the sick and ended up as a popular drink. It was introduced to England during the reign of William of Orange in the 17th Century when – the legends claim – the English could not replicate the distillation of genever, ultimately distilling what we know as gin. Apparently they even shortened its name.
Like other spirits, gin begins as a cereal grain mash but it is then infused with botanicals either before or during distillation. The main botanical must be juniper berries, beyond that requirement anything goes. Yet, many of the other ingredients used such as licorice root, coriander seeds, citrus peels (orange, lemon), anise, cassia, and almond, are very common among gin varietals.
The botanicals are infused into gin through two different methods: by maceration or by vapor infusion. Maceration is the process of steeping the botanicals in the alcohol a few days prior to distillation. During vapor infusing the alcohol-water distilling passes through suspended botanicals. Both processes seek to volatilize oils into the botanicals and chemically infuse their flavors into the alcohol.
There are several types of gin; the most common is London Dry Gin. This vapor infused gin must be at least 140 proof and cannot have flavors or colors added after distillation, and only a minute amount of sugar is allowed. This style, such as Boodles Gin, that is made for enthusiasts to enjoy the botanical flavors. Old Tom-style gin is sweet and considered the bridge between the London Dry and Dutch genever. Its sweetness often comes from ingredients added after distillation and it was the original gin used in Tom Collins cocktails. Plymouth Gin refers to gin made in the port of Plymouth along the English Channel. Like Champagne, to be a Plymouth gin it must be made by a distillery in this region of England. A new style of gin has emerged over the past decade, such as Hendricks Gin, emphasizing botanicals such as cucumber or grape rather than juniper and resulting in a far less piney flavor typical of gin.
While we all know Colorado is a craft beer mecca, many are also discovering the state also boasts great craft distilleries. These distilleries populate the entire state and are creating wonderful spirits, including some great gins – of all styles and flavors. Any lover of gin should know and try these delicious offerings; head to Molly’s and start enjoying Colorado craft distillers gin offerings then share some at a family reunion, a tailgate party, or mix yourself a cocktail at home (such as an Aviation or Tom Collins).
Colorado Craft Gins You Need In Your Life:
Spirit Hound Small Batch Gin Cap Rock Colorado Organic Gin Peach Street Distillery Jackalope Gin Leopold Brothers Small Batch Gin Woody Creek Colorado Gin Spring 44 Gin State 38 Gin Golden Moon Deerhammer Distilling Bullwheel Breckenridge Gin
In case you didn’t realize, there is a full-fledged whiskey revolution going on in America right now. Some may call it a fad, but for others it’s a way of life. To get more specific, bourbon whiskey is particularly popular right now, or as some call it, “America’s Native Spirit”. Bourbon whiskey is in our blood. No seriously. In order for a whiskey to be called a bourbon it has to be made in America. Another thing that makes straight bourbon pretty amazing is it must be barrel aged for at least 2 years, and that barrel must be a brand-new, charred white oak barrel. Nothing except water can be added during the distilling process. Neat-o, eh?
Fueling this revolution are the new distilleries popping up all over the country, and you better believe Colorado is at the forefront, blazing that path. That’s right Kentucky, we’re coming for ya!
Here are 5 Colorado Whiskeys we can’t stop drinking (or talking about):
Recommendations brought to you by Andrew K, Molly’s assistant Spirits manager, who happens to be a craft spirits specialist as well.