Molly’s was fortunate enough to support a variety of organizations and events throughout 2018. Our community service in Denver is something we take pride in so we’ve gathered a few highlights from 2018:
◼️ 150: The number of local charities & nonprofit organizations Molly’s supported in 2018. These organizations and events ranged from animal rescue and school fundraisers to the Denver Art Museum’s developmental events, and Jared Polis’ Blue Sneaker Ball Inauguration Celebration.
◼️ $42,080: Amount donated through product, discounts, silent auction items, gift cards, & in-kind donations. $1,200 of that total was from our November Drink for a Cause Campaign where we partnered with 3 brands and donated a portion of those brands’ sales throughout the month of November to 3 nonprofits: St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Colorado Pet Pantry, and the Food Bank of the Rockies. We LOVE Drink for a Cause Campaigns and hope to host more in the future – who doesn’t enjoy imbibing for a good cause?
◼️ $16,000: Amount raised for Mi Casa Resource Center through Molly’s Annual Rare Whiskey Auction. Our Annual Rare Whiskey Auction is one of the biggest ways Molly’s gives back to the community, and we strive to make the event bigger and better each year!
As Molly’s continues to grow (thanks to you guys) we look forward to giving back to our local community even more! If your nonprofit is seeking donations for an upcoming fundraising event, please fill out a donation request form here.
Mark your calendars – Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17th! Our Father’s Day alcohol gifts guide features delicious bourbons, mezcals and wines that your dad will love. Here are just a few of our top liquor gifts for dad.
1. A.D. LAWS SINGLE BARREL FOUR GRAIN STRAIGHT BOURBON CASK STRENGTH $68.99/750ml
This single barrel, cask strength expression of the flagship A.D. Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon is crafted from 60% corn, 20% wheat, 10% malted barley and 10% rye and aged 3 years and 1 month in new American white oak barrels. This particular single barrel will give off aromas of vanilla, pipe tobacco & caramel corn. You’ll get earthly black pepper, raisins and sage on the palate with a sweet finish. The Molly’s team got to help with the bottling of this single barrel which is why you might see a Molly’s team member’s signature on your bottle. There aren’t many four grain bourbons on the market because they are difficult to make (individual varietals require different cooking temperatures and durations to maximize flavor), but A.D. Laws applies a “there are no shortcuts” philosophy to each batch of whiskey produced. Each batch is milled, cooked, fermented, distilled, and aged on-site, utilizing heirloom grains from family-owned Colorado farms.
2. DEL MAGUEY VIDA MEZCAL $35.99/750ml
Del Maguey VIDA is fruit-forward, easy sipping, and at an entry-level price point, it is an approachable introduction to mezcal. It has a nose of fruit, a hint of honey, vanilla and roast agave; the palate offers ginger, cinnamon, burnt sandalwood, banana and tangerine, with a long, soft finish. It can be enjoyed on its own, but its flavor profile makes it great for cocktails. Del Maquey mezcals are twice distilled and unblended from 100% mature agave Espadin and are produced in the original, 500-year-old, hand-crafted, artisanal way. There are no chemicals, colorings, or additives.
3. TRÄ-KÁL: THE SPIRIT OF PATAGONIA $33.99/750ml
TRÄ-KÁL is a totally new type of spirit derived solely from native Patagonian ingredients! All of the ingredients are sourced from a Patagonian micro-climate within 100 square kilometers of the distillery’s water source. Local apple and pear varietals are used to create the base alcohol, and seven hand-picked native herbs and four native berries play an integral part creating the distinctive flavor profile. It is essentially a brandy base that is then infused like a gin. TRÄ-KÁL is versatile and can be enjoyed neat or on the rocks. Add a splash of tonic or soda and an orange wedge or pair with grapefruit soda.
For the mixologist dad! A Boulevardier is traditionally composed of equal parts rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, and Campari, but our Spirits team put the following three twists on the classic cocktail:
We used Bear Creek’s Rye Whiskey produced right here in Denver, Colorado.
We swapped out Campari for Aperol. Aperol is an aperitif like Campari, but less bitter, milder, and contains less alcohol.
We added a few dashes of Strongwater Amores – Chocolate Vanilla Bitters
Combine 1.5 ounces of rye whiskey, Aperol, and vermouth in rocks glass with ice. Add three to four dashes of bitters. Garnish with cherries and/or orange (optional). Stir and enjoy!
4. BUILD YOUR OWN 6 PACK Price will vary depending on beers selected
“Try All The Beers Dad” or “Set On One Style Beer Dad”? Don’t know what beer he likes? Give him a personalized 6 pack! We have 6 cooler doors stocked with single beers – go wild! Plus, you’ll save 25% on the individual bottle prices in your 6 pack, and if dad brings brings his 6 pack back 9 times, he’ll get $5 off his 10th purchase!
Need some inspiration? We asked our Assistant Beer Manager, Tony D., to build us a “Father’s Day 6pk”, and he selected: Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan, Steamworks Brewing Colorado Kolsch Ale, Bootstrap Brewing Insane Rush IPA, Good River American Pilsner, Prost Brewing Altbier German Style Pale Ale, and Odd13 Brewing Codename Superfan.
6. MATEO CAMBRA RIOJA $25.99
Named after the winemaker’s son Mateo, this 100% red Garnacha has a deep purple color, with blackberry, pepper, and violet aromas. It’s balanced, and juicy on the palate with berry and plum flavors with a smooth finish. Winemaker Rafael Cambra is committed to sustainability and environmentally conscious. You can find this one in our Organic Wine Section.
All prices limited to stock on hand. Molly’s Spirits reserves the right to limit quantities. Prices are subject to change.
Don’t know what to get mom? The Molly’s team has your back with our Mother’s Day wine gift and liquor gift ideas! Mother’s Day is right around the corner (Sunday, May 13th), so we gathered a few options that will hopefully hit the nail on the head and make the perfect gift or at least get your wheels turning.
1. BLANC LIMÉ Picked by: Christina Was $16.98 | NOW $14.98
A French café classic reborn! Blanc Limé is a sparkling wine-based beverage produced with a base of dry white wine, a careful blend of natural citrus aromas, and a touch of fizz. In the 50s this lively, refreshing beverage was the drink of choice in the cafés of South-West France and the brasseries of Paris. Perfectly suited to enjoy by itself or in a range of different cocktails. Plus the bottle is adorable.
2. ZONIN PRIMO AMORE MOSCATO Picked by: Madison Was $14.98 | NOW $12.98
Fruity with intense scents of peaches and exotic fruit. Fresh and pleasantly sweet. Excellent as dessert wine, matching perfectly with jam tarts, fruit salads, and pastry. Also delicious with ice cream!
3. WHISPERING ANGEL ROSÉ Picked by: Greg Was $26.98 | NOW $23.98
This French rosé is always a solid choice. Perfect for Mother’s Day brunch. If mom is a big fan, our rosé section has officially taken over Lane 2 with dozens on dozens of options.
4. ADESSO CAGNINA DI ROMAGNA SWEET RED Picked by: Kellie Was $12.98 | NOW $9.98
A store favorite! This sweet red wine has been made since the 13th century exclusively in the Emilia-Romagna Region, just south of Venice, in Italy. With a pleasant nose of red berries and flavors of black raspberries, cherries, and spice, and a lingering aftertaste of candied violets, this wine is low in alcohol and a fun and easy to drink red wine for those who prefer their wines “off dry”.
Can’t go wrong with a canned wine spritz! Not only is Ramona a portable crowd pleaser in a can, but it’s organic, all natural, gluten-free, and vegan. We have quite a plethora of canned wine and canned wine-based cocktails to choose from – why not pick out a few for mom?
6. EMPRESS 1908 ORIGINAL INDIGO GIN Picked by: Sandra $36.99/750ML
Empress 1908 Original Indigo Gin is infused with the vibrantly tinted butterfly pea blossom making it a vivid indigo blue! It’s 100% authentic and all-natural. Add citrus or tonic and the gin naturally changes from blue to a soft pink!
7. LEOPOLD BROS. SILVER TREE SMALL BATCH VODKA & ROCKY MOUNTAIN BLACKBERRY LIQUEUR Picked by: Joan Both Were $31.99 | NOW $28.99/750ML
The Molly’s team recently took a trip to Leopold Bros. where we learned all about the distillery and how to concoct a Leopold Bros.’ Berry and Sage Vodka Smash using the two spirits listed above. Play bartender this Mother’s Day and make your mom her favorite cocktail! Need ideas? Leopold Bros. has a ton!
8. BAILEYS ALMANDE Picked by: Jessica Was $24.99 | NOW $22.99/750ML
Gluten free and dairy free, this almondmilk liqueur will make a nice little addition to your mom’s coffee cup because you know she’s tired of taking care of yo’ butt!
All prices limited to stock on hand. Molly’s Spirits reserves the right to limit quantities. Prices are subject to change.
Earlier this month, we were honored to host the spirits pull at the Mile High Q & Brew, the annual fundraiser for our neighbor the Tennyson Center for Children. The Tennyson Center provides residential and therapeutic services as well as a K-12 school for Colorado children ages five to 18. Many of these children have been abused or neglected while others are dealing with a variety of learning disabilities, behavioral challenges, and other mental issues. Often seen as a last resort for children who have nowhere else to go, the Tennyson Center is a community of people dedicated to serving children and youth and strengthening families and has been doing so for more than 112 years. The Mile High Q & Brew has raised over $1,000,000 for the Tennyson Center over the last 8 years!
So what’s a spirits pull? Bottles are collected, numbered and displayed on shelves. Guests donate a certain amount to pull a number that corresponds with a bottle, and they get to take that bottle home! At this year’s Q & Brew, guests donated $50 to participate and with the 96 bottles we collected – that’s $4800 for the Tennyson Center! This was our second year hosting the spirits pull, and like our first year, all bottles sold out!
These bubbly hard seltzer brands seem to be everywhere these days and with summer on its way, they aren’t going away anytime soon. But what makes a hard seltzer a hard seltzer?
There is a difference between hard seltzers and malt beverages. Hard seltzer is made like beer but cane sugar is fermented instead of malted barely, and the flavoring comes from real fruit. As frequent hard seltzer consumers, the Molly’s Marketing Department decided to look into the options we have at the store, and it was during our exploration that we discovered what’s NOT in hard seltzers is just as important as what’s in them. Our top three picks contain no artificial flavors and no gluten. We’re also digging the 12 oz cans they come in, making them perfect companions for summer activities whether you’re planning to hit the trail or park a seat on the patio. Mix with your favorite spirit to create a fruity, bubbly cocktail! You can find our hard seltzer collection chilling (literally, they are chilled and ready to go) in Cooler #7.
Here’s a breakdown of our top 3 hard seltzer picks:
1) Truly Spiked & Sparkling
Truly Spiked & Sparkling is a gluten-free spiked sparkling water and does not contain any liquor or spirits. The alcohol comes from fermented cane sugar and a hint of fruit. No artificial flavors or sweeteners.
Flavors found at Molly’s: Colima Lime, Grapefruit & Pomelo, Pomegranate, and Wild Berry Packaging: 6pk and 12pk 12oz. cans. Canned variety 12pks are also available at Molly’s Nutritional facts per 12oz.: 100 calories, 2 grams of carbs, 1 gram of sugar, gluten free, 5% ABV (we reached out to Truly for the sodium content, but haven’t received a response) Price: $9.49/6pk | $18.49/12pk
2) White Claw Hard Seltzer
White Claw Hard Seltzer delivers a fresh surge of refreshment using what they call a proprietary BrewPure™ process. This gives White Claw the cleanest, gluten-free alcohol base possible. To keep it pure, no crystalline fructose, dietary fiber or preservatives are added; only natural flavors, nothing artificial. White Claw varieties are sweetened by adding a small amount of cane sugar to achieve the balanced taste.
Flavors found at Molly’s: Black Cherry, Grapefruit, and Lime Packaging: 6pk 12oz. cans. Canned variety 12pks are also available at Molly’s Nutritional facts per 12oz: Grapefruit: 110 calories, 4 grams of carbs, 20mg sodium, 4 grams of sugar, gluten free, 5% ABV Lime: 110 calories, 4 grams of carbs, 20mg sodium, 4 grams of sugar, gluten free, 5% ABV Black Cherry: 100 calories, 2 grams of carbs, 20mg sodium, 2 grams of sugar, gluten free, 5% ABV Price: $8.99/6pk | $17.99/12pk
SpikedSeltzer is a non-malt beer made from purified water and all natural ingredients. The fresh fruit flavors are derived from cold-pressed citrus essence from a variety of fruits. Fermentation of this citrus essence and sugar naturally produces 6% alcohol (the highest ABV in our hard seltzer group). With no wheat, barley, or no sorghum, SpikedSeltzer is naturally gluten-free. Simple ingredients. No sulfites, no artificial sweeteners, no preservatives.
Flavors found at Molly’s: West Indies Lime and Indian River Grapefruit are available in 6pks. Those two flavors plus Cape Cod Cranberry and Valencia Orange are available in a canned variety 12pk. Packaging: 6pk 12oz. cans. Canned variety 12pks are also available at Molly’s Nutritional facts per 12oz.: 140 calories (120 calories from alcohol), 25mg of sodium, 5 grams of carbs, 5 grams of sugar, gluten-free, 6% ABV Price: $9.49/6pks | $18.49/variety 12pk
Here’s how our favorite sparklers stack up against each other:
If you are looking for a low calorie alcoholic seltzer…
Henry’s Hard Sparkling
Not to be confused with Henry’s Hard Soda, Henry’s Hard Sparkling is a low-carb spiked sparkling water malt beverage with no sugar and natural fruit flavor.
Flavors found at Molly’s: Lemon Lime Packaging: 6pk 12oz. cans. Nutritional facts per 12 oz.: 88 calories, 1.7 grams of carbs, 0 sugar, 4.2% ABV Price: $8.99/6pk
Flavors found at Molly’s: Orange Mango, Cranberry Lime, and Watermelon Packaging: 6pk 12oz. cans. Canned variety 12pks are also available at Molly’s. Nutritional facts per 12 oz.: 90 calories, 1 gram of carbs, 0 sugar, 4.5% ABV Price: $8.99/6pk | $16.99/12pk
And there you have it folks! We hope this helps you and your quest for your go-to summer beverage!
All prices are limited to stock on hand. Molly’s Spirits reserves the right to limit quantities. Prices are subject to change.
A little two-steppin’, bbq and booze – sounds like a fun way to spend a Saturday night, right? Well what if I told you it benefited a great cause? I know – it sounds even better! Enter the Mile High Q & Brew at Mile High Station, the annual fundraiser for our neighbor the Tennyson Center for Children. The Tennyson Center provides residential and therapeutic services as well as a K-12 school for Colorado children ages five to 18. Many of these children have been abused or neglected while others are dealing with a variety of learning disabilities, behavioral challenges, and other mental issues. Often seen as a last resort for children who have nowhere else to go, the Tennyson Center is a community of people dedicated to serving children and youth and strengthening families and has been doing so for more than 112 years. The Mile High Q & Brew has raised over $1,000,000 for the Tennyson Center since it’s conception in 2010!
Molly’s participated in this year’s Mile High Country Q & Brew by hosting a Spirits Pull! What’s a Spirits Pull? Bottles are collected, numbered and displayed on shelves. Guests donate an amount (this year’s amount was $40) to pull a number that correlates to a bottle. It’s a guaranteed win for the Tennyson Center and the donor (you can’t loose with booze)! We’re thrilled to say the Molly’s Spirits Pull brought in over $4,000 for the Tennyson Center! This would not have been possible without the generous donations from the following distilleries:
The response we received from these distilleries was amazing! We collected 101 bottles – exceeding our original goal of 75 – and all 101 were raffled off in less than two hours! There’s nothing like coming together for a great cause, and luckily we were able to snap a few photos before the bottles were gone. Check out these brands next time you’re at Molly’s! You can find them to your right when you enter the store!
The holidays can be stressful! Let The Bumblebee make your life sweeter with their handcrafted, holiday pies. You can pick up your goodies from the truck at Molly’s Spirits (with no minimum purchase required) on Wednesday, November 23rd.
Holiday Pies Available
Pumpkin Pie $30 made with organic homegrown heirloom pumpkins pairs well with: Villa Pillo Vin Santo Chianti $29.99
Cranberry Pie $30 tart cranberry pie with a butter crust bottom and crisp topping pairs well with: Banfi Rosa Regale, Sparkling Red $17.98
Apple Pie $30 classic apple topped with your choice of butter crust or crisp topping pairs well with: Saracco Moscato D’Asti $17.98
Pecan Pie $35 classic pecan pie pairs well with: Warre’s Otima 10 Year $25.99
Hazelnut Pecan Pie $35 classic pecan pie with toasted hazelnuts pairs well with: Warre’s Otima 20 Year $39.99
Honey Pine Nut Pie $45 like a classic pecan pie but made with Colorado honey and toasted pine nuts pairs well with: Tokaji Oremus $34.99