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The Scrogue's Guide to Denver and the DNC: Single Malt

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology | Date: 1996
usquebaugh WHISKY1. XVI. — Ir. and Sc. Gael. uisge beatha ‘water of life’, i.e. uisge WATER, beatha life.

If you like single malt, you’re in for a treat. If you don’t like single malt, bear with us. We may be able to change that.

One of Denver’s purest, most exceptional treasures is Pint’s Pub, which we already mentioned in our beer and brewpubs article. And while Pint’s is a superb place for authentic traditional ale, its calling card is Scotch.

Put directly, Pint’s comprises perhaps the single greatest selection of single malt anywhere in the world outside of Scotland. In some ways it’s as much a museum as it is a restaurant and pub. Some vital statistics illustrate the point:

  • Pint’s serves 260 different types of Scotch. No, that’s not a misprint.
  • Its selection represents the largest number of distilleries outside Scotland.
  • Some of its selections are so rare that there are only a few bottles left in the world.

Most people don’t realize that in the last couple of decades a good number of distilleries have been forced out of business. When the whiskey already bottled is gone, there won’t be anymore. This means that a place like Pint’s is your last chance to taste certain distillations before they go extinct.

As you can imagine, this kind of rarity has exerted a predictable upward trend on pricing. Pint’s most expensive offering is a rare (and getting rarer) 1968 variety that goes for $750 a shot. That’s not a misprint, either. $750. Per. Shot. They feature a number of other rarities in the $100+ range, as well.

Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to be George Soros to enjoy Pint’s: the menu also features a massive selection of very affordable malts. And with 260 choices on the wall, there’s something for every palate as well as every price range, whether you’re a seasoned connoisseur or a curious beginner. (This past weekend, for instance, I had a round of the Bruichladdich 3D, a newer Islay with three peat levels. A fabulous malt for just $10. And they have lots more great stuff for even less than that.)

There’s nothing else in Denver quite like Pint’s. There’s nothing else in America quite like Pint’s. If you appreciate the usquebaugh, then, you owe it to yourself to pay Pint’s Pub a visit.

You won’t be disappointed.

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  1. I had a Caol Ila 18 year that was very nice. I make a point of never having the same thing twice (which is easy at this point, given I’ve been to Pints exactly twice now) so I can taste as many different malts as possible. Doing so also lets me decide what I want to buy for my own personal collection.