Frasca Food and Wine’s master sommelier Bobby Stuckey is one of the best in the biz, and he’s sharing his expertise during Istituto Frasca per il Vino, a series of intimate wine classes (limited to 16 guests) that focus on a specific region or style. Each class includes an illustrated workbook, a specially curated wine flight, tax and gratuity. Register now:
Burgundy: Feb. 6 and Feb. 8; 6–8 p.m.; $275/person
Southern France: March 27 and March 29; 6–8 p.m.: $255/person
Frasca Food and Wine,
1738 Pearl St., Boulder
RAISE A GLASS
Dustin Hall had no intentions to create his new coffee table book, “Discovering Colorado Breweries.” The Denver-based photographer was just having a blast taking pictures of breweries for fun. But a couple years— and a Kickstarter campaign—later, the project was funded within about eight hours of its promotion. We chatted with Hall about the book, which features 70-plus craft breweries from across the state.
What’s something new you learned about beer-making? “That it’s a lot of work. I didn’t realize just how much work was involved with brewing that beer in front of me until I started this project and that’s part of the story I try to tell through my photos.”
How much beer did you taste while working on this book? “Oh, boy, this is probably one answer I don’t want to know! I was lucky to try beer that was being packaged that next day—and that there would be a line around the building for. I tried beer right out of barrels during different stages of the aging process. I tried beer before and after it was inoculated with fruit. I tried beer I really enjoyed and I tried beer that I didn’t. But I loved the experience and the conversation provided by each one.”
What’s your favorite Colorado beer? “Everyone who knows me knows I’m a huge malt fan. I love dark beers and the heavier the better. I feel the Yeti series by Great Divide is one of the best out there. I have not had a barrelaged stout by Avery that I didn’t like. I love that TRVE has a stout on tap year-round and that I have access to some of the best beer in the country, right here in Colorado.”
2 NEW PLACES TO EAT
RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE TECH CENTER
South Denver, another high-end steakhouse has come your way. The award-winning restaurant has opened its second location in the area at the newly completed One Belleview Station (two blocks from the Belleview Station light rail stop). Order this: The Spicy Shrimp appetizer and signature 11-ounce Fillet (above). 7001 E. Belleview Ave.
KAZAN RAMEN BISTRO
Grab your chopsticks: This sleek new ramen shop in Berkeley is serving up “volcano”-style ramen, which is cooked in front of diners in a nearly 600-degree hot stone bowl. Handmade noodles, gyoza and hand-carved chashu are freshly prepared every day. Order this: Karaage fried chicken or Kazan Curry Ramen (pictured). 3901 Tennyson St.