The newest addition to Montrose Downtown, Storm King Distilling (41 West Main Street) has only been mixing up specialty cocktails for a few months but they already have a loyal following that comes back time and time again.
“Moscow Mules featuring our vodka and Fever Tree ginger beer with a squeeze of fresh lime served in copper mugs (which just arrived about a week ago), have been really popular,” said co-owner David Fishering.
“The Bloody Mary remains extremely popular as well. In addition to our own vodka, we make ours with really high-quality bloody mary mix from Colorado, and we’ve also been experimenting with some new garnishes including small-batch pickles and olives from the Ouray Meat and Fish Company.”
Fishering said that their Bee’s Knees cocktail has also been popular. The cocktail uses their own craft gin along with lavender from Buckhorn Gardens and local honey to make the very summery and very refreshing drink.
They have been experimenting all summer, so depending on what day you go in, you might get a classic Gin Collins served with Buckhorn Gardens lemon balm or the Westside (gin, fresh mint, fresh mint syrup, lemon and lime juice). And the experimenting isn’t going to stop anytime soon.
“We’re currently developing more yummy surprises using fresh, local ingredients that will be featured over the coming months as the summer wraps up and we move into fall.”
Fishering says the best way to keep track of what they have going on is to keep an eye on Storm King’s Facebook page.
Something else to look out for is Storm King’s participation in “Brews and Bites” a fundraiser for All Points Transit the night before the 13th annual Montrose Oktoberfest kicks off Saturday September 29th.
And even though Storm King is a distillery, they can make bespoke non-alcoholic drinks upon request. What you get will depends on what fresh ingredients they have that day!
Children are permitted on the patio and in the distillery so long as they a they are accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. Children are also allowed to accompany responsible adults on a tour of the manufacturing space and of course with all of the cool microbiology and chemistry going on they often find this really interesting.
Speaking of the patio, that is where you’ll find Dlicious Food Co. Light and creative bites there include a fresh garden salad with Eatin’ Greens Farms mixed green salad, watermelon radish, fennel, fried shallots and a Champagne vinaigrette; tacos made with oregano chicken breast, Peruvian beans, pickled habanero and onion; and tostadas made with adobo braised pork shoulder, refried beans, lettuce, tomato-jalapeño salsa, queso fresco and sour cream.
They occasionally offer ceviche, that depends on when the right ingredients are available. Follow them on Instagram to find out when they have it.
Across the street from Storm King in Sampler Square is Cimarron Coffee Roasters (72 South Grand Avenue). They offer a range of drinks with an obvious focus on coffee. A big coffee trend at the moment is Nitro Cold Brew which owner Eric Palumbo says is very popular with patrons. Additionally, all of the lattes on the menu can be iced and Cimarron is the only place in Montrose that is offering flash chill pour overs. And if caffeine isn’t your thing, Cimarron also offering Italian sodas made with house-made syrups.
(Rachel Oftedahl, photographer)
Back in the heart of Downtown there is the ever-popular Vine Market and Bistro (347 East Main Street). In addition to a range of salads and sandwiches, it also offers a range of coffee drinks using Lone Cone Coffee's air-roasted organic beans. Iced drinks that are popular at the moment include a lavender latte, a black raspberry white mocha, and their very own Nitro Cold Brew. They also offer wine and beer and cocktails including an elderflower martini, the Fiery Fatal (which is made with pineapple jalapeno vodka and serves up a kick) and the CAMP-bucha, made with kombucha, gin and Campari.
For something a little different, but still perfect for a scorching hot day, there is Hiro Japanese Steakhouse (228 East Main Street). The sushi, which can be served with rice (nigiri) or without rice (sashimi), is refreshing and good for both a lunch or dinner. Hiro also offers creative sushi rolls like the like the Montrose roll (salmon, tuna, albacore, cream cheese and cucumber) as well as some of the classics including the California roll.
Finally, if you’re craving something sweet, just around the corner from Hiro’s at Demoret Park is A Taste of New Orleans Sno Balls where owner Lesley Hallenborg has been serving up shaved ice with flavorings for 25 years. Kids seem to love Tiger’s Blood (strawberry and coconut) and adults love Pina Colada but with at least two dozen flavors, you are sure to find something!
Ready to chill out? Head downtown to enjoy the rest of summer!