When I first moved to Denver, I was clearly in the market for my new liquor store. Every city that I have lived in, I have had a store where I always purchased my fine wine and craft beer. It isn’t as if I am a very heavy drinker. I am, however, a very picky and hopefully classy drinker. I like really unique wines and beers, ones that I will remember after I try them. I want to diversify my pallet, something that becomes especially important to me when I moved to a new city. I want to find that perfect homegrown feel combined with a quality selection and a sense of community. Perhaps that is a lot to ask of a liquor store, but the cities in which I have lived have never failed to produce a spot that lived up to my qualifications.
For Denver, that spot has been Joy Wine and Spirits from the very beginning. I was lucky with this one; it was the first store I wandered into here in Denver and it was the only, except for a rare desperate occasion. I immediately liked the ambience of the place the minute I walked in. It felt homey, comforting. The beers and wines were displayed in a way that made it feel accessible, and yet I knew from the moment I stepped in that drinking crafts from this store would be an adventure.
And so my liquor store love affair began with a perfect beginning. The store has been in Denver since 1963, although back in those days it was called Joy Pharmacy. This locally owned and locally cultivated store feels like it should for having been here for over fifty years! It is a meeting place, a community store. There isn’t anything that makes it feel more like this than its incredible annual chili cook off. Joy Wine and Spirits, the perfect liquor store for top quality brews and wines, hosts a chili cook off with guests spanning a variety of brewing companies to restaurants to other local groups. This is the perfect combination! Plus, this chili cook off helped me to really become acquainted with Denver and the local restaurant scene. I was thrilled to be able to attend it, as this meant that I could really meet my city, and make some new friends as well!
Needless to say, I am a big fan of Joy Wine and Spirits. Their sommeliers and cicerones are just the best. They allow you to really dig in and discover new things about wines and beers that you had no idea existed. They take you on a mouth watering journey that isn’t just about bringing home a bottle of wine, or taking a great gift to your friend’s for a housewarming gift. It becomes a culture of tasting and enjoying quality wine and beer. It becomes a lifestyle of selecting the perfect specialty wine to enjoy with someone special, or that perfect craft beer that has the hint of licorice you know your friend will cherish. That’s what great wine and beer are about, and that’s why Joy Wine and Spirits is the best place to find these things in Denver.