Cool Off this Summer with a Satiating Slushy

Photo: Courtesy Station 26 Brewing

Photo: Courtesy Station 26 Brewing

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By Natasha Lovato

When the sun is beating down and temperature is rising, there is nothing more refreshing than a boozy slushie to help beat the summer heat. Whether you prefer beer, wine or cider, there are ample and equally delicious options around the Front Range. Hop on a bike, walk through the city or call for a ride, but make sure you visit one of these cold-concoction creators this summer. 

Photo: Courtesy Fiction Beer Co.

Photo: Courtesy Fiction Beer Co.

Fiction Beer Co.

If you like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain, then you will love this slushie. The Coconut Cream Hush-Hush Slushie is a delicious mix of coconut and vanilla with a kettle-soured blonde beer base.

“The best slushie flavor we have ever made. Seriously, damn,” the folks at Fiction said. Flavors will rotate weekly until the cold weather returns.  With new flavors flying around all of the time, Fiction made sure to perfect the art of slushie-making by using a custom calculator to make sure the sugar content is just right. 

Station 26

Reserved specifically for sweltering summer days, Station 26 is excited to share their latest beer slushies. Pop in to enjoy flavors such as Cherry Lime Sour, Lemon Tangerine Cream, Blueberry Lager, Hurricane (303 Lager plus passionfruit, orange and lime) and FROSÉ (Brut Rosé ale with raspberry and hibiscus flavors). 

“Those are just a just a view examples of dozens of different flavors we've done,” according to Hamlet Fort, Station 26’s marketing and events manager. 

Photo: Courtesy Wiley Roots Brewing

Photo: Courtesy Wiley Roots Brewing

Wiley Roots

Made with Kool-Aid flavors, Wiley Roots took slushie making on a fun ride with Cherry Limeade, Blue, Purple and Raspberry Limeade Slush flavors. Slush, the brand name for Wiley’s fruited sour ales, is made with whole fruit puree, fresh fruit and spices. They will be available on tap and in 16-ounce cans until they sell out. 

“Sometimes those flavors are the same as what we are releasing on draft and to-go, other times we are making special flavors just for the slushie machine,” Wiley Roots marketing manager Scott Davidson said.  “As an example, for our luau release, we released Maui and Luau Slush on site and to-go with Pina Colada Slush and Strawberry Daiquiri Slush only available as a frozen slushie,” Davidson said. 

Photo: Natasha Lovato

Photo: Natasha Lovato

Stem Ciders

Stem keeps it cool this summer with rotating flavors of their cider slushies, from the Rosé, to the Hibiscus Session and a Salted Cucumber. You can expect numerous flavor profiles to choose from this summer in either the RiNo or Lafayette locations. 

 

Finn’s Manor

This RiNo bar has become an all-encompassing must-stop location this summer. With music, food trucks, ever-changing drinks and an eclectic vibe, it was a no brainer that Finn’s Manor made it to the list of must-try boozy slushies as well. The Frozen Rosé just arrived for the summer, although there are choices too. 

“Our bartender, Elle, who’s in charge of frozen drinks, likes to mix it up and experiment with different frozen concepts to keep it interesting and give our guests something new to look forward to each time they come in,” said Robert Sickler, Finn’s Manor beverage director.

Photo: Courtesy Infinite Monkey Theorem

Photo: Courtesy Infinite Monkey Theorem

Infinite Monkey Theorem

Infinite Monkey has sought to provide a new way of thinking about wine from the start. First with canned wines and now with a slushie machine, they’re shaking things up, literally. Swing by on your tour of RiNo to drink their Frozé or Sangria slushies made from 100 percent wine and no additional juice or sugar. 

 
Photo: Courtesy Evergreen Brewery

Photo: Courtesy Evergreen Brewery

Evergreen Brewery

You scream, I scream, we all scream for slushies - and Evergreen heard the request for these boozy beverages, loud and clear. 

“We’ve been changing our flavors every week with one beer slushie and one alcoholic slushie,” said Evergreen Brewery’s head brewer David LaBarbara. “We tried them at Station 26 a year ago and wanted to do them ourselves, so it’s been fun just exploring. We will definitely have them all summer and maybe even all year.”

LaBarbara uses a sour-beer base to create a weekly rotation of beverages, such as the Chick Flix and Chill Chardonnay Sour Slushie and the Blueberry Lemon Margarita Slush.