Owen Locke speaking at DSW

Owen Locke Inspires Colorado's Entrepreneurs at Denver Startup Week

Our Co-Founder inspired and engaged a room full of entrepreneurs at Denver Startup Week in October.

Our Co-Founder (and namesake), Owen Locke, had the chance to join a panel of experts at Denver Startup Week last month, to discuss the importance of entrepreneur-mentor relationships. 

The session, titled “Who Needs a Mentor? You Do!” encouraged local entrepreneurs to act like Enterprise-level Executives who often rely on the experience of outside advisors to help them tackle business challenges. 

Why shouldn’t entrepreneurs use the same tactics Enterprise folks use for success? They absolutely should.

Urban Life Wash Park and Locke + Co Team Up for the Ultimate Fall Spiced Sangria

The holiday season is nearly upon us, and that means you need cocktails; lots of them. This Fall Spiced Sangria recipe is the perfect place to start.

Most folks don’t associate Sangria with Fall (or Winter) in Colorado. But, what most folks don’t know about this intoxicating Spanish beverage, is that Sangria’s name derives from the Latin word for blood (thanks to the hue imparted by the red wine used in its making). It’s the perfect post-Halloween, pre-Thanksgiving beverage to kick your indoor season into gear. 

While there are Sangria purists (we appreciate your commitment to tradition!), in 2021, this storied drink might include any number of unexpected ingredients – including Locke + Co Aspen Aged Rye Whiskey. 

Whatever your preference, Sangria is the perfect holiday cocktail party drink. It’s easy to mix in batches, and it makes dealing with your creepy uncle easy (every person has one). 

That’s why we were thrilled when our friends at Urban Life Wash Park decided to highlight the unique flavor of Locke + Co Aspen Aged Rye Whiskey in their Fall Spiced Sangria recipe. 


Visit Urban Life Wash Park to get the full recipe.


You’re welcome. 

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Breaking Bourbon Reviews Locke + Co’s Aspen Aged Rye - Spoiler Alert: They’re Fans

Our Colorado-made and Aspen-aged rye whiskey might have just become Breaking Bourbon’s new favorite juice. 

Hand Holding Needle In The Hay Cocktail sitting on a Aspen wood wedge

“Yes, Aspen Aged Rye is young, and yes, it’s finished with Aspen oak discs, but it’s hard to argue with the results.”

– Breaking Bourbon 

Aaliyah was on to something when she released her 90s Hip Hop classic, “Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number.”

We understand that in the world of whiskey, age is often important. But there are occasional unicorns, like our Aspen Aged Rye Whiskey; spirits so beautifully compelling they’re impossible to ignore, despite their youth. 

We also know we’re producing one of the finest rye whiskeys out there, and now Breaking Bourbon’s readers know it, too. 

The Internet’s whiskey experts are Locke + Co fans; shouldn’t you be, too? After all, age ain’t nothing but a number. 

Visit Breaking Bourbon’s site to read their review.

Apple Cider Old Fashioned with apple and cinnamon stick garnishes sitting on a wood coaster in front of a bottle of Locke + Co. Aspen Aged Rye Whiskey on a wood table

Apple Cider Old Fashioned



  1. Combine bitters, sugar cube and 1 apple slice in a rocks glass.
  2. Add whiskey and apple cider and stir to combine.
  3. Add ice and garnish with a cinnamon stick and an apple slice.


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apple cider hot toddy and a bottle of Locke & Co. Aspen Aged Rye Whiskey on a wood table

Apple Cider Hot Toddy

Locke + Co. Apple Cider Hot Toddy

Warm and cozy, this Apple Cider Hot Toddy is perfect for sipping on my the fire this holiday season. You can use hard apple cider for a strong treat!


  • 2 oz Locke + Co. Aspen Aged Rye
  • 4 oz apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoon honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  1. Combine the apple cider, lemon juice, honey, and cinnamon stick in a small saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium-low heat, then reduce heat and simmer for about five minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, stir in the whiskey, and serve immediately.


Look for unfiltered apple cider if you can find it. It has a lot more apple-tastic flavor to it!

To make this for a large crowd, use the following measurements: 1/5 bottle of whiskey, 1/2 gallon of apple cider, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 2/3 cup of honey, and 4 cinnamon sticks. Makes 16 drinks. Keep simmering on the stove with a ladle and mugs nearby, or pour all into a slow cooker, and let cook on high for two hours before serving.


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Apple Cider Hot Toddy

Blinker Cocktail with grapefruit wedge in a Coupe Cocktail Glass



  • 2 oz Locke + Co. Aspen Aged Rye
  • 1/2 oz Fresh grapefruit juice (not pink)
  • 1 bar spoon raspberry syrup
  • Grapefruit garnish


  1. Combine all ingredients with ice in a shaker and shake vigorously.
  2. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with grapefruit.


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The Blinker Playlist

19 songs, 1 hr 21 min

The signature cocktail from Locke + Co distilling set to an indie playlist by Jake & Tyler from The Casual Sound podcast. Enjoy The Blinker and hit play.

The Casual Sound playing only the finest Indie, Brit-pop, Shoegaze, Baggy, Post-Punk, Twee, and Garage tunes. Every week award-winning club DJ Tyler Jacobson, Jake Ryan (formerly of Danger Radio), and Lenny compile a setlist of the best counter-culture sounds, both new and old. Born of Denver, CO’s Indie 101.5 in 2009, the station’s weekly Danger Radio show morphed into a podcast at the station’s demise. Over its five year lifespan, the podcast generated a healthy international following. After a three year hiatus, Tyler and Jake brought the show back to life as The Casual Sound, and included their good friend Lenny as co-host.

Casual Sound Podcast Hosts: Tyler Jacobson, Jake Ryan & Lenny

Looking for music recommendations to drink with your Locke + Co. Aspen Aged Rye Whiskey?
Check out The Casual Sound Podcast.

Chef Russell Jackson's Boulevardier

Chef Russell Jackson's Rye Boulevardier



  1. Place citrus peels and Locke + Co Rye into a glass jar, cover with top, shake and allow to sit at room temperature for 12-24 hours. Strain and reserve chilled
  2. Chill a cocktail glass by filling with ice or putting in freezer for about 5 minutes
  3. Pour the liquid ingredients into a mixing glass. Fill mixing glass 2/3 full of ice and stir until chilled, about 30 seconds
  4. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with orange twist

Chef Russell Jackson’s Rye Boulevardier Playlist

20 songs, 1 Hour 10 min

Denver DJ Ginger Perry created this playlist to be played while drinking this cocktail from Locke + Co distilling. Enjoy the Chef Russell Jackson’s Boulevardier and hit play.

Ginger Perry has been a taste making sensation in Denver since the 90s. She threw huge raves where she brought thousands of people together before moving on to DJ smaller and more eccentrically themed events; crafting a unique blend of downtempo and trip hop sound. She has performed intimate weddings and sold out shows with Pretty Lights at Red Rocks alike, along with the prestigious honor of playing weekly brunch at Table 6 for 11 years. Ginger is a kindhearted and generous person with a degree of experience that makes her a capable talent with deep crates and eclectic tastes who can bring the life to almost any party!

Maple Bacon Manhattan

Maple Bacon Manhattan


  • 2 oz Locke + Co. Aspen Aged Rye
  • 1/4 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1/4 oz dry vermouth
  • 1/2 oz maple syrup
  • Dash of bitters
  • Bacon


  1. Make candied bacon by placing bacon on a baking sheet. Coat in brown sugar and maple syrup and cook at 425 for 10 minutes.
  2. Add more syrup then bake for another 5-10 mins until crispy.
  3. Place ice in a mixing glass. Pour in vermouth, then whiskey, and stir.
  4. Strain into a cocktail glass.
  5. Add a dash of bitters if desired, and garnish with bacon


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Maple Bacon Manhattan Playlist

14 songs, 38 min 37 sec

Denver’s Mile High Soul Club have put together a themed collection of tunes to enjoy your Manhattan to. Enjoy the Maple Bacon Manhattan and hit play.

Started in 2008 by Rockabilly and Ribs founder DJ DogBoy, and Lipgloss co-founder, Tyler Jacobson, Mile High Soul Club has become the epicenter for Denver’s flourishing soul underground. Known internationally as one of the bright spots of America’s current soul scene, Mile High Soul Club is a monthly party at Roxy on Broadway in Denver where resident DJs, guest DJs and live bands specialize in making the dance floor move with a quality mix of Soul, Funk, Northern Soul and R&B.

In 2012, the duo of DJ DogBoy and Tyler Jacobson became a trio with the addition of DJ Steve Cervantes. MHSC has worked with and opened for such notable acts as Nick Waterhouse, Lenny Kravitz, Charles Bradley, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, Fred Schneider of the B-52’s, Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys and many more.

Mile High Soul Club DJs from left to right: Tyler Jacobson, Steve Cervantes & DogBoy

Check Out Mile High Soul Club Dance Parties!

Maple Pecan Rye Cocktail on a wood table

Maple Pecan Rye


  • 2 oz Locke + Co. Aspen Aged Rye
  • 2 dashes of Walnut bitters
  • 1/2 oz Maple syrup
  • 1 oz Carpano Antica
  • Smoked and Candied Pecans
  • Orange zest


  1. Combine whiskey, Carpano, and walnut bitters into a mixing glass with 2/3 full of ice. Stir.
  2. Dip rim of rocks glass in maple syrup then rollin crushed smoked and candied pecans.
  3. Strain, pour over ice and top with zest of orange peel.


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Needle In The Hay Cocktail on a wood table

Needle in the Hay


  • 1 oz Locke + Co. Aspen Aged Rye
  • 3/4 oz apple brandy
  • 1 tsp dark maple syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters


  1. Stir all ingredients together with ice until slightly chilled but still boozy.
  2. Strain over fresh ice into an old-fashioned glass.
  3. Garnish with a lemon twist.


A Locke + Co Original

Needle In The Hay Playlist

15 songs, 58 min 30 sec

Founding Lipgloss DJ Boyhollow created this playlist to be played while drinking this cocktail from Locke + Co distilling. Enjoy the Needle In The hay and hit play.

DJ Boyhollow

Boyhollow is an old goth that plays music for hipsters, indie-rockers, bass-heads, gays, party kids, gender-crushers, meat-heads, woo girls and even the occasional hippie. He doesn’t believe in writing bios containing a bunch of cliches about what an awesome DJ he is. He’d rather be making you dance.

He is co-founder of Lipgloss (est. 2001), Denver’s longest running and most awarded club-night. Lipgloss was instrumental in – if not arguably responsible for – creating Denver’s indie dance scene.

Boyhollow has worked with and opened for some of music’s biggest names, among them New Order, LCD Soundsystem, Blondie, Phoenix, The XX, Devo, and many, many more.

DJ Boyhollow Profile Picutre

He can be found every Friday at Lipgloss at Milk Bar in Denver, CO.