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About the winery:
In a back alley on the outskirt of Downtown Denver, aluminum cans are topped off with wine. Denver’s urban winery, The Infinite Monkey Theorem, is taking the lead on what will someday be a trend no longer. “It’s just wine in an eight ounce can. It’s not pretentious,” says British owner of IMT Ben Parsons.
He envisioned the idea as a matter of convenience. People could quick grab a three pack of wine and head for a hike or the slopes. No bottle opener needed-just a quick click and the wine is ready to hit the lips. Parsons took the idea to Broomfield based Ball Corp. with one question: “How do you get wine in a can?” After several tests they found success. The cans were released in Colorado liquor stores in June 2011 and orders keep picking up speed.All of the canning is done inside the winery’s Quonset hut in the Santa Fe Art District. Right now the Black Muscat fills cans but Parsons plans on adding more varieties this year. The winery is also in the process of trying to distribute nationally.
So how did Parsons make way from London to Colorado? Turns out after receiving a scholarship to learn the chemistry of winemaking in Australia, he accepted a job as a wine maker at Canyon Wind in Palisade, CO. After five years he moved to a winery in Cortez, CO where he was determined to make a bright thought a reality. “The idea is quite simple. I wanted to bring a winery to the people.” Seeing as Denver’s population is larger than the Western Slope, he opened IMT in 2008. Parsons started driving up to Grand Junction to fill up with grapes to bring back to the Front Range to make wine. Ninety-five percent of the fruit is from Palisade- the rest is from other vineyards Parson’s selects based on his polished pallet.
IMT expands year by year. In 2008 they distributed 2,000 cases and in three short years now produce 10,000+ cases. As for 2012 the company is hoping to produce enough wine to fill 15,000 cases. As much as Parson’s seems to adore Denver his business might expand to urban wineries in other cities like Austin and states like Oregon. He would of course use state grapes, naturally. To learn more about the takeoff company please visit:
If you are still perplexed over the name, here is the background. It comes from the idea that if a monkey is given an infinite amount of time with a typewriter it could eventually turn the work of Shakespeare. Parson’s says that theory is a lot like winemaking. “There are so many variables, so many choices to make, and so many outcomes that are possible.” Parsons focuses on the variables that are most important like using the best grapes. He drops the ones that he doesn’t think matter so much, like a tasting room with granite and marble with rolling hills in the backdrop. His solution seems to have worked out just fine for all of us Denverities.