Colorado Craft Beverages: Your Beer, Wine and Spirits Sampler
Colorado is bursting with thoughtfully made small-batch brews, wines and spirits.
From Denver to every corner of the state, it’s easy to find interactive craft beverage experiences (and plenty of places to stop for a sip) to compliment your Colorado trip.
Head to Denver’s Stem Ciders to sample the signature brew, Malice, made from Colorado apples and aged in stainless steel. Or, bring a buddy to share a bottle from Epic Brewing Company – a Denver brewery that specializes in beers with higher alcohol content.
With light fixtures styled after fermenting tanks, Epic Brewing Company in Denver has the brews and décor beer drinkers will love.
The Riverwalk District in the historic city of Pueblo is home to the Brues Alehouse Brewing Co.. Save room for a Brues Alehouse Burger or a plate of loaded fries to enjoy with one of several house-brewed beers on tap.
Stoll down the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo, Colorado for scenic views of the winding Arkansas River.
Visit the tasting room or book a tour at Wood’s High Mountain Distillery (once an auto-body shop) to experience small-batch whiskeys, gins and elderflower liqueur. Alamosa’s San Luis Valley Brewing Company, founded in 2006, features an extensive menu (try the locally made sausages) to pair with the brewery’s rich Ol’ 169 Oatmeal Stout.
Colorado’s Northwest is prime growing territory, home to many farms and orchards. Grand Junction’s Grand River Vineyards, at the base of the postcard-pretty Book Cliff Mountains, specializes in traditional Bourdeaux-style wines made with only locally grown grapes. Set aside time in your itinerary to tour the vineyard and tasting room. In Palisade? Sample true fruit-to-glass spirits at Peach Street Distillers. The distillery crafts small batches of everything from gin to brandy to amaro.
Take in views of the Book Cliff Mountains from High Country Orchards and Vineyards in Palisade, Colorado.
Microbrew fans should make time in the Colorado Front Range to sample beers at Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins. The tap room boasts an assortment of seasonal and limited-edition brews (such as the whopping 11.2 percent ABV Doble Buho pilsner aged in tequila barrels). Grab a seat on the patio at Boulder’s Sanitas Brewing for a game of bocce ball while sipping a pint of Sanitas Citrus Lager or Cinilla Stout.
Enjoy a tasty brew on the outdoor patio at Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Stop by the homey tasting room at Bijou Creek Vineyards in Greeley to savor a glass of Cabernet Franc (made with high-altitude grapes) or a light zinfandel. The winery, whose name is French for “little jewel,” gets many of its grapes from the Palisade area in northwest Colorado.
For a unique experience, tour a completely wind-powered brewery at Ska Brewing in Durango. Be sure to try Ska’s new Hop Ivy, a canned beer made entirely with Colorado ingredients.
The outdoor beer garden at Ska Brewing in Durango is the perfect spot to sip a brew and take in the views.
Denver International Airport in the main gateway for international arrivals to Colorado. Visitors can connect commercially to statewide destinations via airports in Aspen, Colorado Springs, Durango, Eagle, Grand Junction, Gunnison, Hayden and Montrose.