Great beer abounds in Denver and its surrounding area, being home to breweries galore. From big names like New Belgium, in Fort Collins, to newer-to-the-scene winners like Bierstadt, purveyors of authentic German ale in Denver, Coloradans have access to seemingly endless craft beer.
But great drinks don’t begin and end with an ale or lager. There is a universe of creative beverages being made by experts, and served up in spots as unique as what’s on tap. Here are some places to go tasting as you embark on a libation road less traveled.
Queen Bee Brews: Come taste and learn about this ancient drink from owner and brewmaster, Deborah Lee. Sourcing honey from different parts of the country means that Lee’s mead takes on a unique composition depending on where our buzzing friends lived and what plants they pollinated. Seasonal offerings and a welcoming atmosphere make Queen Bee a must-try.
Colorado Sake Company: Looking for sake rooted in local ingredients, a commitment to purity, made by a team of passionate Coloradans? Head to the tasting room at the Colorado Sake Company, located in the RiNo neighborhood. Having opened just over a month ago, the bar boasts a rotating offering of seasonal sake flavors.
Devil’s Head Distillery: Run by a husband and wife team, Devil’s Head distills a variety of liquors but is best known for the black licorice goodness known as Aquavit. It doesn’t get more local than this place, serving up hand-crafted cocktails made with fresh squeezed juices and house made simple syrups. If all the rest that Englewood has to offer was not enough to get you out there, then Devil’s Head ought to tip the scales.
American Cultures: If you love kombucha, you love kombucha. So go hang out with some other mother-lovers (it’s a kombucha joke – we love moms!) in this light-filled fermentation heaven. Parents of four boys, Danielle and Noah, started their venture as a kombucha ice cream float food truck. They now have a fixed location, and the taproom offers the same sweet treats along with kombucha on tap to be enjoyed there or taken home in a reusable growler.
Stem Ciders: There is no better cider season than autumn, and there is no better cider purveyor to check out than Stem Ciders. Michigan natives have brought their mitten-state love of apples and tradition, and mixed it with a uniquely Colorado flair. Come by to check out flavors like A Salted Cucumber Apple Cider, or whatever rare concoction are offered. The original location is in RiNo. If you can make it out the second location in Lafayette, you can enjoy a full dinner menu alongside your one of a kind drink.
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