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Like the housing market, Colorado’s craft alcohol scene is exploding. Every time you turn around there is a new bar, brewery, or distillery. Not that I’m complaining, it brings tourism and of course great booze to our state. However, not all of these new establishments are created equal and some bars open and close before you even have a chance to blink. The best places endure and become a part of Colorado culture.
Check out a few enduring and emerging favorites:
Williams & Graham
3160 Tejon St.
Handcrafted Cocktails + Specialty Food
Williams and Graham is located in the Highlands neighborhood of downtown Denver. It is known for its Speakeasy feel and fabulous handcrafted cocktails. They have all manner of cocktails from traditional items such as the Manhattan to newer creations like the Blackberry Sage Smash. Their food is very unique but no matter what you choose you will not be disappointed!
1530 Blake St.
Craft Beer + Fresh Food
Located in LoDo, Freshcraft serves up high quality comfort food, craft beer and specialty cocktails. They handpick craft beer to pair with their food menu. They have 25 rotating taps, bottles and focus on craft spirits. They use the freshest ingredients possible and make as much as they can from scratch.
Jakes Tap House & Beer Garden
2540 W. Main St.
Craft Beer + Coffee
Located in downtown Littleton, Jakes Tap House & Beer Garden specializes in craft beer and coffee. They have 38 rotating taps and 40+ bottled beers at any given time. Their gourmet coffee menu also features a variety of local coffee and noteworthy concoctions. Be sure to try the Goats Milk Latte, which was featured in 5280 Magazine.
Après Handcrafted Libations
130 S. Main St.
Craft Beer + Whiskey + Handcrafted Cocktails
Après Handcrafted Libations is located in the heart of Breckenridge and specializes in craft beer, craft spirits, and handcrafted cocktails. They have 30 rotating craft beer taps and 40+ rotating bottles. They only carry craft spirits and their selection of small batch whiskey is superb. All of their tasty cocktails are handcrafted using house-made syrups and fresh squeezed juices. Try the Breckenridge Mule for a local twist on the traditional Moscow Mule.
William Oliver’s Publick House
2608 S. Timberline Rd.
Whiskey + Colorado Booze
Located in southeast Fort Collins, William Oliver’s Publick House is Fort Collins’ first dedicated whiskey bar. They carry over 250 whiskies and are always looking for new requests. Not sure if whiskey is your thing? They can help you pick one to try. If you are still not sold on whiskey they do have a full bar, cocktails, and rotating beers on tap all of which are Colorado proud.
Are you a craft liquor connoisseur? What’s your favorite unique watering hole around Colorado?