Taking a Rocky Mountain vacation soon? Adult beverage enthusiasts will love these Colorado breweries and distilleries. From craft beers to locally made whiskey, Colorado offers some of the best places to get boozy. Consider taking a tour or making a visit while away on vacation in the Centennial state.
Breweries Near Breckenridge
Starting in the ski town sanctuary, Breckenridge culture completely surrounds beer and ales. Breck residents look forward to a great first sip of a brew after a day on the slopes. These breweries cultivate the ale-loving audience that resides in Colorado and offer some of the best tours, tastings and experiences.
Ridden Bike and Brewery Tours
If you’re looking for a new way to experience the typical brewery or distillery tour, look no further than taking a Breckenridge Fat Bike tour. Perfect for trekking through the snow in the winter or cruising down sidewalks in the summer, this fat bike tour goes year round to take guests to two of Breckenridge’s best: Broken Compass Brewery and Breckenridge Distillery.
An expert guide will lead you and your group through Rocky Mountain paths that eventually leads you to the Blue River Rec Path. A popular destination for locals and visitors, The Broken Compass Brewery is just one stop on this scenic bike tour. Open everyday, Broken Compass brewery in Colorado has a community vibe, encouraging guests to “bring your own food.” Over a dozen ales are always on tap, ranging from pale ales to IPAs. Swing by on a Tuesday for trivia or live acoustic jams on Sundays. There’s also a free shuttle that constantly circulates through Breckenridge.
The second stop on the Ridden Bike and Brewery Tour brings riders to the Breckenridge Distillery. It is famously also known for being the “World’s Highest Distillery.” With it’s most popular and highly awarded Breckenridge Bourbon, the Breckenridge Distillery simply can’t be skipped on your next culinary adventure. The Breckenridge Bourbon is a high-rye mash, American-style whiskey that’s won Best American Blended four years in a row. They also offer much more than whiskey, including gin, rum, vodka as well as a professionally-run chef restaurant.
Not part of the fat bike tour, Breckenridge Brewery cannot be missed while you’re in Breck! Opening its doors in 1990, Breckenridge Brewery & Pub is the third-oldest craft brewery in Colorado. Breckenridge Brewery is located on the historic Main Street and continues to delight visitors as well as locals. They currently send their delicious flavors of craft beers like Vanilla Porter, Avalanche Amber Ale and Agave Wheat to over 35 states.
Where to Stay in Breckenridge
Breckenridge Grand Vacations is without a doubt the place to be when you are looking to vacation in this mountain town. There are four fabulous resorts within the brand that are available to rent or buy right from Timeshares Only. Located along the slopes of the Rocky Mountains, choose from Grand Timber Lodge, Grand Lodge on Peak 7, Grand Colorado on Peak 8 or Gold Point Resort.
Dive into Denver Distilleries
If you’re heading to the largest Colorado city, you won’t miss the local distilleries that are scattered through Denver. Although the centennial state is full of beer lovers and brewers, there are also a ton of spirit-making connoiseurs.
This is as original as it gets, folks. The Denver Distillery is Colorado’s first ever distillery-pub, located inside a historic hotel that has since been repurposed. Visitors can call to schedule a free tour of the distillery, where this team focuses on creating small quantities of grain-to-glass spirits made from local and fresh ingredients. In-house spirits include strawberry-kiwi liqueur, spiced rum or apple pie moonshine. For a lighter beverage, they also serve wine, beer, cider and craft sodas.
The story of the start to Mythology Distillery in Colorado comes from a ski trip by three Denver natives, where these partners came out with an idea. Their mission is to stay creative, create great spirits and promote sustainability while doing so. With a fantastical spin on their brand, Mythology also sources their grains locally to maintain consistency and quality for every batch. Whiskey, voda, gin and rum are part of the selection, as well as a small menu of finger foods to complete the experience.
The home to the first Colorado-born whiskey, Stranahan’s uses fine-crafted distilling techniques and the best ingredients in each spirit created. Tours run an hour and a half long, giving visitors an inside look into how Stranahan’s achieves such perfection in a bottle. Started by a friendship between a volunteer firefighter and a neighbor, Stranahan’s has produced hundreds of batches of their famous spirits since. Each whiskey is made only from four key ingredients: 100% malted barley, yeast, Rocky Mountain water and time in the barrel.
Timeshares Near Denver
Going on vacation to Colorado gives travelers so many options for where they want to stay. Mountains, lakes and open air will satisfy your adventure travel cravings. While Denver is the urban retreat from the mountains, there are plenty of timeshare options close enough for a day trip. Marriott Vacation Club members can book a stay at any one of Marriott’s Streamside resorts at Evergreen, Douglas or Birch. Each of these heavenly properties are only an hour and forty minutes away from the city, making a trip to a Denver distillery simple. Hyatt Residence Club also has a stake nearby at the Hyatt Mountain Lodge, only 1 hour and fifty minutes away.