Last year, DRAM Apothecary, a popular local bitter maker, closed its sister venture Bread Bar in Silver Plume and promised that a new endeavor was in the works. Owner Shae Whitney shared that after months of working on it, DRAM has purchased the historic riverfront Chaffee County Poor Farm located 1 mile outside of Salida.
She plans to put the land to use to grow organic herbs for the DRAM product line. Following some renovation, there will also be seven rooms available for rent nightly in the bed and breakfast on the property. The timeline for all of this is late spring-early summer.
Meanwhile, you can still purchase some of the unique products Whitney creates, including the Citrus Medica bitters (citrus rinds and blossoms with the added depth of hibiscus flowers) and the Pine Syrup (made using wild evergreen needles gathered by hand in the mountains of Colorado) on the DRAM website.
And if you feel nostalgic about their former Silver Plume digs, head on up there; new owners have revamped the offerings but kept the charm.