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Get In The Spirit: 10 Colorado Distilleries To Visit Now

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It's no surprise that Colorado, with its incredible number of small craft breweries (more than 180 now), would also support the booming spirits industry. According to the Colorado Distiller's Guild, the state now boasts more than 50 craft distillers making vodka, gin, several varieties of whiskey, rum, brandy, absinthe, liqueurs... you name it, they've got it.

October's Cocktail Week got us fired up about the craft spirits that many of Denver's bartenders are now featuring in their cocktails. So we asked them for their recommendations for the most notable distilleries in the state. Here's what they said.


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Leopold Bros.

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Leopold Bros. has become a staple at many Denver bars. This award-winning, family owned distillery is operated by distiller Todd Leopold and his brother Scott, who have roots in the brewing industry. The Leopold Bros. line includes several whiskeys, vodka, gin, absinthe, and many popular liqueurs.

Golden Moon Distillery

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This Golden distillery specializes in premium hand-crafted herbal liqueurs, like the can't-miss Crème de Violette distilled with blue violet flowers and buds.

Roundhouse Spirits

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This Boulder distillery is well-known for its full-bodied barrel aged gin that is often enjoyed neat like whiskey. Keep an eye out for Roundhouse's new tequila project, coming soon.

Spirit Hound Distillers

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Lyons, Colorado's first craft distillery makes Spirit Hound Whisky and Spirit Hound gin that can be found in cocktails at Bitter Bar, OAK, and SALT, and at bars throughout the Front Range. Spirit Hounds also crafts a decaf coffee liqueur.

Dancing Pines Distillery

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Not only does this distillery make some of the state's most inventive spirits— like the chai and coffee liqueurs flying off the shelves— but it also makes a damn good cocktail. Don't leave the tour without indulging in one of DP's signature drinks.

Spring 44 Distillery

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Named after the spring in the northern Colorado Rocky Mountains where owners and friends used to hike to, Spring 44 has become a Colorado spirit staple. Go for a tour and tastes of its award-winning vodka and gin, bourbon, and popular honey-flavored vodka.

Woody Creek Distillers

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Woody Creek Distillers just won its first-ever competition that it entered, a silver medal from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition for its vodka. The spirit is made with estate-grown potatoes.

Jack Rabbit Hill Farm

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What began as Colorado's first all-organic winery became the state's first all-organic distillery producing the Peak Spirits line, and an industry leader in biodynamic grape growing. Now you can try this estate distillery's products at the CapRock Farm Bar at The Source.

Peach Street Distillers

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The owners of Peach Street Distillers (one of whom also co-owns Durango's Ska Brewing) set up shop in Palisade to capitalize on the area's incredible fruit yield. The distillery was the 2012 Distillery of The Year, and wins many awards for its signature peach and pear brandies.

Wood's High Mountain Distillery

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Salida, Colorado is one of the state's hidden gems when it comes to small-batch booze. Don't miss this downtown taproom where you can try Tenderfoot Whiskey and the Treeline Gin, which is also offered in a barrel-aged variety.

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Leopold Bros.

Leopold Bros. has become a staple at many Denver bars. This award-winning, family owned distillery is operated by distiller Todd Leopold and his brother Scott, who have roots in the brewing industry. The Leopold Bros. line includes several whiskeys, vodka, gin, absinthe, and many popular liqueurs.

Golden Moon Distillery

This Golden distillery specializes in premium hand-crafted herbal liqueurs, like the can't-miss Crème de Violette distilled with blue violet flowers and buds.

Roundhouse Spirits

This Boulder distillery is well-known for its full-bodied barrel aged gin that is often enjoyed neat like whiskey. Keep an eye out for Roundhouse's new tequila project, coming soon.

Spirit Hound Distillers

Lyons, Colorado's first craft distillery makes Spirit Hound Whisky and Spirit Hound gin that can be found in cocktails at Bitter Bar, OAK, and SALT, and at bars throughout the Front Range. Spirit Hounds also crafts a decaf coffee liqueur.

Dancing Pines Distillery

Not only does this distillery make some of the state's most inventive spirits— like the chai and coffee liqueurs flying off the shelves— but it also makes a damn good cocktail. Don't leave the tour without indulging in one of DP's signature drinks.

Spring 44 Distillery

Named after the spring in the northern Colorado Rocky Mountains where owners and friends used to hike to, Spring 44 has become a Colorado spirit staple. Go for a tour and tastes of its award-winning vodka and gin, bourbon, and popular honey-flavored vodka.

Woody Creek Distillers

Woody Creek Distillers just won its first-ever competition that it entered, a silver medal from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition for its vodka. The spirit is made with estate-grown potatoes.

Jack Rabbit Hill Farm

What began as Colorado's first all-organic winery became the state's first all-organic distillery producing the Peak Spirits line, and an industry leader in biodynamic grape growing. Now you can try this estate distillery's products at the CapRock Farm Bar at The Source.

Peach Street Distillers

The owners of Peach Street Distillers (one of whom also co-owns Durango's Ska Brewing) set up shop in Palisade to capitalize on the area's incredible fruit yield. The distillery was the 2012 Distillery of The Year, and wins many awards for its signature peach and pear brandies.

Wood's High Mountain Distillery

Salida, Colorado is one of the state's hidden gems when it comes to small-batch booze. Don't miss this downtown taproom where you can try Tenderfoot Whiskey and the Treeline Gin, which is also offered in a barrel-aged variety.

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