True to its name, Feisty Spirits' logo is a winking specter. This image emblazons every barrel of the distillery's aged whiskey, its winking visage hinting at the mischief and wonder inside. For there's a sense of playful experimentation that goes into crafting the flavor profile for each drink. The flagship bourbon, for example, is subtly nutty and earthy, while the cinnamon whiskey uses only a dash of the aromatic spice, which makes for a sweet finish and prevents you from roaring flames after every sip. Guests can see how these creations are made from the tasting room, where a window peers right into the distilling area. Here, ingredients boil and condense in a large, shining still.
As a brewer details the inspiration behind his summery wheat brew, a group of fans lift sudsy mugs to their lips. The summer day has finally begun to cool, and rock music from a nearby stage adds a festive mood to the serious business of beer tasting. Now in its third decade, the Colorado Brewers' Festival hosts thousands of visitors, drawn like moths to a burning s'more, at the Civic Center Park Area every year. Over time, the festival has found ever more Colorado breweries to celebrate, including a large number from Fort Collins alone.
SeptaCycles converts a traditionally solitary endeavor into a group activity with seven-seater bikes that glide at up to 10 miles per hour. Designed by artist and inventor Eric Staller, the Conference Bike fans a circle of seats around the central hub where pedalers' kinetic energy and fear of advancing tricycle gangs propels the rear wheels via a motorcycle chain. This people power sends groups gliding through Old Town or toward sunny City Park. Independent free wheels allow riders to exercise feverishly or take a breather without delaying excursions, and a steering system designed by Porsche helps drivers stay on target. Hourly rentals let groups control their own course, or trained drivers can take the helm, cruising toward pit stops at local breweries such as Equinox and New Belgium or CSU’s verdant lagoon.
Ten Bears Winery produces smooth, handcrafted wines through a fermentation process that involves french-oak aging and an exclusive winter-hibernation technique. To begin, the facility’s winemaker hand-selects the finest grapes available, and by the time those grapes reach the bottling line, they’ve been transformed into easy-to-drink, well-balanced Colorado wines, many of which populate the shelves at local retailers. For a more personalized wine-drinking experience, Ten Bears also offers private tastings and a custom labeling service that adorns bottles with company logos, pictures, and personal pager numbers.
When guests cross the threshold into MorbidNights Colorado's Nut House, they enter the tormented minds of history's most notorious serial killers. Inside the 20 rooms that occupy the 12,000 square-foot fear factory, brazen voyagers come face to face with some of the most homicidal humans ever to walk the earth, and shudder with fear as the criminals reenact their notorious crimes or a favorite dance number from South Pacific. Those brave enough to risk the madness do so for a great cause, however, as the haunt donates a portion of its yearly proceeds to worthy causes including the Weld Food Bank or UNC student radio.