Before ancient Egyptians mastered the process of fermentation, their parties consisted of hieroglyphics recitations and gossip with the pharaoh's ill-mannered cat. Celebrate the invention of man's favorite libation with today's Groupon: for $5, you get one distillery tour, a spirit tasting, and two cocktails at Dancing Pines Distillery in Loveland (up to a $14 value). Tours run Wednesdays through Saturdays at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m.
Utilizing fresh ingredients instead of extracts, Dancing Pines Distillery brews up small batch artisanal spirits straight from the barrel or still. Like exorcism academies, the 20-minute distillery tour invites patrons to soak in knowledge and spirits, setting peepers on the distillery's fermentation, distilling, and bottling processes. Guests can follow the path from grain to glass to discover the flavor-infusing mechanics of liquor stills and small-barrel aging. In the cedar-trimmed tasting room, taste buds work overtime on a cross-section of potent potables, sampling the award-winning chai liqueur along side bourbons, rums, and other flavored liqueurs.
During the elixir expedition, wet your whistle on a duo of tasty cocktails, available in styles such as mojitos, chai manhattans, espressotinis, or rum and cokes. Fresh mint infuses the rooms with its aromatic scent, beckoning guests on an olfactory scavenger hunt that concludes in bloodhound certification or a relaxed celebration on the large patio.
Dancing Pines Distillery
While struggling to renovate their mountain cabin in the dead of winter, Kristian and Kimberly Naslund caught sight of the snow-covered pines outside their window, swaying in time to music softly playing in the background. Today, the husband-and-wife team has immortalized this shared placid moment through the very name of their craft distillery, bringing along Kristian's father Chris into the business as the trio fashions small-batch whiskeys, rums, liqueurs, and gins of the highest caliber. Since the distillery is a working production facility, visitors and tourists are likely to witness workers filling, labeling, and numbering each bottle by hand in the bottling area or berobed and bearded alchemists turning mash into spirits over the artisanal copper-pot still. Each powerful sip of bourbon and sweet mouthful of liqueur is culled from all-natural ingredients, free from artificial extracts, flavorings, or coloring agents.
1527 Taurus Ct.
Loveland, Colorado 80537