J&L Distilling Company is a small-batch distillery that produces premium spirits: Fyr Liqueur, Sno gin, and Sno Vodka. Inside the tasting room, guests can sample sips solo or have the libations transformed into cocktails flavored with apple cider, freshly squeezed lemon juice, freshly grated ginger, tarragon, and other staples of the spice rack. Throughout the week, patrons can pair drinks and enjoy a view of the flatirons from the deck.
At Black Canyon Distillery, founder Fred Lesnick and his team take a grain-to-glass approach to their spirits. They use locally sourced Colorado grains and pure Rocky Mountain water to churn out handcrafted batches of whiskey, bourbon, vodka, and other spirits.
The whiskeys are particularly special, since Fred makes them by fusing tried-and-true recipes with his own ideas and ingenuity. Resulting batches are marked by their rich, golden color, as well as hints of caramel and vanilla flavors extracted from new white oak.
Organic, fair-trade blue agave is the base for all of State 38 Distilling's spirits. Owner Sean Smiley and his team ferment small batches of the agave with crisp water from the Rocky Mountains, then distill the mash in stills Sean designed himself. The resulting high-proof liquor provides the backbone for easy-drinking blanco, reposado, and añejo tequilas tinged with notes of oak and vanilla. And in a show of creativity, the State 38 team uses the agave base to make less traditional products such as agave vodka and gin–specialty liquors with an exceptionally clean finish.
When it comes to moonshine, the old ways are often the best ways. That's why, at the heart of 3 Hundred Days Distilling, there are methods that predate Prohibition. And while there is some modern technology in the process, the master distiller here—a retried Army EOD tech—prefers to mix his elixir by hand in small batches. The results are classic Western, easy-drinking moonshines in flavors such as apple pie, peach cobbler, and Colorado honey.
Whistling Hare Distillery is a family owned and operated business by the husband and wife duo, Howard and Laura Tuthill. The distillery was developed on the premise that good spirits should be made from organic, fresh and sustainable ingredients.
The Hare’s process is simple and honest, mirroring the integrity of our brand and spirits with every drop distilled in-house.
Going back to school while in your 40s is one thing; going back to learn an entirely new craft is another. But that's exactly what the founder of Mad Rabbit Distillery, Paul Page, did a few years ago. Paul and his wife became inspired to start their own distillery, so he enrolled in distiller courses in Kentucky.
Paul spent several years learning the craft and assembling equipment. Finally, in spring of 2016, he opened the doors to Mad Rabbit Distillery in an area known for its booze—established places such as Wonderland and Westminster Brewing Co. aren't far away. At Mad Rabbit, Paul and his team churn out premium craft spirits, and they plan on trying their hand at almost everything (except tequila). Visitors can try those creations in the tasting room, or they can even take a peak behind the scenes of this budding operation during tours.