Locally sourced craft spirits: Colorado vodka, gin, bourbon and more

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Published Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Tasting craft spirits are an excellent way to enjoy the fruits of Colorado. Find distilleries that produce fresh Colorado vodka, brandy, and more here.

Colorado's unique micro-climates and untainted glacial waters and snowmelt produce exemplary crops. Distillers all over the state take advantage of these top-quality resources to make unforgettable craft spirits. From Durango Craft Spirits to Peach Street Distillers, we've listed a few of the best distilleries in Colorado for you to enjoy. After all, what better way to savor the culture and tradition of the Wild West than with a glass of Colorado vodka, whiskey, gin, or bourbon?

Best Craft Spirits in Colorado

The first legal Grain-to-Glass distillery in Durango since the Prohibition, Durango Craft Spirits has won multiple awards for their whiskey, vodka, and moonshine. Master distillers use local grains and mash, distill, and bottle each spirit by hand. You can taste these signature spirits in Durango Craft's sophisticated tasting room, or you can bring a bottle home to enjoy. 

Led by a master distiller with decades of experience, Old Elk Distillery produces a smooth and inventive bourbon that even the most distinguished bourbon lover will appreciate. The result of a reimagined recipe, Old Elk Distillery bourbon features caramel cues and spicy notes of rye to deliver a richer, smoother flavor. The distillery is currently a production-only facility, but the brand envisions a larger space with a tasting room in the future.

The craftsmen at Peach Street Distillers continually perfect innovative craft spirits, including gin, whiskey, vodka, and brandy. Featuring ultra-sweet fruits grown in the area's unique micro-climate, these spirits have a distinctive flavor that sets them apart from the rest. Visit Peach Street to enjoy spending time in the oldest locally owned distillery in the state.

KJ Wood Distillers

Located in Ouray, KJ, Wood Distillers blend local grains with Rocky Mountain glacial waters for one-of-a-kind craft spirits. Connoisseurs will undoubtedly appreciate the gin, whiskey, and vodka. The tasting room also offers an innovative assortment of infused cocktails.

This Basalt distillery features a comfortable tasting room with a lounge-like vibe where visitors can taste an assortment of fine craft spirits. Choose from fresh Colorado vodka, whiskey, and gin. The distillery's store offers a full line of spirits and branded t-shirts, hats, glasses, and flasks. Tours are available by appointment only.

From vodka to brandy, there's a signature drink out there for you to enjoy. Consider adding one of these distilleries to your next vacation itinerary, or use one as a backdrop for the perfect date night. No matter where you are in the state, you're likely to find a local distillery that offers unique spirits you'll love.