If you are a beer lover, the high country is obviously a great place for you to be. Ranked in the top five brewery per capita rates in the country, Colorado is a great place to go for a road trip and a visit to a few of our state’s great breweries. Recently I took a beer trip to Telluride and drank beer at some great spots along the way.
We started our travels along highway 24 up through Leadville where you will find Periodic Brewing, then through Buena Vista home to Eddyline Brewing. However, our 1st stop on this particular trip was Elevation Brewing in Poncha Springs near Salida. This is a great place to have a bite and a beer. They have a food truck on site and offer a great selection of well crafted brews in all styles, not to mention a beautiful view. In particular, I tired a sample of their Signal de Botrange, farmhouse ale aged in Chardonnay barrels, which was delicious. You can find Signal de Botrange available at the store in 750ml Bottles as well as several other great Elevation beers. The next need for a leg stretch was at Two Rascals in Montross, a cool small mountain town brewery and pub who had a great Green Pepper Beer.
After arriving and sleeping a night in Telluride, we headed to check out the brewery that holds the towns name sake, Telluride Brewing. What struck me about the brewery, among other things, was the size. Telluride Brewing is a fan favorite here at West Vail Liquor Mart and we sell a lot of their delicious creations like Face Down Brown and Tempter IPA. I walked into the laid back brewery/tasting room and thought, “wow this place is small.” However, these guys crank out a bunch of great beers perfect for a mountain hang out. This was a perfect environment for me. With a friendly staff and a great beer list, you can kill the better part of day hanging out there (and we did).
On the way back we booked it the quick way home through Grand Junction. We didn’t stop on the way back at any breweries as we showed up a little too early in the morning. However, in Grand Junction there are a few breweries including Kannah Creek Brewing. Then, down I70 East there are multiple breweries in Palisade, Glenwood, Eagle, Edwards, Eagle Vail…..You get the picture; there are a TON of breweries to visit everywhere in Colorado, so get out there! Please be careful and always have a designated driver!
-Dean LoRusso, Beer Buyer, West Vail Liquor Mart