From strolling in tidy rows of vineyards to gazing at ruby-red cherries at the farmers’ market, it’s easy to see why Coloradans are inspired to eat local. Savor the best of Colorado beer, wine, spirits and signature dishes.
3 Must-Have Colorado Beers
3 Quintessential Colorado Dishes
Green Chile Slopper
No trip to Pueblo is complete without a visit to Gray’s Coors Tavern, where you’ll find the famed slopper: Two open-faced cheeseburgers smoth- ered with only-in-Pueblo green chile and sprinkled with diced, raw onions.
Roasted Colorado Lamb Loin
Order this tender, juicy dish at Vail's Restaurant Kelly Liken (winner of Taste of Vail’s famous lamb cookoff), which comes with pearl onions, baby potatoes, haricot verts and lamb jus.
Palisade Peach Cobbler
In Colorado, summertime means plenty of sweet Western Slope peaches. Try these seasonal gems during Eat Denver’s Harvest Week, where independent restaurants will be offering their own peach specialties, such as the long-loved Palisade peach cobbler.
3 Must-Taste Colorado Spirits
Breckenridge Bourbon Whiskey
Using Breckenridge snowmelt water and a mash of yellow corn, green rye and unmalted barley, this deep-amber American whiskey boasts notes of caramel, oak and vanilla.
Silver Tree American Small Batch Vodka
Crafted by Leopold Bros. in Denver, this smooth, gold medal-winning vodka is distilled seven times from a blend of potatoes, malted barley and summer wheat.
This distinctive dry gin created by Roundhouse Spirits in Boulder touts a lush bouquet of flavorful botanicals, including juniper berry, coriander, citrus peel, green tea, lavender, hibiscus and star anise.
3 Must-Taste Colorado Wines
Produced by Infinite Monkey Theorem Winery in Denver, this bold blend of petit verdot, malbec, petite sirah and syrah is Colorado’s first wine to achieve a Wine Spectator score of 88 points.
Laughing Cat Gewurztraminer
This semi-sweet white wine by Carlson Vineyards in Palisade is a popular choice for food pairings, and its mouthwatering flavors of tropical fruit, honey and asian spices won it a double gold medal at the International Eastern Wine Competition.
Zero Below Late Harvest Chardonnay
Skip dessert and sip on something sweet instead, like this syrupy wine by Whitewater Hill Vineyards & Winery in Grand Junction. It’s bursting with lush flavors of Palisade peaches and juicy nectarines.
Colorado Farm Dinners & Farm Stays
Discover Colorado’s agricultural bounty with these two unique, pastoral experiences. Experience an authentic farm-to-table meal with Meadow Lark Farm, a monthly long-table dinner series held at various farms and prepared with fragrant herbs, freshly picked vegetables and sun-ripened fruits from the day’s harvest. And take a trip to southwest Colorado’s Canyon of the Ancients Guest Ranch in Cortez, where you can help tend farmlands and feed the animals. Or book a room at Paonia's Fresh & Wyld Farmhouse Inn to enjoy massages, organic meals and homesteading activities in a rural setting.