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 smothered with only-in-Pueblo green chile and sprinkled with diced, raw onions.
Order the game plate at The Fort in Morrison, a restaurant housed in a replica of Bent's Fort in southeast Colorado, to sample a bone-in elk chop, buffalo sirloin medallion and grilled teriyaki quail.
Palisade Peach Cobbler
In Colorado, summertime means plenty of sweet Western Slope peaches. Try these seasonal gems during the Denver-based Eat Colorado Food Show in July, where independent restaurants will be offering their own peach specialties, such as the long-loved Palisade peach cobbler.
4 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.
Vapor Distillery Boulder Gin
This distinctive dry gin created by Vapor Distillery in Boulder touts a lush bouquet of flavorful botanicals, including citrus peel, green tea, lavender, hibiscus, chamomile and green tea.
Rising Sun Distillery Colorado Chile White Whiskey
With Mira Sol chilies grown down the road in Pueblo, this Denver-made concoction celebrates the rich flavor of Colorado's agriculture heritage. Plus, it's perfect in a bloody mary.
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.