See for Free: 6 Delicious Colorado Tastings

Saccharine honey wine, handmade ice cream and rich chocolate sauce are just a few of the delicious edibles you’ll be able to taste for free when you visit Colorado’s local factories and retail shops. Check out these culinary gems to sample some of the state’s tastiest treats.

By: Colorado.com Staff Writer
Updated: May 28, 2024

Honeyville

Visit Honeyville, “the land of elk and honey,” where you can watch live honeybees at work inside a glass-encased beehive and (most importantly) taste free samples of regional honey products, jams and jellies. This small retail shop is located off Hwy. 550, just 10 miles north of Durango. Try local favorites like cinnamon whipped honey, wild chokecherry jelly and Chocolate Buzz honey fudge sauce.

New Belgium Tour

New Belgium Brewing, a Colorado-craft-beer favorite in Fort Collins, gives free, 45-minute tours daily. Touted as family friendly, New Belgium boasts that every tour ends with a ride down their beloved slide. Get your ticket day-of for educational information and beer samples

EVOO Marketplace

Spend some time at Old Town Littleton's EVOO Marketplace, a culinary boutique specializing in extra-virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars. Each steel canister has its own self-serve spout and stack of sample cups, making it easy to try more than 50 varieties of oils and vinegars, from fig-infused balsamic vinegar to chipotle-flavored olive oil.

Meadery of the Rockies

Gone are the days of savage Vikings and armor-clad knights, but you can still enjoy a swig of their favorite libation: mead. This sweet honey wine is often dubbed “nectar of the gods,” and you only need a sip to figure out why. Head over to the Meadery of the Rockies in Palisade, where they do free mead tastings — in dry and sweet varieties and blended with fruit, spices or hops, all made with 100 percent orange-bloosom honey.

Sweet Action Ice Cream

With flavors like sour cream and chive, brown butter sage and blackberry whiskey, Denver's Sweet Action Ice Cream comes fully loaded with an arsenal of innovative flavors that rival Willy Wonka’s imagination. The friendly folks behind the ice cream counter will let you try as many samples as you like — just make sure to add something to their tip jar once you make up your mind.

Spero Winery

Spend a Saturday afternoon sampling vino at a free tasting put on by Spero, a family-owned winery in the heart of Denver. Their award-winning wines are made with grapes grown right here in Colorado.

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