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While Southwest Colorado is most often recognized for its desert highlands, snow-capped peaks, and endless outdoor recreation, it’s also home to nearly 30 independent craft breweries, wineries, distilleries, cideries, and non-alcoholic soda producers. Each of these craft beverage producers bring its own unique character to the communities in the Southwest region. From Durango to Pagosa Springs, Cortez to Silverton, you’ll find unique flavors, foods, and communities that have gathered around these craft beverage spaces. We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to help you discover the craft beverages of Southwest Colorado. For more information about Crafted Beverages of Southwest Colorado, visit durango.org/crafted-beverages.

Durango, Colorado

Durango sits in the heart of the Southwest Colorado region. From a great dining scene to world-class outdoor recreation, archeological sites and a thriving arts scene, Durango is one town you should definitely add to your Colorado bucket list.

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Honey House Distillery. Durango, Colorado. Photo courtesy of Visit Durango.

Featured Crafted Beverage Producer:

Honey House Distillery was born from local honey producer, Honeyville. All of the handcrafted small batch whiskeys, vodkas, and rums contain Honeyville Wildflower Honey. For more information, visit honeyhousedistillery.com.

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Bayfield, Colorado

This small, picturesque town of about 2,300 people is located west of Durango and is set in stunning natural surroundings.

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Craft breweries are one of the most popular crafted beverages producers in Southwest Colorado. Photo Courtesy of Visit Durango.

Featured Crafted Beverage Producer:

Bottom Shelf Brewery has six beers on tap year-round, as well as two seasonal rotating taps. Bottom Shelf also serves a full menu, including their in-house smoked meats. For more information, visit bottomshelfbrewery.com.

Cortez, Colorado

Surrounded by a stunning collection of Ancestral Puebloan archeological sites, Cortez lies between Mesa Verde National Park and the Ute Mountain Tribal Park. Views of the La Plata Mountains and desert mesas make this small Southwest Colorado town a truly beautiful place to visit.

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Mesa Verde National Park is home to archeological ruins from the Ancestral Puebloan civilization. Photo courtesy of Visit Durango.

Featured Crafted Beverage Producer:

WildEdge Brewing Collective opened in April 2017 one block north of Main Street in downtown Cortez. They’ve become a place for the community to gather around great beer, good food, and good friends. For more information, visit wildedgebrewing.com.

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Dolores, Colorado

This beautiful little town is tucked into a canyon alongside the Dolores River. It sits close to the McPhee Reservoir as well as beautiful ranch land.

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Teal Cider, T Lazy T Orchard. Photo courtesy of Visit Durango.

Featured Crafted Beverage Producer:

Teal Cider is the region’s only licensed craft cidery. Set on the grounds of the T Lazy T Orchard, the apples from the old and majestic apple orchard are picked, pressed, and fermented on site to make the cider. For more information, visit facebook.com/TLazyTOrchard.

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Ignacio, Colorado

Don’t be fooled by this town’s small size: It’s natural setting in the southeast corner of La Plata County along with the Southern Ute Indian Reservation is truly beautiful and perfect land for growing grapes for its winery.

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Photo Credit: Darin House (Flickr)

Featured Crafted Beverage Producer:

Fox Fire Farms is located on a 910-acre ranch, the perfect setting for a wine tasting. Their French-American hybrid grape varieties have been bred to withstand lower temperatures, thus making the town of Ignacio the perfect climate for this winery’s vintages. For more information, visit foxfirefarms.com.

Mancos, Colorado

At 7,000 feet above sea level, Mancos, Colorado was founded by cattle ranchers in the late 1800s and has since become a destination for those looking for outdoor recreation. The town sits five miles east of the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park.

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La Plata Mountains outside of Mancos, Colorado. Photo Credit: due_mele (Flickr)

Featured Crafted Beverage Producer:

Mancos Brewing Company aims to be a true “public house” where all can come to gather and meet old friends and new. They consider themselves a nano brewery, only crafting beers in 2-7 barrel batches so you’ll find new flavors every time you visit. For more information, visit mancosbrewingcompany.com.

Ouray, Colorado

Dubbed the ‘Switzerland of America’, this hamlet is surrounded on three sides by some of the most rugged mountains in Colorado. From hot springs to wildflowers to 14,000 foot peaks, this small town is truly one of Colorado’s most charming.

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Ouray, Colorado. (OutThere Colorado)

Featured Crafted Beverage Producer:

KJ Wood Distillers won a Gold Medal for their spirits in the 2013 NY World Wine and Spirits. This distillery credits the icy, clear waters of the surrounding Rocky Mountains for its superior taste. For more information, visit kjwooddistillers.com.

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Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Pagosa Springs, with its population of less than 2,000 people, is just 35 miles from the New Mexico border at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Located in the upper San Juan Basin, this charming town is surrounded by San Juan National Forest and the Weminuche Wilderness and is also home to some of the most beautiful natural hot springs in the Centennial State, including the world’s deepest geothermal hot spring at The Springs Resort & Spa.

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The Springs Resort & Spa. Photo courtesy of Visit Pagosa Springs.

Featured Crafted Beverage Producer:

Pagosa Brewing Company features award-winning brews with unique flavors, such as their Chile Verde Cerveza and Kayaker Cream Ale. They also have a large outdoor beer garden. For more information, visit pagosabrewing.com.

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Ridgway, Colorado

Nestled between Montrose and Ouray, Ridgway is a Colorado classic – equal parts beautiful mountain town and classic old West.

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Colorado Boy Pub and Brewery in downtown Ridgway offers a host of microbrews as well as a full menu of artisan pizzas. This pub is a local favorite not only for its brews, but also for its antique oak bar and welcoming atmosphere. For more information, visit coloradoboy.com.

Silverton, Colorado

Some places in the Rocky Mountains are so remote, so tough to reach, that just driving there can feel like an epic adventure. Follow the steep, twisting U.S. Highway 550, also known as the “Million Dollar Highway”, to get to Silverton, one of Colorado’s most beautiful small towns.

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Silverton, Colorado. Photo Credit: ArtyAlison (iStock)

Featured Crafted Beverage Producer:

Golden Block Brewery is Silverton’s newest brewery and features wood-fired pizzas in addition to their crafted brews. For more information, visit goldenblockbrewery.com.

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