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    7 Ways to Sip and Savor Boulder

    Sample Boulder's Beer, Wine and Spirits Scenes

    Get a taste of what's brewing (and fermenting and distilling) in Boulder with these fun ways to enjoy libations in Boulder.

    1. Mix Your Own Cocktail at Salt

    Suspect you've got mad mixology skills? Anyone can give cocktail-concocting a try at Boulder's Salt Bistro. Their Cocktail Element menu allows you to mix and match your preferred ingredients. Choose your base spirit, such as tequila or vodka; the herb, spice or fruit you'd like to add for flavor; and the style, such as fizz, ricky or collins. And voilà: your own signature drink.

    2. Sip Exclusive Beers, Right from the Source, at Avery Brewing

    When you visit Avery Brewing's taproom in its dazzling, open-concept facility, you're bound to feel a tad bit smug that you can taste several scrumptious suds that can only be had right there, on site. Sure, the masses may have had Avery's famous White Rascal or Ellie's Brown Ale, but have they had the passion fruit-infused Belgian-style Lilikoi Kepolo or the spiced-just-right Chai Brown? Nope. Just you.

    3. Pedal Your Way to Boulder's Breweries and Bars on MyHandleBar

    Described as "a giant, 16-passenger bar bike with several pedaling seats," MyHandleBar is similar in concept to renting a limo for a party — except that the limo, in this case, is an open-air, leg-powered, eco-friendly bike that knows all the best bars in town. Not traveling with 15 of your closest friends? MyHandleBar has been known to offer a pay-per-seat pub crawl on Wednesdays. Check the website for details. Also see our Bike to Breweries self-guided tour.

    4. Soak (and Sip) Up Knowledge at The Bitter Bar

    There are lots of lounge-worthy seats at The Bitter Bar, but if you belly right up to the bar, you'll have a chance to chat with the ultra-knowledgeable, passionate bar staff. Ask how many herbs are in green chartreuse (hint: it's over 100), how they make their own bitters in-house (hence, the name), or how they choose and source their unique glassware (and why it matters).

    5. Sample Civilization's First Libation at Redstone Meadery

    There's pretty strong evidence that fermented honey was humankind's first foray into buzz-inducing beverages. You get the feeling the folks at Redstone Meadery would be just fine if humanity had stopped right there. Take a half-hour tour, and sample some delicious varieties of meads (black raspberry!) that will go a long way to convincing you that mead is indeed the nectar of the gods. 

    6. Visit Three Wineries in One Spot

    Hit the wine trifecta at Boulder Wine Studios, a group of three local wineries on Lee Hill Drive made up of Bookcliff Vineyards, Settembre Cellars and What We Love The Winery. Spend an afternoon sampling some of Boulder’s best wines, and add in a bit of beer, too — Upslope Brewery is right next door!

    7. Drink Up the Views at J&L Distilling

    A small patio serves up coveted Flatirons views at J&L Distilling, which produces small batches of vodka, gin and a unique herbal liqueur. Many of the tasting room's cocktails are as beautiful as the views, especially the ruby-red Beet Down — gin infused with beets, ginger-flavored simple syrup, tarragon honey and ffresh lemon juice.

    There's Always More

    Find more ways to enjoy Boulder's libations by checking out the Boulder's brewery, winery and distillery listings and by viewing the the Boulder Beer Trail Brochure (PDF).

    And Don't Forget the Food...

    Boulder was named America's Foodiest City by Bon Appétit magazine. See our foodie checklist or browse our restaurants for yumminess.