DRINK­ING

West of 105 Magazine - - Destinations -

As for what to drink, well, it's Colorado, so you can be sure that your beer mug will run­neth over with some of the finest beer any­where.

SKA BREW­ING

Ska Brew­ing was founded in 1995 and is one of the largest in the state by out­put (although you wouldn't be­lieve it by the size of the fa­cil­ity - go on a free tour and see for your­self). The tap room has al­most two dozen beers, in­clud­ing small batch cre­ations from the ex­per­i­men­tal Mod Project. En­vi­ron­men­tal­ists will also love this place. The com­pany's ef­forts to go green in­clude a rooftop cov­ered with so­lar pan­els, bar top and ta­bles made from re­cy­cled bowl­ing al­ley lanes and walls in­su­lated with re­cy­cled denim jeans.

STEAM­WORKS BREW­ING CO.

Steam­works Brew­ing is one of the old­est brew­pubs in the state hav­ing been founded in 1996, and it's a very pop­u­lar spot for groups and fam­i­lies. They have a drink spe­cial ev­ery day in­clud­ing Pint Night on Thurs­days - $3 a pint all day. If you're look­ing for some­thing fa­mil­iar and dif­fer­ent at the same time try the Pre­scribed Burn, a light Ger­man ale con­di­tioned with habañero, poblano and hatch green chiles.

AN­I­MAS BREW­ING COM­PANY

From the old to the new, An­i­mas Brew­ing Com­pany is the new­est brew­ery in town. Lo­cated right next to the train tracks, their beer is good and they of­fer the old min­ing clas­sic, pasties.

DU­RANGO BREW­ING COM­PANY

One of Colorado's found­ing brew­eries, the brew pub and kitchen of­fers an ever-chang­ing se­lec­tion of small batch ales and lagers.

THE BOOK­CASE AND BAR­BER

For those that want a lit­tle more theater with their li­ba­tions, look no fur­ther than The Book­case and Bar­ber. This fully func­tion­ing bar­ber shop hides a de­li­cious se­cret be­hind the book­case. Find the pass­word to be granted ac­cess to the se­cret flap­per-cum-Gatsby bar beyond the book­case where you'll find some of Du­rango's (and no doubt the state's) finest cock­tails, too - a mix of rein­vented clas­sics and orig­i­nal cre­ations. The pro­hi­bi­tion era is in full swing at this re­ally fun lo­cal haunt. For a Book­case orig­i­nal, head over to page 68.

DU­RANGO CRAFT SPIR­ITS AND HONEY HOUSE

There are also two dis­til­leries in town - Du­rango Craft Spir­its and Honeyville House Dis­tillery, the lat­ter of which of­fers Colorado Honey Whiskey (read more about both of these dis­til­leries and on page 66).

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