Find Fine Spirits in Loveland, Colorado
Loveland may be known as a city with an ever growing number of microbreweries, but did you know that there are a growing number of craft distilleries here too? The city is home to a well-established distillery with a new one opening soon.
505 West 66th Street in Loveland
Spring44, located in North Loveland, offers one of the most entertaining craft distillery tours in the industry. However, you have to make an appointment as they do not have official tasting room or tour hours.
This distillery has an interesting water story. Yes, water. Their water comes from a natural spring in Colorado’s Buckhorn Canyon, west of Loveland. This spring is at 10,000 feet above sea level, and the folks at Spring 44 believe a high quality spirit starts with water.
Clear spirits are made with 60 percent water, meaning that water is incredibly important in the distilling process. Obtaining their water from a high altitude Colorado spring means that Spring44’s spirits are made with water of the highest quality.
Spring44 makes vodka, honey vodka, gin, mountain gin, Old Tom Gin, and a fortified bitter liqueur. Their honey vodka, which features lavender, vanilla and honey notes, is a favorite among my Loveland friends. It mixes wonderfully with unsweetened tea, or is great simply served on the rocks.
Big Fat Pastor
Opening soon in North Loveland, Big Fat Pastor will feature vodka, gin, whiskey and “other tasty delights.” And yes, the founder really was a pastor for 25 years. Keep tabs on their Facebook page to monitor their progress towards opening.
Many restaurants around Loveland carry Dancing Pines and Spring44 products. Here are two that are committed to serving up local craft spirits.
Rocky River Bar & Grille at the Embassy Suites – Loveland
Zach Manns, restaurant manager at Embassy Suites, takes great pride in his job, and actively looks to add local spirits and craft beers to his restaurant and bar’s offerings whenever possible.
Try the Mountain Cooler which features Spring44 vodka, club soda, St. Germains Elderflower Liqueur and cucumber and mint from the Embassy’s garden. Garnished with lime, this is a fantastic drink to enjoy at the bright and sunny Rocky River Bar & Grille.
Door 222 in downtown Loveland
From the moment they opened their doors, this downtown hot spot has been serving up local craft drinks from breweries and distilleries. Owner, Jim Edwards, hosts the occasional beer dinner and take great pride in featuring locally made items on his menus.
The Spiced Cider Margarita is the perfect fall drink. It’s made using Vago Espadin Mezcal, Dancing Pines Zoranj (orange liqueur), spiced cider simple syrup and lemon juice.