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Colorado booze, three ways: A diverse drink tour of RiNo

There’s more to local wine than just wine. This three-stop tour of Denver’s gritty RiNo district will showcase Colorado wine, cider and spirits — all within one mile square mile.

  • Suggested time: 3-4 Hours
  • Transportation: Car (designated driver or taxi)
  • Cost: $75

Stop 1: Infinite Monkey Theorem
This East London-style wine bar has become a hotspot in this gritty Denver neighborhood. While not a typical winery tasting room, wine flights are available, offering the chance to explore several of Colorado’s highest-rated wines. It also serves as a great waiting room for the next stop on this tour, The Populist.

Stop 2: The Populist
One of Denver’s top restaurants, The Populist offers creative American cuisine in a bustling, yet intimate dining room. While the wine list is devoid of classic local wines, the beverage list showcases Colorado Cider Co.’s Grass-Hoppah by the 500 ml bottle. It’s truly interesting to play with food and cider pairings, and many of Colorado Cider Co.’s offerings are created using locally grown apples. The Populist offers a two-person, seven-course meal for just $70 total.

Stop 3: Crooked Stave at The Source
After touring a winery and eating with some Colorado cider on the side, head over to The Source for a brewery experience that has all the hipsters in the city talking. Crooked Stave is one of the many artisan tenants in this gritty, local-food-first project. Its beers are geeky (which means plenty of hops and other bold flavors), and the crowd is extremely trendy (which works in concert with everything about The Source).

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