The Wild West and whiskey will forever be synonymous.
After all, “John Wayne never walked into a bar and said, ‘Hey pardner, how about a mango-infused vodka and make it a double,’” joked Jess Graber, founder of Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey.
Whether in Hollywood or books, Colorado played a major role during that foregone era and nowadays the 38th state is on a mission to reinvent that flavor of history in a big way.
Examining Colorado’s DNA conjures up some key images: Rocky Mountains, the Mile High City of Denver, craft beers, world-class skiing, and yes, cannabis which, after the state legalized in 2014, gave birth to the original “pot trail” to join the existing adventurous list of Colorado’s hiking trails, ski trails, brew trails, and golf trails.
Booze lovers rejoice. Welcome the newest route on the state map - the Colorado Spirits Trail.