There are a few things that top the list when I think about Colorado and Coloradans: mountains, adventure, dogs, and beer. Luckily, for those who aren’t too into the stouts or the IPAs, Colorado has also seen an uptick in distilleries and wineries. Nearly every pocket of Denver has seen some sort of new addition to its scene, and Littleton and the surrounding areas are no different. Whether you like beer, wine, or something a little harder, the below list of neighborhood favorites is bound to wet your whistle and become a top pick for a fun night out where everyone knows your name.
Coal Mine Ave Brewing
9719 W Coal Mine Ave
Looking for somewhere to go that the whole family can join in on, including the dog? Coal Mine Avenue Brewing has exactly what you are all looking for: an off-leash area for the dogs to play and mingle with their own kind, board games and a pinball arcade for the little people, and 8 beers made from homemade purees and fresh herbs and spices for you! Check their calendar for special deals each night of the week they are open.
Jake’s Brew Bar
2530 W Main St
Located on Main Street in downtown Littleton, you would never know Jake’s is hiding a little gem of a beer garden in the back or that they have live music every Saturday night. Jake’s is in a prime location to pop in for a quick drink or to spend some time visiting with others. With 36 rotating taps (new beers added daily), wine, spirits, and a snack menu, there is a little something for everyone, no matter their taste buds.
Lariat Lodge Brewing Company (Slated to open August 12)
12684 W Indore Place
With its tried a true namesake located in Evergreen, the owners wanted to look for a second location a little closer to town and out of the crazy mountain weather. Being a Denver A-list winner for best brew pub for 2016, 2017, and 2018, Lariat Lodge II will offer a full bar and food menu. It will boast a kid-friendly and dog-friendly patio or Bark Garten, as they like to call it and will eventually turn the basement into a beer garden with long tables and communal seating.
10488 W Centennial Rd, #900
Started by Littleton natives and lifelong friends, 52Eighty was born out of a dream and a lot of hard work. Using innovative distilling techniques, locally-sourced ingredients, and crisp Rocky Mountain water, their spirits (whiskey, vodka, and gin) are magnificent spirits that lend themselves to an impressive cocktail menu. Be sure to check their calendar for special appreciation nights for first responders, teachers, nurses, and doctors.
5587 S Hill St
Located off the beaten path, in downtown Littleton, Rocker Spirits has a vintage vibe that pays homage to America’s industrial past. Specializing in whiskey, vodka, and rum, Rocker Spirits is quickly becoming a go-to hangout for Littleton residents who not only enjoy great spirits (their rum was named on of Food & Wine’s spirits of the year in 2017) but also a cool and relaxed environment to listen to live music on a patio with our four-legged friends.
Devil’s Head Distillery
3296 S Acoma St
Winner of the Berlin International Spirits Competition for both Colorado Distillery of the Year and Aquavit Distillery of the Year, Devil’s Head spirits are 100% mashed, fermented, distilled, and bottled onsite. Ask anyone who has been here, their aquavit, gin, and vodka are quality products from “grain to glass,” whether you’re trying one straight up or one of their amazing craft cocktails. These spirits, the laid-back atmosphere, and live music are what keep people coming back.
Black Arts Cellars
11616 Shaffer Place
This boutique, craft winery specializes in hand-crafted Rhone style wines by sourcing grapes from California’s Central Coast as well as Walla Walla, WA, and Colorado. Their passion for creating ultra-premium wines has won them four gold medals from the Denver International. Setting them apart even further, they practice sustainability and donate their grape pumice to the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Arboretum as compost.
Purgatory Cellars Winery
30 Springer Drive
Walking through the doors of Purgatory Cellars will instantly transport you back in time, as you lay eyes on the ancient wine press from Croatia. Sourcing all its grapes and processing them locally, Purgatory Cellars specializes in the ancient Croatian /Georgian method of Amphora-aged wines, which has one them multiple awards over the years. Voted 2019 Best of the Best for best wine bar and best place to meet new people, this winery includes light bites, live music, TVs, and patio seating.
6885 South Santa Fe Drive
Carboy Winery features 14 wines harvested from regions around the world and 7 varietals from the Western Slope regions in Colorado, with one of their Colorado wines medaling in California’s North of the Gate Wine Competition. With happy hour daily, an outside patio with a view of the mountains in the distance, one-liter refillable Carboy growler’s fresh from the tap, and Angelo’s Taverna next door where you can find handmade pizzas, pasta, oysters, ribs, and more, Carboy Winery is one where you could spend quality time with friends and family.