10 Must-See Breweries and Distilleries in Grand Junction

 

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While most know us as Colorado’s Wine Country, we have plenty of options for those who prefer hops & grains, to grapes so let's raise a glass to Mother Nature! The craft scene is booming in Colorado, home to one of the country’s most prolific craft brewing movements and quickly climbing to the third largest state for craft distilleries. For those looking for a locally crafted libation, you are in the right spot! Here is your checklist for local breweries and distilleries in and around Grand Junction. With GJ being smack in the middle of this beautiful valley, it serves as the perfect basecamp. You can check out over 38 affordable lodging properties and hundreds of vacation homes here.


BREWERIES

 

Kannah Creek Brewing Company

 

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This is the original Kannah Brewery where they push the boundaries of beer styles daily. Their award-winning brews are deep rooted in the traditions of craft brewing. To date, Kannah Creek has produced 46 different styles of beer, mostly American and British styles. Visit their brewery in Grand Junction and you will find 13 delicious beers on tap. For more German beer styles, visit their second location, Edgewater Brewery. Rounding out their variety of beers, each location brews its fair share of what they call, “crazy beers” batches. Learn More.

 

Edgewater Brewery

 

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Calling itself your neighborhood brewpub, Edgewater Brewery is located on the Colorado Riverfront Trail, next door to the Grand Junction Amphitheater. A great spot to start or end your day. Although this is a great pitstop year-round, spring and summer vibes flourish with their outdoor patio, live music and stunning views. Enjoy German style brews on tap year around. Don’t forget to ask about their “crazy beers” or brewer’s choice beers on tap. Learn More.

 

Ramblebine Brewing Company

 

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Ramblebine is located in Downtown Grand Junction in a historic building built in 1919. Their artsy taproom offers a view into their active brewery. They brew on a 10-barrel system which gives them extra production capacity to create unique flavor profiles. They produce a variety of IPA’s, farmhouse ales, Belgian ales, fruited kettle sours and seasonal beers. Their outdoor patio is a great spot to take in the character of downtown.  Learn More

 

Monumental Beer Works

 

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With 10+ beers and non-alcoholic beverages on tap, this Grand Junction brewery might just remind you of the adventures you took at the Colorado National Monument. They are passionate not only about craft beer but also the outdoor lifestyle and art. Enjoy an artistic atmosphere in their taproom inspired by the Western Slope. Learn More.

 

The Rockslide Brewery & Restaurant

 

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Located in Downtown Grand Junction, Rockslide Brewery is GJ’s original brew pub featuring six rotating micro brews, including seasonal brews. With two patios, this is a perfect place to relax and enjoy downtown’s vibes. Insider Tip: Tuesdays are all you can eat Salmon fish & chips! Learn More.

 

Copper Club Brewing Company

 

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A great spot to enjoy small-batch craft beers in a friendly pub atmosphere. The locals often refer to them as “Fruita’s living room.” 11 beers on tap will keep you taste buds happy. They also encourage you to bring your own food. Ask about a tour of their 7 Barrel Brew House (call ahead). Learn More

 

Palisade Brewing Company

 

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Palisade is most widely known for their peaches and vast acreage of vineyards. But who says you can’t make beer in wine country? Palisade Brewing Co. opened its doors in 2010 with an innovative mindset to create American-style beers with respect to the traditional roots of craft brewing. With a flavorful list of year-round beers, we suggest you ask about their seasonal list. Learn More

 

Suds Brothers Brewery

 

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Known as Fruita’s premier brewery and restaurant, Suds Brothers is located in the heart of downtown Fruita. Their 9 beers feature seasonal brews and signature series brews. Pair that with the El-Bandito pizza featuring ghost pepper jack cheese, and you’ll be ordering another brew in no time flat. In addition to its exceptional food and brews, they feature a full cocktail menu, wine, ciders and whiskey. Learn More

 


DISTILLERIES

 

Highlands Distillery

 

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Located in Grand Junction, Highlands Distillery stands at the nexus of science and art, marrying both to create handcrafted premium vodka and gin. They are perfected into the most uniquely elevated cocktails that make you feel like you have gone rogue. Try the popular, Elevated Blueberry Lemonade, grown-up style or the Whipped Pain Killer, a cure for whatever ails you. Swing by for these hand-crafted cocktails in their 80-year old farmhouse or get a sneak peek into their production processes where these spirits take on a life of their own. Learn More

 

Peach Street Distillers 

 

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Distilling vodka, brandy, gin, and bourbon, Peach Street is a refreshing break from the wine in the small town of Palisade. From fruit to glass, every spirit they make is hand-crafted with local fruits and grains to deliver maximum flavors and high proof in each of their spirits. “Craft” is just the Colorado way of life. Check out their distillery for hand-crafted cocktails, delicious food and distillery tours (call ahead). Learn More.

 

For more information on Grand Junction's craft scene, check out page 19 of the Official Grand Junction Visitor Guide.