From the hallowed halls of the United States Mint to aromatic distilleries crafting the finest spirits, the Centennial State offers a tapestry of unique products – with local tours offering a behind-the-scenes peek at how things get made.
Hammond’s Candy Factory, located at 5735 Washington St., is a local favorite. “Visitors can witness candymakers knead, twist and pull the sugar and corn syrup candy cane mixture like it’s a glossy dough before it is shaped into canes,” says The Denver Post.
Another must-see spot is Stranahan’s Distillery, which hosts various events and classes – including an “American Single Malt Whiskey” tour and a “Top Shelf” tour. At 200 S. Kalamath St., swing by to learn about the distillery’s history and to sample sips of whiskey.
Meier Skis, at 1775 S. Broadway, strives to have “the world’s most eco-friendly, high-performance skis,” offering handmade skis harvested from Colorado trees. With “happy hour factory tours,” get an in-depth look at how these skis are created.
Denver’s Mint features free tours to learn about how billions of coins are produced annually. First established in 1862, this facility “creates commemorative coins and coin dies and stores gold and silver,” states The Denver Post. Located at 320 W. Colfax Ave., this historic building was influenced by the Riccardi Medici Palace in Italy.
Last but not least, an iconic made-in-Colorado tour is Coors Brewery at 502 14th St. in Golden, showcasing the history of the world’s largest single-site brewery, founded in 1873. Reservations are necessary and available 25 days in advance on a first-come, first-served basis.