Buzz-Worthy Honey Experiences in Colorado

Colorado is host to many honey and honeybee experiences — see what the buzz is all about.

Beekeepers working at Hudson Gardens in Littleton
Beekeepers at Hudson Gardens in Littleton
Inside Honey House Distillery in Durango
Honey House Distillery in Durango
Interior of Honey Elixir Bar in Denver
Honey Elixir Bar in Denver

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HONEY ELIXIR BAR, DENVER

Tempt your taste buds with the sweet-and-spicy Queen Bee, made with jalapeño mezcal, honey, lime and salt. The non-alcoholic Saved by Saffron is served steaming with a sprinkle of honey crystals.

HONEY HOUSE DISTILLERY, DURANGO

Savor spirits made in a beehive-shaped still and feel like you’re sipping straight from the honey jar. Award-winning faves include Cinnamon Honey Whiskey and Hex Vodka.

HUNTERS MOON MEADERY, SEVERANCE

This take on the oldest known fermented beverage features harmonious flavors like Colorado huckleberry and nectar. Try Trappe’s Cask, boasting notes of vanilla and oak, or Howling Moon for hints of coffee.

SLAYMAKER CELLARS, IDAHO SPRINGS

Channel your inner King Arthur as you swig Slaymaker’s subtly floral honey wine. Ask for their award-winning Wildflower Traditional mead for whispers of fresh grass and melon.

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AUDREY JANE’S PIZZA GARAGE, BOULDER

Revel in the Hot Honey Disco Pie — think spicy salami and Calabrian-chili honey. FUN FACT: Audrey Jane’s was featured on Food Network’s hit show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

PEACH STREET DISTILLERS, PALISADE 

Dip into made-to-order guac infused with amaro honey, carrot pico de gallo and a bevy of chopped herbs. Take a tour of Peach Street’s production facility if you’re there Wednesday through Friday.

THE WINDSOR HOTEL’S DINING ROOM, DEL NORTE 

Pre-game dinner with a deluxe snacking plate piled high with locally cured meats and buttery cheeses. The best part? It’s all topped with golden goodness straight from nearby Haefeli’s Honey Farm.

HOVEY & HARRISON, EDWARDS

Revive your worker-bee energy with Greek yogurt drenched in fresh fruit, bee pollen, crunchy granola and Colorado-wildflower honey. Swing by later for an Apples + Bees cocktail: Hendrick’s gin, apple cider and rosemary-honey syrup.

See For Yourself

DEVIL’S THUMB RANCH, TABERNASH

Don a stylish protective suit and tour the ranch’s bee colony, with more than a million buzzing critters producing 1,200 pounds of pure Colorado honey. Sample summer’s sweet taste, then bring it home with a piece of honeycomb.

HUDSON GARDENS, LITTLETON

Find your calling with a Beekeeping Basics class. Learn the art-of-beekeeping foundations, like how to establish a hive and choosing the “right” kind of honeybee, with a beautiful 30-acre public park as the backdrop.

FORT COLLINS MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY, FORT COLLINS

Check out the museum’s colony doing its bee thang in the Animal Encounters exhibit. You’ll learn all about our buzzy insect friends, and you just might spot a bee doing a waggle dance to tell others where the good nectar is.

HONEYVILLE, DURANGO

See Honeyville’s queen bee in a glass beehive, watch golden Colorado honey being bottled, and head to the tasting counters to sample all manner of pollen-y products like spreadable honey, sauces and wines.

More Ways To Fill Your Honeypot

Find honey-infused food and body products from these happening hives.

BEEYOND THE HIVE, ELIZABETH  

TOP PICKS: Pure honey and beeswax products (lip balm, candles, lotions and soap)

BJORN’S COLORADO HONEY, BRECKENRIDGE & STEAMBOAT SPRINGS  

TOP PICKS: Stranahan’s Whiskey Barrel Honey, Colorado honeycomb, beeswax candles and Bee Rescue Wildflower Seed Mix

KNAPP’S FARM MARKET, ROCKY FORD  

TOP PICKS: From-the-farm honey products, along with other goodies like fresh cantaloupe and watermelon

BAUSERMAN’S FARM MARKET, MANZANOLA  

TOP PICKS: Freshly bottled honey products, plus locally made jams and apple ciders

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Photo credits: Honey House Distillery, Hudson Gardens, Honey Elixir Bar