Tea, Candy and Brewery Tours
Sipping, sampling and snacking across Denver doesn’t have to take a chunk of your fun-time budget when you know who dishes it out for free. These three places happen to be the purveyors of Denver’s most cherished contributions to the world of hot tea, cold brews and old-fashioned sweets. Here’s how to taste and tour the factories and breweries at zero cost – unless you opt to pick up some take-home deliciousness before you leave the grounds.
Free Tour of Coors Brewing Company
Anyone who’s been brewing beer since 1873 knows a thing or two about the process, and the brewmasters at Coors are happy to share a few of their secrets during a tour of the Miller Coors Brewery in Golden. From malting to brewing and even packaging, you’ll get a crash course in the world of beer, as well as a chance to do some beer sampling in the hospitality lounge if you’re at least 21 years old. You also get a free Golden Ticket for restaurant and shopping discounts all over the downtown historic district. The tours take 30 minutes and operate every day in the summer, with some daily closures during the winter. Check the company website for exact hours.
Celestial Seasonings’ Free Tea Factory Tour
You’ll have to drive about 30 miles over to Boulder for this one, but it’s well worth it for a deep-dive into the tantalizing universe of tea. Celestial Seasonings, known the world over for more than 100 kinds of tea, open its doors for tea lovers to whiff, sniff and sample their way through teatime nirvana. Head over to the tea production plant on Sleepytime Drive in the Gunbarrel neighborhood, and drop in for the free 45-minute guided tours departing on the hour year-round (except holidays). You’ll learn everything imaginable about the history of tea and get close-up glimpses of tea processing. Don’t miss the aromatic Mint Room, and stay for the tea sampling bar at the end of the tour. Take along some friends for lunch at the Celestial Café, and pick up some gifts or tea supplies at the Celestial Tea Shop.
Free Hammond’s Candy Factory Tour
It doesn’t matter how old you are; just admit that you still love old-fashioned lollipops, peppermint pillows, caramel corn, ribbon candy and taffy pulls. Hammond’s Candies on North Washington Street stirs up nostalgia in its yummiest form, and you can tour the factory where the magic happens. Just show up on the half-hour Monday through Saturday to tromp through candyland, with a sea of candymakers hand-pulling, hand-twisting and artfully shaping your favorite sweet-treats the same way they’ve been doing it since 1920. You’ll also get some tidbits of history, the science of candymaking and a free candy sample. Stop by the gift shop to pick up the popular “Oops” bags of broken peppermint sticks and various grab bags.
Live the sweet life in one of Pinnacle’s conveniently located Denver apartment communities; stop by for a free tour today!