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The 5280 Guide to Colorado Craft Beer

How Female-Owned Source of Nature Brings Big Flavor to Your Craft Beer

Meet Alex Leedy and Lavelle McGovney, two women in Wellington who locate rare ingredients for 250 beverage brands.


When you walk into Source of Nature’s 5,600-square-foot warehouse in the small town of Wellington, just north of Fort Collins, you’ll spot ropes of dried hops, a mountain of wine barrels, pallets of beer cans, bags of ground vanilla beans, and a freezer crammed with orange zest. And while clients—craft brewers, distillers, even kombucha makers—patronize Alex Leedy and Lavelle McGovney’s four-year-old sourcing clearinghouse for the flavorful, sometimes rare ingredients the duo procures, it’s what you can’t see that makes the company a novel resource for about 250 U.S. beverage brands, including Denver’s Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project and Longmont’s Left Hand Brewing Company. McGovney has a background in international business operations, and Leedy worked for years at New Belgium Brewing, collaborating with craft beer masters across the country. Together, they help producers bring a world of flavors, colors, and aromas to their beverages (in addition to offering dry, cold, and frozen storage, wine-barrel aging, and consulting services). “I love helping people find what they need and get it into their beers the right way,” Leedy says. “And I love getting to drink the end result.”

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