The Centennial State has just one sake producer to fill local-first Coloradans’ cups—but thankfully, it’s in expansion mode. In June, Colorado Sake Co. quadrupled its production capacity and enlarged its original 1,100-square-foot, off-alley taproom by taking over the former Wine & Whey space on Larimer Street. Now there are 12 fermented rice wines on tap (up from six) in its tasting room, which is decorated with whimsical DIY elements. Pillow-lined couches are made from pallets; origami creations hang from the ceiling; and a cherry blossom mural by co-owner Jennifer Eubanks serves as a backdrop for the menu, playfully spelled out with wood blocks. Sip on the year-old brand’s inventive infused sakes (we love the Green Machine, amped up with ginger, lime, cilantro, and jalapeño) alongside rice bowls, dumplings, and yakisoba delivered from neighboring speakeasy Millers & Rossi. Be sure to fold a paper crane to add to the decor; instructions and plenty of liquid encouragement are provided. 3559 Larimer Street

This article was originally published in 5280 November 2019.

Patricia Kaowthumrong
Patricia Kaowthumrong

Patricia joined the 5280 staff in July 2019 and is thrilled to be overseeing all of 5280 Magazine’s dining coverage. Follow her food reporting adventures on Instagram @whatispattyeating.