Spirit Hound Distillers: Hand-crafted drinks in the foothills of Colorado


Whiskey, rum and even some moonshine make their home at this cozy and successful distillery

Nestled in the Rocky Mountain Foothills, just 20 minutes from the beautiful and bustling town of Boulder, Colo., Spirit Hound Distillers invites guests to taste, enjoy, guzzle and gulp some of the finest spirits in the west.

Perfect for souvenirs, holiday gifts or merely an addition of another exceptionally fine spirit to your extensive collection, Spirit Hound Distillers offers hand-crafted delights worth sipping all year long. 

Cheers to great whiskey!Cheers to great whiskey! — Photo courtesy of Spirit Hound Distillers

The Setting 

Making its home in the charming and quirky foothills town of Lyons, Spirit Hounds fits right in with the local vibe, which can only be described as tastefully rustic.

A gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park and an outdoor-lover’s paradise, Lyons is an epicenter for cycling, rock-climbing, hiking and mountain biking.

And what better way to treat yourself after adventuring in the mountains than by stopping off to sample a spirit or three? 

Creative infusions to tantalize your taste budsCreative infusions to tantalize your taste buds — Photo courtesy of Spirit Hound Distillers

The Spirits

Mountain Bum Rum 

The name, itself, entices you to try this silver-aged concoction. Perfect for a simple rum and coke, but much better enjoyed over ice and straight, this rum is fresh-tasting and approachable, and it won’t leave you feeling foggy. Rather, it invigorates the senses and perks you up for the fun night ahead. 


Created using local juniper berries and a unique distillation process that allows the botanical flavors and aromatics to shine through, this gin is floral and has a pungent, “wild-crafted” flavor.

Ricardo’s Decaf Coffee Liqueur

Taking home the DOUBLE GOLD for Coffee Liqueurs at the Breckenridge Craft Spirits competition, Ricardo’s is a wonderful way to start your day or finish the evening. Its rich and robust flavors put some pep in your step without the caffeine, and the drink can also serve to mellow you out after a long day. 

More Options

Other notable spirits at Spirit Hound Distillers include the Colorado Straight Malt Whiskey, White Whiskey and Samucha. 

With these flavorful options, it’s no wonder that Spirit Hounds’ reputation is growing, and you can now find their vodka, gin and coffee liqueur in bars around the Boulder and Denver area.

Also worth noting, Spirit Hound Distillers is not currently shipping outside the state of Colorado, so these spirits can literally only be found locally. Though, we suspect, this won’t be the case for long.

Plenty to go around!Plenty to go around! — Photo courtesy of Spirit Hound Distillers

The Atmosphere

Walking into Spirit Hound Distillers feels like a mix of eras and atmospheres. The boisterous crowd, swelling music and open floor plan very nearly make guests feel like they’ve been transported back to an old Western saloon.

The elevated stage perched above the bar is a unique way to take in entertainment, giving the seating area an almost theater-like feel.

And the stripped-down decor seems to say, “We let the whiskey speak for itself.” 

Well, Spirit Hound Distillers, we’re listening.

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