The Edge of the New Frontier – Microbrewery in Dolores, Colorado

With a population of 600, the tiny, quaint town of Dolores seems appropriate to host the smallest brewery in Colorado. The Dolores River Micro Brewery was started by Mark Youngquist, a former stockbroker, now brew-master and owner, he blends two batches of every style of beer for balance and consistency, brewing 125 gallons at a time.  Malt comes from the upper Midwest, Canada, Germany, and the UK, while the hops are entirely domestic from the Yakima Valley in Washington, as well as 12 different varieties of hops that Mark grows out back.  The yeast is a proprietary strain from the National Collection of Yeast Cultures in Norwich, England and is banked at three different yeast labs around the county to insure its purity. The brewery, pub- café has a vibrant communal atmosphere, known for their wood fired pizzas with a fabulous array of toppings to choose from.

100 S. Fourth Street, Dolores, 970-88204677, http://www.doloresriverbrewery.com

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About The blog of travel & lifestyle journalist Melody Wren

Melody is a freelance writer because she believes that work and fun should not be mutually exclusive. She writes about travel, food, lifestyle and green living. Melody loves staying in a place long enough to get acquainted. Local customs, markets and traditional cultures are magnets for this writer. When not writing she’s either on the road, in the air, or savoring something tasty. Most of her travels feature outdoor adventures of some sort, although she typically avoids sleeping on the ground. She is an ordinary person that enjoys challenging and pushing herself, facing fears with an eye on experiential travel. She needs to do it, feel it and see it so she can write about it. Her hope is that her stories encourage readers to get out there and do the same.
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