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