Red, White & Brew: Hyper-local libations from Grand Junction to Palisade |

Red, White & Brew: Hyper-local libations from Grand Junction to Palisade

Editor’s note: Red, White & Brew features Grand Valley’s burgeoning wine, beer & spirits industry. Email with news and tips.

Whether you’re a beer geek, a grape nut or mixologist du jour, look no further than Colorado’s Grand Valley. Take these expert imbiber tips straight to the bank. Your next dinner party will thank you.


Try Whitewater Hill’s Cabernet Franc.

According to Colorado Association for Viticulture & Enology’s (CAVE) executive director Cassidee Schull, it placed “Best of Show and Best of Category Red at our Best of Fest Wine Competition.”

Whitewater Hill’s website describes it as having “vibrant aromas of blackberries and sandalwood” which “lead to a complex wine with big tannins and flavors of plum, black cherry and spice, followed by a long complex finish.”

Whitewater Hill, a Grand Junction winery, is located at 220 32 Road. For more information, visit


Shull also suggests the Plum Creek Riesling “that won Best of Category White Wine in our wine competition.”

“This vibrant wine shines with a light-gold color,” Plum Creek’s website said. “Abundant scents of apricot, peach, apple, citrus and orange blossom epitomize the distinctive character of our German-style Riesling. Floral aromas are brightened by a lingering, sweet-tart finish of apple, pear and citrus. An excellent structure and balance make this wine ideal to pair with food. It is also a lovely sipping wine all by itself.”

Plum Creek Winery is located at 3708 G Road in Palisade. For more information, visit


Brooke Webb, Mesa Park Vineyards’ proprietor and winemaker, recommends Rockslide Brewery and Restaurant’s Ginger Lime Saison.

“I just had an amazing ginger-lime beer that Zorba Proteau made at Rockslide Brewery,” she explained. “It is very low alcohol and so refreshing and clean, perfect for these hot days.”

Rockslide bartender Kohl Marconnet said it was brewed with freshly ground ginger and lime zest.

“It’s a light, airy beer,” he added. “It’s super mellow.”

The micro-brew is available on tap for a limited time.

“Only one batch was brewed,” Marconnet said, “and we’ll have it until it’s done. It’s been on tap a little over a week. I expect it to last three to four weeks at the most.”

Growlers of the saison are also available for purchase; a growler after tax costs $10.75.

Rockslide in located in downtown Grand Junction at 401 Main St. For more information, visit


Bloody Mary fans rejoice. Grand Valley’s own Col. Clifton DeBeQue, “The Bloody Mary Emissary,” offers a hyper-local way to mix the spicy drink.

Try the “Hot & Wild” (flavored with habanero, horseradish and wasabi) or “Tart & Twangy” (tasting of dill pickles and lemons).

According to its website, Col. Clifton DeBeQue Bloody Mary mixes may be purchased at a variety of Grand Junction-based liquor and specialty food stores including Bookcliff Liquors, Coronado Liquor Mart, Clifton Liquors, Country Club Liquors, Fisher’s Market Premium Natural Meats, Kokopelli Liquors, College Liquors, Crossroads Wine & Spirits, Fun Junction Liquors and Redlands Liquors.

Mix it with Peach Street Distillers Goat Vodka (Palisade), garnish it with celery, olives and perhaps even a slice of crisp bacon. Spice to taste with horseradish and pepper.

For more information, visit or find the product on Facebook.

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