Downing three flights of craft beers might not be considered the healthiest move, but that’s basically a low-calorie meal compared to an afternoon at this butter bar in Lyons, Colorado. Bella La Crema is the world’s first butter bar, and instead of beer flights, you’ll be enjoying flights of butter. Customers are provided with a hot baguette and four samples of compound butter, some savory and some sweet.
There are over 20 different flavors of artisanal butter to choose from, all made from scratch at the bar. Among the options are “French Countryside” butter with rosemary, garlic, thyme, and herbs; “Ode to Neruda,” made with paprika, garlic, onions, and lime; and “Holidays Bourbon,” with molasses, maple, cloves, cinnamon, vanilla, orange, and (of course) bourbon.
In addition to the flights, you can also sample the bar’s butters in the form of ice creams, buttered coffee, and freshly baked goods. There are also breakfast, lunch, and dinner options here, like grilled cheese, fresh croissants stuffed with herb-egg scramble, French toast, and more, in case you’re not just craving butter for your meal. The French onion soup is particularly popular.
The owner, Shauna Strecker, uses grass-fed, organic cream in all her butter, churns and cultures the butter herself, and grinds her own spices.