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Is the world's best vodka in Colorado?

This week's feature story, "Clear Thinking: Vodka makers hope pure spring water from Colorado pushes them to the top shelf," focuses on Spring44, a Colorado-based company whose inspiration comes from a natural spring in the middle of Roosevelt National Forest, a spring that also supplies a key ingredient for the spirits.

Spring44's partners think the purity of that spring -- and the force of their vision -- could have enough power to knock out such unAmerican, "ultra-premium" vodkas as the ever-popular Grey Goose and Belvedere. Can they do it? Our feature story goes to the spring.

Read "Clear Thinking."

Bonus Materials:

- Video: See the secluded spring that provides the water for Spring44

- Culture: Vodka: a shaken, but not stirred, history of the spirit on screen

- Mixology: Five Denver bartenders mix up vodka cocktails you can make at home

- Evaluating Taste: How different does Spring44 vodka taste from its competitors?

- Celebrity Plugs: The top five celebrity endorsements of vodka
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