Wednesday, December 22, 2010

day 4

my precioussssss
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Monday, December 20, 2010

Premium Handmade Whiskey - Florida Micro Distillery

Looks like Palm Ridge is using a still from the Col. just the same as Downslope (I'm guessing). I'm also guessing this is around 50 gallons but don't know for sure. The site says part of the stipulations to have the distillery - no visitors/tours and no tasting room. Ouch.

I'd be willing to sneak in on a cow for peek. heheh. Umatilla, Florida

day 1.5

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

cool bottle

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early times
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for medicinal purposes only
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day 1

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

CONVERSATIONS | Julian Van Winkle III, President of Van Winkle Bourbons « Camp Smoke

CONVERSATIONS | Julian Van Winkle III, President of Van Winkle Bourbons « Camp Smoke



RANSOM Website


Aviation Gin | Production of Gin, Product Selection, Measurement, Infusion, Distillation, The Cut, Bottling and Shipping

Aviation Gin | Production of Gin, Product Selection, Measurement, Infusion, Distillation, The Cut, Bottling and Shipping

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Triddly's Site - Clear Creek Distillery Tour

Triddly's Site - Clear Creek Distillery Tour

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Catoctin Creek (VA) organic spirits

NBC Nightly News: A Start Up ... with a twist!

Moonshine, whiskey and rye. A two person operation made with organic products. Awesome.

Reservoir Distillery (VA) story

Whiskey startup goes down smooth : Richmond BizSense

So there seems to be a trend beginning of the 375ml bottle being sold at ultra-premium prices. Tuthilltown sells here in Colorado for 45-55 dollars a bottle. Reservoir is doing the same thing at 42/bottle. This better be a perfect tasting product for that price. I can appreciate top shelf, but this is highway robbery it seems for a product just coming out. Is the economy turning around? Are spirits enthusiasts this jazzed about boutique booze? I'm intrigued.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

New Deal Vodka: a micro-distilling saga handcrafted in Oregon - Portland spirits |

New Deal Vodka: a micro-distilling saga handcrafted in Oregon - Portland spirits |

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Auchentoshan Triple Stills (part 1)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Auchentoshan Mashing Process

Templton Rye IA - Distillery Tour

Yahara Bay WI - Deaths Door

Monday, October 25, 2010

Virginia Lightning Youtube

Virginia Lightning Youtube

Tuthilltown on Youtube

HD How Whisky is Made with Charles MacLean

How Stuff Works - Jack Daniels Whiskey

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Dancing Pines Distillery

In good spirits: Loveland distillery handcrafts liquors -

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Federal License timeline thread: ADI Forums

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Roundhouse Spirits & 303 Distilleries

Roundhouse and 303
Ted Palmer of Roundhouse 

"My 10L is on tour..." says Ted who gave a generous amount of time to us on a tour through his 4000 sq ft facility.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Sour Mash Manifesto � Whistle Pig Rye review

WhistlePig Rye Whiskey (10 Year Old), 50% abv (100 Proof), $70/bottle
Sour Mash Manifesto Whiskey reviews

I think this dude's concealing his drunkedness well.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Grants for "Spiritual?" Developments in the Agricultural Sector - hmm...

Feasibility Study for an Apple Processing Plant in New Glarus

Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
Division of Marketing
Agricultural Development & Diversification Program (ADD)
1999 Grant Project Final Report

Financial Situation/Needs
An Agricultural Development and Diversification Grant of $15,000 in FY 1999-2000 was awarded to Destination
Development, Inc. by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection to explore the feasibility of producing a brandy made from Wisconsin apples. An in-kind match of $42,000 was committed to the project by Destination Development. Bringing the total investment (capital and "sweat equity") to-date in the project to approximately $57,000.

Distilling spirits and new ideas; Bendistillery hopes to turn a farm operation into a tourist destination | | The Bulletin

Distilling spirits and new ideas; Bendistillery hopes to turn a farm operation into a tourist destination | | The Bulletin

:: The Copper Fox Distillery :: Home of Wasmund's Whisky

:: The Copper Fox Distillery :: Home of Wasmund's Whisky

3 people. Smoked fruitwood chip aged (patent pending claims). Single barrel batches. It seems Mr. Wasmund went to Scotland to learn about the origination of Whisky (no 'e') and got himself a fancy internship. He had some good ideas about embedding more flavor profile into a product that included fruitwood but also characteristics of peat like Scotch. Instead of using a peated smoke, the idea was to use smoke from the fruitwood - similar to that which is done to smoke a nice pork roast. One of the products is Copper Fox Rye Whisky.

Our latest way of "shaking up" the whisky world. A remarkable rye whisky made with an extraordinarily generous amount of our smoked malt. The mash bill is 2/3 Virginia rye and 1/3 Virginia Thoroughbred hand-malted barley—kiln dried with apple wood and cherry wood smoke.

Double pot-stilled to between 150 and 160 proof and aged with a progressive series of new and used apple wood and oak chips inside used bourbon barrels. Our innovative aging process results in a truly unique rye whisky that is savory and complex with the characteristic Wasmund's finish.

Dry Fly Distilling School

Dry Fly

For $1500, you can get a Two Day Basic distillation class that can be tailored to your specific needs, but is primarily focussed on:
  • Grain Handling and Mash Preparation
  • Fermentation
  • Stripping runs
  • Rectification
  • Finish distillation

A One Week Complete distillery operational class is available for $3500. Again, it can be tailored to specific needs but includes the following:
  • Raw material selection and milling
  • Wash House operations including mashing, enzyme use, mash QC and testing, efficiency evaluation
  • Fermentation operations including yeast preparation and fermentation management and evaluation,
  • Stripping runs on the 450 liter CARL stripping still including still operation, cooling and steam management, and sensory evaluation.
  • Finishing still operation including rectification, Alembic distillation, fraction cuts, and efficiency evaluation.
  • Filtering Operations
  • Gauging and TTB reporting procedures
  • Product finishing
  • Product packaging operations
  • Whiskey storage and barrel options
  • Tasting room operation
  • Sales and Marketing small production spirits
  • Business Planning

Kinda pricey. Doesn't include all meals, transportation, or lodging but you can view functional Whiskey and Vodka distillation in on week with hands on experience while getting a bit of schooling on operational support. Pretty cool.

Class costs do not include transportation, lodging, meals (we provide lunch only), or incidentals. Dry Fly will work with participants on securing suitable accommodations. All classes will be done on an individual basis. Should two participant wish to take the class together, the second participant will pay 50% of the full class price. No more than two participants per class. Classes require a 50% deposit to secure a date. The remainder of the class fee is due prior to the start of the class at the distillery.

No business plan for spirits in 06

Micro-distillers adding spirit to high-end hooch - East Bay Business Times

"Bill Owens of American Distiller, a professional group devoted to the advancement of craft distilling, says there are 77 micro-distilleries producing 0.5 percent of all U.S. spirits. Three years ago, when Owens started American Distiller, there were 52.

'For most people, this is a second business,' said Owens. 'Very few people are doing this full time to pay their rent. The banker types drop out real quick. Because they think it's like Silicon Valley and they want to get rich quick. We're talking about lifestyle, about pride in craftsmanship.'

Owens says he answers phone calls every day from people interested in starting a micro-distillery.

'Nothing is easy in this business,' he said. 'I've never seen a business plan for this industry, but that will happen in time. It's part of the industry maturing.'

Many in the micro-spirit industry see larger profits on the horizon as the evolving sophisticated tastes of consumers grow with the maturing industry. Owens predicts the market could sustain up to 400 micro-distilleries."

Small Business and Franchise Success Stories: Dry Fly Distilling - True Small Business Irony - Guidant Financial Group, Inc.

Small Business and Franchise Success Stories: Dry Fly Distilling - True Small Business Irony - Guidant Financial Group, Inc.

Where did their small business dreams start?

“I think the business sense you get working for a large corporation is always a good experience,” Don explains. “I think what it does is give you the motivation to get the [heck] out. After awhile my thought process was that if at the end of the day everything sucks, it’s because I made it suck. But if everything’s great, it’s because I made it great. The only way to accomplish that is to start your own business.”


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Make Room at the Bar - Distiller Business -

Todd Leopold making Absinthe

Founded in Michigan as a brewpub and now exclusively a distillery, Leopold Bros. is part of a growing micro-distillery movement in the U.S. The number of small-batch distilleries has more than doubled in just a few years, from fewer than 80 in 2006 to 165 in 2009, says Bill Owens, founder of the American Distilling Institute. Boutique, artisan, craft, small-batch, micro--whatever the moniker--these independent, entrepreneurial distillers are fueling a "renaissance in American spirit-making," Owens says.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

September is National Bourbon Heritage Month

Bill Text - 110th Congress (2007-2008) - THOMAS (Library of Congress)

the Senate--
(1) designates September 2007 as `National Bourbon Heritage Month';
(2) recognizes bourbon as `America's Native Spirit' and reinforces its heritage and tradition and its place in the history of the United States; and
(3) recognizes the contributions of the Commonwealth of Kentucky to the culture of the United States.

Aged Spirits | Tuthilltown Spirits

Tuthilltown Spirits

Tuthilltown makes some Unaged and some Aged Spirits with a VARIETY of Aged Ryes. I've seen the name around and apparently they're distributed by Domaine Select Merchants (along with the Whistle Pig I've begun to lust for). I like the fact that they're importing some adventurous brands.

Whiskey Biofuel?

Steve Inskeep from NPR

I wasn't drinking, officer. It was my car.

WhistlePig Whiskey: A Summer Day with WhistlePig

WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey from WhistlePig Whiskey on Vimeo.

Why did I get all teary eyed ?? I know - it was the Rye, the Drinkin and the Shootin. Oh yeah - and the Whistle Pig. Everything I dream of.

Slashfood article on Whistle Pig
Only 1,000 cases of WhistlePig's first bottling were released and half of those are already sold. Check New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco markets for availability with Domaine Select as distributor. I have not yet had a chance to taste it since I'm all the way down in Baja, Mexico but Dave describes the flavor as "fireworks in your mouth with a finish so long, it's got its own zip code." Knowing me all too well, Dave also says, "It's's outspoken." The price averages $70 a bottle.

Stop Hospitality Taxes

Interesting stuff you can fall into when you start digging. 40% or less of a spirit sale goes to the distiller... of which they pay for their materials, time, labor, blood, sweat and well... hopefully not tears - or sweat and blood for that matter... but you get the point. I'm not so sure that scotch and other imports would have the same ratio of taxation per sale, but this would surely show why some of my favorites such as Lagavoulin and Oban have increased in price so much over the last six to seven years.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Bottle Typing/Diagnostic Shapes

Liquor/Spirits Bottles
Holy glass bottles man!

This is one excellent page of glass spirit bottles history. Why am I so giddy?

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Specialty | Waterloo Container

Oslo Flint
A short stout 750 similar to Peach Street distiller's whiskey bottle.


The 4488 Bordeaux with a peculiar bubble at the bottom of the bottle. Similar to Van Winkle 12 year

Both styles make me want to drink.
I'm thirsty for a tall glass of whiskey.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Where'd all these whiskey dudes come from anyway? Whats their story? Click here to read about it from

Monday, September 6, 2010

Show us your metal! | TshirtSlayer - Worlds Largest Gallery of Heavy Metal Shirts, Patches, Jackets

Show us your metal! | TshirtSlayer - Worlds Largest Gallery of Heavy Metal Shirts, Patches, Jackets

This is one of the many things I love about metal. This t-shirt gallery is impressive. I've seen some stuff I haven't seen in years or ever before... I see some gaps though and think I may have to register and upload some photos. Though I've given most of my old tshirts to charity, had them destroyed in pits or been randomly burned... I still have some shirts from the past in storage. I think the first music shirt I bought ... well there were two. Sepultura short sleeve... had a big S on the front... cant remember on back. From the same show, I got a Napalm Death LS with tour dates down the sleeve, Mid artwork on front and a huge ND on back. I still have that one. The Sep shirt is long gone.

I do have a Sadus DEMO shirt - a white Twisted Face tee that probably nobody has anymore except the band and me. It was given to me by Mark from Impetigo... theres some cool shirts from them here on the site :) and I also have a Death Human shirt that an old friend/co-worker from the record store Shane gave me. Not getting rid of that til it disintegrates.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Virginia Lightning story

When Whiskey Was the King of Drink : The Colonial Williamsburg Official History Site

Chuck Miller, a Virginia farmer, gave up grapes for corn about twenty years ago...

Miller says he’s following in his grandfather’s Prohibition-era footsteps, but whiskey making in Virginia goes back farther than that. It began about 1620, when colonist George Thorpe figured out he could distill a mash of Indian corn. “Wee have found a waie to make soe good drink of Indian corne I have divers times refused to drinke good stronge English beare and chose to drinke that,” he wrote to his cousin in England, John Smith of Nibley.

Bourbon Drinks Page "Bourbon Drinks Page"

Bavarian Breweries & Distilleries

Pot still manufacturer - handmade copper and stainless steel from Germany/Hungary.

Beautiful stuff. Some ballpark equipment startup costs (in Euros).

Artisan distilleries find a high-end niche

Small companied discover market for hand-crafted whiskey and other spirits. Consumer news - Food Inc. -

This article from 2007 quotes Ralph Erenzo from Tuthilltown Spirits in Gardiner, N.Y. in saying that he pretty much just breaks even and has a regular job. Bottle tops are sealed with wax served up out of crockpots.

They created a wholesale liquor business from scratch. Until they landed a distributor this year, Erenzo loaded up his trunk and made the rounds to retailers from New York City to Albany.

Lee, meanwhile, learned the nuances of fermenting — things like how to retain notes of vanilla in the final product. And he relied heavily on his mechanical aptitude to install the 125-gallon still in the barn’s second floor. The unit — with its bell-shaped kettle, gauges, vapor columns, valves and pipes — looks like a science experiment, which it was.

“It took us about 2½ years from a dead stop knowing nothing about it until ’We can turn this thing on and make alcohol,”’ Erenzo said.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Stranahan's = Big business whiskey?

Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS)

Now, I ain't tryin' to get anyone's panties inna bunch... but Stranahan's TM was applied for by "PROXIMO SPIRITS INC".

Don't know who that is? Did you ever see the Sopranos on HBO? The character Christopher?

Yeah. That dude. He does commercials for Tequila on tv now and I think he's gonna play a cop on some new ABC series or something... anyhoo, that Tequila is "1800" which is apparently owned by Proximo, along with Hangar 1 Vodka, Kraken black spiced rum and a few other tequilas and vodkas. I just saw the Kraken bottle sitting at the Dusty Boot yesterday.

Cool logo. Curious about the TM ownership though. Stranahan's is not listed on the Proximo site.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Information on Whiskey. Best Whisky brands and how they are made

Kinda cool little site on recipes, history, styles, etc...

Barrel Eduation 101

Kentucky Whiskey Barrels1

Stave Joint
Bilge Hoop
Quarter Hoop
Head Hoop

Learn and regurgitate people.
Test on Tuesday.

This Barrel Carving company makes the heads really creatively. Very cool stuff.

Oak Barrels LTD | Barrel Information | Small Oak Barrel | Barrel Info | Wine Barrels | Oak Wine Barrel | Tequila | American Oak | Whiskey Barrels | Fermenting Vinegar | Aging Wine

Piss thru bung. (heheh)

Winter Park residents pitch Craft Distillery in Kentucky

The State Journal article

Some good info regarding capacity of Buffalo Trace contained within the article. Interesting how a CO couple wants to operate in KY (?). Beats the heck outta me. What are the advantages of doing so as opposed to doing here in this beautiful state? Does the environment make that much of a difference? Is it the land expense? Resources?

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Wry Moon | Corsair Artisan Distillery

Unaged Kentucky Whiskey

Pot Distilled from 100% Rye. This is a clear (White Dog) whiskey that is bottled, not aged in barrels. No distro in CO, but I have to get my hands on some. Characteristics listed include: Peppery, Spicy, Cereal, Full. Crafted for Cocktails. Interesting that a Straight Unaged Rye would have this character out of the run. They use a two distillation process with two stills. One two-fourty gal spitting low wines into a fify gal to distill into this madman. Very interested.

Hey, Tom Bulleit - I can see your recipe :)

No, seriously, your recipe is there inside the bottle. What were you thinking? perv.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Men's Journal Article on the White Dog

White Whiskey anyone? I like'm young...

Article from Men's Journal lists some to try, including the well known Rogue. I'm going to be finding more on these unaged - straight to the jug operations. I think there's something to be said for a product thats good enough to sell directly from the git-go.

"Whiskey Basics"

Click to Jump to article by Charles K. Cowderys"

Chuck givin' up some differences in "-y" vs. "-ey", white, green, bourbon, TN, KY, Scotch, Irish, Canadian, Japanese, Straight, Single Malt, blended, Corn, and a buncha other terms...

Makes me thirsty and sober feeling. Good job Chuck.

Death’s Door White Whisky � American Craft Spirits

Death’s Door White Whisky � American Craft Spirits

Unaged whiskey. A new trend for microDistilleries. Must. Drink. More.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

How to get started with your own distillery

The American Distilling Institute - Down n Dirty article

Love this except:

In most cases you are going to have to work at it to make some cash. But, know this, no matter what, the feds (and your state) WILL PROFIT, but that does not mean that you will.

Buffalo Trace White Dog (New Make Whiskey) - Spirits - Chowhound

Buffalo Trace White Dog (New Make Whiskey) - Spirits - Chowhound

Using Buffalo Trace as an excuse to discuss the practicality of "micro-distilleries" (craft distillers) ain't a bad idea at all. White Dog aye? I'm in. Loves the corn whiskey. Loves the Buffalo (and Pappy Van Winkle). Articles damn straight with reasoning. New micros needs the income and with no aging and no wooding - you'd have to have a pretty damn straight product. If you can make a good white dog, the wooded, aged spirits should naturally take on more complex character, and a more enjoyable drink. In theory that is.

Whiskey 101 � Busa's Bar

Whiskey 101 � Busa's Bar

Pretty cool little writing that tries to simplify some of the distillation jargon. I don't know that I totally agree with the generalization of the tasting note profiles... but correctly identifies that there are differences. Environment has a lot to do with it too which wasn't covered but all in all, this is just a fun piece to read.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

High spirits | Cover Story | Colorado Springs Independent

High spirits | Cover Story | Colorado Springs Independent

This is a pretty good article covering Stranahan's, Montanya, Leopold Bros and Peach Street distillers.

Montanya, in Silverton at 9300 feet is the highest altitude distillery in the US. They make dark and light rum with honey instead of molasses... mmm, sounds good to me. I appreciate this following quote from the article:
"At altitude, you get a lot of temperature variation, from 45 degrees at night up to the 80s during the day when distilling, which forces the spirit in and out of the oak," he says. That means a slightly quicker turnover time to acquire the barrel's taste enhancement."

Peach Street quote from this article reads:
"I go pick what I want," says head distiller Davy Lindig. "[A product] is always better when you can get it from the source."

Not only does Peach Street use post-mashed sticks, skins and stems from nearby Debeque Canyon Winery to make Grappa, but it uses fresh fruit for a line of Eaux-de-Vie (fruit brandies); local juniper berries, herbs and spices for its gin; and not-too-distant Olathe sweet corn for its vodka and bourbon.

Leopold Bros' Todd states:
"the laws are more favorable for craft distilling out here."

The 16 hand-numbered, small-batch products they're currently selling, including a gin, vodka, rum and several real fruit-infused whiskeys, represent only a portion of drinks Todd knows how to make.

Due to odd and antiquated Michigan liquor laws, Todd says, "once we started distilling, I had to stock the whole back bar. I couldn't even pick up the phone for triple sec or vermouth. I learned how to make it all."

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Double Diamond Distillery

Breckenridge, CO

no info... probably not open yet...

I also stumbled upon this:
On Monday, May 17, 2010, a U.S. federal trademark registration was filed for BRECKENRIDGE DISTILLERY. This trademark is owned by Double Diamond Distillery, LLC, 2 Royal County Ct., Pueblo, CO 81001.

The correspondent listed for BRECKENRIDGE DISTILLERY is JOSEPH D. BOWER of BANNER & BOWER, P.C., 503 N. MAIN ST., STE. 221, PUEBLO, CO 81003 . The BRECKENRIDGE DISTILLERY trademark is filed in the category of Wines and Spirits Products . The description provided to the USPTO for BRECKENRIDGE DISTILLERY is Distilled Spirits.

*scratches head...* hmmm...

Peak Spirits

Hotchkiss, CO

USDA-certified organic and some Demeter-certified Biodynamic® spirits. Grown, fermented, and distilled all by the same people. They use 'caprock' formations in the Grand Mesa for their water sources which are remnants of the lava flows that once spread across the region. Their high elevation and basalt composition creates an ideal source of naturally filtered, soft, fresh water.

Montanya Distillers

Silverton, Colorado

Take a look at this site and tell me you don't want to go ski the steeps and hang out at this joint. I'm not a huge rum fanatic, but do remember drinking several poor quality rum and cokes during spring break hijinks down'n Flawdah. Master distiller's a brainiac. The owners are apparently affluent and the hoity-hoiteyness of this story makes me wanna puke. I'd still drink it though.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Mystic Mountain

Larkspur, Colorado
My Favorite local label... no mistaking what it is.

I gotta grabba bottle.

Peach Street Distillers

The Goat - Made with Olathe Sweet Corn.

We're what you'd call an artisanal distillery, which of course makes us artists, serious craftsmen, if you will. Manufacturing tasteless, odorless vodka from potatoes doesn't interest us, it's just not fun. If we were going to do that, we might as well just make gasoline. We use a custom-made, copper, German pot still to create The Goat. Our secret behind the Goat's character, you ask? Olathe Sweet Corn. Olathe Sweet Corn, and our Head Distiller, Davy Lindig.
Palisade, Colorado

el magico and I drank the heck out of "Colorado's first legal Bourbon". Although we dispute whether or not it can really be considered "bourbon" - we can say one thing for sure - it's very good. The first night it was opened, we killed off about 60% of the bottle. VERY drinkable. Shame the bottles so small :S I have no tasting notes, just blurred memories and an empty bottle.

Syntax Spirits

Syntax Spirits, LLC
1409 E. Olive Court, Unit A
Fort Collins, CO 80524

Class 'V' Vodka: TBD/Not yet in production... not much on the website either. A couple college kid braniacs with brewing and distillery experience gettin ready to make some new craft spirits :)

Class V is our first vodka offering, and its name is a nod to the spectacular whitewater on the Wild and Scenic Poudre River where we get our tasty mountain water. It’s made from 100% USDA certified organic wheat, and nothing else. The result is a clean, smooth drinking, Russian-style vodka. Even if you can’t boat Class V, you can still drink it!

Colorado Pure Distilling

Pat Karns? I'm apparently drinking too much er i'da known about these here folks. i'm getting both more proud of colorado and more disappointed in myself!! Go Avs!

Pat Karns [one of two owners] likes to win. He handles the business side of the operation. During the time Pat was affiliated with the United States hockey team, the team won the silver medal at the 2002 Olympic Games. Pat also had the pleasure of serving as head athletic trainer for the Colorado Avalanche during which time they won the Stanley Cup twice.

At Colorado Pure Distilling, LLC, one batch is six cases, each containing twelve 750ml bottles. One run is also the minimum order for our private label customers. Of course, we can handle larger orders with multiple runs. But we'll still create them one batch at a time. And while the batches are always small, the personalization is always extensive. We touch everything during the distillation process. Nothing is automated. We even hand-carry the mash and product from one step to the next.

Colorado Pure Distilling LLC is one of just two micro-distillers in the world using a glass finishing still. Glass finishing stills eliminate the impurities imparted by traditional metal stills, and make it easier to identify and draw off any remaining impurities as they appear.

Did you say GOLD??!!

UPDATE 8/24/2010:
As of December 2009 - this distillery was for sale... at least 50% ownership for $350,000.
From the ADI blog:
Distilleries For Sale
50% Ownership of Colorado Gold Distillery

The price for 50% ownership of Colorado Gold Distillery, LLC is a package cost of $350,000.

Currently there is a loan on the distillery of approximately $239,000. Our 1/2 of this liability is $119,500 and would have to be assumed by the buyer, reducing your cash at closing to approximately $230,500. At this time the loan payments are being paid by the distillery.

In addition if you are able to close within 90 days from signing a contract we will reduce the price by another $5,000 bringing your cash at closing to $225,500.

We cannot speak for our partners but if you are interested in purchasing 100% ownership of Colorado Gold Distillery, LLC, I would be glad to present them with an offer for their consideration.

This is a great investment in an established business that is on the leading edge of a craft distillery boom. We look forward to your future purchase of 50% ownership in Colorado Gold Distillery, LLC.

If you have looked into the craft distillery start up numbers you will recognize that $350,000 ($225,500 at closing) for 50% ownership in an established, working and growing craft distillery is a real BARGAIN.

A bARGAIN?! uhhh. ok.

Doug Tuttle

Craft Distilling Industry Booming!

The craft distillery industry will redefine the spirits world. Craft distilling will take spirits distilling to it's original roots when all spirits were small batch, craft distilled.

Unique and high quality spirits using a wide variety of local agricultural products will give people many different choices that they do not have at this time.

Craft distilling today is what craft brewing was 25 years ago. Craft distilling is about to explode onto the national spirits market. You can be a part of this grassroots industry.

To purchase the equipment, build up the distillery, build up a profitable retail store, bring in the inventories of raw materials, packaging, bourbon and bottled spirits a distillery like this would cost you upwards of $500,000. Before you ever sold a bottle of spirits.

If you add the marketing, promotion and a solid supportive base of 150 wholesale accounts the costs would be considerably more. Possibly doubling the original $500,000.

Finally it is a FUN business. A unique business people love to hear about and be part of. Craft distilling is truly a slice of Americana and a look back into our rich history.

er wait...

D-d-d-did you say C-c-CORN?!!?!

aww shucks. i loves corn whiskey.

and i loves gold.

now git off may propertay.
Cedaredge, Colorado

New Deal Distillery

New Deal - Portland, Oregon

They have a nice blogroll and list of distilleries in the Oregon Distillers Guild. the thing i dig about this site is now they show their equipment and describe their process in four pages. very simple and clean information. make you feel really "in the know" about what their product is. not something you get from just any distillery. they create no mystique - they present transparency on many levels. pretty refreshing in this day and age.

Newspaper Fail

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Vodka 14

Vodka 14 is made by Altitude Spirits, an independent family-owned and operated spirits company in Boudler, Colorado.
The grains used are certified USDA Organic. Water is drawn from a certified source: Snake River aquifer. Vodka 14 is packaged in distinctive glass bottles, decorated using baked-on ceramic pigments in lieu of plastic labels. The bottle is sealed with a recyclable synthetic cork closure, which unlike natural cork or plastic will not taint the taste of the vodka. The safety seal is made from PETG, which is derived from recycled sources and is itself recyclable. In fact, every element in the Vodka 14 package can be recycled through most municipal recycling programs.

Vodka 14 uses a sophisticated four-column continuous distillation system. In a continuous distillation system the mash is heated until it becomes a vapor, rising towards the top of the still. As it rises, the vapor cools and condenses, cascading back down to the bottom and beginning the process anew. This cycle allows the mixture inside the column to be re-distilled continuously, whereas in a conventional still the vapors would pass into a gas state once and be collected.
After distillation, Vodka 14 is run through an advanced activated carbon and crystal filtration process before bottling.

Boulder Distillery & Clear Spirit Company (Viezbeck 303 Vodka)

From their site: 
Master disitller, Steve Viezbicke of Boulder Distillery and Clear Spirit Company has a unique ability to see the potential of reclaimed materials. He has created all the equipment in the distillery, allowing us to stay green, in our commitment to the environment. Coming a long way from a pressure-cooker/still in his garage, Steve fabricated "Big Bertha". Bertha is a 100 gallon, stainless steel vessel, topped by a valved reflux still head. Using Colorado grown potatoes and Indian Peaks Spring water. Steve has created a unique vodka unlike any other.

Check out more on their site about Big Bertha. Good pics of building a cooking coil.


2,200 bottles in the latest batch to be bottled; Batch 59. I know I've enjoyed a few of the previous batch samplings myself :)

Tours are offered Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm and 5 pm. Sign up for a tour at the Tours page.

Roundhouse Spirits

They proudly distill a uniquely descriptive Gin and a Coffee Liquour. Based out of Boulder/Longmont.