Distilling in Colorado
In the 8 years I have been distilling It’s been a long, strange trip. Spring 44 is the 4th distillery I have worked at in 8 years. I have seen everything from Glow in the dark Vodka to moonshine made from doughnuts. I have had a part in developing over 60 different products across many different brands. Some successful, some not so much. One of the best things I have seen is the growth of Craft Distilling, particularly in Colorado.
I started as an apprentice in 2004 at a small distillery named Pure Distilleries in Colorado Springs. We had one product, a vodka, called Altius. We started just a few months after Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey started distilling in Denver. Soon after us was Peach Street Distillers in Palisade and then Peak Spirits in Hotchkiss. So from 2 of us in 2004 we have now grown to 26 as of last count of the TTB records. There was a great write up about it last year by our friends at Denver Off the Wagon. I have personal knowledge of 5 more in the process of starting up and I imagine there are more we just don’t know about yet.
The great thing is that everyone is finding their own niche and doing a fantastic job at waving the Colorado Flag in the market. We are so fortunate to have such a great local distilled spirits scene in Colorado. I encourage you to check out what is available at your local watering hole.