High-Country Distilling Nestles Up To Resorts
The whiskey is lined up in Park City. (High West/Facebook)
Catching a cocktail after a long day on the slopes has been a winter tradition since the beginning and, recently, the distillers are making the good stuff right at the resorts.
Craft distilling has taken off in the high country much like micro-brewing has, so SnoCountry went looking for what’s cookin’ out there at mountainside distilleries:
High West, Park City. Right at the base of the town lift, the first mountain distillery in Utah fashions bourbon, rye and vodka in a historic building. Saloon right there, too, and tours of the tanks.
Montanya Rum, Crested Butte. Rum comes from non-GMO sugar cane and water from snowmelt aquifers. Tours, tastings and bar with appetizers and music in Colorado ski town.
Bend Distillery, Bend. A short drive from Mt. Bachelor, the distillery has put out Crater Spirits gin, rye whiskey, vodka and vodka infusions for 20 years. Grains grown right there.
Green Mountain, Stowe. It’s all organic for this 15-year-old Vermont distiller, producing gin, vodka and (of course) maple liqueur. Process is meticulous to ensure purity, including water from Mount Mansfield just up the road.
10th Mountain Whiskey, Vail. Honoring the WWII ski troops that trained nearby, the nearby Gypsum distillery has rye, bourbon, vodka and fire-breathing moonshine on the shelves. Tasting room in downtown Vail.
Mad River Bourbon, Mad River. The distillery ferments, distills and bottles bourbon, rye, rum and apple brandy. All non-GMO, and there’s a tasting room down the road in Burlington.
Grand Teton Distillery, Wyoming. Just over the pass from Jackson Hole in Driggs, this craft distillery uses Idaho potatoes and snowmelt water for its vodkas, moonshine and whiskeys. You can adopt a barrel of whiskey and earn percentage of its proceeds.