Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey has been sold to an East Coast liquor distributor

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Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey is not longer a Colorado-owned company.

Jess Graber, who co-founded the microdistillery with Aspen businessman George Stranahan in 2004, acknowledged today that New York-based Proximo Spirits has purchased Stranahan's. He provided no other details.

"Proximo Distillers and Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey have joined forces to facilitate the growth of the Rocky Mountains best whiskey," he wrote in a statement.

"Through combined efforts, Stranahan's will be able to increase production, distribution, and marketing. Founder Jess Graber will continue working with the company to maintain quality control and as brand ambassador. We are all very excited about the new opportunities available to Stranahan's."

Proximo is a liquor distributor that that also owns Hangar 1 vodka, Kraken Black Spiced Rum and 1800 Tequila. A Proximo executive who spoke with Westword last October said he didn't want the public or Stranahan's fans to see the company as having sold out.

"We have no intention of changing anything," the executive said. "They will stay in Colorado and they will stay where they are. We just want to make what they've done bigger, and we know a lot about building brands."

In May 2009, Stranahan's moved from the Ballpark neighborhood to the former Heavenly Daze building at 200 South Kalamath Street.

A Proximo spokesman didn't return a phone call seeking comment.

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Larry J, Baimbridge Sr.
Larry J, Baimbridge Sr.

I recently purchased a bottle of your whiskey, I paid $54 .00 for it and after one drink, I don`t like it, how do I go about getting my money back? Should I send the bottle back to the factory or take it back where I bought it? Thanks, Larry J. Baimbridge Sr. 10710 Indian Trails Dr. Tomball, Texas 77375 281-374-6420

Happy G
Happy G

Flying Dog was not sold. The old brewery fell down around them and they did not have money to repair or build a new one. They had to buy a bankrupt brewery that happened to be out East. From what they told me, it was move out east or go out of business. I hated to see them move, but since I do like their beer, I would rather they moved then go out of business.

As for Stranahan's Whiskey, they sold out to cash in. Huge difference and that does not sit well with me.

lala
lala

This blows. Is everything associated with Stranahan moving to the East Coast, a la Flying Dog?

DenverScener
DenverScener

Sold Out. No one wants east Coast Whiskey out West. Just another addition to the shitty brands on Proximo.

Ep9096
Ep9096

Best liquor I've ever tasted. No kidding. To each his own I guess. And as far as selling out... Wouldn't you? I thought so...

mccartjt
mccartjt

Larry

May I humbly suggest that with the benefit of hindsight you should have bought a shot of their whiskey in a bar prior to investing $54.00. That way you wouldn't have a $49.00 problem now!

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