Leopold Bros. reveals plans for expansion, a tasting room and a new spirit
"It'll overlook the fermenters and stills, we'll do tours on the weekends, and it'll be very small-batch," says Todd. It'll accommodate around 100 people, he adds, and they'll sell specialty whiskeys and other spirits that you can only purchase there. "It's designed to bring people in, show them our products and give people a chance to sample things that they can't sample elsewhere."
And that's just the start for the soft-spoken, ego-free distiller who went to brewing and malting school in Chicago, trained and apprenticed in Munich, Germany and launched his career in 1995, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. "Part of the reason why I'm so excited about all of this, is that I'll have more control than I have in the past. I won't be spending my time doing things that require technical skills. I like to play with yeast," he deadpans.
And while the new distillery cements his future in Denver, Todd says that even if he wasn't expanding, he wouldn't consider leaving. "We've had a hand in making Denver a better city in which to drink, and we want to continue to do make great spirits in this city."
We'll drink to that.
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