Ten Colorado distilleries that opened their doors in 2013
Colorado has become home to a flourishing craft culture -- first with breweries, and now with an increasing number of distillers. From potato vodka and botanical-packed gins, rye whiskey and whiskey made with experimental grains, to the more niche spirits like absinthe and creme de violette, the range of offerings goes on and on.
As even more Colorado distilleries open their doors in the new year, we wanted to celebrate those that started pouring in 2013. Here, in no particular order, are last year's newcomers, well worth the trek to any of their state-spanning tasting rooms.
10) Golden Moon Distillery
412 Violet Street, Golden
Stephen Gould, proprietor and distiller at Golden Moon Distillery, began producing spirits in 2012 and distributing earlier this year. Gould and the distilling team at Golden Moon chose the road less traveled, starting with absinthe, and moving onward with spirits ranging from Creme de Violette and dry Curacao to gin -- all hand-crafted with herbs and botanicals sourced from all over the world.
9) State 38
400 Corporate Circle, Golden
State 38, also in Golden, focuses on agave-based small-batch spirits, from an oak-barrel-aged blanco, reposado, and anejo, to a vodka and gin. Owner Sean Smiley does all of his own fermentation, distilling and aging. He also hand-packages and labels every single bottle, complete with batch and bottle number.
8) Woody Creek Distillers
60 Sunset Drive, Basalt
The spirits made at the state-of-the-art Woody Creek Distillers are distilled and bottled in the Aspen Valley using spring water from Basalt and locally-grown produce (including a hefty load of potatoes) from the Scanlan Family Farm. Their signature spirit, a potato vodka, won a silver medal from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition -- the first competition it ever entered.