What do we mean by The Return of Real? It’s pretty simple. The Return of Real means getting back to making something good, honest and true. By doing things the right way, the hard way, if that’s what it takes to make it better. And not relying on legal loopholes and tricks of the marketing trade to say our spirits are something they’re not.
The craft-spirit craze is booming in the U.S., with the opening of new world-class small distilleries around the country—there are currently over 750 independent American distillers that are challenging global brands.
As everyone is well aware, whiskey has taken the country by storm. But gin is beginning to catch up. This is in no small part due to the fact that many new distilleries are producing gin so they’ll have something to sell during the years it takes their new-make whiskey to age.
Bobby Stuckey and Chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson’s Frasca Food & Wine in Boulder, Colorado hardly needs an introduction. The award-winning restaurant is well- known for their outstanding Italian-inspired cuisine, comprehensive wine list and exquisite ambiance.
OK, for a small valley in the Colorado Rockies, we know how to make good booze — not just drink it. Need proof? Woody Creek Distillers’ Colorado Straight Rye Whiskey was recently awarded the double gold medal at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Woody Creek Distillers is the first distillery to receive back-to-back double gold awards for a rye whiskey and a vodka (its 100 percent Potato Vodka took top honors in 2015).
Woody Creek Distillers (WCD) Colorado Straight Rye Whiskey has been awarded the double gold medal at the prestigious 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Woody Creek Distillers is the first distillery to receive back-to-back double gold awards for a rye whiskey and a vodka. The Colorado-based distillery won double gold at the San Francisco competition for their Woody Creek 100% Potato Vodka in 2015.
Only last week a panel of expert judges convened for the annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition—arguably the most prestigious and analytical booze assembling in the States.
Woody Creek Distillers is a top shelf sponsor at Arizona Cocktail Week coming up this month, Feb. 13-21. The week includes over 30 different seminars, tastings and dinners with national and international bar royalty.
X Games Aspen returns to Aspen, Colorado’s Buttermilk Mountain for the world’s best action sports on snow featuring Woody Creek Distillers’ (WCD) locally made, genuine craft spirits at the event. Guests attending X Games Aspen can enjoy Woody Creek Distillers’ award winning spirits at the VIP Lounge and Platinum Suites all weekend.
Most visitors to Aspen never leave manage to leave the slopes or the fancy bars that nuzzle up to them.
Today is a bit of a change up from what we usually do, it’s a switch over to a gin. I do focus on Whiskey, but I come across other spirits that I love, and this is one of them.
Even for a professional booze writer, keeping up with all the new spirits coming out can be a challenge.
In the winter months, Colorado residents and tourists flock to the state’s world-class ski resorts on the weekends—battling traffic and paying higher hotel rates for in-demand lodging on the doorstep of any operating ski lift.
Woody Creek Distillers caught our eye a couple years ago when we first sampled their once-distilled 100% potato vodka.
Ah! The crisp fall air has finally arrived and here at Swig, we’re looking for warmer cocktails and interesting small batch liquors to warm up chilly days or spice up the night. We’ve scoured from coast-to-coast and discovered some interesting, high-quality and tasty small batch spirits.
Whether you’re in the mood for a romantic rendezvous, rowdy last call or local craft spirit, these places have elevated bar-keeping to an art form.
When you think of vodka, you're probably not picturing Colorado—unless, say, Colorado, Russia is an actual place—but lo and behold, that’s where the best vodka in the world is produced. Yes, really.
The slopes are calling, Jetsetters. Here’s everything you need to know about ski season 2015–16, from flight news and mountain town intel to tips for maximizing your time and money.
Mark Kleckner of Woody Creek Distillery credits ingredients and methodology for the great taste of his spirits. Both the distillery’s vodka and its reserve vodka are made with potatoes, often within 48 hours of being picked, so the tubers retain their moisture.
Aspen, Colorado-based Woody Creek Distillery already won me over when they explained the theoretical possibility that drinking their high-end, single-distilled vodka could impart a bit of Hunter S. Thompson’s very real self.
As we approach one of the most celebratory seasons of the year, we rounded up 12 of the most impressive bottles—from tequila in crystal decanters to quarter century-aged rum—to ensure your at-home bar is ready to entertain.
Poland, watch out. Or rejoice. A young Colorado distillery has earned a big name for itself in the world of vodka.
Denver, Boulder, Aspen and Colorado Springs offer easy access to farm-fresh culinary options and these well-established mountain communities are also heralded for their abundance of craft breweries, wineries and distilleries. With the range of options available, planners should have no problem organizing an exploratory outing or social event to fit the tastes of any group.
The annual summit of all-star chefs, sommeliers, industry leaders and culinary obsessed consumers, Aspen Food & Wine Classic, lived up to its most recent accolade as "America's Hottest Festival" from AdWeek.
When it comes to making spirits, smaller does not necessarily mean better – in fact it usually means worse.
Woody Creek Distillers National Brand Ambassador Sean Kenyon's Williams & Graham, Named Best Bar in America at the Spirited Awards.
How two engineers—along with rarefied potatoes, Colorado water, and the finest distilling equipment—are redefining vodka.
Woody Creek Distillers, located in Basalt took home gold at the 15th annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
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Top Taco Festival in DenverMORELESS
At Top Taco, festival goers sample unlimited taco tastes and signature tequila cocktails from some of the best restaurants in Denver, voting for their favorites to crown four categories of awards: Top Creative Taco, Top Traditional Taco, Top Vegetarian Taco, and Top Cocktail. With amazing live music, creative tequila lounge areas, and some of the best chefs and mixologists in the city, Top Taco has become the can’t-miss summer event in Denver.
Food Truck Friday Featuring The SledMORELESS
Guests visiting the distillery can enjoy a variety of cuisines this summer with rotating weekly food trucks serving up delicious meals every Friday from 3 – 8 p.m. on the outdoor deck. Enjoy fare from The Sled Mobile Kitchen on Friday, June 24.
Jul 1 - Jul 3
Wild West Fermentation FestMORELESS
Hundreds of craft beverage enthusiasts are set to sip a cornucopia of libations at the inaugural Wild West Fermentation Fest on Fourth of July weekend in downtown Glenwood Springs. The event will go on rain or shine!
With a Rocky Mountain backdrop and live music, the festival will feature an assortment of the best fermented potables from across the region, including craft beer, cider and liquor. Located on the upper level of the parking garage at 9th & Cooper, the festival will also host carefully-selected food carts to pair with beverages.
Entry to the festival is $20 and includes admission, tasting tokens, and a commemorative sample glass. VIP tickets will also be available at $35, which will include all the above and an event t-shirt. Space is limited so get your tickets now! Admittance for this event is for those 21 and older. In addition to great food and beverages, live music will include 2016 Battle of the Band finalists – Logan Brothers, Ryan Roberts and other local favorites!
Festival Hours: July 1st 5-10 p.m. and July 2nd & 3rd noon-10 p.m.