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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.

NEWS

COCKTAIL RECIPE: GOLD RUSH

The newest addition to our cocktail menu, the Gold Rush, is made with local handpicked apricots.

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Cocktail Recipe: Alpine Buzz

A delicious treat available in the tasting room that's sure to get you buzzed.

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Wandering Spirits, Ride to Tales & Tales of the Cocktail

Come join us as we send off the Wandering Spirits on the eve of their Ride to Tales. There will be Woody Creek Cocktails, beer, food and great music. The following morning, on July 14th, the Wandering Spirits will leave Denver for a five-day journey towards Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. Once the Wandering Spirits arrive in New Orleans, the Woody Creek team will join them and everyone in New Orleans for the Tales of the Cocktail!

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Red, White & Booze: Independence Spritzer

Whether you’re heading to a backyard BBQ or simply spending the holiday relaxing at home, we have the ultimate 4th of July cocktail recipe, made with our Woody Creek Colorado Gin, to get you in the holiday spirit.

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Architectural Digest: 12 Stylish Craft Distilleries Across the Country

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.

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LIQUOR.COM: 6 New Gin Bottles You Should Try Right Now

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.

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Frasca’s Rocky Mountain Rye

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.

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Aspen Times Weekly Libations: Blackberry Sour

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).

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WCD Straight Rye Whiskey Awarded Double Gold at Prestigious SF World Spirits Competition

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.

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Cool Hunting: Colorado’s Woody Creek Distillers

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.

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Arizona Cocktail Week 2016

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.

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WOODY CREEK DISTILLERS CELEBRATES THE BEST SHOW ON SNOW AT THE X GAMES ASPEN 2016

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.

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Yahoo Travel: The Perfect Day Trip Out Of Aspen

Most visitors to Aspen never leave manage to leave the slopes or the fancy bars that nuzzle up to them.

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Mile High Bourbon & Rye: Woody Creek Gin Review

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.

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Playboy: The Best Bottles of Booze of 2015

Even for a professional booze writer, keeping up with all the new spirits coming out can be a challenge.

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Elevation Outdoors: Winter Escape To Basalt

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.

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Denver Life Magazine: 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Wishful Thinking: 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

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Cocktail Enthusiast: Woody Creek Colorado Gin Review

Woody Creek Distillers caught our eye a couple years ago when we first sampled their once-distilled 100% potato vodka.

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Swig: 5 Must-Try Small Batch Spirits

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.

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Aspen Magazine: Cocktail Culture

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.

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Conde Nast Traveler: The Best Vodka in the World Is in Colorado

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.

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Jetsetter: Your 2016 Ski Guide

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.

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Denver Life Weddings: A Spirited Affair

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.

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Paste Magazine: Woody Creek Colorado Gin Review

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.

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Aspen Peak Magazine: 12 Very Impressive Bottles to Have in Your Home Bar

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.

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Denver Life Magazine: One-Potato, Two-Potato, Three-Potato, Pour!

Poland, watch out. Or rejoice. A young Colorado distillery has earned a big name for itself in the world of vodka.

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Meetings Focus: Denver, Boulder, Aspen and Colo. Springs please the palate

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.

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Denver Post: Aspen Food & Wine Classic highlighted by seminars, tastings and parties

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.

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Forbes: A Craft Distillery Worthy Of The Word ‘Craft’

When it comes to making spirits, smaller does not necessarily mean better – in fact it usually means worse.

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WC Wednesdays with the Pete Scobell Band – 8/19

Check out the Pete Scobell Band on this week's edition of Woody Creek Wednesdays.

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WC Wednesdays with the Pete Scobell Band – 8/5

Check out the Pete Scobell Band on this week's edition of Woody Creek Wednesdays.

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WC Wednesdays with the Pete Scobell Band – 7/22

Check out the Pete Scobell Band on this week's edition of Woody Creek Wednesdays.

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Denver Eater: Williams & Graham Named Best Bar in America

Woody Creek Distillers National Brand Ambassador Sean Kenyon's Williams & Graham, Named Best Bar in America at the Spirited Awards.

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WSJ: An Itinerant Bartender’s Travel Essentials

How Sean Kenyon packs for jobs mixing cocktails on mountaintops and on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

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WC Wednesdays With The Pete Scobell Band – 7/15

Check out the Pete Scobell Band on this week's edition of Woody Creek Wednesdays.

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5280: The Potato Kings

How two engineers—along with rarefied potatoes, Colorado water, and the finest distilling equipment—are redefining vodka.

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Eater: Woody Creek Distillers Wins Gold

Woody Creek Distillers, located in Basalt took home gold at the 15th annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

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Aspen Daily News: Woody Creek Earns Top Honors

Woody Creek Distillers earns top honors at San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

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EVENTS

  • Aug 26

    Food Truck Friday featuring Munch

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    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 Munch on Friday, Aug. 26.

  • Sep 2

    Food Truck Friday featuring Open Fire Catering

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    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 Open Fire Catering on Friday, Sept. 2.

  • Sep 6 - Sep 11

    Denver Food & Wine Festival

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    Denver Food + Wine Festival is a multi-day extravaganza of food, wine and spirits education, promotion and tastings, presented by co-sponsors Colorado Restaurant Association and Southern Wine & Spirits of Colorado. Through these series of events, Denver Food + Wine Festival aims to highlight industry impact, promote workforce development and celebrate Denver as a culinary destination. The event benefits the personal, educational and professional development of youth; nonprofit partners include The Denver Post Community Foundation, Metropolitan State University of Denver and Colorado ProStart, operated by the Colorado Restaurant Association Education Foundation.

    More information and tickets can be found online here: https://denverfoodandwine.com/