Talk Colorado Wine & Colorado's Wine Country: A Look at Colorado's Fledgling Spirits Industry

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A Look at Colorado's Fledgling Spirits Industry

Rocky Mountain News Reporter Roger Fillion writes about the growing number of handcrafted artisan spirits cropping up around the state. Palisade's very own Peach Street Distillers is mentioned in the article. Under the headline, "Spirited Times for Craft Industry: State's Small Distilleries Flourishing as Demand Increases for Handcrafted Products," Fillion writes:

"Economic times may be tough. But Colorado's infant craft spirits industry is undergoing one of the biggest growth spurts in the nation.

"Tiny distilleries making handcrafted whiskey, vodka, gin, fruit brandy and other spirits are sprouting in the Front Range, the Western Slope and Four Corners.

"The state has at least eight licensed craft distillers in operation. A ninth is poised to begin operation.

"Three fired up their stills this year. A fourth, the new Mancos Valley Distillery, plans to begin producing white rum in Mancos in November.

"The spirited growth here and nationwide comes as consumers seek out local, handcrafted products and foodies take a new interest in fruit brandy known as eau-de-vie, liqueurs and other spirits.

Craft beer makers also are jumping in. A craft brewer, for example, is the driving force behind Mancos Valley Distillery. Ian James, the owner, wants to be an early entrant to an industry that's expected to keep growing."

You can read the rest of the article here.

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