In case you missed it, spirits are back. There was a dreary period, let’s call it the 80’s and 90’s when it seemed to be all about beer and wine. Who doesn’t love beer and wine, right? But sometimes you hanker for something more sophisticated, potent and exotic. Hell, beer and wine are doing just fine, so why not a resurgence of your bourbons, gins and scotches? A generous part of this hard-stuff renaissance stems from the growth of micro and local distilleries. Here in Boulder we have 303 Vodka, Roundhouse Gins, and others. In fact, Colorado is becoming a bit of a haven for craft inspired, artisanal types of booze.
Deerhammer Distillery is a great example of this kind of micro hoochery thriving in Colorado. Their newest elixir, Down Time Single Malt Whiskey, inspired one of metro Denver’s premier liquor stores to declare 2013 the year of the ‘Hammer.’
On top of that, they released a tiny (362 hand-numbered bottles) batch of Buena Vista Brandy. All of the grapes came from the Western Slope courtesy of Vino Salida Wine Cellars, spent time double-distilling in copper pots then finally aging in French oak and whiskey barrels. Sounds good, eh? But with so few bottles, you best unlock yourself from the couch and get on it. Stuff that stocking!