DSTILL features Colorado & out-of-state distilleries & cocktails.
Colorado has earned a huge reputation as one of America’s top craft brewing states, and the legalization of cannabis has put the state into the national spotlight. Being a wine drinker, I pay more heed to the vineyards and wineries. But coming right up is DSTILL (March 10-16) that showcases this boom in spirits, presenting tastings, craft cocktail events, pairing dinners, workshops and other programs for the hospitality trade and the public alike.
The Colorado spirits boom has taken off like a Roman candle. Peach Street Distillers in Palisade was the first Colorado distillery that entered my consciousness when I was researching Culinary Colorado, the 2003 book that inspired this blog, and less than a decade ago, there were just eight. Now, there are somewhere between 40 and 65 artisanal small batch and micro distilleries within our state lines. A new generation of passionate spirit producers and imaginative bartenders is credited with today’s resurgent craft cocktail culture.
One distillery that especially intrigues me is Basalt’s Woody Creek Distillers, a state-of-the-art distillery goes so far as to grow its own potatoes on a family farm to make vodka, gin, brandy, eau de vie and whisky. And in ultra-Colorado fashion, the tasting room is accessible by car, bike (Rio Grande Trail) or even raft (Roaring Fork River).
As part of the week, DSTILL welcomes the American Craft Distillers Association (ACDA) first-ever national conference to Denver for two-days of workshops, keynote speakers and master classes for the trade. The Showcase, the signature tasting even,t is on Thursday, March 13 from 7 to 10 p.m., features tastes from 50 craft spirit makers. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online To follow next week’s events, check out the DSTILL Facebook page. Events are at various Denver venues.