Woody Creek Distillers is a grain to glass distillery founded in 2012 by Mary and Pat Scanlan and Mark Kleckner in the town of Basalt in the Roaring Fork Valley near Aspen, Colorado. After years pursuing their own careers, these three longtime friends came together to create a line of spirits whose quality is a lasting legacy for their community, families and friends. Woody Creek Distillers is proud to use produce grown on their family farm and the farms of their neighbors. The distillery is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the natural resources of the Woody Creek region. Understanding that growing and sourcing produce locally not only makes for the best ingredients, but is also good for the environment, all grains for their whiskeys are sourced locally in Colorado, and 100% of the potatoes that go into their vodka and the base spirit of their gin are grown on their own farm in Basalt. The distillery itself is a low-emissions facility, and the waste from their raw products goes back to the Scanlan family farm in Woody Creek as compost, or to local ranches as livestock feed. A proud winner of Best Farm Distillery from the American Distilling Institute in 2019.

Available Products & Notes

Vodka
Batch distilled from potatoes grown exclusively for vodka production on their own farm, a mere eight miles from the distillery. The proximity allows them to process their potatoes on the same day they are harvested and have a bottle of vodka in hand in five days later. Distilled only once to maintain its unique taste, character, and mouth feel while achieving exceptional purity, and brought to proof with Rocky Mountain spring water.


Gin
A combination of classic London Dry and New World gin, starting with a base of the same potato spirit used for their vodka. Locally sourced, hand-picked (as in David Matthews, Head Distiller, brings a bag on his hikes to pick them...) juniper berries, fresh lemongrass, corriander, cinnamon, angelica, hibiscus, lavender, cranberries, grains of paradise, fresh orange & lemon peel, and lime wedge. Macerated for one day at 150°F, then redistilled.


Bourbon

Made from 70% Colorado corn and a blend of local rye & malted barley. Aged at least four years in new American oak barrels, medium toast char #3. 

Rye Whiskey
Made from 100% Colorado rye and aged in new American oak barrels, medium toast char #3. Embodies distinct rye character with pronounced white pepper throughout the palate, notes of citrus peel on the nose, and oaky vanilla mid-palate.

Photos

1         The stills in Basalt, Colorado

2        Founders Pat and Mark in the potato field

3        Potato harvest

4        Founder Pat with potatoes during harvest

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