Courtesy of Mile High Spirits
As interest in locally made spirits grows, a handful of small craft distilleries are now serving their own cocktails.
In February, Mile High Spirits opened in Denver with an airy tasting room and bar attached to its distillery, which produces proprietary liquors and private label spirits for customers. “What we realized was that we don’t have a sense of community in Denver,” says Wyn Ferrell, who launched the venture with partners Joe Vonfeldt and Chase Campbell. “There was a need for something unique and cool—a local watering hole. That’s exactly what we built.”
The bar serves only liquors made on premises: Fireside whiskey, which ages over four years in white American oak; six-times-distilled Elevate vodka; Denver dry gin; and white, island-style Pegleg rum. Mile High is one of only three distilleries in the world to use an all-glass still (as opposed to copper) for its gin and vodka production. “The glass is best for vodka and gin because it doesn’t pick up any impurities or flavors as a result of being boiled in and exposed to metals,” Ferrell explains.