One of the coolest aspects of my job (and I suppose a big part of moving someplace new) is the fact that I get to take advantage of all of the interesting activities in the area so I can effectively provide guests with an experience of a lifetime. That said, I recently sent one of our guests to the Breckenridge Distillery to take advantage of their complimentary distillery tours. The other day, on my way out of Breck, I found myself in the area of Breck Distillery’s 4000 SF facility, so I popped in to get a taste of what I’m sending Lodge patrons to enjoy.
Despite a lackluster tour–the “tour guide” barely even looked up at me before waving me off to wander their distillery room–it was very interesting to check out the tools used to create their award winning Bourbons, Rums, and Vodkas. The distillery utilizes open-top Scottish style fermenters and a 700 Gallon Vendrome custom copper pot to mash, ferment, and distill their one-of-a-kind products and takes some serious pride in the creating multi-dimensional flavors that separate their spirits from the masses.
At the end of our “tour” we were given the opportunity to sample a few of their award-winning products. While I enjoy a good Mount Gay and Tonic every now and again, I generally consider myself to be more of a wine (champagne if we are being entirely truthful here…) and beer kind of girl. However, I can honestly say that one swig of the Breck Bourbon had me sold. The flavor was deep and round and filled my palate completely. It was rich at start, spicy at the finish, and smooth as smooth can be. Even the vodka had me reconsidering my vodka boycott that was instilled promptly upon graduating from Miami of Ohio back in 2008. It was bright and refreshing, crisp even. I can honestly say that I’d go back for more, perhaps even buy some for myself.
As they so confidently declare on their homepage, Breckenridge Distillery is number one and they know it. That said, the next time you’re in Breck it’s worth it to check out the distillery, if only to see the huge vats and experience the flavors created by the “world’s highest distillery”.
Breck Distillery Accolades
- “2012 SIP Awards” — Platinum
- “2012 MicroLiquor Spirit Awards” — Gold
- “2012 Ultimate Spirits Championship” — Finalist
- “2012 International Whiskey Competition” — Gold
- “2012 International Wine and Spirit Competition” – Gold