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The Perfect Weekend for Gin Lovers in Denver

The perfect weekend for gin lovers should start and end with a Denver distillery tour. Instead of going the traditional route of breweries, try something new with a weekend full of Denver distillery tours. Distilleries offer all the same benefits you get with a brewery tour except you get to drink expertly crafted cocktails and infusions instead of your one hundredth IPA.

Visiting the following Denver distilleries is sure to be a paradise for any gin lover.

First, start your weekend off trying one of the many cocktails at Rising Sun Distillery. This distillery has a quaint atmosphere and also serves food. This is the perfect place to get some food in your stomach and continue the tour on to the main event.

The second stop on your list should be Deviation Distilling. This distillery specializes in gin, which puts them above the rest on our Denver gin lovers tour. If you want to take an actual distillery tour, you should plan to do one here. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable and the distillery offers some interesting infusions.

One of the benefits of partaking in a distillery tour is you are able to hear and learn about a distillery’s unique way of crafting their spirits. While the general process does not change from distillery to distillery, the flavor profiles and infusions can vary drastically between establishments. Each distillery prides itself on having quality and well-rounded spirits that provide the customer with a unique tasting experience.  Some gin flavors special to Deviation Distilling are: grapefruit and tarragon, rosemary and white sage, and thai basil and peppercorn.

In addition to learning the ins and outs of the distilling process specific to Deviation, you will also get a history of the distillery. You will be able to ask questions and learn about new creations. If that was not enough to sway your mind, you will also get to sample some spirits as part of the tour. And who doesn’t love free samples?

From Deviation Distilling, move on to Archetype Distillery. This distillery is not far from Deviation and has an interesting vibe. It is influenced by industrial architecture and offer an intriguing drink menu. If you are looking for something a little different, for instance a smoking cocktail, then this is your place.

After Archetype Distillery, make your way over to Denver Distillery for some snacks and free distillery tour. If you are still in the mood to learn about alternate distilling processes take your second distillery tour here. Since it is a free tour you might not be guaranteed the free samples but you will still receive all the know-how.

The last thing you need to remember in order to make this your perfect gin weekend in Denver, is souvenirs! While purchasing hats and T-shirts from each distillery is perfectly fine, the best part about distilleries are their 21 and over souvenir options. Instead of trying to find your favorite gin in a liquor store, get it right at the distillery. Many Denver distilleries bottle and sell their products for a lower price than at that liquor stores. Support your favorite local Denver distillery by purchasing a bottle of your favorite gin on-site and for a fraction of the cost. Talk about a perfect end to a perfect weekend!

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Perks of Local Distilleries

The rise of craft breweries in Denver has been monumental, but beer is not the only craft beverage on the rise. Over the past few years, more and more distilleries are popping up around the greater Denver area. As more of these local distilleries gain traction, local communities are reaping the rewards of a booming Denver distillery industry.

Why visit a distillery over a liquor store?

You might be thinking, why bother with a distillery when I could just go to a liquor store? Well, the perks of supporting a local Denver distillery are endless. Not only will you get better quality liquor and spirits at a more affordable price, but you are supporting local business development as well.

Perks of local distilleries

1.) A new and fun experienceA main perk of visiting a local distillery is the experience that is associated with it. Just like a brewery, distilleries give tours and informational sessions on the distilling process, along with tasting flights and events. Visiting a local distillery is not only a great place to treat yourself, but also the perfect setting to get together with friends, hold a happy hour, take a date and even celebrate more important occasions such as birthdays or engagement parties. Distilleries typically have a laid back environment with knowledgeable staff to provide excellent customer service and answer any questions you may have about the distilling process or spirits in general!

2.) Reward your taste buds
The biggest perk of local distilleries is the variation in their spirits’ tastes and styles. While you may think all gin or whiskey tastes the same, you would be mistaken. When you visit a local distillery you open your senses up to different infusions and flavor profiles you would never be able to try or buy in a liquor store. Every distillery takes pride in the way they create and infuse their liquors. Supporting your community’s local distilleries allows you to taste and take home your favorite liquors and spirits at a fraction of the cost. Liquor stores tack on an additional upsell price, while buying a bottle from your favorite distillery saves you money and ensures you will actually enjoy what you are purchasing.

3.) Support local business
Very similarly to the brewery culture in Denver, the distillery and spirit industry is making great strides. The craft brew industry launched Denver as a major brewing city, comparable to St. Louis or Milwaukee, and the distillery industry is on the same path. Local distilleries help the economic growth and development of their communities. The distillery business not only stimulates the local economy but also creates jobs for community residents. While you might think the only jobs distilleries create are service industry jobs, there are more options than becoming a server or bartender. Some of the most common job opportunities local distilleries create are:

  • Vehicle operators and delivery positions
  • Sales representatives
  • Wholesale and manufacturing occupations
  • Economic developers
  • Construction and/or materials movers
  • Retail and marketing
  • Equipment installations, maintenance and repair jobs

The Denver distillery culture is not something you want to pass on. When you visit a local Denver distillery, such as Deviation Distilling, you can rest easy knowing the drink you order is helping your local economy, as if any of us need another reason to enjoy a few drinks with friends.

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What is Gin?

A gin and tonic may be one of the most commonly ordered drinks, and for good reason. The distinctive juniper taste of gin makes it a delicious spirit and more than just flavored vodka.

 

But what exactly is gin?

 

Gin is a spirit primarily made from fermented grain, but can also have a base of grapes, molasses and sugar beets. Gin goes through a double distillation process in which the fermented grain is distilled into a clear and neutral spirit otherwise known as a base spirit. From this base spirit you are able to make other spirits, for example, the Denver gin distillery “Deviation” uses the same grain and base spirit to make both their gin and whiskey products.

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