DSTILL: A Serious Celebration of American Craft Distilling – March 10-16, Denver, CO
For the artisanal spirit producer, it begins with a passion. DSTILL is stage for these makers. A weeklong celebration of American craft distilling, DSTILL brings together industry leaders and provides the public the unique opportunity to to get up-close and personal with the pioneers and innovators of the American craft spirit movement, including distillers, bartenders, journalists, and other supporting cast. Colorado, with over 45 licensed distillers, is at the forefront of this fast-growing industry.
With spirit tastings, craft cocktail events, workshops and panels taking place throughout the City of Denver, the week of March 10-16, provides a full experience of American craft spirits. As part of the week of DSTILL, the first-ever American Craft Distillers Association Convention and Trade Show, brings top U.S. artisan spirit producers to Denver for workshops, keynote speakers and master classes for the trade professional.
We encourage you to get out and soak in the spirit of the American craft distiller. Here are a few of the events that shouldn’t be missed:
Versed and Immersed: The Distiller, The Bartender, & Your Cocktail
When: Tuesday, March 11 5:30-8:00pm (panel begins at 6:00pm) The Mercantile Room @ Wynkoop Brewing Co. | 1634 18th Street | Denver
Detail: The relationship of the distiller and the bartender is akin to that of the farmer and chef. Passion for their craft and a shared respect for ingredients and process is their bond. Working in concert, the distiller and the bartender elevate your cocktail experience from the everyday to the extraordinary. Join us for an evening of spirited conversation and classic cocktails with a panel of Colorado distillers and bartenders. Featured spirits from the 5280 Magazine Colorado Liquor Cabinet.
Moderator: Geoff Van Dyke, Editorial Director, 5280 Magazine
Panelists: Chad Michael George – President, Colorado Bartenders Guild
Ken Kodys – Beverage Manager, Breckenridge – Wynkoop
Todd Leopold – Co-Founder/Distiller, Leopold Bros.
Lance Hanson – Founder/Grower/Distiller, Peak Spirits Farm Distillery
The Showcase: The signature tasting event of DSTILL
When: Thursday, March 13 7:00-10:00pm
McNichols Civic Center Building | 144 West Colfax | Denver
Detail: DSTILL brings together over 45 craft spirit producers from across the country for The Showcase. This signature tasting event provides consumers the opportunity to sample spirits from America’s top artisan distillers and sample an array of handcrafted cocktails prepared by the barmen and women of the Colorado Bartenders Guild. The Showcase is the anchor tasting event of DSTILL.
Here is a link to all participating Distillers.
What: Explore the process of craft spirit production with leading American producers of whiskey, rum and gin.
When: Wednesday,March12 7:00-9:00pm
St. Ellie (whiskey), TAG (rum) Session Kitchen (gin)
Detail: All workshops include spirit tastings, cocktail sampling and chef/distiller pairings.
Tickets: Seating limited. Price $60 – $65.
Click here for workshop details.