Known as “The World’s Highest Distillery” Breckenridge Distillery was born in 2008 when whiskeyphile and physician, Bryan Nolt, decided to lay his life savings on the line and take a love of whiskey from fan status to craft producer in the high country ski town of Breckenridge, Colorado. Banking on his background in Chemistry and a highly refined palate, Bryan studied the history and craft of spirits-making until finally landing under the instruction of The American Distilling Institute’s Master Distiller and former Napa Valley Winemaker, Jordan Via.
While still working as a physician in Colorado, Bryan hired Jordan as a consultant on the project to help refine production techniques, mash bills, and equipment design including the distillery’s iconic giant custom copper pot still. Recognizing the brands’ potential, Jordan soon moved from California to join Bryan in Breckenridge, and the distillery began producing and barreling Malt Barley Whiskey, Bourbon, and Rum. At a grain cost of about $1,000 per day Breckenridge Distillery barreled whiskeys that would not see the light of day for at least two to three years.
The distillery opened for tours and tastings at the end of 2010 and began distribution of Breckenridge Bourbon and Breckenridge Vodka in July of 2011. With smashing success out of the gate the products racked up industry accolades culminating in a stunning win at the prestigious 2011 International Wine and Spirits Competition held in Surrey, UK. Breckenridge Bourbon received one of only three gold medals awarded in a very crowded Bourbon category. The distillery has been called “One of the best craft distilleries in America” by Bourbonblog.com, and the products have received extensive testimonials including Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible, Air Tran’s inflight magazine, “Go”, and New York Magazine.
Offering an extensive range of spirits including Bitters, Liqueurs, Spiced Rum, and experimental cocktail flavors, Breckenridge Distillery became one of the first craft distilleries in America to set a sales pace of greater than 12,000 cases in the first year of distribution. Their products are distributed in about 35 states in the U.S., and most products can be purchased directly from their website www.breckenridgedistillery.com.
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