Whiskey for My Men, Beer for My Horses returns for the fourth straight year at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, a summer fundraiser featuring the best in Colorado craft brews, spirits, BBQ and music on Friday, June 28 (5-8p), in the intimate and historic FAC Courtyard.
Four breweries, including the Colorado craft brew icon Oskar Blues Brewery, and four distilleries, featuring national award-winner Leopold Brothers,will be pouring samples at Whiskey IV. The New West BBQ once again is served up by Buffalo Gals and the entertainment provided by the incomparable Black Forest band, The J. Miller Band, playing the finest in Americana and country.
“This is one of the most anticipated FAC events of the year,” said FAC Development Director Tom Jackson. “It’s just fun. There are a lot of great tasting events in Southern Colorado, but we think this one is special because we keep the number of vendors down to a manageable size: you are going to have time to sample the products and talk with the brew masters and distillers. This year is clearly our strongest line-up yet.”
Deerhammer Distilling (Buena Vista) NEW!
It’s been called many things. We call ours Deerhammer Whitewater Whiskey—fresh off the still, briefly touched by oak and then into the bottle. This spirit takes two runs through the pot still and is bottled without the flavor effects of lengthy aging in oak casks. The results are a light/sweet spirit with notes of chocolate, dark roasted coffee and tobacco finish. This should not be compared to your go-to bourbon—it is a completely different product. Much like a tequila, whiskey has it’s own un-aged variation. We are proud to offer you one of Colorado’s first and finest white whiskeys.
Distillery 291 (Colorado Springs)
Distillery 291 is a small whiskey distillery tucked away in the Rocky Mountain front range of Colorado Springs. We are steeped in the tradition of distilling small batch whiskey. At the distillery’s inception, we set out to replicate the taste, the smell, and offer a hint of the folklore of the Wild, Wild West, with distinct whiskey of that unforgettable era. We produce four whiskeys: Colorado White Dog Rye, Colorado FRESH (un-aged, corn whiskey), American Whiskey and the award-winning Colorado Whiskey (aged).
Leopold Brothers (Denver) NEW!
Silver Tree American Small Batch Vodka is the highest-rated vodka distilled and bottled in America according to the Beverage Tasting Institute. Silver Tree earned a gold medal at the 2009 San Francisco Spirits Competition, the largest competition of its kind in North America. Silver Tree is distilled seven times from a unique blend of potatoes, malted barley, and summer wheat to give a smooth finish and subtle, rounded notes. Hand bottled, hand labeled, and hand numbered, Leopold’s American Small Batch Gin was named “Best American Gin” by the Wall Street Journal in 2009.
Spring 44 (Loveland)
Spring 44, which debuted with vodka, honey vodka and gin, has started selling straight and single-barrel bourbon whiskey aged for six years in barrels from Kentucky this month. The distillery is selling two versions of its 90-proof straight whiskey and one version of its 100-proof single-barrel whiskey. The small distillery from Loveland, uses water from a spring in Buckhorn Canyon and has three stills, nicknamed Ruby, Roxy and Raquel.
Kevin Baity Kraft Beers (Colorado Springs)
Established in 2011, KB Kraft Beers is the brainchild of Colorado native Kevin Baity. A longtime connoisseur of all things beery, Kevin has finally unleashed his fermenting passion upon the fortunate (if unsuspecting) public this year. Through a skilled exploration of the infinite varieties of micro brews – including their landmark lavender brew – one small batch at a time, KB Kraft Beers has already garnered both local and internal attention in France, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.
Oskar Blues Brewery (Lyons/Longmont) NEW!
This is the brewery that cans its own beer. The New York Times named their flagship brew, Dale’s Pale Ale, America’s best pale ale. In 2008, “Old Chub” earned a gold medal at the 2008 World Beer Championships. In 2011, Oskar Blues Brewery cracks into the Brewers Association Top 50 US Craft Breweries list; Dale’s Pale Ale becomes the most popular Pale Ale in Colorado; and they earned three medals at the Great American Beer Festival: Mama’s Little Yella Pils (Silver), Old Chub (Bronze) and Deviant Dales (Silver). In 2012, “G’Knight” wins gold at the 2012 World Beer Cup.
Rocky Mountain Brewery (Colorado Springs) NEW!
Rocky Mountain Brewery, a small outfit near Powers Boulevard owned by Duane Lujan, won gold and silver in the fruit beer category, for Eat a Peach and Da’ Yoopers, respectively, at the 2012 World Beer Cup in San Diego, one of the preeminent brew competitions featuring nearly 800 breweries from 54 countries. The Independentstated, “that both brews are incredible examples of fruit made liquor, though neither exactly resemble malted beer … you could taste the fuzz on the golden Eat a Peach, while Da’ Yoopers is wonderfully like guzzling tart cherry-pie filling itself.”
Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) NEW!
Trinity Brewing Company is a public ale and lager house. Inspired by Belgian and English tap houses, their pub focuses on three major concepts: artisanal beer, slow food, and conscious people. Owner of a “91” or “Outstanding” rating on beeradvocate.com, Trinity strives “to create beers that are artistically provocative for a fellow brewer while at the same time very drinkable for a friendly pub goer. In an effort to revive the true life of the rural Belgian style, we completely change the recipe every time we brew it,” according to head brewer Jason Yester on craftbeer.com.
Since the inception of the event in 2010, patrons who wear a ‘big-ass’ belt buckle will get a $5 discount. Tickets are $25 ($20 for FAC members), available online or at the door. Visit csfineartscenter.org or call 719.634.5583 for more information.