Dry Land Distillers, a Colorado craft distillery, opened June 13, 2018. They produce and serve up their unique spirits influenced and inspired by Colorado’s landscapes. Their focus is heirloom wheat whiskey, prickly pear spirits, spruce gin and other spirits that represent the authentic flavors of the American West.
Dry Land has been producing some of their products already, and they recently won a Bronze Medal at the London Spirits Competition for their Prickly Pear Spirit. The London Spirits Competition judges spirits on three key elements: quality and drinkability, value for the money and packaging and design.
Aaron Main, co-founder and distiller of Dry Land Distillers said, “Our Prickly Pear Spirit is a genuine Colorado original, and it’s great to see it competes with some of the best spirits in the world. Colorado – and Longmont in particular – is a center of innovation for craft distilling, and we’re certainly excited to be a part of it.”
Dry Land Distillers is working with ingredients that celebrate the diverse Colorado ecosystems to craft unique spirits that are highly complementary to the other craft distillers cropping up in Boulder County. The team created their mezcal-style smoked Prickly Pear Spirit after experimenting with different crops native or suitable to the Colorado environment. “It was a big challenge to get the roasting and fermentation process to work on the cactus, but perseverance (and tolerance for removing cactus thorns from fingers) paid off,” said co-founder Nels Wroe. “As far as we know, this is the first time anyone has distilled cactus in the way we’re using it,” he added.
In addition to their Prickly Pear Spirits, they are crafting a single malt whiskey from 100% heirloom wheat – also a first. “The grower of our wheat doesn’t know of any other spirit distilled from the grain. It’s shaping up beautifully in the barrel, and we’re excited to release our first bottles soon after we open in June,” said Main.
The tasting room at Dry Land Distillers is family-friendly, offering up a variety of handcrafted cocktails, non-alcoholic cocktails, and handmade sodas. The cozy tasting room is designed to bring friends together. It is a modern twist on the 1950s and 1960s bar/lounge complete with a vintage sound system with a turntable and impressive vinyl collection.
Dry Land Distillers is located in the heart of downtown Longmont at 471 Main St. This historic building once served as a bank and is now known as The Experience Longmont Building. This historic building just underwent a complete renovation, and it will also house a restaurant, coffee shop and entertainment venue.
For more information on Dry Land Distillers, visit drylanddistillers.com or call (720) 600-4945.