Rocky Mountain Craft Spirits Festival


Many people have been asking about the Whiskey Summit tasting festival that we produced last October in partnership with the Town of Estes Park.

Well, this October, we’re helping sponsor the Estes Park Rocky Mountain Craft Spirit Festival, again at the Estes Park Events Complex, on October 27. If you had fun last year then saddle up for an even bigger tasting event this year.

EXCITING TASTING PROGRAM: Some of the very best distilleries in the Rocky Mountain region will offer tipples of their spirits, including whiskey, rum, gin, vodka, and agave spirits (aka tequila when made in Mexico). Throw in great examples of fine liqueur and perfectly balanced cocktails and there will be something for everyone’s spirit taste.


DISTILLERY TOUR (Option): Elkins Whisky is the tasting festival's presenting sponsor, and these folks are pleased to offer a behind the scenes tour of their distillery on Saturday just before the Festival begins. Arrive at 1:00 pm and see the processes used to bring you the first and only spirits made (legally) in Estes Park.

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Talk to the distillers, try out a sample in the tasting room, and then catch a free trolley over to the Tasting Festival, starting at 2:00 pm. The trolley also can bring you back to Elkins at the conclusion of the Tasting Festival for a chance to say hi once again to some of your new friends in the craft spirits industry.

Tickets for the tour are offered only with the purchase of a Festival ticket.


PAIRING DINNER: To make this a well-rounded weekend, the nearby restaurant, Latitude 105, will be offering a pairing dinner that weekend.

Join Executive Chef Jacob Tew on Friday, October 26, as he presents an outstanding culinary experience, featuring food pairings with regional craft spirits by Breckenridge Distillery and Elkins Distillery. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the pairing dinner website.


LODGING PACKAGE: While the pairing dinner is separate from the Tasting Festival, the Ridgeline Hotel (home of Latitude 105 and one of the free shuttle stops) is offering a package deal that includes two tickets for the pairing dinner and the Tasting Festival, plus a deluxe room for two nights!

Call their front desk at 970-586-2332 for more information.

FESTIVAL MUSIC: The Tasting Festival is bringing two talented groups to Estes Park for this event. You Knew Me When will be playing for the first half of the event, and Hunker Down will top it off for the second half.

FREE SHUTTLE: The Town of Estes Park will be providing a FREE shuttle the day of the event. This service will make stops at the Event Center, the Ridgeline Hotel, and Elkins Distillery, plus locations around town. Book your package at the Ridgeline and don't worry about driving—just head for the festival.

For more ideas on what to do and where to stay during your weekend in Estes Park, check out the Visit Estes Park website.

I hope to be able to visit with you here in Estes Park at the weekend events for the Rocky Mountain Craft Spirits Festival, October 27.

Until then, “Keep the wind to your back and a smile on your face.”