To Celebrate and Promote Craft Spirits in the Rocky Mountain Region  


Tasting Events
EducatioN Programs


A Guidebook to Whiskey
Distilled Spirits


Whiskey Summit

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Guidebook to Whiskey and Other Distilled Spirits in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming


The full-color, 224-page Guidebook spotlights 111 active producers in the tri-state region, describing hundreds of the products they make, with tasting notes and maps, plus seven insightful articles and more than 150 color graphics. 

Order the Guidebook online (Prime eligible) or get it at a local distillery tasting room, bookstore or gift shop in the region.

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Blogging the Stories, the Discoveries and the Enjoyment of Craft Spirits

Howell Wright invites you to accompany him On the Whiskey Summit Trail as he explores the whiskeys and other distilled spirits produced in the Rocky Mountain region (and beyond), as well as delightful craft cocktails he'll be making with them.  Sign up to receive the blog via email, or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

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Craft Spirits Education, Tasting Events & Festivals

In 2019, we're again sponsoring distilled spirits festivals, tasting events and educational sessions to expand appreciation of craft distilling and the rich diversity of distilled spirits, frequently focusing on products from the Rocky Mountain region.


Whiskey Summit Education Series

Whiskey Summit Education Series


Beginning January 16, from 6:00-7:30 pm, we will be conducting the first “Whiskey Education Series.” Hosted at Bird & Jim Restaurant on the third Wednesday of each month through April, the program will begin with a 30-40 minute presentation and Q&A, followed by guided tasting of three whiskeys. Each session will focus on one type of whiskey, beginning with Scotch. Bourbon, rye and corn whiskeys will be featured successively in the following three session. We are very grateful to Bird & Jim—in addition to hosting the program, they will provide the whiskeys and serve delicious hors d’oeuvres to participants!

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January 15 we met with the Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary at 7:00 am to discuss the topic, “Why Publish a Guidebook to Colorado Distilled Spirits?”



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On November 13, we met with the philanthropic Optimist Club of Boulder to present a 90-minute program surveying the breathtaking expansion of craft distilling in the U.S. and, specifically, in Colorado, which now hosts the fourth or fifth largest number of operating distilleries in the U.S. The program included lively sessions for tasting and discussing four distilled spirit products contributed by Spirit Hound Distillers in nearby Lyons, Colorado.


On October 27, we helped sponsor the Rocky Mountain Craft Spirits Festival in Estes Park—with spirits from almost 30 producers, plus live music and tasty food—where we talked about favorite spirits with many festival goers and autographed our Guidebook


On September 29, we led the malt whiskey tasting events at the second annual Celtic Fest in Frederick, Colorado (just north of Denver off of I-25).  

See the schedule for tasting sessions at Celtic Fest.