Woody Creek Distillers
There’s more to the farm-to-table movement than what you’ll find in Aspen’s restaurants. At Woody Creek Distillers in Basalt, it’s a farm-to-bottle movement, with locally grown potatoes being used to create the finest handcrafted spirits around — and in summer, this means a whole menu of refreshing and unique cocktails.
“We have a revamped drink menu, the patio is open and things are really coming alive out here,” says bar manager Christian Wilhoft. “And with our Food Truck Fridays, which we hope to expand to include artists and music and more, the process of growing Woody Creek Distillers (WCD) ust continues to blossom.”
And what a process it has been for the locally owned business. Woody Creek Distillers was established in 2012; in just three years, the company has grown exponentially. Currently its products are available in close to 20 states. And the distillery has received numerous recognitions and awards for its two different kinds of vodka and its rye whiskey (WCD also produces a gin and a rum).
But the crown jewel of Woody Creek’s portfolio has to be its distillery and tasting room, located in Basalt’s Mid-Valley Design
Center. Rustic, yet modern, the tasting room invites visitors and locals to see how the distillery operates while also enjoying the fruits of those labors.
“We want people to come here and feel at home,” says tasting room manager Tracey Snow, noting that while there is no food service at the distillery, guests are welcome to bring in their own cheese platters, dinners, or whatever takeout they like. “It’s a unique experience to see where the spirit in the cocktail you’re drinking is made.”
In fact, Woody Creek Distillers makes nearly everything in-house — the spirits, the infused spirits, an array of bitters, syrups of all stripes, even its own tonic water.
“Really, our cocktail menu is worth the trip to Basalt; you will not find anything like it anywhere else,” says Snow. “Or, you can always just enjoy a flight to get a taste of all that we offer.”
For example, a small tasting of any three spirits is just $12; flights are also on the menu. And, the distillery is also homebase for sales of its bottled spirits and gift boxes, which range in price from $40 to $150 (custom gift boxes also available).
“We like to think that we do more than just make spirits,” says Snow.
Spend some time at Woody Creek Distillers and you’ll see why she’s right.