Food, wine – and whiskey |

Food, wine – and whiskey

The makers of Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey are offering samplings at local restaurants this week. (Mark Fox/The Aspen Times)

Whiskey makers George Stranahan and Jesse Graber will offer samples of their new product at several local venues this week as the Food & Wine Classic gets under way.The first of these events, officially called “An Introduction to Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey,” is from 4:30-6 p.m. today at the Basalt Bistro on Midland Avenue in Basalt.Three subsequent “introductions” will be at the following locations:

From 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Woody Creek Tavern, on Upper River Road about nine miles northwest of Aspen From 3-5 p.m. and again from 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Red Onion, on the Cooper Avenue mall in Aspen And from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, and again from 9 p.m. until “whenever,” in the words of master distiller Graber, on the patio of Takah Sushi, on the Mill Street mall opposite Wagner Park in Aspen.

The whiskey, available at stores throughout the Roaring Fork Valley, made its debut in Denver in May after two years of development.Its makers hail it as “a unique small-batch whiskey cultivated in Colorado’s only micro-distillery” brewed using “unique distilling techniques that blend the processes used to make both Scotch and bourbon whiskeys. What results is a spirit with a traditionally bourbon amber-red color, but a lighter, smoother taste than any other whiskey on the market,” according to a statement the distiller issued.The enterprise came about when Stranahan, a wealthy local rancher, and Graber, a longtime local firefighter, met two years ago when a fire destroyed a barn at Stranahan’s Flying Dog Ranch in Woody Creek.

After discovering their mutual appreciation of fine whiskey, the two began concocting a new recipe for a drink they could call their own.According to the distiller, a 750-milliliter bottle retails for a suggested price of $54.99, although it is rumored that some valley liquor stores are charging more.For more information, visit or call (303) 296-7440.John Colson’s e-mail address is

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