Food Traveler Magazine Winter 2016 - Page 32

Winter , BY T H E GLASS Destination ON THE ROCKS Basalt, Colorado As if an excuse is needed to sip on a cocktail during the holiday season! If a spirit(ed) destination is what you seek, then Woody Creek Distillers in Basalt, Colorado, is the place to go. As a newer American distillery that opened its doors in 2013, Woody Creek was determined to bring back 100% pure potato vodka, with no artificial flavors or infusions. As Woody Creek says, “we make only one flavor: Vodka.” Woody Creek’s catchphrase is “the return of real,” and being named a top 3 brand of vodka to try by Men’s Health, they’ve definitely stayed true to their claim. Woody Creek is owned and operated by a team that grows their own potatoes for use in the distillery. When using produce outside of their own farm (Scanlan Family Farm), they make sure to source from their neighbors and local Colorado farmers. Woody Creek is all about keeping things pure and simple, so to protect the environment and make the most out of every batch, all waste is used for compost or to feed local livestock. The craft of Woody Creek is birthed from love, and from long-time knowledge of the produce they grow and how they want to create the best final product possible. “Three longtime friends came together to create a line of spirits whose quality is a lasting legacy for their community, families and friends.” The awards they’ve received are only the beginning. Stop in and take a tour of this completely customized distillery, sit for a while in the tasting room and try a few cocktails from the tasting list, and pop into the gift shop for a souvenir and some take-home goodies. Tours are offered by appointment only, so visit for more information on upcoming events and openings. When you’re there, try The Descent, which is a Woody Creek holiday cocktail recipe made with the 100% Potato Vodka, and paired with vanilla, organic pear juice, and a coconut infusion. The vodka is smooth and deliciously unmasked to reveal the true flavor in the spirit. Oh, did we mention its gluten-free? The colder months bring with them a handful of favorite holidays, so don’t settle for the same old drink. Break tradition and step outside of the gift box this year. It is time to try new brands and take tours that will broaden your celebratory routines. Cheers, and drink responsibly! 30 FoodTraveler l Winter 2016