Isn't she lovely?

posted Jan 29, 2019, 11:31 PM by Lucas Hohl

With any luck...Sand Creek Distillery should be home to a new still by the end of next week (2-9-19).  If you've visited me you know I am a fan of WWII nose art/pinups (aviation geek); therefore, you have met Betty (Grable) and Rita (Hayworth)...can you guess the name of my next still?  While not from the WWII era, she's probably the most obvious name choice you can think of since she will steal the spotlight...

And now for something completely different...

posted Jan 29, 2019, 11:10 PM by Lucas Hohl   [ updated Jan 29, 2019, 11:16 PM ]

Ahh, the immortal genius of the Monty Python troupe...

Well, I finally became convinced that my whisky is my whisky (A is A) and that I can replicate it consistently and it will keep the qualities I enjoy and I hope others enjoy as well.  With that being said, I have started down a new road and am in the development stages of a Rum recipe & production.  It has been a lot of fun--the creation of a recipe has always been one of my favorite parts.  I cannot be sure how long this product will need to age (or how, exactly, I will age it) but I will have at least two variations of Rum.  A standard rum--actually more like a Rhum Agricole than standard rum...Aaarrgh!  Also, a flavored variety...which will be very Caribbean inspired (and maybe conceived of by someone else...N.O.), not spiced though...the Captain has that one locked down.  Besides, I was enlisted so I am used to giving great results and letting an officer receive most of the credit ;-)  JK

Half a World away!

posted Jan 29, 2019, 10:51 PM by Lucas Hohl

As I mentioned in a previous post, a fellow Creeker (CB) traveled to Japan with a few bottles of Sand Creek whisky.  Here are a few Pictures...okay, one is from Cali but still a cool shot!  Mount Fuji in the background is simply breathtaking--Thanks CB!

Closed this Wednesday, 1-16-2019

posted Jan 11, 2019, 8:36 PM by Lucas Hohl

Hello Creekers,
I must inform everyone that the Distillery will be closed this Wednesday because I will be out of town.  Normal schedule will resume the following week.  I always look forward to your next visit.
~Lucas

6,067 miles! Hugo to Kyoto

posted Oct 3, 2018, 8:08 PM by Lucas Hohl

A devout "creeker"--CB--recently purchased 3 bottles of differing spirits (after an initial purchase of a few back in May) to take on his trip to Japan.  His hope was to share the development of the "american single malt whiskey" category with our Japanese brethern (who have a shared love of malt whiskey).  This was intriguing to me...Sand Creek's Single Malt on the other side of the globe?!?!  That's amazing!  Hopefully it is well received and CB is able to get some pictures of the whiskey at a Shinto Shrine...or something similar.  Thank you CB, and to all the other Creekers (Mark, Bennie, & Mr. Black)...we, together, will make all of the Sand Creek Single Malt offerings a prized experience for the true whisky lovers.

Company Week

posted Sep 3, 2018, 4:59 PM by Lucas Hohl

Sand Creek Distillery was recently profiled in Company Week, on online media voice of modern manufacturing.  While they primarily focus on Colorado manufacturing, the variety of business profiles covers a wide spectrum--aerospace to biomedical to whisky!

Denver Whiskey Club

posted Jun 23, 2018, 2:03 PM by Lucas Hohl

On Friday, June 22nd, I was invited to attend the Denver Whiskey Club's monthly gathering to discuss American Single Malt Whiskey, and my (Sand Creek's) interpretation of this "Hopeful" new class of spirit.  It was a wonderful event with very knowledgeable attendees and held in a private room of a beautiful cocktail bar (Ste Ellie).  I am very thankful (Thanks Ryan) and humbled for this opportunity to present for some fellow "whiskey geeks."  For those in the "What the hell is an American Single Malt?" category, I'll be brief.  Currently there is not a standard for American Single Malt Whiskey.  There is only a Malt Whiskey standard, and it is defined by federal regulation as a spirit made from at least 51% malted barley, distilled under 160-Proof, stored in New Charred Oak Barrels, and bottled at 80-proof or higher.  While the term "single malt' has historically been used by the Scotch Whisky industry and has a few more stipulations: 100% malted barley & produced at a single distillery.  In order to establish a "STANDARD OF IDENTITY," as the regulations term it, the American Single Malt Whiskey Commission was formed with the sole purpose of establishing such a standard in the applicable regulations of what an American Single Malt Whiskey is.  This is the ASMWC's proposed definition:
 *MADE FROM 100% MALTED BARLEY

*DISTILLED ENTIRELY AT ONE DISTILLERY

*MASHED, DISTILLED AND MATURED IN
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

*MATURED IN OAK CASKS OF A CAPACITY
NOT EXCEEDING 700 LITERS

*DISTILLED TO NO MORE THAN 160 (U.S.)
PROOF (80% ALCOHOL BY VOLUME)
*
BOTTLED AT 80 (U.S.) PROOF OR MORE
(40% ALCOHOL BY VOLUME)

3 bbl System Upgrade

posted Jun 23, 2018, 1:31 PM by Lucas Hohl

May was quite a busy month for Sand Creek!  The momentum of the Colorado Spirits Trail slowed just enough to 
allow the installation of new equipment.  The new Mash/Lauter Tun, Hot Liquor Tank, and Washback Vessel (The brewing side) are now all sized for 3 barrels (3 bbl or 130 gallons +/-).  This equipment is about 2.5x the size of the previous equipment, which will permit larger batches and more efficient production.  This upgrade is as big as I can go while keeping my operation in the "container."  For comparison, the still boiler "Betty" (right-side of left picture) is the same size as my old equipment.
As with any change, everything else had to be upgraded to accommodate the increased volume...so new hoses, pumps, fittings, etc.  The last step...a final inspection!



Cocktail Recipe "Beckman"

posted Mar 14, 2018, 12:27 PM by Lucas Hohl   [ updated Mar 14, 2018, 12:32 PM ]

This cocktail is named after a couple of local legends, if you know--you know.  Add ice to a Tumbler (Ice Cubes) or Highball Glass (Crushed Ice) followed by 4 oz Ginger Ale.  Next add 1-1/2 oz Sand Creek Standard Single Malt Whisky. Add a 1/4 oz (or 1/2 Tbsp.) of Grenadine and give a quick stir with cocktail straw. Garnish with a mint sprig or cherry and enjoy!

Hearts & Trails

posted Jan 20, 2018, 10:34 PM by Lucas Hohl   [ updated Jan 20, 2018, 10:37 PM ]

The kickoff to the Colorado Spirits Trail is called "Hearts & Trails" and will be held on Saturday, February 24th @ Mile High Station from 3-7 pm.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at a discount over the door rate.  Visit twoparts.com/hearts for details.

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