Sand Creek Distillery Ltd. is a veteran-owned craft distillery located in Hugo, Colorado.  Call it a micro-, nano-, or even a pico-distillery--the goal is the same: to produce traditional, hand-crafted, pot-distilled, world-class spirits.

Sand Creek Distillery is the result of my insatiable desire to create something truly excellent from scratch.

My influences are many: the artisanship of craft spirits; the fusing of copper and steel; the scent of charred oak; the challenge of entrepreneurship; the freedom of flying solo; the upcycling of materials; the rejuvenation of an old building; the agritourism; and the inspiration of my mother building her life from scratch.

Sales Room is open to public Wednesdays from 7-9 pm.  If you would like to schedule a visit, please send me an email.

Hearts & Trails

posted by Lucas Hohl   [ updated ]

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 for details.

Colorado Spirits Trail (CoST)

posted Dec 5, 2017, 11:16 PM by Lucas Hohl   [ updated Dec 5, 2017, 11:22 PM ]

Sand Creek Distillery will be a part of the Colorado Spirits Trail which is planning to launch in February 2018!  This is an exciting opportunity for distilleries and spirit lovers alike.  To get started on the trail you will first need a map of the participating distilleries (available at distilleries & welcome centers statewide).  After you make a qualifying purchase at each distillery you will receive a stamp on your map.  Upon visiting 10 distilleries, you will receive a free t-shirt.  BONUS: The first 24 CoST trailblazers to complete the entire trail--that's over 50 distilleries, at last count--will receive a signed bottle from the distilleries...better free up some space in the bar!

FYI, I took the liberty of using online route planning software to map out the shortest route to visit the 50 distilleries...
1,351 miles...if you complete deserve a drink on us!

3rd times a charm

posted Oct 24, 2017, 11:07 PM by Lucas Hohl

My 3rd barrel of Standard Single Malt will be bottled at the end of November...just in time for Christmas ;-)  

An interesting article by Howell Wright--an interesting man in his own right--about the Estes Park Whiskey Summit and Colorado Whiskey in general.

Whiskey Summit

posted Oct 8, 2017, 8:05 PM by Lucas Hohl

Last weekend's Whiskey Summit was a new experience & a lot of fun!  Megan & I certainly enjoyed speaking with all the "spirit heads" and I thank everyone for there attendance.  Thanks to everyone for their feedback and keep checking this site for updates on our sales locations.  Looking forward to next year & hopefully we'll see you there.  Here are some pictures:

1st Tasting

posted Oct 4, 2017, 12:43 AM by Lucas Hohl   [ updated Oct 21, 2017, 9:43 AM ]

Thanks to everyone who attended, it truly was my pleasure sharing that day with all of you!

Whiskey Summit

posted Sep 12, 2017, 8:28 PM by Lucas Hohl

I will be attending the inaugural  "Whiskey Summit" in Estes Park on October 7th. The tasting festival--for those wishing to attend--begins at 4pm at the events complex.  Visit for more details.

First Bottling!

posted Jul 30, 2017, 2:24 PM by Lucas Hohl   [ updated Oct 21, 2017, 9:28 AM ]

On July 29th, the first barrel of Sand Creek Distillery's "Standard Single Malt Whisky" was bottled.  This whisky has been barrel aging for the past year waiting for this day...and it was ready!  For the most part it went pretty well...the temps were a little warm, but overall a pretty good day.  And of course, as with every first, I learned a lot.  For those of you interested in what I think about the notes: 

Nose: Raisin & cured tobacco
1st Tasting Note: Raisin
2nd Note: Caramel
3rd (Finish) Note: Oak and vanilla tobacco

While this is a single malt, it has no peat or smoky flavors to it.  Also, since the barrel was a new, charred oak barrel it tends to have a sweeter and smoother character than many single malts.    For those interested in buying a bottle--I have a couple of commitments to make good on first--but I should have regular tasting room hours beginning in October.  Check this page for updates.
Look at that color!

Bottling 7-29-17

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