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.

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 it...you 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!

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