Escaping the rat race and kayaking through the Arkansas River brings Lenny and Jennifer Eckstein to establish Deerhammer Distillery in downtown Buena Vista.
The husband and wife team moved from Golden, Colorado so they could live the “good life” of Buena Vista.
“I want to keep making stuff we like,” said 39-year-old Eckstein, former graphic design artist.
The timing of moving to Buena Vista happened at a good time. With only 40 distillery licenses approved from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms division within the last 15 months, Deerhammer Distillery entered the Colorado market at the beginning of craft distilleries.
This microdistillery, in only 15 months, has impressed passerbys, weekend Denver visitors and local residents on the quality of the libation offered at Deerhammer. Besides kayaking, Eckstein dabbled in home brewing for several years — his foundation before distilling.
Down Time Single Malt Whiskey
Buena Vista Brandy
The Bloody Mary and Old Fashioned are the drinks to order in easing into the whiskey flavors.
Popular drinks include:
Green Grind: Cucumber slices and a grip of mint leaves are lightly muddled together and then dosed with a solid pour of white whiskey, some apple and sugar.
High Roller: Combined with coconut, pineapple, lime, orgeat (almond syrup) and Whitewater Whiskey.
Adventuresome in your liquor palate, take a dare and try:
White Dog Old Fashioned: It is made with a sugar cube, a dash of water, muddled with orange bitters and white whiskey. With a strong whiskey, the drink is not for beginners.
The ‘Ol Dirty: This dry martini doesn not include vermouth. It is mixed with 2.5 ounces of gin plus olive brine.
With patio seating and a cozy tasting room, the location is ideal for anyone, who wants to try a sample of any of their distilled liquors.
Since January 2012, Deerhammer established its microdistillery. Trying to capture the local flavor, Lenny conducted a search for possible names in the town’s archives. He named the distillery after what he thought was the first resident of Buena Vista, Deerhammer. However, he confessed, Deerhammer might not be the correct spelling after doing more research. However, spotting of deer walking through town is a common sight, especially during the slow, winter months.
Prices for these drinks range from $5 to $7, depending on your temperament on the libation. Don’t forget to bring home a bottle for your liquor collection. The costs, subject to change, are listed here:
Whitewater Whiskey – $33
Down Time Single Malt Whiskey – $48
Bullwheel Gin – $28
Besides the distillery, customers can find these bottles at these locations:
- Colorado Springs
Deerhammer Distilling Company
321 East Main Street
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Tip #1: Click like on Facebook or follow the distillery on Twitter.
Tip #2: Try any one of the distillery’s mixed drinks.
Tip #3: The distillery sells T-shirts, Mega Flask, Crystal Nosing glass and ball caps, with prices ranging from $15 to $30. It’s a great way to remember your trip to Buena Vista.
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