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Beehive Distilling

Small Batch Distillery and Bar

In the shadows of the Wasatch range, we’ve set out to create a line of great tasting, premium spirits that embody the individuality of the west.

Beehive Distilling began as an idea tossed around by three friends while lamenting Utah’s notoriously strict distilling laws. Having worked together in advertising and photography for over 20 years, Matt Aller, Chris Barlow and Erik Ostling spent plenty of time together out of the office “appreciating” quality spirits and all shared an interest in the creative aspect of distilling gin, specifically.

Jack Rabbit Gin is the result of a long series of test runs and tastings. After extensive recipe tweaks, the final formula captures the essence of Utah’s fragrant desert landscape that is studded with juniper trees and sagebrush. The label was designed in-house, with the copper-embossed foil representing both the metal used in stills as well as Utah’s copper mining history. The bottle’s beehive seal is a nod to the State’s emblem symbolizing industry.

Can Be Found Here:

  • Beehive Distillery
  • Utah Liquor Stores


My favorite local watering hole! This gem isn’t ever super crowded and it is so low key. The vibe of the place is very quality, but not snobby in any sort of a-hole-ish kind of way. The bar is really the hidden secret of this place. But I recommend beehive for both their bar, and their gin is hard to even compete with. I suggest buying your booze here anyways. It is a better price than the liquor store and I never have to worry about waiting in an outrageous line that consumed by whole evening, while already have had an incredibly long day. The Moscow Mule contains 9% alcohol content per can and a can feels equivalent to having a strong drink of 2. Beehive sold me on simply this: class.” – Taylor Lamb, Google Review

Got drinks here for my birthday. I’ve been to distilleries in Tennessee and up the east coast. Quality is up to par with other great distilleries. The interior has a brewery vibe which makes it unique. Great drinks and a fun time.” – Yosef Boutakov, Google Review

For a very long time I have been a Jack Daniel’s “Single Barrel” lover. I have been a Tennessee Squire for over 10 years. Just last night, my palate sensed that warm, fuzzy, tingling feeling again. Yes……BEEHIVE “BARREL RESERVE GIN”. You can smell the richness. The piney notes of juniper combined with the vanilla makes it a unique blend of warmth and sensuality. They are right in stating that it has been worth waiting for! CHEERS!!” – Theresa Rolon Simon, Google Review

Salt Lake City, Utah

  • 2245 South West Temple
  • Salt Lake City, Utah 84115
  • 385-259-0252

Chris Barlow, Matt Aller, Erik Ostiling

Chris Barlow is a photographer-by-trade, but woodworking is what satisfies his creative needs. After spending time in the corporate world, he felt he owed it to himself and his family to do something more rewarding; being Beehive’s Lead Distiller definitely fills the bill.

Matt Aller has been in the advertising world for nearly three decades, co- founding a successful branding agency along the way. A Utah native, he’s an avid supporter of all things local—whether it be exploring Salt Lake City’s farmers market or hiking along the Wasatch Front.

Erik Ostling originally moved to Utah from Alaska to ski and go to school (in that order) and at some point figured out he liked taking pictures. While not at the distillery or his downtown photography studio, he can be found skiing Little Cottonwood Canyon in the winter, and mountain biking with Beehive Distilling’s two other partners in the summer.