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Waterpocket Distillery

Utah’s 13th licensed distillery produces a range of innovative craft spirits. Their Long Lost™ line of liqueurs recreates and reinterprets forgotten and out-of-production spirits from the golden age of botanical liqueurs in the 18th and 19th centuries. The first of these is called Oread, which is based on a formula from the city of Danzig (now Gdansk in Poland), and uses orange peel, star anise, sage, cinnamon, and ginger among other botanicals. The Toadstool™ line focuses on the deep tradition of amaros, bitters, and kräuterlikör (Ger., “herbal liqueur”) from Europe and elsewhere. The first is called Notom, named after a sleepy desert hamlet just outside of Capitol Reef National Park, gets bitterness from gentian and rhubarb root, but balances it with anise, fennel, cinnamon, and clove. Lower in sugar than similar products, the botanicals do the heavy lifting in the classic digestive style liqueur. Rum is made from raw materials at the distillery, using turbinado sugar and blackstrap molasses. And the distillery has also released an outsourced whiskey under the Robbers Roost label. Gin, kummel, and other products are planned.

Two custom made pot stills from Muller in Germany form the heart of the distillery. The larger still features advanced rectification technology and is used for fermented products. The smaller produces botanical liqueurs, extracts, and will be used for fruit brandies and eau-de-vies in the future. The energy for the plant is produced by a small steam boiler from Columbia. This produces ample steam for still operation, mashing, and the hot water the distillery uses. A development and quality control lab stays in continuous use. The distillers use a state-of-the-art Buchi rotovap vacuum distillation unit to develop, test, and quality control spirits. Experimentation and development with a wide range of tradition botanicals forms a cornerstone interest for the distillers.

A key value of the distillery is to explore the unique potential of Utah for distillation products. The state produces grain, a wide range of botanicals, and numerous fruits suitable for fermentation and distillation. The terrain could support grapes, wine, and so brandy. Mountain areas may hold the potential to grow alpine herbs or berries. There are many challenges to owning and operating a distillery in Utah. But the owners believe the solution lies with developing a group of connoisseurs and spirit lovers who share a love of this state and it’s unique potential for innovative and delicious products.

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You can tell that Waterpocket focuses on making an amazing product first and everything else follows. Stop by here for their small batch product releases, we keep going back for more.

Joey Jonaitis,

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Distillery 36

Distillery 36 pioneers a new standard in fine handcrafted liquor while honoring Utah—the 36th and deciding state to end prohibition. Committed to producing exceptional booze, the crew at Distillery 36 is selective about the ingredients they work with and uses Utah spring water in every batch they create. As passionate about the process of distilling as the product, the team at Distillery 36 proudly constructed their own stills and never sells a bottle they wouldn’t personally drink.

Made in true from-scratch artisan spirit—mash to finish— Brigham Rum embodies a bold crispness and modern sophistication. Toss back, raise cain, and rejoice in this clear unorthodox libation.

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Best rum in utah/world! Jon is the man!

Jordan Cassity,

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Good dudes, good rum.

Collin Jones,

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Awesome distillery and rum!

Paul Jensen,

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Sugarhouse Distillery

For hand-crafted, artisan-made liquors made right here in Utah, look for Sugar House Distillery. We are a small batch distillery that creates top-shelf alcohol products from the best local ingredients with no additives and no artificial colors or flavors, just grain or molasses, yeast and time.

We hand-make our spirits using a 100-gallon still. Utah has some of the best water in the country, and the state’s cold winters and hot summers make it a great place for us to age our products in the barrel. The ingredients, pure mountain water, an ideal climate and our attention to detail make for exceptional vodka, malt whisky and rum.

You can find our premium products at a local liquor store, or you can stop by and purchase them at our distillery.

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  • SUGAR HOUSE DISTILLERY
    2212 South West Temple
    SALT LAKE CITY, UT

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Absolutely love this distillery! James and his crew are so knowledgeable and love to give tours, a must visit for anyone local or visiting.

Michael Damico,

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Sugar House Distillery is different. Different in the way that they care about their product and their customers. They are always willing to take the time to answer questions about their products. Their products are true spirits and not based off someone else’s work. Keep making phenomenal products!

Jim Newell,

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Well crafted spirits!

Ross Metzger,

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The Hive Winery

A Utah artisan winery, The Hive Winery is a proud maker of premium fruit wines, mead (honey wine) and hard cider. Each batch is small and hand-crafted using fresh ingredients from local farms and hives. All of our wines and spirits are 100 percent natural and made without any artificial flavors or colors. We also strive to choose the most environmentally-responsible ways of producing our products.

Our boutique winery specializes in premium, non-grape, gluten-free fruit and honey wines and delicious honey brandy, liquor and other spirits. Our wines and spirits are made with fresh fruit and honey from local farmers along the Wasatch Front to create the local flavor you love. Our wide variety of libations is designed to complement any meal and varies in sweetness from dry to semi-sweet.

Stop by our wine tasting rooms in Layton. If you taste something you just have to have, you can buy in on the spot. Our products can also be found in local restaurants and a select liquor stores in the area.

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  • THE HIVE WINERY
    1220 W 450 N #2
    LAYTON, UT

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This was a lot of fun. The owners are so nice and took time to answer our questions.

JoAnn Hobbs,

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The tasting was so much fun. Very informative and delicious. I will be back when your dizzy cherries are ready in a few months.

Katie Reed,

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The selection of wine is great, It is a small winery with a special touch. The owners are fantastic people and are designing wines that will delight you’re senses.

Price Loftin,

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