Old Town’s entire process, from milling to packaging, is done in-house. To reduce its environmental footprint, the distillery also sends its spent mash back to local farms for their livestock. Old Town ages its barrels in an uninsulated rickhouse, aiming for Colorado’s dramatic temperature changes to impart a unique flavor to its whiskeys.
Founder and master distiller Jeremy Kempter started Old Town Distilling after falling in love with spirits and cocktails while running a nightclub, and decided to make his own. He’s now producing a variety of organic whiskeys under the Old Standard label: bourbon, rye, single-barrel bourbons, special releases, and corn, along with gin and vodka. The distillery recently released a line of canned cocktails and plans to bottle brandies.
Drink This: Old Standard Rye
89 points, 45% ABV, $69
Hay, blueberry syrup, pepper spice, and chocolate
Eat Here: The Emporium
Located inside The Elizabeth, it features various whiskies, specialty cocktails.
Stay Here: The Elizabeth Hotel
This music-themed hotel equips rooms with record players, lends records and instruments to play in your room.
Take a Side Trip: Horsetooth Reservoir
After touring Old Town Distillery, grab some of its canned cocktails and head to Horsetooth Reservoir, in the Fort Collins foothills.