^
Keep Westword Free
4
| Booze |

Bottling whiskey at Stranahan's

Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey, which owns the building where the Rackhouse Pub is due to open next week, bottles a unique product. The micro-distilled whiskey is made with locally grown barley and aged in charred white oak barrels. When a batch is ready--once or twice a month--the distillers put out a call to a list of volunteers and everyone gets together to bottle the whiskey by hand. It's a labor-intensive process: labels have to be handwritten, corking requires strong arms and everything from the customized label to the signature cap has to be applied just so, or the bottle could be pulled from production.

The distiller recently teamed up with the Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails (LUPEC), a local group dedicated to raising money for issues affecting women. As the name of their organization states, the ladies also champion classic cocktails, so working with the whiskey was a perfect use of an afternoon. Together they packaged batch #46, which turned out more than 3,000 bottles. 

Check out the behind-the-scenes bottling action on our slideshow.  If it looks like your idea of a good time, you can contact the distillery at crew@stranahans.com and request to be put on the notification list. And if you're selected to help out, your efforts aren't completely uncompensated: Volunteers leave with a fresh bottle of Stranahan's best.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.