Place Category: Distillery
Steamboat Whiskey Company is a dream come true for founders Nathan & Jessica Newhall. The couple, originally from the Midwest, uprooted and headed west after an epiphany on their honeymoon. It was New Year’s Eve, 2014, already 3 years into Nathan’s discovery of his passion for alchemy and distilling. Why not open their dream distillery in Steamboat Springs!? It’s the perfect place to call home, a charming ski town nestled high in the Rocky Mountains, one that Nathan knew well as he had been coming here since he was old enough to be on skis. Most importantly, it has some of the best water in the Rocky Mountains, perfect for making great tasting whiskey.
In January of 2015 Nathan moved to Steamboat to start scouting for the perfect spot. We needed a location with a lot of headspace, and we wanted something with character and maybe a bit of history. Finally, after months of searching we landed on just the right place. Steamboat Whiskey Company is located in what was Steamboat’s very first Co-Op! Built in 1947, it was the place a rancher would go to buy seeds or the latest farming machinery. It’s been home to a myriad of businesses since, the most recent being a thrift store. We felt extremely lucky. This building was one of few in downtown that had space for our equipment and still retained its original industrial look.
It was meant to be. One step closer to living the dream.
The demolition of the thrift shop began in March of 2016. Nathan completed most of it single-handedly with some help from family and friends, when one hand just wouldn’t do the job. Reclaiming as much wood as possible, construction began that winter. It was indeed a labor of love. Aside from the professionals (plumber, HVAC, electrician), Nathan completed almost the entire project himself, with the help of a talented local carpenter. After months of late nights and countless man hours, the space was finally ready to open. Another step closer to living the dream.
The spirits making process began in May this year with our veteran tribute product, Warrior Whiskey. An idea Nathan had after serving as a United States Navy SEAL. It pays homage to America’s fighting heroes and gives back a portion of the profits to vetted veteran support organizations. In addition to blending Warrior Whiskey, our distillery makes bourbon, rye, corn, and oat whiskey from locally sourced ingredients. While these whiskeys age we are busy making vodka, gin, and a specialty 100% honey based spirit so we have something for everyone to enjoy, not just the whiskey buffs (or beginners) out there. Stop in for taste and a cocktail and be sure to let us know which concoction is your favorite. Our goal is your satisfaction.
We are grateful to be making spirits that give people a reason to come together and connect with one another. Whiskey is, after all, one of societies oldest social lubricants and has been at the center of social gatherings for millennia. Here at Steamboat Whiskey Company we aim to continue this tradition. Another step forward. We are living the dream now!
There are so many people we must thank for their support throughout this journey. We couldn’t have done it without your help (you know who you are) and we are forever grateful to you. And our customers. Without you we wouldn’t be here. Thank you for supporting our passion for making premium spirits. We love y’all!
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