A few years back, a small group of entrepreneurs from Utah, “UTAHENEURS”, gathered in my office to start the weekend with a CRAFT cocktail hour. As usual, we were discussing what was going to be the next big thing in start-up business.
I had just turned 50, the oldest in the group, so in reality the topic that evening was more about pursuing ventures that were in line with our life passions before our time was up!
As the conversation (and the drinks) continued to flow, the group discussed the things we found to be important in living our lives … like living purposefully in wild Utah among the Wasatch and Uinta Mountains, enjoying all the outdoor recreation Utah has to offer, and imbibing in fine hand crafted spirits.
As a long time skier, cyclist, and fisherman, I proclaimed that I knew precisely what the gang should do. “Let’s build a world class distillery in Salt Lake City … we may not make a dime, but at least we’ll be pursuing our passions, our outdoor lifestyle, and drinking only the finest hand-crafted spirits from our distillery.”
The rest they say is ancient history.
I invite you to stop by for a tour and tasting!
To your good health,
When we set out to find the ideal land on which to build our distillery, we were armed with one critical piece of advise from an old moonshiner I had met in Kentucky. “It’s the water, stupid!” this old moonshiner proclaimed, when giving his advice on the most important ingredient essential in making great liquor! So it would be!
The search would end with a “gift from heaven” (and mother nature)… a property with an Artesian water well! The well would mark the spot where we would build our world class distillery. What’s more, the land was once the site of Utah’s very first distiller of record, Hugh Moon. Hugh produced liquor (for medicinal purpose of course!) for his early Mormon followers of Utah’s 1850’s.
The snow melt water of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains flows gently through the earth to our Artesian water well, shedding impurities and attracting the minerals that make the pure and enriched taste of our brands possible. This year’s snow is next year’s whiskey!
Along with the heaven sent Artesian well and the historical distilling past, came a charming old brick home with a storied past of its own. Legend (and newspapers) has it that during a gunfight on the front porch the flying bullets that didn’t hit (and kill) the owner did indeed “dent the bricks” of his house and there you have it. The Dented Brick Distillery got its name in tribute to the rich and colorful history of our land at the foot of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. As for the dented bricks… in tribute to the the fallen well driller, we took them down one by one and they now are part of our distillery.