Spirit Hound Releases Straight Malt Whisky to

Colorado Retailers


Bottles of All-Malt, All-Colorado Spirit Hit CO Shelves on April 1st.


(Lyons, Colorado) – For the first time, Spirit Hound Distillers is releasing bottles of its Straight Malt Whisky to Colorado’s spirits retailers.


The distillery’s first and “flood-proof” bottles of Straight Malt Whisky were released last August and were only available at the Spirit Hound distillery. These bottles were filled from oak barrels filled after the historic flood that devastated Lyons, Boulder and much of the state in September 2013.


Spirit Hound sold over 500 bottles of this debut whisky on the August release day, the remaining bottles quickly sold out within a month.


Spirit Hound has now capped its second batch of Straight Malt Whisky bottles, from barrels filled several months after it was shut down by the 2013 flood.


Straight Malt Whisky is a “grain to glass” spirit made from scratch by Spirit Hound.  It is mashed from an all-malt recipe made from Colorado-grown malted barley and a dash of peat-smoked malted barley. These malts were grown and malted by Colorado Malting Company in Alamosa, Colorado.


It is double distilled at Spirit Hound on two handmade, built-from-scratch stills designed and built by Spirit Hound head distiller and co-founder Craig Engelhorn.


The 90-proof spirit features aromas of oak and toffee, flavors of caramel, turbinado sugar and light smoke, and a silky body.


“It’s buttery and smooth,” Engelhorn says, “and it has a soft and slightly sweet finish. My goal with the peat level,” Engelhorn notes, “was for it to be approachable enough for newbie whisky drinkers, but present enough to satisfy single malt scotch drinkers.”


Straight Malt Whisky was aged for over two years in new, fully charred American oak barrels. The whisky is bottled in an unblended, “single-barrel” fashion.  “It reflects our small-batch nature,” Engelhorn says of the unblended spirit, “and it showcases the subtle differences between each barrel.”


The suggested retail price for Straight Malt Whisky is $60.

To celebrate the arrival of these bottles at Colorado retailers, on April 2 & 3 Spirit

Hound is hosting a two-day party at the distillery with bands, food trucks and more.  The Spirit Hound distillery and tasting room is located at 4196 Ute Highway (State Road 66), 1 mile east of downtown Lyons.


Since opening in 2012, Spirit Hound has been selling its acclaimed Spirit Hound

Gin, Richardo’s Decaf Coffee Liqueur, Mountain Bum Rum, and an un-aged version of its whisky called White Dog Moonshine.


“But this is why we started Spirit Hound, to make aged Colorado whisky,” says Wayne Anderson, a Spirit Hound co-founder and the company’s director of business development.

“From the start,” Englehorn says, “we’ve committed to doing things the right way. We’re not rushing things, we’re not bringing in other whisky to relabel or blend with ours. I hope consumers appreciate the time and effort we’ve put into this.”  


Spirit Hound was founded in 2012 by friends, Lyons residents and Boulder County businessmen Craig Engelhorn, Wayne Anderson, Matt Rooney, Neil Sullivan and Rick England.


The group set out to put Lyons on the US distilling map with a range of small-batch spirits topped by a signature gin and a straight malt whisky. The Spirit Hound tasting room is a popular destination for lovers of distilled spirits and cocktails.


Learn more at www.spirithounddistillers.com .


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