Old Elk™ Distillery Honors the Spirit of Fort Collins with New Beverage Releases in Colorado
FORT COLLINS, COLO. – Celebrating the city of Fort Collins and its legacy of craft beverage, Old Elk™ Distillery introduces Dry Town™ Vodka and Dry Town™ Gin. These high-quality spirits are the first products from Old Elk Distillery, an endeavor by Fort Collins’s Curt and Nancy Richardson, founders of OtterBox and Blue Ocean Enterprises. Production on its exclusive spirits started nearly three years ago, and Old Elk is proud to introduce its first sips in Colorado.
“I’ve long been fascinated by the distilling process and the bootlegger history during prohibition in Fort Collins,” said Curt Richardson, founder of Old Elk Distillery. “I am excited to share my passion for distilling and the growing craft spirits industry by introducing Dry Town – in our hometown of Fort Collins and across the Front Range.”
From 1896 to 1969, Fort Collins was a “dry town,” and locals relied on bootleggers for their libations. Dry Town Gin and Dry Town Vodka, developed by Old Elk’s experienced team of distillers, including Master Distiller Greg Metze, are inspired by the outlaw spirit that surfaced during this 73-year alcohol ban.
Dry Town Vodka
Dry Town Vodka is crafted using a four grain mash and left unfiltered to heighten the expression of the grains and maintain its distinctive finish. Each grain provides unprecedented taste: the earthy spice from the rye and silky soft texture from the wheat creates an elegant mouthfeel, while the corn provides sweetness and the hearty bread notes from the barley round out the flavors, resulting in a distinctive, martini-worthy vodka.
Dry Town Gin
Dry Town Gin starts with finished Dry Town Vodka, which is then distilled with fresh botanicals through a soak and vapor extraction. Juniper, orris root, orange, lime, angelica root, black pepper, ginger, lemongrass, French verveine, and sage come together to give Dry Town Gin a smooth and refreshing herbal, piney, citrus-forward flavor. The craft distillation process allows for the extraction of each flavor in a way that best speaks to each botanical’s true character.
“With our roots firmly planted in Fort Collins, we appreciate the history of the 73-year dry town period and set out to capture the rebel spirit of those bootleggers in every bottle of Dry Town Gin and Dry Town Vodka,” said Bill Lovell, general manager at Old Elk Distillery. “For three years, we developed the unique recipes for each spirit, and we’re excited for our fellow Coloradans to enjoy these spirits in a martini, cocktail, or sipped on the rocks.”
Dry Town Gin and Dry Town Vodka are available at retail stores, restaurants and bars across Colorado. For more information, visit www.DryTown.com, and connect with @DryTownSocial on social media.
About Dry Town
Premium spirits, Dry Town™ Vodka and Dry Town™ Gin are handcrafted to pay homage to the days of bootlegging during the Fort Collins 73-year prohibition. Dry Town Vodka is created with a four grain recipe of corn, wheat, rye, and malted barley. Distilled using Colorado-sourced water, the premium vodka is unfiltered, heightening the expression of each grain. Dry Town Gin is artfully distilled using 10 botanicals: juniper, orris root, orange, lime, angelica root, black pepper, ginger, lemongrass, French verveine, and sage. The gin has a smooth and distinctively refreshing herbal, piney citrus-forward flavor. The craft distillation process allows for the extraction of each flavor in a way that best speaks to the botanicals’ true characters. Both spirits are currently available in Colorado. Visit www.DryTown.com for more information.
About Old Elk Distillery
Old Elk™ Distillery is the exclusive distiller of Dry Town Gin and Dry Town Vodka. Founded by Curt and Nancy Richardson, the innovators behind OtterBox and Blue Ocean Enterprises, Old Elk Distillery follows the Richardsons’ tradition of innovation by crafting spirits unlike any others. Led by a team of experienced and passionate distillers based in Fort Collins, Colo., Old Elk prides itself on developing premium, handcrafted vodka, gin and soon-to-be released bourbons and bourbon cream.