Last weekend I finally got to visit High West Distillery & Saloon in Park City, where the magic of the High West whiskeys and vodkas are made before they go to the bottling plant in Salt Lake City. The saloon offers food, liquor and free tours of the distillery, which is the first official distillery in Utah since the 1870s.
Free tours of the distillery are offered Tuesday through Saturday at 3 o’clock and 4 o’clock. Reservations are recommended, but not required. The tour is a quick walk to the downstairs holding tanks and distiller. While the tour is short, it is really informative. I never knew that whiskey and vodka start out practically as beer! We were able to try the mash, which tasted like a sour dark beer.
After the tour we headed to the bar. The restaurant/bar offers several different whiskey flights, each one with four different types of whiskey. (Each pour is 0.5 ounces or roughly half a shot.) We chose the High West flight, which included their most popular whiskeys: the Silver Whiskey, the Double Rye! (a blend of straight and rye whiskey), the Rocky Mountain Rye (their 21-year aged whiskey), and the Bourye (a blend of straight whiskeys).
The problem with a tasting flight in Utah is our odd liquor laws, which restrict patrons from having more than one shot (or drink) at one time. Besides only tasting two at a time, the whiskeys were excellent! I especially liked the 21-year-old Rocky Mountain Rye, although I don’t know if I could justify the $130/bottle price tag!
We ordered a few appetizers from the restaurant, but we were less-than-impressed. We ordered the charcuterie plate, the roasted brussel sprouts, and the Black Angus tri-tip steak. Next time, I’ll stick with whiskey flights and cocktails!