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March 9, 2022

BRC Ep 6 - What Number is Your Favorite Whiskey?

In this episode of Barrel Room Chronicles you’ll get a glimpse of 291 Colorado Distillery when I speak to Michael Myers in Tales from the Still. 291 Colorado Whiskey is a uniquely American story – honoring the Western whiskey of a bygone era, 291 is the passion project of a former New York City fashion photographer and was first created in a small basement from a one-of-a-kind still constructed from old copper photographic plates. 291 is made the Colorado Way®, grain to barrel to bottle, and the distillery’s whiskeys are finished with toasted staves of Colorado aspen trees. 291 has been earning awards and recognition since its first runs off the still in 2011.  Also in this episode I speak with Chef Louise Leonard..... about fly fishing?


Guest Bio:

Distillery 291 is an award winning, small batch whiskey distillery nestled in the stunning foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the distillery sits in the shadow of Pikes Peak where owner and founding distiller, Michael Myers, a former New York City fashion and beauty photographer, with a love of whiskey and passion for the old west, aims to replicate the taste, smell and folklore of that time, to create a one of a kind, bold and beautiful, Colorado Whiskey. Rugged, Refined, Rebellious.

Myers set out to create a flagship whiskey that evoked the Wild West. He grew up on rural family farms in Georgia and Tennessee, across a countryside defined by rolling hills, horses, Jack Daniels and George Dickel. For decades since then, he carried with him an iconic vision of a cowboy walking into a bar, saying give me a whiskey, and the bartender slamming down a bottle — that bottle would be 291 Colorado Whiskey.

Myers built his original still from copper photogravure plates that he had once used to create enduring photographic scenes, from western landscapes to the Chrysler Building.  On September 11, 2011 — ten years after 9/11 changed his life and the lives of so many others — Myers pulled his first whiskey off of that still, building his future in whiskey, off his passion for photography.

More about 291 Colorado Whiskey:

291 Bad Guy Colorado Whiskey, 291 HR (High Rye) Colorado Bourbon Whiskey and 291 Colorado M (Maple) Whiskey. The whiskeys will roll out during the fall with Bad Guy available on October 9, High Rye on November 6, and Maple on November 22.

“These three releases have historically been some of our most sought after whiskeys, while also some of our most limited releases,” said Michael Myers, owner and founding distiller of 291 Colorado Whiskey. “As we celebrate our tenth year, 291 continues to grow into new markets giving us the opportunity to share these with a larger group of whiskey enthusiasts.”

2021 will be the first time the new whiskeys will be available outside of Colorado.  More info on the fall releases below:

 

BAD GUY:

The Bad Guy is a wheated four-grain bourbon, founding distiller, Michael Myers’ third recipe, created as an experiment back in 2011.  Historically one of the distillery’s highest-rated and most-awarded whiskeys, the Bad Guy is often considered their most bold, rich, and complex whiskey. Made from corn, malted wheat, malted rye and beech smoked barley mash, this whiskey is heavier on the sweet side despite its high proof. 57.8% Alc/Vol – 115.6 PROOF\

HR: (HIGH RYE)

291’s High Rye Colorado Bourbon was first created when a miscommunication between 291 founder, Michael Myers and Head Distiller, Eric Jett resulted in a double dose of rye accidentally added to the bourbon recipe. The “spicy cousin” to the flagship bourbon is branded as “HR” and with malted rye making up over 30% of the recipe. After aging, the result was a delicious, complex bourbon that strikes a balance between 291’s Colorado Bourbon Whiskey and its Colorado Whiskey. This whiskey has a spice and fruitiness to round out the vanilla and oak.

It became so popular with fans that the Colorado-based distillery now offers it in a limited run each year. Made from corn, malted rye and malted barley mash. 64.1% Alc/Vol – 128.2 PROOF

 

M (MAPLE):

291 “M” Colorado Whiskey starts as 291 Colorado Rye Whiskey, which is aged in new American White Oak barrels and finished with Aspen staves. The whiskey is then transferred to 291 whiskey barrels previously used to barrel-age Wisconsin maple syrup by producer Lincoln County Reserve and finished for four months. The result is a whiskey with notes of toasted oak, toffee, maple syrup, and figs and a rich, viscous mouthfeel. Utilizing the brand’s bold rye whiskey to create the “M” makes this maple finished whiskey stand out from the crowd.

This rich, spicy, and viscous whiskey is like liquid french toast with a serious kick. “M” Colorado Whiskey is presented at approximately 62.5% Alc/Vol – 125 PROOF.

This episode is sponsored by Vinovest

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Distillery 291 is an award winning, small batch whiskey distillery nestled in the stunning foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the distillery sits in the shadow of Pikes Peak where owner and founding distiller, Michael Myers, a former New York City fashion and beauty photographer, with a love of whiskey and passion for the old west, aims to replicate the taste, smell and folklore of that time, to create a one of a kind, bold and beautiful, Colorado Whiskey. Rugged, Refined, Rebellious.

Myers set out to create a flagship whiskey that evoked the Wild West. He grew up on rural family farms in Georgia and Tennessee, across a countryside defined by rolling hills, horses, Jack Daniels and George Dickel. For decades since then, he carried with him an iconic vision of a cowboy walking into a bar, saying give me a whiskey, and the bartender slamming down a bottle — that bottle would be 291 Colorado Whiskey.

Myers built his original still from copper photogravure plates that he had once used to create enduring photographic scenes, from western landscapes to the Chrysler Building. On September 11, 2011 — ten years after 9/11 changed his life and the lives of so many others — Myers pulled his first whiskey off of that still, building his future in whiskey, off his passion for photography.