Thursday, August 13, 2015


Spirit Hound Distillers has announced the launch of its Straight Malt Whisky, made from oak barrels that were filled prior to the historic September 2013 floods, which caused severe damage to the distillery in Lyons, Colorado.

Spirit Hound Straight Malt Whisky (45% ABV) is made from spirit that was double distilled in two handmade stills, using Colorado-grown malted barley and a dash of peat-smoked malted barley, which was then aged for over two years in new, fully charred American oak barrels.

Spirit Hound Straight Malt Whisky

Due to the problems caused by the 2013 flood, Spirit Hound’s whisky production was interrupted for about six months. Because of that, the distillery’s next release of aged whisky will not take place until early 2016.

Commenting on the launch, Craig Engelhorn, Head Distiller and Co-Founder of Spirit Hound Distillers, said: “Two years ago when our town got hit by the flood and our distillery was under three feet of water. I was worried this whole thing might go down the drain. To finally be releasing this whisky and have it turn out so well, it’s very satisfying for us.”

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.

The first bottles of Spirit Hound Straight Malt Whisky go on sale at the distillery’s Straight Malt Whisky release party on August 22nd.

Posted by Steve Rush