Multiple six-year-old Straight Bourbon Whiskey barrels were selected from the Distillery’s premium on-site collection, blended, and finished in ex-Carboy Winery Cabernet Franc wine barrels. The whiskey rested in the wine casks on the Distillery’s south-central location, a 30,000-acre working cattle ranch that Brush Creek Distillery calls home in Saratoga, WY.
This project was inspired by the 30,000+ bottle wine cellar that sits directly below the Distillery in a 96-yard underground tunnel at The Farm at Brush Creek. Equally as inspiring with this collaboration is the lifelong friendship between Hogenmiller and Kevin Webber, co-founder and CEO at Carboy Winery. This product represents a common thread with both programs.
In late 2021, two 59-gallon French Oak barrels were collected from Carboy Winery’s Littleton, CO facility immediately after Cabernet Franc wine was emptied and before its bottling and spring 2022 release. The empty casks were transported from Colorado to Brush Creek Distillery’s Wyoming location, idyllically positioned in the Rocky Mountain region, between the Snowy Mountain and Sierra Madre Mountain ranges, where they were filled and further rested at over 7800’ elevation, along Wyoming’s majestic frontier.
Brush Creek’s “Carboy Winery” Cabernet Franc Cask-Finished Straight Bourbon Whiskey packaging is refined and elegant, much like the cabernet franc grown in Colorado’s Grand Valley, along the western slope.
The inaugural release is limited to only 610 bottles, each sequentially numbered. The Distillery hopes to release future collaborations with Carboy Winery, with each release showcasing different varietals, oak casks, and maturation techniques.
Brush Creek Distillery, known for its craft distilling, blending, and innovation, opened in 2019 with the vision to share the inspiration and pioneering spirit of the American West with others. This is shown in its core line of small-batch spirits consisting of Brush Creek Gin, Brush Creek Vodka, Brush Creek Straight Bourbon, Brush Creek Straight Rye. Additional limited-release offerings include Brush Creek “Chimney Rock” and Brush Creek “Honig” Cabernet Sauvignon Cask-Finished Straight Bourbon Whiskeys, and Brush Creek “Railroad Rye” Straight Rye Whiskey.