People are fascinated by the origins of things they love, which explains the popularity of distillery tours or visits to the factory where little sisters are made. See where it all began with this Groupon.
$10 for $20 Worth of Cocktails and Spirits
The distillery mixes cocktails ($4+) and sells its own artisan-crafted spirits, including the Roundhouse gin ($25), imperial barrel-aged gin ($38), and corretto coffee liqueur ($25). Roundhouse Spirits offers free tours and tastings Thursday through Sunday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Distiller Ted Palmer’s fascination with gin began with an impulse purchase from his local liquor store on Bastille Day, according to an interview with American Craft Spirits in 2010. He said, “I spent a good 20 minutes trying to figure out what flavors I was tasting and smelling.” This brush with unbridled complexity inspired him to begin crafting his own batches of artisan gin. The abundance of Boulder’s naturally growing juniper berries, a signature component of gins, supported this decision.
Ted dedicates himself to the quality of his spirits above all else, distilling small, controlled batches and seeking out organic ingredients from rainbow-ripened gardens whenever possible. Coriander, star anise, and chamomile blossoms mingle with a mélange of botanicals to give the flagship gin its zesty, floral flavors, which seem to continually evolve with each sip. For a heartier tipple, Ted also barrel ages batches in oak casks for six months, yielding an amber-hued gin with a smooth, rounded finish. The corretto coffee liqueur derives its palate-energizing flavors from locally roasted coffee beans and whole vanilla beans.
Complimentary tours of the micro-distillery give visitors glimpses of the handmade Portuguese copper pot still and particle accelerator Ted uses to craft his artisan spirits. Afterward, guests can put their newly acquired knowledge to use by tasting free samples of gin.
Roundhouse Spirits may be the archetype for the micro-distillery movement, but its ideas are anything but small. For Imperial Barrel Aged Gin, for instance, Roundhouse’s spirit specialists take the distillery’s namesake gin and age it for six months or more in oak casks, creating a one-of-a-kind tipple somewhere between gin and whiskey. To make each small batch of Corretto Coffee Liqueur, on the other hand, they start with organic, fair-trade beans, which are hand-picked by roaster Gerry Leary down the street at the Unseen Bean. And beginning this season, Roundhouse plans to unveil its latest creation: Roundhouse Pumpkin Liqueur, which will initially only be available at the distillery itself.
Thursdays through Sundays, Roundhouse offers an inside look at its laboratory of libations with complimentary distillery tours typically led by company president Ted Palmer, a 25-year veteran of craft distilling and brewing. Visitors can also opt to tuck into one of the handful of tables in the tasting room, where shuffleboard and foosball complement the spirits available for sampling on the spot or taking home.