The Craft Distillery Movement
The number of distilleries in Colorado is also increasing, as is their waste-not production style. For example, at Golden Moon Distillery, located in Golden, waste from distilling processes is used as compost and livestock feed by local farmers and gardeners.
“We want to be as green as possible. This is amazing material that other people can benefit from,” says Stephen Gould, proprietor of Golden Moon Distillery and one of the principals of the Colorado Distillers Guild.
Unlike traditional distilleries, Gould applies techniques used by distillers in the late 1800s to develop a variety of artisan ultra- premium spirits, distributed across 13 national markets and three in Europe.
“We’re making spirits that no one else is making, like our crème de violette. It’s the only distilled violet liqueur in history and we believe it’s currently the only American-made violet liqueur of a dozen brands available worldwide,” he says.