With all the distilleries worldwide, how do you decide which ones to check out? We’ve put together a list of the coolest bars, bucket-list stops and around the world locations worth contributing to your itinerary (or perhaps making a special journey for). Some give boasting rights as a pioneer or record-breaker, while others use unique experiences worth making a detour to go to.
Add these 8 stops to your travel bucket list (plus a few bonus ones) for remarkable drinking experiences you will not discover anywhere else.
Breckenridge, Colorado or Silvaplana, Switzerland
Image Thanks To Breckenridge Distillery
Located at 9,600 feet above water level, Colorado’s Breckenridge Distillery takes the title for the highest-altitude distillery in the U.S. Located on the outskirts of a ski-resort town in the Rocky Mountains, the distillery is worth a check out for its selection of bourbon and other whiskeys, art-filled restaurant and cocktail bar. Plus, you may perhaps get a peek at the members-only Dark Arts Club.
However worldwide, Switzerland’s Orma takes the top (see what we did there?) title. From its St. Moritz summit, the distillery makes its single malt bourbon at about 10,836 feet above water level.
Image Thanks To Nearest Green Distillery
Add this to your upcoming 2023 itinerary. At Nearest Green Distillery, that makes Uncle Nearest scotch, the Humble Baron bar will be opening in March 2023. The wooden bar will be 525 linear feet, making it the longest bar worldwide. It belongs to the Distillery’s whiskey-centric complex, which founder Fawn Weaver jokingly calls “Malt Disney.”
Tel Aviv, Israel
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The Dead Sea, a salt-laden lake that borders Israel, Jordan and the West Bank, has the most affordable land elevation in the world, sitting about 1,385 feet below sea level. You can’t get any lower without sinking into the ocean. It’s here that Tel Aviv-based Milk & & Honey Distillery is try out the impact of low elevation on aging scotch.
Park City, Utah
Image Thanks To High West Distillery
Found in a ski town, this bourbon maker is the only ski-in/ski-out center. To be clear, you can’t ski into the actual distillery, where whiskey and vodka are made. However, it’s associated with High West Saloon, situated at the bottom of Park City Resort’s Quittin’ Time ski run and next to the Town Lift, which is considered the world’s very first ski-in gastro-distillery.
In early 2022, High West included a pop-up by Northern California’s Mammoth Mountain, where clients had the ability to ski right approximately the bar.
A lot of Historical: Bols
Image Thanks To Lucas Bols Distillery
Bols lays claim to the earliest distillery in continual operation. Developed in 1575 by the Bulsius household (the name was later reduced to the more Dutch-sounding Bols), the distillery is best known for making genever, a malty spirit similar to gin, and a large range of liqueurs.
The “Home of Bols” is offered for tours, including a scent “library” and a Style Cubicle, for those who wish to find out splashy mixed drink moves from mixology pros.
A Lot Of Remote: St Helena Distillery or Myken Distillery
Saint Helena Island or Myken, Norway
This is challenging to validate because St Helena Distillery is thought about one of the most difficult to go to. This distillery is located on a small island 1,200 miles off the coast of South Africa and is accessible just by means of a five-day cruise on the HMS Helena, which embarks once every three weeks. The distillery makes gin, rum and liqueurs, as well as Tungi, a clear alcohol distilled from the irritable pears that grow on the island.
Another strong contender? Myken Distillery, that makes gin and single malt whisky above the Arctic circle, on a tiny island 20 miles from the nearest point on the Norwegian mainland. The island is available by a once-daily ferry. We wonder about the Arktisk Vintergin (Artic Winter Season Gin), stated to carry the essence of the Northern Lights.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Image Thanks To Lost Spirits Distillery
It’s hard to picture a more excessive experience than what was on offer at the Los Angeles outpost of Lost Spirits: it broke ground with its Willy Wonka-esque boat ride through the distillery.
But in 2020, the California distillery closed and relocated to Las Vegas. In 2021 it released a new rum distillery and a literal circus, with a performers of acrobats, magicians and other performers. Visitors are motivated to wander a labyrinth of theater sets; the working distillery is confined within the immersive cirque-du-Soleil-style experience. This is Vegas, after all.
Kansas City, Missouri
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Technically, this is an old brand name, which was established in 1887 in Kansas City, Missouri as Jacob Rieger & & Company, a casualty of Prohibition.
Revived in 2014 as J. Rieger, the born-again brand expanded into larger digs in 2019, in a 60,000-square-foot facility. The new area includes a historical exhibit, the speakeasy-like Hey! Hey! Club in the basement and the outdoor Electric Park Garden Bar, called for the theme park that once stood close by, kept in mind for motivating a young Walt Disney. However many amusing of all: a 40-foot-long spiral slide planned for visitors of any ages to ride from the 2nd level to a ground-floor present shop.
Published on January 5, 2023