Distillery 291’s Rise to the Top

Distillery 291 E Label

They’re practically drowning in medals.

Distillery 291, from Colorado Springs, has had an absolutely incredible last couple of years. It began with winning “Best American Rye” in Whisky Magazine’s World Whisky Awards, followed by taking home a Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and more. But the icing on the cake was the distinction they earned in the 2018 Whisky Bible, the yearly creed by whiskey luminary Jim Murray.

Distillery 291 took home not one, not two, but three new Liquid Gold awards this year:

  • 291 “E” Colorado Bourbon Whiskey Aged 333 Days – 96 points

  • 291 “E” Colorado 100% Rye Malt Whiskey Aged 291 Days – 95.5 points

  • 291 Barrel Proof Colorado Whiskey Aged Less than 2 Years – 95 points

Murray said of 291’s offerings,

“That a distillery can produce a young rye malt whiskey of this standard and something as magnificent as their 333 days bottling shows that Distillery 291 are way up there among the elite of the US micro-distillery movement.”

To galvanize his thoughts on their distinction, he awarded 291 “E” Colorado Bourbon Whiskey Aged 333 Days as the US Micro Whiskey of the year’ runner up, along with the distillery itself.

Michael Myers, founder of Distillery 291, was proud and touched by the recognition, commenting that “we are truly honored” and that “it is particularly gratifying for our Colorado whiskeys to receive acclaim across multiple recipes and releases, and now over the course of several years.”  Distillery 291 has now earned six Liquid Gold designations since its first submission in 2012.

I spent some time in Colorado earlier this year and was fortunate enough to sample a number of 291’s offerings, along with so many other great distilleries that have thrived in the mountainous state. Colorado is truly becoming an epicentre of craft distilling, I cannot wait to see what comes out of Distillery 291 and their contemporaries.

You can find Distillery 291 releases in liquor stores throughout Colorado and with additional distribution in some states. My recommended way of trying their wares, is directly from them on a tour should you be in the area.

You can book a tour online and find them at:

Distillery 291
1647 S Tejon St.
Colorado Springs, CO


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