It's the weekend and we're happy to share with you another idea for chillaxing and imbibing. This week we're suggesting drinking locally with class: a delicious artisan whiskey made from Montana ingredients that isn't the sketchy product of a backwoods bathtub still.
What you're drinking: A 750 mL bottle of the golden amber-colored Wheatfish Whiskey. Hopefully not by yourself.
Who's behind it: Glacier Distilling Company is a Montana whiskey and spirits distillery in the little town of Coram at the edge of Glacier Park. It's an artisan operation—all handcrafted and hand-bottled in what they call “The Whiskey Barn” (sounds dreamy). The company opened last year and is currently making a handful of whiskeys including some ryes and a white peach-infused whiskey.
What it tastes like: A little spicy, slightly sweet and very warm. This is a sipping whiskey that's smooth at first with an escalating heat that fills your nostrils. Tastings.com got even more in-depth with their description of Wheatfish Whiskey: “Mild aromas of peanut brittle, frosted banana pastry, straw, and brown spices with a soft, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a warming honeyed raisin cake, vanilla extract and peppery spice finish. A fun and flavorful choice for cocktails.”
How it compares: It's lived up to high standards. Recently the GDC entered Wheatfish Whiskey into some taste contests. It won a silver medal this year for both the Beverage Tasting Institute and the American Distillery Institute's blind test panel tasting.
How it's made: This whiskey mash comes from the Wheatfish beer recipe, which is brewed at the Great Northern Brewing Company in Whitefish with Montana wheat and barley. The distillery takes the mash from there and distills it into whiskey and then ages it in barrels. Currently, the whiskeys are at 8.4 months, but the distillery has kept some barrels to age for longer.
Where to find it: If you're in the area, the Glacier Distilling Company has a tasting room at 10237 HWY 2 Coram, Mont. “Look for the red barn on the north side of the highway, just past the cottonwood tree that got cut down last summer.” But call ahead at 406-387-9887 because the hours are sporadic. Or taste it from designated locations including Grizzly Liquor ($33.15) and Sean Kelly's in Missoula.