Distillery 291 is an award winning, small batch whiskey distillery nestled in the stunning foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the distillery sits in the shadow of Pikes Peak where owner and founding distiller, Michael Myers, a former New York City fashion and beauty photographer, with a love of whiskey and passion for the old west, aims to replicate the taste, smell and folklore of that time, to create a one of a kind, bold and beautiful, Colorado Whiskey. Rugged, Refined, Rebellious.
Myers set out to create a flagship whiskey that evoked the Wild West. He grew up on rural family farms in Georgia and Tennessee, across a countryside defined by rolling hills, horses, Jack Daniels and George Dickel. For decades since then, he carried with him an iconic vision of a cowboy walking into a bar, saying give me a whiskey, and the bartender slamming down a bottle — that bottle would be 291 Colorado Whiskey.
Myers built his original still from copper photogravure plates that he had once used to create enduring photographic scenes, from western landscapes to the Chrysler Building. On September 11, 2011 — ten years after 9/11 changed his life and the lives of so many others — Myers pulled his first whiskey off of that still, building his future in whiskey, off his passion for photography.
291 Colorado Whiskey is “Hardmade the Colorado Way”. Today (and since day one), Distillery 291 is distilling, from grain, to barrel, to bottle, by hand, from scratch, ten distinctive Colorado whiskeys. Utilizing grains from the Colorado plains and water collected from Pikes Peak reservoirs, Myers turned his artist’s eye towards whiskey and hasn’t looked back. Everything matters.
291 Colorado Whiskey has earned bushels of national and international awards for its spirits with the unique character and flavor of a bygone era. Named World’s Best Rye-2018 by World Whiskies Awards, 7 Liquid Golds from Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible, multiple Double-Gold in San Francisco World Spirits Competition, nods from IWSC and Spirits Business Journal and many other notable awards, 291 Colorado Whiskey embodies traditions of the past married with the boldness of the future.
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Henric Molin a chemist by education and flavourist by heart. Often described as a Ã¢â‚¬Å“perfectionist geekÃ¢â‚¬Â, in a good way of course. This is of course also his biggest strength, always obsessed with getting the exact wanted results, best raw materials Ã¢â‚¬â€œ picked by himself if possible, best yields and casks that have been made of wood grown in the right places down to the coordinates.
Henric was born into the hospitality industry the first pioneering work was done within the wine segment late 80Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s. In 1998 Henric and his wife Anja founded Backafallsbyn on the island of Hven located in the strait of Oresund between Denmark and Sweden. That eventually gave birth to Spirit of Hven a company that not only distills its own organic products but also holds its own laboratory.
In the laboratory Henric does not just improve his own products he also consults the spirits industry globally, creates recipes for others and has dedicated the last 20 years to the science of creating scent and taste components for foodstuffs and foremost beverages.
Main work area the last 10 years have focused on creation, production and valuation of spirits. This incorporates developing new recipes and concepts that align trends with viable USPÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s and feasible production models. Among the clients are found some of the highest valuated and appraised brands in the world.
Scott Allen is Managing Director at Allen Associates (HPE) Ltd, a market leading chemical and process engineering design consultancy based in Stirling.
A Chemical and Process Engineering graduate of the University of Strathclyde, Scott started his career with a global engineering firm and then a leading food ingredients company before joining Allen Associates in 2001. He took on the role of MD in 2006.
During his time at the company Scott has built the business into the largest Scottish based chemical and process engineering design consultancy serving the distilled spirits industry. The company predominantly works in the Scotch whisky industry but also works with other distilled spirits including gin, rum and vodka, both in the UK and internationally, and clients range from small craft distillers to multi-national corporations.
In 2015 Scott was awarded a Fellowship of the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and in 2017 he was appointed Visiting Professor at the University of StrathclydeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Department of Chemical & Process Engineering.