KJ WOOD DISTILLERS
Back in 2010, K J Wood was already an experienced home-brewer and winemaker but he thought the time was right to turn this hobby into a business. A couple of years of research and development followed, and when the time was perfect he took the plunge and opened his distillery in beautiful Ouray. The payoff was immediate with his Jinn Gin winning a Gold Medal at the 2013 NY World Wine and Spirits competition. KJ Wood has since gone from strength to strength. Currently, the company produces four brands: Berthoud Blue Vodka, Jinn Gin, Dead Drift Whiskey (a blue corn bourbon), and Ourye Whiskey (a 100 percent Colorado rye whiskey). For the past two years KJ Wood has been producing around 2,000 gallons of spirit total, but there is a plan in the works to increase that to around 6,000 gallons across the brands in the next five years.