DEER­HAM­MER

West of 105 Magazine - - Drinking & Dining -

BUENA VISTA

Started in 2010 by Amy and Lenny Eck­stein, Deer­ham­mer was in­spired by the am­bi­tion of the set­tlers who ended up in Buena Vista. The Eck­steins de­scribe Deer­ham­mer as a grain-to-glass dis­tillery, mean­ing they are laser fo­cused on the process and over the years have ex­per­i­mented with ev­ery step to bet­ter un­der­stand the ef­fects of sub­tle choices on their fi­nal prod­uct. While the orig­i­nal dis­tillery was built with Lenny's own hands, the Scot­tish-style di­rect­fire 140-gal­lon cop­per pot still was cus­tom made - it is the dis­tillery's prized pos­ses­sion and one of the rea­sons they feel their spirit is su­pe­rior. Deer­ham­mer Sin­gle Malt Whiskey is, they say, the com­pany's cor­ner­stone con­tri­bu­tion to the field of Amer­i­can craft spir­its. Start­ing its life as a porter­style 100 per­cent malted bar­ley mash, it's fur­ther shaped by open-air fer­men­ta­tion be­fore pass­ing through the stills and ma­tur­ing in charred vir­gin white oak.

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