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.