West of 105 Magazine - - Drinking & Dining -


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.

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