Ten years ago, you would never have imagined that you would be able to sample craft spirits along with craft beers on your travels. The movement has exploded though and we are all benefiting from thoughtful and creative distillers making some excellent locally-produced spirits. On our trip to Montana, I had the chance to taste Fireweed Whiskey and was pretty impressed with it.
Back in 2009, some local wannabe moonshiners came up with an awesome idea to take up distilling in Coram, MT. Thank God the founder has a North Carolina soul that had a taste for shine and decided to make whiskey! Fireweed is a blend of locally produced whiskey aged in charred oak barrels and mixed with local Montana Cherry Brandy. The result is a glorious blend of spicy, sweet, rich and smokey. Now, this is not the smooth undertone of a typical bourbon. It has the bite of moonshine, but a great mouthfeel and smooth finish.
I had both an Old Fashioned and a splash of coke in two cocktails and both were excellent. I sure would have liked to try their gin and rye, but we ran out of time! I definitely recommend getting your hands on some of the Fireweed though – these guys are really onto something. Check out more at glacierdistilling.com.