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P.O. Box 2301
Estes Park, Co 80517

The 2016 Windows to the West Art Show and Sale convenes more than 50 of the country's top contemporary Western heritage artists in one of the most beautiful mountain settings in America at the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park.  The three-day sale and exhibition in Estes Park, Colorado, June 3-5, showcases more than 200 new pieces of art, with rich opportunities to meet the artists and discuss their unique depictions of Western landscapes, wildlife and traditional Western American life.  Windows to the West is a charitable benefit event sponsored by the Estes Park Western Heritage Foundation.

Art & Whiskey Gathering -- Blog

In this blog, I will try to lay the groundwork for the Art & Whiskey Gathering that we are holding at the 2016 Windows to the West art show and sale.  We will explore the fascinating traditions, distilling methods, varietal complexities, and culinary pairings that enrich the enjoyment of fine whiskeys.  I hope you will share your experiences and questions so that together we can savor the distiller's art while we browse the magnificent creative works by world-class artists in our 2016 Windows to the West  art sale and exhibition. Description of this blog

About this blog

Howell Wright

I would like to start a discussion in this blog primarily about Colorado whiskey. I would like to explore the fascinating history of whiskey in Colorado, current distilling methods, varietal complexities, and culinary pairings that enrich the enjoyment of fine whiskeys. To facilitate this, over the next several months I will be visiting Colorado distilleries and reporting on what I see and taste.  To make this a discussion, however, I need your input . . .

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Black Canyon Distillery

Howell Wright

Old Blue was known to be very strong but at the same time a very gentle animal. The Lesnick’s straight bourbon can be aptly described in this same way. . . .

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Whiskey at the Springs

Howell Wright

Just a mile or so from the Broadmoor is the 291 Distillery. They have been in business for four years and say they are one of five Colorado craft distilleries that have a from-grain-to-barrel-to-bottle program. . . .

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A Dram of History

Howell Wright

Well, I am pleased to say that two young distillers took me up on my request for input. Joe Elkins and McShan Walker of the Elkins Distilling Company in Estes Park, Colorado, directed me to two interesting stories about Whisky in Estes Park’s early history. . . .

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