The Wood's High Mountain Distillery concept was born on raft trip in...read more
The Wood's High Mountain Distillery concept was born on raft trip in the Grand Canyon over 20 years ago. While owner and distiller P.T. Wood was sipping on premium whiskey in one of the most inspiring places on earth, he decided to pursue the dream of handcrafting his own spirits in downtown Salida. The dream soon became reality and P.T. and his brother, Lee Wood partnered together and purchased a building on First street that formerly housed the Downtown Auto Body shop. After some major renovations and improvements to the building they found a 35 gallon copper pot still that would make premium spirits and fit the personality that makes Wood's unique. The pot still was produced in Heidelberg, Germany around 1880 and was purchased by the Wood's brothers from a family of German descent that brought it over with them when they came to the United States. The pot still was installed at the distillery and was fitted with a copper column with a dephlegmator, gin basket and cold water condenser made by Vendome Copper and Brass works specifically for Wood's. A larger stripping still was built by P.T. with key help from some local contractors to allow the distillation of larger volumes of mash than the smaller pot still. Currently, the distillery produces malt whiskeys, a rye whiskey, gin, elderflower liqueur with other ongoing projects including distilling and aging a stout brewed by Elevation Brewing. Tours are available Monday through Friday, noon to 5 PM. The tasting room for the distillery was opened in February 2013 on a limited basis. It has grown in popularity due to the colorful staff, exclusive craft cocktails and the highly palatable spirits that are being served there, The tasting room is now open seven days a week and features snacks that are prepared by Sweeties Bakery and Scanga Meat Co. The spirits and the saloon atmosphere in the tasting room at Wood's pays homage to the outdoor adventure experience in the Colorado high country and to the hardworking railroad and mining history of Salida. Wood's High Mountain Distillery is proud to be now be an fully operational artisan, craft distillery in the Creative District of Salida.