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Monday, April 27, 2009

High West in Park City

Posted By on April 27, 2009, 11:56 AM

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The best reason to have children is, as they grow older, they understand what is important to their parents.  My daughters Gina and Mikelle took me out for my annual birthday lunch, Italian of course, and they usually gift me with either a beautifully framed picture of their kids or a good bottle of hooch.

This year, their timing couldn't have been better as we celebrated the liberation of Utah, the demise of private clubs and the end of the occupation of neo-prohibitionists from the repressive liquor laws that have made Utah a laughing stock.  The serendipitous choice was a wonderful bottle of High West Whiskey from the brand new Utah distillery!

Just a week before, I had the opportunity to meet David and Jane Perkins at Granato's and learned of their new venture.  This is historic: having a distillery in our own backyard. The main distillery is not far from Granato's. They are in the process of building what I think will be the must-visit place in Park City:  High West Distillery and Saloon right across from the Kimball Art Center.  They will have a saloon, dining areas, the still, which people will be able to take tours of, and of course a shop, where you can buy the good stuff along with High West souvenirs. I got a tour of the current operation at the distillery, and the still itself is truly a work of art.  I have never seen anything like it.  It looks like it came out of something from Jules Verne.  Gigantic copper kettles and stacks with what look like port holes up and down. Tons of gleaming chrome valves and the like. We sampled and sipped and must say that is the smoothest rye whiskey I have ever had.  

When it opens in Park City, James Dumas will be its general manager and executive chef, and I am already hungry and thirsty. 

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