While High West put Park City on the national whiskey map, local gin distillers are starting to make a name for themselves, too, distinguishing their spirits by highlighting Utah’s landscape and history.
Park City’s Alpine Distilling (alpinedistilling.com) started in 2016, with Sara Sergent leading gin distilling while her husband, Rob, handles the whiskey. “The distilleries in Utah are doing some really amazing things,” she says. In addition to their permanent line—which includes Alpine Gin, awarded Gin of the Year 2021 in London, and the botanical-forward Lily Lake Gin, named for the majestic spot in the Uintas—Sergent says she has made more than 2,000 different gins for the custom gin-making experience they offer. The duo recently moved their popular Alpine Pie Bar (alpinepiebar.com), a winning combination of pie and cocktails, to new premises at 364 Main Street. Order a Park City Negroni or Lily Lake Sour with a slice of scrumptious seasonal pie.
Much of the area’s gin-fueled creativity was initiated in 2013, when Salt Lake–based Beehive Distilling (beehivedistilling.com) became the first gin distillery in Utah since 1870. Their Jackrabbit Gin distills familiar Utah symbols into a bottle: juniper and sage botanicals for the desert landscape, copper foil lettering to represent the copper industry, and of course the state emblem of the beehive. Other distillers have followed suit, bringing elements of the state’s history and natural landscape into their creations.
Dented Brick Distillery (dentedbrick.com) highlights Utah botanicals and their own artesian well water in their Great Basin Bristlecone Gin. The spirit is made from red winter wheat and pumpernickel rye sourced from the Utah-Idaho border and limestone-filtered H2O sourced from local mountain snowmelt.
At New World Distillery (newworlddistillery.com), located in Eden, the label of their juniper-forward Oomaw Gin pays homage to Utah’s Delicate Arch, iconic bees, and mountain ranges, which are etched onto the wings of a dragonfly.
Ogden’s Own (ogdensown.com) has issued Madam Pattirini Gin since 2017, reviving a fascinating tidbit of Utah history: the deliciously fruity gin bears the stage name of one of Mormon leader Brigham Young’s sons, who performed in drag as a singer in the 1880s–’90s.
West Valley City’s Waterpocket Distillery (waterpocket.co) and its gin are both named for the geology of Capitol Reef National Park. Released in 2019, their Temple of the Moon Gin is distilled with Tuscan juniper, coriander, orris, true cinnamon, fennel, lemon peel, Roman chamomile, and seven additional botanicals.