Bryan Phillips, owner of Coal Creek Distillery here in Crested Butte, Colorado, has been battling a 17-year old law in regards to hemp. Bryan wanted to create an “Only-in-Colorado” novelty, a spirit marrying hemp and whiskey. This is where his problems began. “It’s ok to have marijuana, it’s ok to have a distillery—you just can’t put the two together,” Phillips said. “It’s still considered a schedule one narcotic, even though it doesn’t contain any THC whatsoever.” After jumping through many hoops, about 900 if you ask Bryan, finally on July 3, 2017 he was given the green light by both the State of Colorado and the Federal Government to go ahead and make Batch 64 Whiskey. July 3rd also just happens to be Bryan’s birthday. Bryan brings 22+ years of distilling wisdom to Coal Creek Distillery, making small batch spirits such as whiskey, bourbon and vodka. At Coal Creek Distillery, they try to use mainly local ingredients such as Olathe sweet corn and cold mountain water right from the Whetstone aquifer. And the hemp they will be using? That will be from Grow Hemp Colorado. So now you know, Hemp-Infused Whiskey Is Now Sold At A Crested Butte Distillery. For more information on Coal Creek Distillery and their Batch 64 Whiskey, visit their website.
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