In April we congratulated Axe and the Oak
distillery on several big wins
in whiskey competitions recently.
Now comes news from co-owner Casey Ross that the distillery will be opening two tasting rooms in the coming months. One will be in a newly acquired space next door to the existing production facility at 4665 Town Center Drive. Ross says they are currently knocking out walls and moving barrels over to age. The plan is to offer limited tours later and invite food trucks for regular tasting room hours, plus partner with neighboring Ranch Foods Direct on some whiskey-friendly food pairings.
Expect that to open around August or September, tentatively, around the same time that Axe and the Oak anticipates opening another tasting room inside of the Ivywild School. They'll take over the former Modbo art school space, most recently occupied by Epicentral Coworking. That's the downstairs, southeast corner of the building, which will see a new attached patio with the move-in.
No whiskey production will happen at Ivywild, but the group will share upstairs kitchen space with the Blue Star Group to enable a small food menu to accompany the whiskies.
Ross says Axe and the Oak aims to double if not triple or quadruple production by year's end — they're currently making about 1,200 bottles a month. Axe and the Oak is now sold in upwards of 170 liquor stores around the state, and hosted in around 50 bars and restaurants.
In the next couple months, look to see the release of a new moonshine product from the company, followed soon after by a cask-strength whiskey. And by 2017, expect a new rye label.
But before all that, catch a 1-year bottle release party at Town Center Drive on Friday, June 17 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., in conjunction with Colorado Collective
's release of its Volume 2.