At the High West Distillery, Park City’s first legal distillery since 1870, you will enjoy a truly unique experience. This wonderful establishment is located on Park Avenue in the heart of historic Park City.
How it Started
The High West Distillery and Saloon began with one man’s passion to make Rocky Mountain whiskey. Owner and distiller David Perkins combined his background as a biochemist and his passion for bourbon. He also brought his love of the American West to bring small batch distilling to Utah.
High West is situated in the Ellsworth J. Beggs House, which is an architecturally significant home built in 1914. It is one of just a few two-story Victorian style homes in the city. Mr. Beggs was a master carpenter and had also built the Summit County Courthouse in Coalville, so he brought quality to his personal home.
Also, built by Beggs is the National Garage/Livery Stable that houses part of the distillery. Although the buildings have been renovated, you can still see historic signs of the period the structures were built, including some of the original signage from the garage. This signage was actually revealed after a 1981 fire melted away the paint from several layers of previous signs put up over the decades.
The owners wanted to call the establishment High West to honor the history of the Old West and the role saloons played in each town. The saloon was considered the center for many community gatherings, as well as a town watering hole.
You can enjoy a behind the scenes look at the Saloon and Distillery through tours of the establishments. You can see the copper pot still, where the products are created. You can even sample some of the wonderful menu items.
The menu at High West is Western inspired and Chef James Dumas combines classic techniques, regional and seasonal ingredients and High West Distillery spirits for innovative Western fare.
Of course, High West cocktails are the highlight of any visit. Favorites are the Ol’ Smokey created with High West Campfire. For vodka lovers, you may want to try the Giddy-Up Jupiter created with High West Vodka 7000. Try the One Sunset for a fruity refreshing cocktail created with grapes, mint, Aperol, and amber lager.