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Our Park City Gin Adventure

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Aug 29, 2018

As Summer comes to a close the wife and I have gotten out as much as possible and wanted to share some of the fun things happening in Park City. We always like to get out on the water and hike with our dog Zorro, but last week we visited our friends at Alpine Distilling and made our own Gin right on Main Street in Park City. We had an amazing time and wanted to share Visit Park City's Gin Making Experience article to give the inside scoop on the coolest event in town.

Park City businesses Alpine Distilling and 350 Main Brasserie have partnered together to give adults the ultimate educational experience: gin making. While kids are preparing for days back in the classroom, visitors and locals 21+ can reserve a spot to spend an evening learning about and making their very own bottle of gin with a team from Alpine Distilling while dining on a 4-course gourmet dinner prepared by 350 Main's Executive Chef Matthew Safranek.

Upon arrival to 350 Main- an upscale mountain dining restaurant serving contemporary American cuisine- located on Historic Main Street, guests of the gin making experience work their way downstairs to the private Vintage Room. Newly renovated to include a distilling laboratory, this cozy environment is arranged with a private dining table for the group, each place holder equipped with a flight of four unnamed gin samples.

To kick off the night, Founder of Alpine Distilling, Rob Sergent, highlights the bar topped with glass jars full of botanicals. These are the tools to create aroma notes and flavor profiles of the desired taste. Upon explanation that gin is, in short, plain vodka infused with botanicals- fifty percent of which must be Juniper- and diffused, or “cut” with fifty percent water, the group of guests pick out the botanicals of their choice by creating and weighing out their own ratios. Depending on the number of stills set up in the lab compared to the party size, guests may need to pair up with a friend to concoct one bottle of gin to share. Currently Alpine Distilling is able to provide one 750 ml-size bottle per still. Here is a sample of botanicals that may be found in gin: Herbal mint, rose hips, cinnamon, cucumber, lavender flower, licorice root, carnation, ginger root, coriander, pepper, rye, orris root (from an iris plant), malted barley, orange peel, celery, anise, carrot, grapefruit peel, chamomile, corn and, of course, juniper. Note that the options are pretty endless, and botanicals can include floral, spicy, grainy and fruity components. Alpine Distilling has set up a nice assortment to provide a range of flavor preferences.

Once each person or pair has established their flavor profiles in a copper bowl, the experts step in to set up the stills while guests enjoy a two-hour gin tasting and dinner experience- enough time to allow the distillation process to turn plain Alpine Distilling vodka into a personalized gin creation so that, by the end of dinner, guests can take home their personalized bottles. Distillers work behind a glass door to set up each guest or pair’s unique “recipe” while Rob treats guests to scent sticks of aromatic notes and has the group continually taste each unidentified glass of gin in front of them to appreciate how dominant, binding, and accent notes bring out different qualities and flavor appreciations.

Throughout the evening, Executive Chef Matthew Safranek brings out four-courses of his own creation to highlight impeccable flavor pairings, aligning with the key takeaway of the evening: that having fun with flavor and creativity mean a lot for not only gin, but for delectable menu items. By the end of the meal, guests will have experience approximately 10 different aromatic scents, surprising themselves with how much those aromas can change their appreciation for the different gin sample. The evening is an opportunity to learn more about an often times lesser-known alcohol, and leave with a personalized bottle of delicious liquor.

To reserve your space for the Gin Experience, please call 350 Main Brasserie at 435-649-3140 and ask about availability. Bottles of Alpine Distilling’s gin, whiskey, bourbon, liqueur and vodka are on display at the restaurant and can be purchased onsite.

Though this glorious Park City summer is coming to a close and the area’s main claim to fame—snow—is still on its brief hiatus, calling fall the “off-season” is simply a misnomer. But since weeklong vacations are a rarity for most of us, Park City Magazine has put together a itinerary for an idyllic 48 hours in Utah’s most famous mountain town; one that, while nowhere near comprehensive, hits many of the highlights, both well-known and more obscure in Celebrating Summer’s Last Hurrah with a Jam-packed 48 Hours in Park City by Park City Magazine.

Friday - 5 p.m. - Check in to the Washington School House Hotel - Built in 1889 as a working school to service families flocking to Park City during the 19thcentury’s silver mining boom, this historic building has been meticulously restored and luxuriously appointed in a way that’s anything but old fashioned.

7 p.m. - Take in a live show - Mosey down to Main Street for a cocktail and soak up some wicked riffs and vocals at The Spur Bar & Grill (live music nightly). Big name acts also make their way to these here hills. So, if that autumn sojourn happens to align perfectly with, for example, Jason Mraz’s September 3 show at Deer Valley’s Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, pack a picnic and hop a free city bus to the gorgeous on-slope setting. The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Center for the Performing Arts and The Mary G. Steiner Egyptian Theatre also host shows of note this fall: the Egyptian’s classic Charles Dickens tale Oliver!, September 7–16; and The New Chinese Acrobats’ circus spectacular on October 26 (The Eccles Center).

9 p.m. -Late supper at Shabu - More than 200 eateries dot the Park City landscape but few offer the attention to detail, knowledgeable staff, consistently fantastic fare, and funky vibe found at the Asian-fusion Shabu.

11 p.m. -Sip a nightcap at Butcher’s Chop House & Bar

Saturday

8 a.m. - Breakfast is served at the Washington School House Hotel

9 a.m. - Hit the trail - In case you’ve been living under a rock, Park City, riddled with more than 400 miles of trails, has emerged as a nationally recognized mountain biking mecca.

1 p.m. - Refuel at the Red Tail Grill

3 p.m. -Poolside chill time - Head back to the Washington School House Hotel, slip on your swim suit and retire to the upper-level pool and hot tub where the friendly and attentive staff will deliver wine, cocktails, and beer at your request.

5:30 p.m. - Cocktails and dinner at The Nelson Cottage

Sunday

9 a.m. -Play nine holes at Park City’s newest course, Canyons Golf

Though most of the holes here are par 3s, don’t underestimate the lack of yardage for less-than-challenging play. Winding fairways and angled greens provide plenty of difficulty on Park City’s newest track. And don’t worry about being too tired after your ride to walk this mountainous course—carts are required with all rounds of play.

Noon -Brunch at Tupelo Park City for ethereal chicken and biscuits

2 p.m. -Gallery hop on Historic Main Street - A stroll through Park City’s historic Main Street is just what the doctor ordered after an action packed fall weekend in the mountains. More than 200 shops, galleries, and restaurants pack this quaint and appealing thoroughfare.

Not bad for a weekend getaway, click here for the entire article from Park City Magazine.

In Utah News - Utah County ranks #2 among nation’s large counties for job growth! Click here for the entire article.

Alpine Distilling In Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Oct 18, 2017

Alpine Distilling is an award winning distillery in Park City located at 7132 N. Silver Creek Road. Robert Sergent, Owner and Distiller, is a Bourbon Steward, 4th Generation Distiller and one of 8 Of The Best American Single Malt Whiskies in the country with the only single malt whiskey in the world to win GOLD at the International SIP Awards this year. Their Travelers Rest 88 was so popular it has already sold out with maybe a few bottles remaining at various Utah State Liquor Stores. All of the Alpine products are available at their Silver Creek location, at Utah State Liquor Stores and on-line at www.forwhiskeylovers.com

We have known the Sergent family for years and I remember a Christmas not too long ago at our house where Rob told us he was moving on from his VP role with Johnson & Johnson to create delicious hand crafted spirits. Rob's Preserve Liqueur  was awarded Platinum at the International SIP Awards as the Best Liqueur in the World with a portion of every sale going to the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter in Park City. Alpine Distilling has also been awarded and recognized internationally as they were invited by the Department of Agriculture to represent the United States in Hong Kong  last year and wouldn't you know it Alpine's Preserve Liqueur made Top 10 out of 20,000 entries!

Here is the Alpine line-up:

Preserve is a 100% corn spirit that is certified Kosher and 20% alcohol by volume.  The Utah state flower, the Sego Lily, is the bottle shape – look at the bottle from the bottom up.

SIP Awards – Platinum Medal 

Wine Luxe – Top Ten; Hong Kong Wine & Spirits Expo

 

Lafayette Spiced Bourbon Whiskey - A classic Kentucky Bourbon mashbill of 75% corn, 21% rye and 4% cut to 80 proof, Alpine adds Apricot, Primrose and Cinnamon for the Lafayette spice profile

SIP Awards: Gold-Medal

 

 

Persistent Vodka - 100% corn which is 10x distilled, using a Column Still and then a Bain Marie Pot Still, to control time on copper.

SIP Awards – Silver Medal

 

 

 

 

Traveler’s Rest American Single Malt Whiskey at Barrel Proof has SOLD OUT.  Gold Medal Winning  Traveler’s Rest Single Malt 88 Proof (with a secondary French Oak aging) is only available at Utah State liquor stores.

 

 

Spur blended whiskey – a blend of two Gold-medal winners - Alpine's French Oak aged single malt has a wonderful banana, mocha note finish with a vanilla spice; and their Bourbon brings the corn sweetness and American Oak brown flavors with very subtle rye spice.

Alpine Distilling is located at 7132 N. Silver Creek Road in Park City.

 

OCTOBER EVENTS

Mondays thru Saturdays: Midway Creamery Hay Maze and Pumpkin Patch, Midway

Mondays, until 10/23: Happy Valley Farmers Market, Springville

Mondays, until 10/30: Light Up the Night Halloween Parade, Thanksgiving Point

Wednesdays, until 10/25: Sugar House Farmer's Market, Salt Lake City

Wednesdays, until 10/25: Park City Farmer's Market, Park City

All Month Long: Homestead Resort Annual Scarecrow Festival, Midway

Thursdays, until 10/26: Bountiful City Farmers Market, Bountiful

Fridays, until 10/27: Happy Valley Farmers Market, Orem

Saturdays, until 10/28: Trick-or-Treat Parade, Thanksgiving Point

Saturdays, until 10/21: Cache Valley Gardener's Market, Logan

Saturdays in October: Trick or Treat Parade, Thanksgiving Point

Thusdays - Saturdays: Haunted Wagon Train, Heber City

Weekends in October: Frightmares, Lagoon

All October: McCoard's Provo Corn Maze, Provo

Now - 10/22: Haunted Aquarium, Draper

10/19 - 10/22: Aladdin, Salt Lake City

10/20: Haunted Night at the Museum: Viking Ghost Ship, Salt Lake City

10/21 - 10/21: Fall Harvest Festival, Wellsville

10/24: Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Salt Lake City

10/27: Halloween Party, Snowbird

10/31: Howl-O-Ween! on Historic Main Street, Park City

Thursday - Saturdays: Daily Pumpkin Train, Heber City

 
 
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