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Stranahan’s Wins Artisan Honor

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Drink up and be somebody: Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, brewed in a Denver micro-distillery, has been named “2009 Artisan Whisky of the Year” by the worldwide Malt Advocate Whisky awards, the oldest such honor available.

That’s according to a Stranahan’s press release, which points to a recent post on the Malt Advocate blog. Stranahan’s won points for its smoothness and even sweetness, “an example of the right way to do artisan distilling.”

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The whiskey is made at 220 S. Kalamath St. in Denver, and Colorado Coffee Merchants owner Eric Umenhofer is among its many fans. He recently picked up on a cue from beer brewers who use whiskey and wine barrels to extract extra flavors for their brews. Umenhofer decided to experiment with his coffee, putting it in a Stranahan’s whiskey barrel, reports the Colorado Springs Independent.

Local distilleries are gaining ground in the liquor market, as Jennie Dorris points out in a December 2009 article for the magazine.

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