Welcome to the distillery. This is where all the magic happens. We are centrally located in Denver Colorado at 1420 S. Acoma. From our home here in the historic Gates Neighborhood we take an obsessive, hands-on approach to every aspect of whiskey production.
It’s here where we mill our grains, combine them and cook them to create an incredibly complex sour mash. Here the mash is open-air fermented for four days. We then distill it in a four plate pot/column still custom made just for us by Vendome Copper Works. From there the whiskey makes its way to full sized American White Oak barrels, where it’s aged a minimum of two years.
First is our commitment to making a no compromise whiskey. Every step of production is carried out in-house.
Starting with grain from family-owned Colorado Malting Company out of Alamosa, Colorado and corn from Briess Mallting in Chilton, Wisconsin. We believe that the only way to make a great whiskey, one with balance and character is using the traditional, and far more intensive method of open-air fermentation.
The next step is aging the whiskey. Ours is aged in 53 gallon charred American White Oak barrels which we source from Independent Stave Company in southern Missouri.
While whiskey may be an acquired taste some whiskeys acquire more taste than others. That’s all down to how it’s made.
Al Laws, founder of Colorado’s newest distillery didn’t set out to create another quick-to-market, mass-produced spirit. He doesn’t believe in shortcuts. In his words, “Shortcuts” remove time from the process, and time is one of our critical ingredients.”
Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon is honest whiskey. There are five ingredients; water, grain, yeast, oak barrels, and time. If you are truly committed to making great whiskey, that’s all it takes.
There are a lot of whiskeys out there, fewer Bourbons, and fewer still, four grain bourbons. So what sets this particular whiskey apart?
A.D. Laws Four Grain
A four grain Bourbon must follow all the rules of a Bourbon, but it contains all three typical flavor grains that accentuate the corn base: barley, wheat and rye. To achieve such an uncommon expression of bourbon takes skill. These four “American mother grains” are painstakingly combined in exacting ratio in our cooker coming together to create a highly complex and flavorful whiskey. The results showcase the flavor of each grain without compromising balance.
We slowly distill our four grain sour mash to coax out the delicate spirit. Whiskey with this level of character can only be made by hand. Again, no shortcuts. Yes, Four Grain Straight Bourbon is a more difficult whiskey to make, but it is well worth it.
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“We are committed to making the best whiskey possible with no short cuts and no compromises. We craft our whiskey from grain to bottle using 100% American grain, and sourcing from Family Owned Colorado Farms whenever possible. It may cost a bit more but we think it is the right thing to do. ”
– Al Laws