Artisan Spirit: Summer 2014

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MONTGOMERY DISTILLERY WRITTEN BY CHRIS LOZIER

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMANDA JOY CHRISTENSEN

ounded in 2012 by Ryan

are spirits geeks and cocktail

and Jennifer Montgomery,

nerds, and we do a lot of

Montgomery Missoula,

Distillery Montana’s

is first

research and experimentation, which

is

great

fun,”

she

craft distillery. Housed in a

explains. Jennifer’s study at a

massive

brick

local herbal school also informs

building originally built as a

many of their cocktail recipes

liquor warehouse and saloon,

as well as their gin, which is

Montgomery is bringing the

infused with classic botanicals

block full circle, making spirits

as well as some local herbs like

in the back and hosting one

bee balm, yarrow and elder

of the liveliest cocktail bars

flower.

123-year-old

Coming

downtown in front. “We did not expect our

families,

from the

agricultural Montgomerys

tasting room to be as popular

aimed to produce top-shelf

as it was,” says Jennifer. “We

spirits using Montana talents

envisioned giving out samples

and

ingredients.

In

their

and making a few drinks, but as soon as we opened there Christian Carl pot-column artisan still, the crew makes vodka, were lines out the door for our cocktails.” Talented mixologists gin and whiskey using Montana grain as well as cherry brandy turn Montgomery spirits, liqueurs, syrups, shrubs, and bitters using Flathead Montana cherries. into impressive, innovative cocktails sourced from Montana

Prior to opening the distillery, Ryan and Jennifer travelled

ingredients, some of which have gained national recognition in extensively around the globe for their consulting jobs where they publications like New York and Redbook magazines.

shared their love of quality whiskies. “I came from the consumer

Jennifer credits their success in spirits and cocktails to a side,” Ryan explains. “I just enjoyed whiskey a lot. About 10 staff that is hardworking, diverse, and fun loving. “Many of us years ago I got really into Scotch whiskey and all the different

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