A PASSION FOR GREAT SPIRITS, A LOVE OF THE AMERICAN WEST
Utah’s first distillery since the 1870’s, High West Distillery and Saloon offers a truly unique experience as the world’s only ski-in distillery and gastro-saloon. We are located at exactly 7000 feet in the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains in Old Town Park City, Utah.
Founded by prospectors in the late 1860’s, Park City became one of the richest silver mining towns in the West, and the best watering hole in Utah. Our aim is for the High West Distillery and Saloon to contribute to that reputation. We invite you to share in our passion for great spirits, and our love for the American West.
HOW IT ALL STARTED
High West Distillery and Saloon started with one man’s passion to make a great Rocky Mountain Whiskey. Proprietor and distiller David Perkins married his background as a biochemist, his love of bourbon and cooking, and his passion for the American West to bring the craft of small-batch distilling back to Utah, of all places.
We wanted to call High West a “Saloon” to pay homage to the history of saloons in the old West and the important role they played in each and every town that had one…and almost all did. The saloon was the epicenter for community gatherings, victuals, and tasty libations.
The word Saloon comes from the French word “Salon” which means “large room.” As America expanded West and founded new towns, a saloon was often the first place in town to open up. At its simplest, it was a tent with a plank slapped across the top of two whiskey barrels. But it soon became the social epicenter of each new town.
The saloon was the main meeting place where town hall was held, important announcements were made, and of course people went to eat and drink. In their heyday from [1870 – 1910] saloons were “oases of glamour” and were the most luxurious (or only) places in town to get a good meal and a drink.
Saloons were often elaborately decorated, with oil paintings hanging from the walls and Bohemian stemware to drink from. Most had wooden sidewalks, hitching posts to tie up horses, and a livery stable behind the auto insurance building. The bars were typically hand-carved oak, mahogany, or walnut, with a brass rail lining the bottom so patrons could put their feet up. Most saloons were heated by pot belly stoves and dimly lit, with candles or coal oil lamps providing illumination and atmosphere.
A complex and delicious blend of straight bourbons at a great price that supports a great cause.
A blend of High West bourbon and rye whiskies.
High West Whiskey Campfire® is the world’s only, and possibly first, blend of Scotch, bourbon and rye whiskeys. A very unusual, distinctive, yet delicious whiskey.