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June 13, 2013 – Denver’s Stranahan’s distillery has filled Barrel #5,000 after nine years of production, but reached the capacity of its original rickhouse long ago. The Denver Business Journal reports the Proximo Spirits-owned distillery has now opened a new warehouse in a former theater located across the alley behind the distillery.
Negotiations for the new warehouse took almost as long as a barrel of Stranahan’s needs to mature, according to the report. The distillery’s Kristin Forsch told the Business Journal that it took about a year and a half to close the deal for the warehouse, which is already filled to about 25% of capacity. Under the original owner, Jess Graber, it took five years to fill the first 1,000 barrels, but Stranahan’s now fills that many each year.
Proximo Spirits bought the Stranahan’s brand and distillery from Graber and his partners in 2010, and ratcheted back distribution of the whiskey to the Rocky Mountain region. Stranahan’s had been available throughout the U.S. and in key export markets, but the distillery had trouble meeting demand. The distillery now produces about 10,000 bottles of its flagship whiskey each month, with the occasional “Snowflake” limited-edition bottling for sale only at the distillery in Denver.