Golden, Colorado-based Golden Moon Distillery and Holidaily Brewing Co. have teamed up to unveil the distillery’s first release in its collaboration series of whiskeys. This release is made from Holidaily Brewing’s certified gluten-free Favorite Blonde Ale.
At the height of the pandemic in 2020, Holidaily saw a drop in taproom beer sales much like breweries across the country. Rather than dumping unsold beer, Holidaily COO Laura Ukowich had the idea to reach out to a distillery down the road. It just so happened Golden Moon was already looking at working with local breweries for its collaboration series.
“It pained me to think about product going to waste that our team works so hard on,” said Ukowich. “I immediately thought of Golden Moon Distillery when we were discussing what to do with the beer. They’ve been great partners of ours in the past and we were thrilled to learn that they could utilize our beer to make something special!”
The idea is the first in the collaboration series for Golden Moon, using local beer to produce a line of hopped whiskies. The series will debut with Golden Moon Collaboration #1 Holidaily Blonde – Colorado Hopped Whiskey, made with Holidaily’s flagship beer, Favorite Blonde Ale.
“This series is a way to interact and collaborate with brewer friends here in our local community,” said Stephen Gould, founder and master distiller of Golden Moon. “Working together on a product like this one is a win for everyone.”
Clocking in at 92 proof, Golden Moon Collaboration #1 Holidaily Blonde – Colorado Hopped Whiskey is double-distilled and finished in American white oak casks. This malt-forward whiskey is great for making cocktails or sipping neat.
Golden Moon Collaboration #1 Holidaily Blonde – Colorado Hopped Whiskey bottles are available at the distillery’s tasting room and at liquor stores throughout the Denver metro where Holidaily ’s beer is also sold.
On Aug. 5 from 5-7 p.m. at the Holidaily taproom, located at 801 Brickyard Circle, customers can sample and purchase bottles of Golden Moon Collaboration #1 Holidaily Blonde – Colorado Hopped Whiskey.
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