When you walk into their distillery, or try one of their spirits, they want you to be impressed. They believe in what they produce, and are proud of what goes into the making each of spirit. These spirits are personal to them. This is craft distilling – not mass production. This is true craftsmanship. The art of craft distilling is not a skill one acquires overnight, and there are no shortcuts to hard earned, hands-on experience. Vapor Distillery, formerly Roundhouse Spirits became the first Legal Distillery in Boulder County, Colorado in 2007. Their Master Distiller, Ted Palmer has 20 years of experience, knowledge, and skill creating new and innovative Handcrafted Spirits.
As their Distillery and reputation grew, they started winning awards. A lot of them. Along with the accolades and attention, they also received something else. Their very first Cease and Desist letter from a giant, international, and no doubt litigious company. The name of their Imperial Barrel Rested Gin took the first hit, and then there seemed to be no shortage of companies with Roundhouse somewhere in their names. It’s fairly apparent that filing trademarks was not very high on their skills list.
In the end it’s all about what’s inside the bottle that really matters. The only thing that has changed is their name – Vapor Distillery – proudly proclaimed (and properly trademarked) on all of their labels. They still produce their Award Winning Spirits. They still have the same Master Distiller and Owner. They are still the same close-knit group of family and friends, and they still have the same passion for the fine art of small batch craft distilling.
It all began in an unassuming garage, with just a simple 3-gallon pot still, Ted Palmer began producing what is now their award winning Rhok Gin. In fact that very same still can be seen in the backroom of their distillery. And while they have grown, that little pot still serves to remind them of their very humble beginnings.