Mobb Mountain Distillers recently opened its doors down the street from New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins. It joins fellow craft distillers Feisty Spirits, CopperMuse, and Elevation 5003 in the Northern Colorado city.
Run by four 20-something friends, the grain-to-glass distillery is part man cave and part mountain cabin. Natural wood paneling covers the walls, skis hang for decoration, and stools in the cozy tasting room seat around 25 patrons. The distillery’s name is a play on the animal behavior of mobbing, and co-owner Danny Sans Crainte says the crow in particular is an important spiritual component in alpinist tradition as well as for the new distillery. Adding to this alpine theme, bottles and glassware, designed by co-owner Pat Moriearty, show a topographical map of the Poudre Canyon.
Mobb Mountain’s distiller Dave Grant is debuting with just two 100-percent rye spirits —a gin and a whiskey. The rye gives a unique earthy character to Mobb’s gin; the whiskey is rapid-aged with oak staves for weeks rather than the years needed for traditional barrel-aging.
Find the crew, as well as Mobb’s fourth co-owner Noah Kroencke, during tasting room hours Thursday and Friday, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., at 400 Linden St. next to El Burrito. Bottles can be purchased on-site as well as pours of each spirit and five gin and whiskey cocktails for sipping.
— BY JOSIE SEXTON