This really isn't beer related, but it's local and pretty damn cool! For the first time since the start of Prohibition, a Utahn will be producing home grown hooch from the states first legal distillery. Quaking Aspen Distillery is planned to be based in Park City at 703 Park Avenue. The spendy real estate consists of an old garage and two old homes. The distillery will occupy the garage and one of the old houses.
Quaking Aspen's owner David Perkins has some pretty great plans for the P.C. distillery, like a top to bottom renovation of the property and a tasting room for patrons to sample the various spirits produced. I have a feeling the tasting room is just a 'pipe dream'. Unless the state decides to give special dispensation to Mr. Perkins, which I seriously doubt they will. The state enjoys it's monopoly on liquor and would never endorse a private party being responsible for taxing themselves.
Sorry, I'm off topic.
According to the Deseret News David has got a temporary "still" set up in Salt lake so he can perfect his recipes 'till Quaking Aspen opens. No news yet on when that may be. Photo above: coutesy Deseret Morning News.