Context: You guys don't know me too well, but I read here frequently. I am a C. Ped and I work with winter athletes- mainly skiers. I am working on some industry projects and got some rare solo time away from the family. I do all of thew work on it myself.
Sooo... Enjoy this (hopefully) relaxing thread.
Spring is a low time for me. Coming off of a great ski year is always difficult, and man this is one to remember... I know guys still skiing nearly every day. Our weather, while punctuated by a few days of good weather, has been a Rocky Mountain crappy spring. All rain and snow.
Mrs. Skiing-in-Jackson got tired of me moping about the house and kicked me out on the road. Last Off-Season I went to Moab. This year I wanted to stay in Wyoming.
Points East were the course. Here are the Tetons. I love the Tetons, they are the awesome.
North of Shoshoni. I wanted to find a spot where I could take a break from driving and this was it! I just drove out into the desert and stopped here:
Just North of Thermopolis is the home of Wyoming Whiskey in Kirby. I called and asked them for a tour. Wow. I asked if I could snap a few pics and they said it was cool. Some people from town and a guy I used to work on the river together with are partners.
There were these copper boxes with constant streams of clear liquid flowing inside. Brass locks were placed there by the Feds as the whiskey is not taxable at this point and is not ready to be consumed. I guess it is a procedural point as one could snag a sip anywhere in the process, but rules are rules. I was informed today that Congress in 1964 passed a law decreeing what "bourbon" is and strict laws follow it's distilling, manufacture and aging.
I'm glad to see our government is doing something to protect the average man.
Watching the pure whiskey flow by was memorizing. You can see the stream in the pic. One is @ 120 proof and the second distilling brings it to 130 proof. The color comes from the charred barrels. Although I graduated college from ECU in NC, I never drank a lot of bourbon, I stuck to rum and Natural Light.
The 100% copper distilling tower was 40 feet tall and was manufactured buy Vendome of Kentucky. Just hearing the interesting history of this company was amazing.
Mash cooking. It looked like the stuff that almost digested the main guy in Waterworld.
Barrels of Wyoming Whiskey aging, with the Feds in charge of distribution, I got no taste! Whatever. I'm sure it would have been just tasty.