Park City Blog – Whiskey in Utah
Back in 1907, Master Carpenter Ellsworth J. Beggs built a livery stable for his Beggs and Buckley Livery. When cars became the preferred mode of transportation, the partners began servicing automobiles and changed the name to Beggs and Buckley Garage. Later the business became the Sinclair Park Motor, which operated until 1942. The intense heat from the Silver King Coalition mines fire in 1981 became so intense, the paint on the building sign melted into the layers that you see on the building today.
Currently the old Beggs and Buckley Garage has heated up in a different way, cooking up small batches of spirits in a 250 gallon copper pot still, using a combination still that produces a variety of distinct whiskeys. The structure has been tastefully converted into a fun-loving distillery- tasting bar specializing in whisky. The garage is now a restaurant with re-claimed wood flooring and an open frame structure ceiling. Colorful whiskey-shaped glass bottles line the exposed brick walls.
Any night of the week, crowds can be seen lining up along lower Park Avenue, waiting for tables, while entertained by local cowboy poets and musicians in period- inspired costumes. Once inside, the atmosphere is a contagious blend of aromas and boisterous good cheer that invites a loose and relaxed dining experience.
The menu offers a unique twist on classic dishes such as roasted plantation quail with corn dried cherry stuffing or madras curry steamed rice dumplings. The deserts are punctuated with brewery flavorings. Take for example the “Peach Mule,” which is made from peach vodka, fresh lime, ginger syrup, mint, and Fentiman’s ginger beer.
If you are headed to Park City in search of your perfect mountain home, hitting the ski slopes for the afternoon, or just browsing the shops along historical Main Street, be sure to add the High West Distillery on your list of must do’s while in the beautiful Rocky Mountain Resort of Park City, Utah. Happy dining.