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The 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Co. is Vail, CO premier distillery using locally sourced ingredients to produce craft spirits!
The 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Co. is Vail, CO premier distillery using locally sourced ingredients to produce craft spirits!
140 backers pledged $27,910 to help bring this project to life.

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You’ve heard the rumors! Now we’re here to confirm that yes, they are true. After years in the making, Vail’s premier distillery, the 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company will be opening soon!

We’ll be producing bourbon, whiskey, moonshine, vodka and a cordial. We’ll be an integrated part of the Vail valley, becoming a destination distillery, working with local establishments and keeping philanthropy at the forefront of our business, supporting the 10th Mountain Hut Association, the Vail Veterans Program and the Wounded Warrior Project.

The patriotic men of the 10th brought diversity, courage, and hope to the Rocky Mountains when they arrived in the 1940's to train just a few miles south of what is now Vail. They were part of the greatest generation of men, wanting to make each day count and each day better than the last. The mentality they had was strong after being shaped from the rigors of mountain warfare, their ego’s humble.

As the soldiers returned from war, souls touched by the mountains both near and far, many were driven to fulfill their entrepreneur spirit. They were inspired to start companies that influenced our enjoyment of the outdoors, to create ski resorts around the country (Vail included) and to develop ski schools and ski patrols. As they built these companies, they encouraged others to pursue their own passion for the mountain lifestyle.

The 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company is an extension of this mountain lifestyle, bringing together the old with the new. Generation after generation, men and women alike, all share this same passion, enjoying it for a day, a weekend, a lifetime, or somewhere in between. No matter how long it’s embraced, the combination of friends, mountains, memories and spirits, brings people together like no other.

To encourage these relationships, to embrace the mountain lifestyle and to honor the 10th Mountain soldiers who inspired our way of life, we’ve created a tribute distillery in Vail, Colorado. Not only is it a tribute to the 10th Mountain soldier, but it is also a tribute to those that enjoy the mountain lifestyle, living it fully, every day.

If you’re one these many people that lives this lifestyle alongside us, then we ask that you join our campaign to bring the 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company to life.

In order to get the 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company up and running, we knew we would have to beg, borrow and steal. Having done the second two by convincing a bank that this was a good idea and then raiding our savings, we are now turning to you, the people, who support not only the 10th Mountain Division but also enjoy the same mountain lifestyle we do.

With the capital raised through our Kickstarter campaign, we plan on:

  • Paying for equipment
  • Building out the distillery
  • Purchasing ingredients

Not only does each dollar count but you get rewarded with one of a kind items and the feeling of knowing you’ve helped build a company aligned with your core values and lifestyle!

Our Kickstarter goal is to raise $25,000 initially. But we have to work within the peculiar rules of Kickstarter; if we don’t meet our goal then we don’t get any financing at all, no matter how much was raised. However, we can exceed our goal without getting penalized. Hence, we hope to greatly surpass the $25K.

How To Participate

In order to participate in our campaign you’ll need to either:

1.Sign in to Kickstarter.

2.Choose your reward level to the right.

3.Follow the steps to check out (Kickstarter partnered up with Amazon for the check out process.They’ll ask you to sign into your Amazon account for final payment.Your card will only get charged if we reach our goal by April 22, 2014.)

4.Sit back and smile.You’ve done your good deed for the day and will be nicely rewarded.

When Will Donor Rewards Be Delivered?

The estimated date to deliver the products will vary.The soft goods, apparel and hard goods will be delivered by mid-June.The trips will start in the 2014/2015 winter (some dates restrictions apply).The Vail village tasting room grand opening party will be this summer.The Fantasy Whiskey Camp and naming of the still will be in the summer time, 2015.We ask that you please be patient on the items.

In addition, we will contact you at the close of this campaign to get your shirt size.

Conclusion

Being a small company has many advantages, such as high quality control and flexibility. It also brings the challenges of limited resources. With your support we can start making locally crafted spirits as soon as possible.

We want you to know that we're committed to our community and are around to meet the people who drink our spirits. We want to be a distillery where people feel comfortable coming by to say hello and chat about our latest batch of whiskey.

Some view craft distilleries purely as a business opportunity. We believe instead that it offers the chance for us to honor our region's heritage and to toast the mountain lifestyle. We’ll produce the spirits from locally sourced products and keep the money in our communities, rather than sending it off to some faceless liquor conglomerate.

We're committed to working with local artisans.Local artists will design the labels; we’ll source ingredients from local farms and sell regionally crafted products in our tasting rooms.

We would love for you to be a part of this vision with us. Please join us on the journey of making the 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Co. a reality.

-Ryan Thompson / Christian Avignon 10thMtnWhiskey@Gmail.com

Risks and challenges

As with any new start up there are many risk involved. We won't bore you with the details but trust us, we've meticulously planned this business in order to minimize the risk. If you'd like to know more, please contact us and we'll be happy to discuss.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    1 Logo Sticker - Show your support by placing our sticker anywhere you want; your skis, phone, computer, car or... We'll also throw in a high five or a firm handshake (whichever you prefer).

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    Set of 2 stickers and 4 collector coasters. You know what to do with the stickers. Use the coasters to hold your drink, as a frisbee or as wall art. We'll throw in a 'Hellya!' for free.

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    We'll hang your very own, personalized, 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company dog tag in a special area in our distillery dedicated to our Kickstarter backers. Come on by, take a picture!

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    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    Same as reward #2 PLUS a limited edition, logo'd ball cap to cover your face from the cancer causing UV rays when you're enjoying the mountain lifestyle.

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Same as reward #2 PLUS an honorary whiskey flask. Everyone can use one of these!

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    Pledge $60 or more About $60

    Same as reward #2 PLUS your choice of our limited 'Since the Beginning' t-shirt or our 'R & D Team' t-shirt. You'll look great in either one, trust us!

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    Pledge $85 or more About $85

    Same as reward #6 but it's your choice of hoodie instead of a t-shirt. Much better for the cold winter months in the mountains! I'd get both the hoodie and t-shirt if I were you!

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Everything in reward #2 PLUS a set of 4 logo'd whiskey glasses. Pretty awesome if you ask us!

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    Pledge $125 or more About $125

    Everything in reward #2 PLUS a copper an exclusive, steel engraved belt buckle. This thing is cool, trust us.

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    Everything in reward #2 PLUS we've commissioned a top of the line sign company to hand craft an awesome 10th Mountain bar sign. Your friends will be envious!

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    Pledge $175 or more About $175

    Yup, you guessed it, Everything in reward #2 PLUS an impressive 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Co. engraved whiskey decanter. Your bar is empty without this on it.

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    Yup, stickers and then some PLUS a logo'd 3 Liter whiskey barrel and we'll even fill it up when you come for a visit. We have these in our homes and they make quite the conversation piece.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    So you want to party, huh? Good news...we're throwing one in our tasting room for our grand opening. You and a date can punch your ticket with this reward. Plus, we'll throw in 2 t-shirts, 2 hats and 2 whiskey glasses!

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    Pledge $750 or more About $750

    Are you the hands on type? Do you want to get dirty? This is your reward...Fantasy Whiskey Camp! Come join us for our half day distilling class to learn the ins & outs of distilling whiskey! Of course, you'll get some great merchandise as well.

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    Pledge $4,500 or more About $4,500

    Name our still! Yup, that's correct, you have the honor of naming our still. Our prize possession, the center of our attention. You name it, we'll make the plaque and fly it proud at the top of the column for everybody to see. Be creative! After all, when was the last time you had the chance to name such a prize possession?

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    Pledge $6,000 or more About $6,000

    10th Mountain Winter Ski Vacation!
    3 Nights at the Sonnenalp resort in Vail village, 2-2 day lift tickets to Vail or Beaver Creek mountain, 1 guided snowmobile tour for 2 at the 10th's original training grounds, Camp Hale, personalized tour of the United States Ski & Snowboard museum, 1 fine dining dinner for 2 at Sweet Basil with the owners of the distillery, Commemorative 10th Mountain Jacket, Personal distillery tour and transportation to and from DIA or Eagle airport!

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    10th Mountain Summer time Vacation!
    3 Nights at the Sonnenalp resort in Vail village, 2-2 day lift tickets to Vail or Beaver Creek mountain for hiking or mountain biking, 1 guided ATV tour for 2 at the 10ths original training grounds, Camp Hale, personalized tour of the United States Ski & Snowboard museum, 1 fine dining dinner for 2 at Sweet Basil with the owners of the distillery, Commemorative 10th Mountain Jacket, Personal distillery tour and transportation to and from DIA or Eagle airport!

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    Pledge $7,500 or more About $7,500

    Grand Tour For 2 of the bourbon capital of the world...Kentucky! This includes 3 nights stay at the historic Brown Palace hotel in downtown Louisville, 2-2 day chauffeured trips on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail touring the distilleries that started it all, and 3 dinners for 2 at the finest restaurants in the area. Of course, breakfast at the hotel and lunch on the road will be included as well.

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    Pledge $10,000 About $10,000

    Have you ever had your very own whiskey barrel...with your very own whiskey...in your very own bottles....with your name on it? Well now you can! Show your support at the highest level and be the hero amongst your friends and family. We'll reward you with your very own 53 gallon barrel and you can join us in making your very own whiskey, aged to your liking!

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