“The City of Denver occupies a unique position among the Capitals of the World. Located one mile above the level of the sea, commanding a majestic view of the highest of Rocky Mountain peaks, it is indeed a city of inspiration. Colorado is not only marvelously rich in gold, silver, lead and other minerals, but also is a wonderful farming, grazing, fruit growing and manufacturing country, all of which logically conspire to the prosperity of Denver, its beautiful capital.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. When Denver arose as a bustling cosmopolitan in the late 19th century it became known as the Queen City of the Plains, and we wanted to make a sake to honor the majesty of the city. This dry, full bodied sake with hints of lychee and melon pays tribute to the majesty of this great city.
Ours is a state of magnificent vistas and impressive landscapes, ranging from Rocky Mountains to great plains. It was Spanish explorers that first gave the title “Rio Colorado” to our namesake river, and from the red sandstone soil to the striking sunsets, this state truly lives up to its name. Colorado literally means “colored red” and we wanted to create a sake that embodied this description. This easy-drinking red sake is brewed with red rice yeast which gives the sake its fruity flavor and sunset color.
Inspired by the massive Ice Palace that was erected in the city of Leadville in 1896, each winter our brave band of explorers travel into the mountains to an undisclosed location and harvest the snow that is the foundation of this seasonal sake. The Norman style castle housed a ballroom, 180 foot skating rink, restaurant, theatre, toboggan runs and a carousel. We wanted to make sake that celebrated this Colorado legend…a magnificent structure that shone bright for a short time, and then melted away into the warm spring. This dry, fruity ginjo sake should evoke the feeling standing amongst the Ice Palace wonders and breathing in the crisp mountain air.