• New Space for Gatherings at Dry Land Distillers in Longmont

     
    POSTED September 2, 2021
     
    Photo credit: Brian Bishop
  • New Space for Gatherings at Dry Land Distillers in Longmont

     
    POSTED September 2, 2021
     
    Photo credit: Brian Bishop
  • New Space for Gatherings at Dry Land Distillers in Longmont

     
    POSTED September 2, 2021
     
    Photo credit: Brian Bishop
  • New Space for Gatherings at Dry Land Distillers in Longmont

     
    POSTED September 2, 2021
     
    Photo credit: Brian Bishop

Colorado distilleries like their brethren in the state’s vibrant craft brewery industry offer many terrific places for groups to sip, sample and gather. It’s hard to beat the local vibe, neat spaces and flexible food options. 

Dry Land Distillers is one of the newest options, recently opening a tasting room and cocktail lounge inside its new distillery at 519 Main St. in Longmont. Kelly Dressman is serving as events manager.

The Numbers

The 3,000-square-foot venue can accommodate 65 people, with the tasting room/cocktail lounge seating 35 adjacent production area/barrel room holding 30. In addition, an outdoor patio hosts up to 16 guests. 

The Space

The tasting room is a 1960s-style cocktail lounge with décor reminiscent of the “Mad Men” era and a layout that encourages connections and conversation while offering areas for quiet conversation. Native woods warm the space, and lighting is a mix of vintage and modern fixtures. Groups can access the vintage sound system (a tube amplifier) with a Bluetooth music player or utilize the vintage vinyl record player. 

Separated from the tasting room by a half gate/wall, the distillery’s production space serves a dual role as a private event space. Guests can view the stills, tanks and equipment while mingling and enjoying cocktails and step into the barrel storage room to breathe in the aromas of aging whiskey barrels.

The Catering

Food must be prepared off-site by an independent catering company or other licensed food vendor and can be brought in for special events. The venue can coordinate food through a separate catering company, Dry Land Provisions, which can craft a custom food menu that pairs with Dry Land spirits and cocktails, or work with a group’s preferred catering company. Since Dry Land Distillers is a zero-waste facility, disposable flatware and tableware must be compostable. 

Stepping outside of meeting rooms and experiencing a destination is often the difference between a successful gathering and one that is less than memorable. A smart way to accomplish this is scheduling time to check out local breweries, wineries and food halls, where there tends to be many choices to accommodate various tastes and a range of price points. Here is the latest food and beverage news of interest to groups from around Colorado.

 

Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) hosted A Bite of the Ballroom on March 24 in Seawell Ballroom to introduce the facility’s six new catering partners over creative cocktails and tasty hors d’oeuvres and to showcase what theatrically trained event managers can do with the ballroom’s Broadway-quality lighting and sound systems. 

 

Location: Less than an hour away from Fort Collins, Denver and Boulder, Longmont is very much centralized on northern Colorado’s Front Range. Made up of a combination of certified creative and historic downtown districts and St. Vrain State Park on its outskirts, Longmont is a lively scene for those who appreciate a mix of urban and outdoor living.