• 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. 

As COVID-19 hit, key projects at some of Colorado’s major meetings and events properties were just wrapping up and getting ready to debut. Construction of Bartolin Hall, The Broadmoor’s new exhibition space, was completed in March 2020 in time to welcome the annual Space Symposium, which has the largest economic impact of any single event in the community of Colorado Springs.

 

Located just south of Denver, the community of Greenwood Village added Pindustry, the first redevelopment in the new Arapahoe Entertainment District this summer. Featuring nearly 55,000 square foot of space spread across two floors, Pindustry is an entertainment-focused restaurant, bar and events venue that offers experiential options for events large and small. Highlights include two kinds of bowling (duckpin and traditional), a huge variety of other games, a downstairs beer garden with a custom stage, and a large upstairs rooftop patio that holds 1,000.