Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
After 46 years in the construction industry, Tom Cooper decided he needed to spend his work days doing something that was easier on his body. His chose to make whiskey.
"My family all came from Arkansas and Missouri years ago so they were all familiar with whiskeys. I just picked it up," says Cooper, 64, who with his wife, Pam, founded Colorado Gold Distillery in Cedaredge in 2007. "My favorite whiskey was bourbon, and my favorite was Maker's Mark. I tried to make the product as good as or better than Maker's Mark."
The couple's Straight Bourbon Whiskey earned a fourth place distinction by the American Distilling Institute in 2010. They also make corn whiskey, agave spirits, gin and vodka.
The Coopers buy their malted barley from Colorado Malting in Alamosa, corn from Grand Valley Hybrids, and grain and wheat from farms in Eckert and Olathe respectively. And Cedaredge has great water.
"I think that and the process I use in making my spirits make them extremely smooth," Tom Cooper says.