Biz Buzz: Local distillery celebrating 10 years of producing vodka from Idaho potatoes

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Distillery in Driggs marks 10 years of business with enlargement challenge

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Grand Teton Distillery is at 1755 North ID 33 in Driggs. | Rett Nelson,

DRIGGS – Excellent concepts generally appear at the most sudden situations, and in Lea and Bill Beckett’s case, it happened about a glass of vodka.

It was 2010, and the Driggs few experienced been sitting on a 4-acre parcel of land off Idaho Freeway 33 that they’d acquired 3 decades in advance of. They’d initially planned to develop a resort, but the economic downturn brought that to a halt.

The floor lay fallow for quite a few yrs when a stroke of genius strike them on their front porch just one night time.

“They have been surrounded by thousands of acres of potatoes and thought, ‘Don’t they make vodka from that? Why really do not we do that with our property?’” their son, Andrew Boczar, recounted to

Grand Teton Distillery opened two many years later on and has turned out to be a lucrative enterprise.

Today, it makes amongst 60,000 and 70,000 bottles of vodka each and every yr for bars and liquor stores all through Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. There’s also a storefront where by buyers can get vodka in particular person.

The distillery employs about 200,000 kilos of Idaho potatoes to deliver various sorts of vodka and a malt whiskey from Idaho-malted barley. It also makes bourbon, corn whiskey and other alcoholic beverages. See how the course of action works in the movie higher than.

Boczar, who is one particular of the company’s owners, sums up the business’s accomplishment more than the last decade this way,

“What does fantastic in both bad moments and superior periods? Alcohol,” he says with a chuckle. “It does fantastic, regardless (of what is going on in the earth).”

The company works by using a hybrid still to manufacture vodka, which produces up to 80% alcohol information.

“To be regarded as a vodka, it has to occur off the still at 95% — quite pure liquor,” Boczar explains.

A column nevertheless is made use of to build the extra 15%.

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Boczar explaining how a packed column performs through a dialogue with | Rett Nelson,

A person matter that sets the distillery apart from others, in accordance to Boczar, is the packed column. The column presents a higher movement and surface area space so that the highest quantity of potato oils and essences can enrich the taste in the final products.

And going ahead, the potential to make alcoholic beverages for customers is only heading to get more robust.

An 8,000-square-foot expansion undertaking is at this time underway on the south facet of the distillery. It will involve a larger tasting home and occasion space in hopes of generating it a destination spot.

“Most persons who come to this location are on their way to countrywide parks. We want them to arrive to this spot specifically to check out us,” states Boczar.

The enlargement is slated for completion later this yr and he’s excited to unveil it to the community.

Grand Teton Distillery is at 1755 North Freeway 33. It is open up seven times a week from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

distillery expansion rendering
An artistic rendering of the house with the concluded growth. | Andrew Boczar

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