March Newsletter

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Win Tickets to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Live Music in the tasting room. Cherry Tart Liqueur. Grog & Scurvy.

Upcoming Events & Giveaways

Pete Stein will be playing live at the distillery on Saturday, April 2nd. For those of you who aren’t familiar with him, Pete plays an eclectic mix of alternative country and soulful bluegrass. Starting with April we’ll be having live concerts the first Saturday of every month through the summer.

Time is almost up to enter the Pirates Giveaway…  stop by the tasting room (before April 1st) and enter to win:

     * 2 tickets to “The Real Pirates” Exhibit

     * Your choice of a bottle of Rum

     * Dinner at 8 Rivers Caribbean Restaurant

After the Pirates give away stay tuned for tickets to the next “Movie & a Martini” event. In other events we’re excited to be a part of this year’s Taste of Loveland at Embassy Suites! This delicious event is on Thursday April 8th. Tickets are $35 and available at Thompson Valley Liquors or online at The March “Stir” social mixer is being held at the distillery. This is great opportunity for Loveland’s 40 and under professionals to network while enjoying some delicious appetizers and Dancing Pines signature cocktails. Tickets are available through the Loveland Chamber of Commerce.

Upcoming Releases

The wait continues for the Bourbon Release & Brulee Caramel Liqueur, but    samples are available for you in the tasting room. While you’re there don’t forget to try our newest creation: Cherry Tart Liqueur. This isn’t available for purchase yet but one taste will have your mouth watering with anticipation for its release.

Chai Latte Martini

This is an absolute delight for all of you Chai lovers.

     * 2 oz. Dancing Pines Chai Liqueur

     * 4 oz. Milk of Half n half

     * Shake over ice

Serve in a martini glass, garnish with a light sprinkle of cinnamon.

Mixology Tip

Soda, Seltzer, Tonic, What’s the difference?

Soda & Seltzer both carbonated water. Soda has higher sodium content. Some say it has a milder flavor.

Tonic is carbonated water with added quinine and sugar. Quinine was added to ward off malaria and the effects of malaria. Sugar was added to sweeten and make the tonic more palatable.

Spirits 101

 Grog & Scurvy
Just what was pirate’s grog? During the 17th century both pirates and sailors were given a daily ration of both water and beer, wine or Rum. The water often was stale. Wine or spirits was mixed with the water to make it more palatable. Eventually sugar and lime or lemon was also added to the mixture. The vitamin C from the citrus prevented scurvy, a dreadful condition that resulted in the loss of teeth and hair eventually proved fatal. This pirate grog was most likely the precursor to many modern Caribbean cocktails like the Mojito & Caiprihana.


Ginger Spice is a peculiar cocktail.  Surprisingly simple and yet completely unique!  Mix this in a highball glass over ice.


February Newsletter

New Caramel Liqueur, Mini Barrels, Win Tickets to Martini and a Movie. What is the Angels Share?

New Products   1 Liter barrels of Dancing Pines Bourbon or Rum are now available. These american oak barrels make a great addition to any home bar. You can pour directly from the barrel tap. The barrels come filled with your choice of spirit for $85. Please call us ahead of time so that we can have your barrel ready. If a 1 liter barrel isn’t big enough you can now sign up for used 15 gallon barrels waiting list on our website.

  Brûlée Caramel Liqueur will be available for purchase in March. We have received Federal formulation approval and are awaiting labels. As with all of our products Brulee is made with real ingredients no flavorings or extracts. If you haven’t gotten to taste this treat yet stop by the tasting room and have a sip.

Expansion & Events

   The tasting room and tour have both been expanded. You can sign up for tours on our website. The tasting room is available for private group use Monday – Thursday. A 15 drink Minimum applies, please email info@dpdistillery for more information.

  We have partered with The Wildlife Experience to bring you Movie & a   Martini. Featured films include Some Like It Hot & Ferris Buellers Day Off, among others. Each film is paired with Dancing Pines cocktails and appetizers. Follow us on facebook for an opportunity to win tickets.

Dark & Stormy

This spicy cocktail is the latest hit in the tasting room.
     *2 oz. Dancing Pines Spice Rum
     *4 oz. Rocky Mtn. Soda Co. Ginger Beer

Mixology Tip

  How long should you shake that martini? Generally until condensation forms on the outside of the shaker. This is a good indication that the cocktail has been adequately chilled. Concoctions that you would like to froth up a bit you may want to shake more vigorously.

Spirits 101

  “Angels’ Share” is the term used to describe the portion of the spirit that is lost to evaporation during the aging process. In our dry Colorado climate we tend to use a bit more to the “Angels’Share” but this also results in a more refined spirit. Some of the sharper alcohol compounds and water evaporate through the barrel wall and the remaining spirit is influenced by the oaks character giving it well balanced flavor. In our semi-aridclimate we see more water evaporation. So a spirit placed in a barrel at 100 proof may finish maturation at 106 proof. The opposite is also true in more humid climates and the proof may lower during maturation.

January Newsletter

How to serve a better cocktail. What’s in the proof. Tropical Blizzard cocktail. Latest news from the distillery.        

Were Expanding….

   We’ve listened and the tasting room is now open expanded hours. We’ll be doing tours and spirits tastings on Wednesdays & Thursdays 12-7pm. On Fridays and Saturdays you can join us for a cocktail also from 12- 8pm.

   We are over flowing the space we have been in for the last year. So we are excited to be doubling our square footage as we expand into the space next door. This will mean expanded production as well as a more spacious tasting room.

   Thanks to all of you, demand for our spirits is increasing so we are pleased to announce that we’ve signed an agreement with Diamond Distribution. Soon our spirits will be available statewide.

Island Blizzard
   Beat the winter blues with this tropical cocktail.
   1 oz. Dancing Pines Chai Liqueur
   1 oz. Dancing Pines White Rum
   2 oz. Coconut Milk
   1/2 fresh orange juiced
   Blend with ice.
   Garnish with fresh pineapple.

Mixology Tip
   Always match the temperature of the glass to the drink. You don’t have to plan ahead. The next time you’re shaking up a martini, add a few ice cubes and  splash of water to the glass to chill it while you mix up the cocktail.
   Then discard just before pouring. This will keep your drink at the ideal temperature longer even while it’s in your hot little hand.

Spirits 101
   Have you ever wondered where “proof” came from? It originated with a method of verifying wether a product was truly alcohol. The method was to try to ignite gunpowder soaked in the liquid. This was possible only at 50% or higher alcohol. Thus 50% alcohol is 100 proof.  Listing the “proof” on the label remains a federal requirement today.

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Poudre Libre

A light and refreshing cocktail. Otherwise known as a Cuba Libre but since we are using mountain rum we named it after a local river to match our mountain attitude.



White Russian

A traditional favorite around the distillery.  We choose to layer ours and serve in a martini glass just for fun!