Glacier Distilling – Who we are
Glacier Distilling Company was conceived during a snowstorm and in the Montana ethos of preparedness and self-reliance. In the Winter of 2009/10 a group of friends gathered around the fireplace in a cabin along the North Fork discussing ski widths, fly lures, whiskey and other such academic topics. As the snow continued to pile up and the level of the whiskey bottle started falling to dangerously low levels, the conversation turned to more practical matters. Should this be Armageddon, how could these friends ensure safety and continue to provide for their families? They could guard The Pass and The Canyon. They could hunt and forage for food. They could chop wood for warmth. But where would they get their whiskey? Alas, something had to be done. One of them had to start a distillery. It was only prudent.Glacier Distilling Company was registered as a business on January 20th of 2010 and permitted to operate legally on December 28th of that year. Taking a cue from Josephine Doody, a moonshiner who operated from her homestead on Harrison Creek in Glacier National Park during the early 1900s, the distillery first released an unaged white whiskey that could be produced and sold in a matter of months, instead of years. North Fork, Bad Rock Rye and Wheatfish whiskies soon followed and as the saying goes, the rest is history.
Why we make whiskey
Nicolas Lee was born and raised in North Carolina and cut his teeth on Appalachian shine. Unable to get a satisfactory answer to the difference between white lightening, rotgut, moonshine and likker, Nic decided to pursue a degree in Chemistry from UNC Chapel Hill. Unfortunately having developed a taste for finer whiskies and other costly spirits one had to actually buy, Nic headed on a convoluted journey around the world in search of employment and esoteric spirits. As fate would have it, he followed a girl to Montana, got married and one evening found himself sitting next to a fireplace in a cabin along the North Fork…
Lauren Oscilowski was born in Texas, studied literature in Pennsylvania, sipped mint juleps in Kentucky, and ended up waxing poetic in Montana. Seeking a career that was more meaningful and less financially rewarding than teaching, Lauren started slinging drinks in Missoula and eventually at the Whiskey Barn. Realizing the potential for creative expression through spirits, she sought to change the lives of patrons one delicious cocktail at a time. Lauren now runs the still and tasting room and zens out through paddleboard yoga, skiing on powder days, and enjoying an occasional whiskey in the great outdoors.
Glacier Country Distilled
Our little corner of Western Montana is filled with miles of untamed rivers, sparkling glacial lakes, majestic peaks and kind folks who appreciate life’s simple pleasures. There are many ways to enjoy the best of what Glacier Country has to offer–here are a few of our favorite places to fuel your soul, lift your spirit and hang your hat at the end of the day.
Glacier Distilling Products
Glacier Dew, North Fork Whiskey, Bad Rock Rye, Wheatfish Whiskey
Glacier Distilling Tours
Distillery & Tasting Room:
Our winter hours vary during ski season, but most days we are here in the afternoons for production. If you see a car in the parking lot pull in for a tasting or a bottle sale, we’d love to chat with you! Feel free to call ahead and set up a tasting or a tour. 406-387-9887
Always call ahead for Tour and Tasting Hours and Information
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