Mammoth nightlife is comprised of ski apres at Tusk’s Bar and Lincoln Bar on the mountain, as well as the long-standing Yodler, but at night the action is in town. There is Gomez Taquilera with its Mammoth Margarita, Liberty Sports Bar, Mammoth Tavern and the better-get-there-early nightclub Lakanuki Tiki Bar and the long-standing Clocktower Celler.
There is also Shelter Distilling, which is a distillery started by a professional snowboarder, Matt Hammer and local craft brewers Jason Senior and Karl Anderson. In the village at Caynon Lodge, it is a working distillery, brewery and kitchen open seven days a week (closes at 11 p.m.). While it specializes in bourbons and whiskeys, it also makes gin, tequilas and vodka, including ones in canned cocktails, and craft beer.
Here’s a rundown of the whiskeys and bourbons at Shelter Distilling:
American Single Malt Whiskey
Shelter American Single Malt Whiskey is a double pot distilled whiskey, rested on Hungarian Oak, then aged in American Oak barrels. The Oak aging imparts notes of vanilla, stone fruit and spice. This expression is 90 proof and retails for $49.99.
Small Batch Blue Corn Bourbon
Shelter Small Batch Blue Corn Bourbon is not your typical Bourbon, it’s a celebration of the American West. We use Non-GMO Heirloom California Blue Corn, grown with water from the snowpack of the Sierra Nevada, that is cultivated for its flavor, not cattle feed. Masterfully blended from two-three hand-selected barrels, our small batch bourbon imparts signature flavors of birthday cake, vanilla and maple. This bourbon checks in at 90 proof and retails for $49.99.
Single Barrel Blue Corn Bourbon
Shelter Single Barrel Blue Corn Bourbon is crafted in the same manner as small small batch bourbon. Along with great attention to detail, Shelter never uses GMO grains. The key component of all Shelter whiskies is pure Sierra Nevada water—making for smooth sipping bourbon experience. This gem of a whiskey boasts 92 proof and retails for $69.99.
“The distillery and our spirits are a labor of love for the entire Shelter family,” Hammer said. It also reflects our love for adventure. The only thing that comes close to the joy of ripping down the mountain, is settling down with one of our premium whiskies and recapping the day with friends.”
In the words of Master Distiller Jason Senior “we start with High Sierra snowmelt water then focus on ingredients grown for flavor such as our Colorado Malted Barley and California Blue Corn to create the base of our flavor profiles. We build on those tasty base flavors using modern fermentation techniques, different types of wood and high Alpine aging in traditional American Oak barrels to finish off these great whiskies. Whiskey fans will not be disappointed.”
Its website is: SHELTER DISTILLING.