Past Events

Here is a list of past events we have held at Gulch Distillers.

Community Cocktails: Helena Community Gardens

July 19, 2017

Helena Community Gardens(HCG) builds gardens, provides the tools and knowledge to grow food, and increases access to healthy and affordable food. Our most visible projects are our gardens themselves. Each year around 200 gardeners in 9 community gardens produce food for themselves and for Helena Food Share customers. (Helena Food Share provides food to 1500 families per month, and partners with HCG and others to eliminate hunger in the Helena area). HCG currently manages 9 gardens located throughout the city, with the goal of all residents being within walking distance of a garden. Additionally, many HCG gardens include handicap accessible garden beds and pathways. HCG also provides several annual workshops on gardening, composting, and food preservation in order to increase sustainability, production, and yield for our gardeners and other community members.

Community Cocktails: Dancing Lotus Center

July 12, 2017

The Dancing Lotus Center Foundation Scholarship provides free classes and scholarships for series and workshops to Veterans, Domestic Violence and Cancer survivors in a safe and qualified environment.

We offer this scholarship to remove financial barriers and to make space for these incredible survivors to heal.

The scholarship is for a 3 month membership for qualifying applicants. This allows the scholarship recipients to then attend up to 3 classes a week of any of the “ongoing classes.”

We provide classes of a wide variety, some of which include yoga, dance, movement therapy, Nia, Oula, and meditation. We also have massage therapists and counseling therapists that work with a wide variety of people: individuals, couples, kids, and adults.

Community Cocktails: Montana College Access Network

June 28, 2017

Our mission is to support, serve, and enhance our affiliate members in their efforts to increase postsecondary participation and completion for all Montanans. MCAN is an innovative collective impact approach for promoting statewide college access and success through cross-sector collaboration and communication. MCAN and the collaboration of affiliates believe that college degrees and certificates can improve everyone’s lives, and consequently Montana.

Community Cocktails: Save the Brain – Helena

June 14, 2017

Save The Brain – Helena is concussion awareness and educational organization in Helena.   We are a 100% voluntary group of medical providers who have a passion for keeping our medical community current in concussion assessment and treatment as well as making Helena a safer place to live and play.

Free pre-season concussion baseline testing for area youth sports.  Since August 2016,  we have screened Helena youth football, hockey, lacrosse, Bighorn hockey, and will screen youth soccer at the end of February.

We have given free presentations to groups including Helena EMTs, Carroll College nursing, Boulder school, and White Sulphur Springs school and medical staff.

Concussion assessment and  management standards are changing rapidly.   It is one of our missions is to educate our local area medical practitioners, parents, coaches, and athletes on the most current concussion research, safety, and treatments.

Community Cocktails: Archie Bray Foundation

June 7, 2017

Archie Bray, Sr.’s, original vision for the Archie Bray Foundation, and our mission statement, is “to make available to all who are seriously and sincerely interested in any of the branches of ceramic art, a fine place to work”. The idea of people and place central to this mission encompasses a broad range of people and activities. The hub, focus and central “nexus” of all activity at the Bray is our artist-in-residence program. For 65 years, ceramic artists at all stages of their career – from students to established professionals – have come to the Bray to pursue their creative and professional growth in a supportive environment distinguished by state-of-the-art facilities and a dynamic community of other artists. Likewise, artists and students in the local community have the chance to build fundamental skills, experiment with new techniques and explore their own creativity in year-round sessions of classes taught by the resident artists. Moreover, visitors from the local area and around the world experience the latest work being done in the field of ceramics through the Bray’s annual schedule of exhibitions, which are always free and open to the public. Finally, a series of free, public lectures in the summertime give guests an insider’s look into the experiences, influences and interests of contemporary artists from around the world.

Community Cocktails: Montana Supporting Soldiers

May 17, 2017

Montana Supporting Soldiers is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt volunteer organization based in Helena, Montana. We also have volunteer members in other cities. We send care packages throughout the year to deployed troops, military working dogs, and wounded troops in combat field hospitals. We send care packages to Montana wounded warriors and their families at military hospitals in the U.S. We also help the warriors and their families in various ways when the warriors return home from the hospital. Several of our volunteer members provide home-cooked dinners to residents at the Willis Cruse House, a transitional house for homeless veterans.

When Special Forces soldiers from out-of-state are in Helena for training, we provide potluck dinners and warm Montana hospitality.

Our continued success and ability to support our troops, wounded warriors and veterans is made possible by donations of items, monetary donations, sponsors, dedicated volunteers, generous businesses, caring individuals, referrals from government and military personnel, and support from our families. Thank you everyone!

Community Cocktails: United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area

May 10, 2017

United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area focuses on health and human services issues and programming in Jefferson, Broadwater, and Lewis and Clark Counties.

United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area partners with 40 other nonprofits in the tri-county area that focus on health and human services programs and needs.  Our team not only fundraises for these nonprofits, but…

Community Cocktails: Holter Museum

May 3, 2017

MISSION

The Holter Museum of Art fuels artistic creativity and imagination in Montana through exceptional contemporary art exhibitions, collections, and educational programming.

VISION

Embracing the belief that art vitalizes and strengthens community, the Holter Museum of Art seeks to stimulate creativity, curiosity, and collaboration through the visual arts. Our mission is not just exhibiting art—we interpret it, teach it, help create it, preserve it, and build community through it. We capture the imagination of both the young and the grown through exciting exhibitions and powerful art education. We fuel our community’s curiosity and vision by exploring diverse perspectives and cultures—including contemporary Indian culture—within Montana, beyond the state, and from abroad. We honor the uniqueness of our community, of Helena and of Montana, by celebrating contemporary regional artists in our collection and, through our collection, we seek to preserve for future generations the record of our own time and place in history. Community is at the core of the Holter mission, and we strive to share the richness of the visual arts as a benefit for all.

HOW WE PURSUE OUR MISSION

The Holter Museum of Art serves Montana and neighboring states with a quality visual arts exhibition program that includes all media; brings national and international exhibitions into the region; provides a much-needed venue for local and regional artists; and collects, preserves, and interprets significant contemporary Northwest art. The Holter is committed to promoting participation by diverse audiences through outreach, innovative educational programming, and collaboration with other organizations. Increasing and promoting a strong cultural awareness to the broadest possible audience is a guiding factor to our operations.

Guardian Reserve Gin Release Party

May 2, 2017

Gulch Distillers is releasing our limited edition Guardian Reserve Gin!

This barreled gin pays tribute to Helena’s iconic landmark, the “Guardian of the Gulch.” We distill our gin in small batches of only 148 bottles from a base of Montana grains. Its simple botanical structure, including juniper and coriander, take on additional depth in Sauvignon Blanc barrels from the Russian River Valley in California. Light citrus notes, lime zest, and subtle flavors of dried apricot round out the character of our Guardian Reserve Gin.

Join us May 2 and pick up your two bottles. Only 148 are available and only in our Front Street Tasting Room.

Community Cocktails: Habitat for Humanity

April 26, 2017

We are a non-profit organization that focuses on building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. We provide a hand-up to local people in need by performing critical home repairs and putting home ownership with in reach. Examples of some of our current projects include  a home remodel for a woman and her three children who are looking for some permanence and security after fleeing a domestic violence situation. We are also remodeling a bathroom to make it more accessible and safe for a current homeowner with disabilities, and we just insulated the trailer of a local man so that he would be able to remain in his home for the winter.

Helena has one of the most expensive markets in the state for both renting and buying homes. There are just under 500 families currently on the Helena Housing Authority waitlist. Helena Area Habitat is the only organization that is actively building affordable housing in our community. There is obviously a tremendous amount of need for this kind of work and we need the support of the entire community to build more homes and impact more families. Since our founding, we have built 32 homes and renovated many more. We are driven to increase our capacity and put more families in safe, decent and affordable housing.

Community Cocktails: Foundation for Animals

April 19, 2017

The Foundation for Animals (formerly The Mikal Kellner Foundation for Animals) is a unique nonprofit foundation dedicated to addressing the critical needs of animals, both domestic and wild. The foundationprovides financial assistance to well-managed projects that promote animal welfare, prevent animalsuffering, and provide clear and explicit improvements for animals.

The Foundation For Animals (FFA) is dedicated to addressing critical needs of animals, both domestic and wild, by assisting projects in the Helena area that promote animal welfare, prevent animal suffering and provide needed improvements for animals.

The Foundation sponsors a free SPAY Montana clinic in Helena each year for pets of low income pet owners and helps those pet owners who need assistance with emergency veterinary care.  On the wild side, FFA was the leading fundraising organization to help Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks develop the Montana Wildlife Center adjacent to Spring Meadow Lake State Park in Helena.  Since the opening of the center in 2002, FFA has continued to raise funds for ongoing improvements at the wildlife rehabilitation facility.  The most recent project being the completion of a raptor flight barn to rehabilitate wing injuries of eagles, owls and hawks.

Community Cocktails: Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies

April 5, 2017

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies, The Montana Coalition Inc. is a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization formed in 1984. The organization’s vision is that there will be a safe and healthy beginning for all babies in Montana. HMHB endeavors to improve the health, safety, and well-being of Montana families by supporting mothers and babies, age zero to three. We provide educational resources to families in Montana on healthy pregnancy, parenting, and maternal and family health. We also provide car seats and cribs to families in need through our Safe Seats for Baby and Safe Sleep for Baby programs.

We provide outreach and resources to communities all throughout Montana. Through our network of county health departments and nonprofits throughout the state we aim to reach all Montana families.

We work a great deal with the Helena community through our educational programs and Safe Sleep and Safe Seats program. Our relationship with Lewis and Clark County Health and St. Peter’s hospital allows us to tap into local issues and pilot projects here in Helena.

Community Cocktails: YWCA

March 29, 2017

To provide safe and supportive housing for women and children experiencing homelessness, while initiating accessibility to services that restore hope, self-sufficiency, and happy and healthy lives.

Together with YWCA USA and YWCAs across the country, we are dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

YWCA Helena served 57 women in 2016 and 17 children and held a 60% success rate of transition into permanent housing that she can sustain.

Community Cocktails: Shop University

March 22, 2017

The Shop University teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) to adults in our community.  The classroom is entirely donation based so all funds raised will be used to purchase learning and teaching materials and pay for utilities and rent on our classroom space. Funds will be used to purchase textbooks and new technology for the classroom.  As well as help us pay the heat and other utility bills as the colder weather approaches.

Community Cocktails: Awareness Network

March 8, 2017

One-in-five Helena youth will develop a mental illness. Anxiety disorders and depression are especially prevalent. Unfortunately, only a third of our communality’s kids, teenagers, and young adults will receive proper treatment. The greatest deterrent to treatment is cost. Mental health care services remain expensive and underinsured.

If a young person in the Helena area is looking for care, cost should never be a barrier. Working together with partners and community leaders, the Awareness Network is dedicated to covering all out-of-pocket costs for anyone in need of treatment.

Most behavioral disorders are highly treatable, if diagnosed and treated early. That’s why the Awareness Network focuses on our developing population.

In addition to covering the cost of mental health care services, the Awareness Network aims to educate the public, as well as end stigma in order to promote the treatment of anxiety disorders and depression.

Community Cocktails: Good Samaritan Ministries and Thrift Store

March 1, 2017

Good Samaritan Ministries, motivated by Catholic social teaching, works in our community to advance family life, human dignity and the common good. We provide services to meet the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals and families of all faiths, especially those most in need.

We are a local non-profit organization that serves the community by providing financial and in-store assistance on an emergency basis. In addition we operate a Thrift Store which helps the Helena community fill their needs in an economical way.

Community Cocktails: Africa Yoga Project

February 22, 2017

Africa Yoga Project, AYP was created in 2007 to train youth and build the wellness industry so that previously un- or under-employed youth from marginalized communities earn a self-sustaining income as community leaders who have the ability to build healthy, wellness-promoting communities. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, AYP serves diverse, marginalized and/or vulnerable communities. Through partnerships with previously marginalized youth who are now yoga teachers, AYP currently provides more than 300 free classes per week to more than 6000 community members. Since starting in 2007, AYP has trained more than 200 yoga teachers in Kenya to serve across Kenya and beyond.

Hot Cocktails Class

February 18, 2017

Learn how to warm up at your home bar in a cold winter. We will lead participants through classic hot cocktails including the Chinook, our own Hot Buttered Rum. This one-hour class begins at noon. The class is free but space is limited. Click the picture to register or click here.

Community Cocktails: Lewis & Clark Literacy Council

February 8, 2017

The Lewis & Clark Literacy Council helps adults, young adults and often their families, acquire the reading, writing, basic math, English language, American culture and work-based literacy skills, so that they may reach their full potential within their families, at work and in our community. We accomplish this mission by providing trained volunteer tutor/teachers, many of whom are certified educators who work one-to-one or in small groups with their students. We offer individualized instruction. All of our services, training and materials are FREE of charge. While most of our students are English language learners, many are also those that dropped out of high school and now want to prepare for the GED (HiSet) or just improve their employability skills by improving their reading, writing and basic math.

Community Cocktails: Lost and Foundation

February 1, 2017

The Lost & Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization made up primarily of musicians volunteering their time, talent, and effort to help those in need. Founded in 1995, the mission of the Lost & Foundation is “To raise and distribute financial resources for public benefit through the power of music.” Twice each year, The Lost & Foundation organizes benefit concerts featuring many of the areas best and most talented musicians to help a community cause. Generally, this is an individual or family who is faced with a dire need due to illness, catastrophe or other financially debilitating situation. The Lost & Foundation has raised and given away over $290,000 through its more than 24 major events and other efforts.
Besides raising funds through our benefits, the Lost & Foundation also provides guidance, use of materials and financial management assistance to other groups who independently organize benefits for worthy causes.
The Lost & Foundation is led by its board and supported by literally hundreds of volunteers, area businesses, musicians, artists, and people like YOU!

Community Cocktails: Original Governor’s Mansion Restoration Society

January 25, 2017

The Original Governor’s Mansion Restoration Society (OGMRS) exists to support the ongoing historic preservation and restoration of the Original Governor’s Mansion. Through our preservation work and educational programs, future generations can relive the past, discover history, and experience Montana’s rich cultural heritage.

Our restoration and preservation efforts are focused on Montana’s Original Governor’s Mansion. We also have educational materials that are sent out each year in trunks to Montana schools. These trunks include lesson plans and historic items and documents related in Montana history.

In addition to the restoration and preservation of the Original Governor’s Mansion and educational materials for schools the OGMRS also puts on local events each year for the community. The events are the Secret Garden Tour in July, the Historic Helena Halloween Walking Tour in October, and the Holiday Home Tour in December.

Bloody Mary Cocktail Class

January 21, 2017

Learn the secrets of Helena’s Best Bloody Mary. Also learn how to fat wash spirits to draw coveted savory flavors from bacon, olive oil, and other fats into your cocktails. This one-hour class begins at noon. The class is free but space is limited. Click the picture to register or click here.

Community Cocktails: Helena Food Share

January 18, 2017

Community Cocktails: Big Brothers Big Sisters

January 11, 2017

Community Cocktails: Montana Budget and Policy Center

January 4, 2017

The Mission of The Montana Budget and Policy Center (MBPC) is to advance responsible tax, budget, and economic policies through credible research and analysis in order to promote opportunity and fairness for all Montanans.  MBPC fulfills this mission by providing credible research and analysis on state fiscal issues to legislators, tribal leaders, advocates, the public and the media.

MBPC is based in Helena, but our work is statewide.  MBPC also conducts its research with a particular lens on issues impacting American Indians and Indian Country.

After completing the successful campaign to expand health care coverage to low-income Montanans, MBPC will be turning it’s work to other policies to help working families, including paid family leave and a state earned income credit.

Community Cocktails: Family Promise of Greater Helena

December 14, 2016

“Helping Children and Their Families Overcoming Homelessness.”

Family Promise has helped 187 children and parents attain sustainable independence since 2012. In fact, 82% of our program graduates are still independent today. They are renting or buying housing and adequately employed. These families are stronger today and so is our community.

Community Cocktails: The Friendship Center

November 30, 2016

Community Cocktails: Helena Industries

November 16, 2016

Brand Re-Opening!

November 15, 2016

Calling all spirit enthusiasts! You are invited to a Brand Re-Opening Party at Gulch Distillers!

Help us celebrate our new name and new products. Enjoy discounted cocktails, giveaways, and special refreshments. Join us on Tuesday, November 15 from 4-8pm.

Featuring our four classic house tonics for $5!

Community Cocktails: Girls Thrive

November 9, 2016

Fall Art Walk

November 4, 2016

Stop in at the Gulch during Downtown Helena’s Fall Art Walk. Have a cocktail and enjoy the powerful work of our featured artist and Gulch bartender Jamie Bates Slone:

The focus and significance of my work lies in the state of the human condition, the delicacy and fragility of the human construct in an emotional and physical sense. Through conjured memory, I revisit my family’s history with illness and premature death focusing primarily on our history with cancer. My current work is a reflection of those memories with an emphasis on the relationship between human biology and human emotion.

 By using the figure as a metaphor for the cancer itself I am able to convey the emotions often correlated with the disease. My surface choices are derived from high-color contrast scans of bodies and cancerous tissues and their inherently grotesque but psychedelic appearance. My intent is for one to imagine the surface of the skin as a reflection of the disease hidden within.

Community Cocktails: Rocky Mountain Development Council

October 26, 2016

The RMDC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) human resource development council serving Jefferson, Lewis & Clark and Broadwater Counties here in Montana. They have numerous programs serving families and individuals of all ages. They are committed to improving the quality of life for all community members, especially for those who face poverty or for whom mental illness, isolation or age puts them at unusual risk.

Book Discussion: A Wizard of Earthsea

October 24, 2016

Participate in the NEA Big Read and join the book discussion on A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K Le Guin. Discuss your favorite mixes of adult beverages and the wizarding medicinals of Earthsea. Free and open to the public.

Sip and Shop

October 20, 2016

Need some updates for your fall wardrobe? Come down to Gulch Distillers this Thursday and browse the great selection at Fiona’s Mobile Boutique! She’ll be parked out front from 5pm-8pm on Thursday, October 20.

Community Cocktails: MT Preservation Alliance

October 12, 2016

Community Cocktails: Big Sky Pride

October 5, 2016

Community Cocktails: Sleeping Giant Citizens Council

September 28, 2016

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