Gulch Brand Representative
Gulch Distillers is looking for a charismatic individual to share the story of Gulch’s spirits to the bars and restaurants of Montana. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about handcrafted products and have an interest in educating others about the terroir of locally produced spirits. We are most interested in someone who fits the Gulch ethos. Sales and industry experience is a plus. Strong candidates will have excellent communication skills, be a self-starter, be well-organized, and be energized by relationship building.
We have another year in the books, and with it an international gold medal, a new product (Ouzo!), and an ever-evolving cocktail program. We are thrilled to be here at 8 years old and excited for what’s ahead of us. Come join us on Tuesday, December 5th, the anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition, to celebrate our own anniversary. All of our bottles will be discounted by 10% all day long, and we will be releasing our 2024 Coin Club membership!
Are you ready for a brandy bender? We are excited to announce the upcoming release of two highly limited spirits in our tasting room.
Kirshwasser: A rare Flathead cherry brandy with silky mouthfeel, nutty character, and big cherry flavor. This eau-de-vie was double distilled and conditioned for over a year. It takes about 15 pounds of cherries to produce one 375 mL bottle. No surprise then that we have extremely limited quantities!
Neighborhood Apple Eau-de-vie: Crafted from apples harvested in 2022, this Eau-de-vie is a collector’s item at only 68 bottles. A snapshot of the year’s harvest, bottled for your enjoyment.
These spirits won’t last long. Mark your calendars for December 4th to be the first to enjoy these one-of-a-kind brandies.
For the curious connoisseurs, we have added a third seating for our December Cocktail Class, “Brandy You’re A Fine Gill,” on December 9th.
Join us August 31 in the Cocktail Corral for our member-appreciation party. We have a new spirit that we are excited to share with you before we release it to the general public.
Get ready for a Helena party and a Hellenic spirit. In other words, Free Gyros and Farangi Ouzo!
4pm – 8pm
Gulch Cocktail Corral
Introducing Farangi Ouzo
After years of work, experimentation, and rebalancing, we have at last produced an ouzo worthy of the Gulch bottle. This anise-dominated spirit has been a labor of love in honor of our Greek roots. The name Farangi, meaning “gulch” or “gorge” in Greek, alludes to the depth and complexity of flavors that unfold with the addition of ice or a little water.
Gulch Distillers, Helena’s craft microdistillery, is thrilled to announce that their product Burrone Fernet has been awarded a Gold Medal at the esteemed San Francisco World Spirits Competition. This recognition solidifies Gulch Distillers’ position as a producer of exceptional spirits, and the award highlights the brand’s commitment to excellence and innovation in the industry.
Purple Prairie Barley Whisky Back on the Shelf!
We released our first whisky in 2018, but that whisky was not our Flying Anvil Single Malt. Rather, it was from an experimental mashbill using malted barley, wheat, and purple prairie barley grown by our friends at Timeless Seeds.
It was a fun product that showcased a unique heritage grain from the mountains of Tibet that is now grown on Montana prairie. We liked the promise of that whisky, so we made more with the help of Timeless Seeds.
Our second and long-awaited batch of Purple Prairie Barley Whisky is now bottled and available to Coin Club members! As typical with our small batch spirits we have only 29 cases of this product. For this next week, Purple Prairie Barley Whisky will only be available to club members.
This fun whisky is bottled at 90 proof and displays notes of apricot, toffee, honeysuckle, almond extract, and leather. Come on down and have a taste!
Over the past seven years, our little distillery has endured through a rebrand, a season-long closure of Front Street, a global pandemic, and a flood. We’ve also garnered national attention for our products, released a four-year-aged single malt whisky (five-year coming soon!), and brought a number of new spirits into our lineup. This past year we revived our monthly cocktail classes at the tasting room and added additional Coin Club benefits. We are thrilled to be here at 7 years old and excited for what’s ahead of us. Come join us on Monday, November 28. All of our bottles will be discounted by 10% all day long, and we will be releasing our 2023 Coin Club membership!
The Continental Divide Trail Coalition is the beneficiary of our August “Craft a Better Community” Nights on Wednesdays.
The Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC) is the national non-profit working in partnership with the US Forest Service, National Park Service, and Bureau of Land Management to complete, promote and protect the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. Founded in 2012 by a passionate group of volunteers and recreationists, CDTC is a membership organization working to build a strong community of supporters who want to see the CDT protected not just for today’s users, but for generations to come.
Come find Gulch Distillers at the Big Sky Farmer’s Market from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. We will be sampling products and offering free cocktail tastings.
Come sample the range of unique spirits from Montana Distilleries at Spirits in the Sky from 4-7pm at the Big Sky Town Center.
Calling all 2022 Gulch Coin Club Members! It’s time to party! Join us for a special tiki-themed evening in the Gulch Cocktail Coral. Enjoy music, cocktail specials and tasty treats. You’ll also receive early access to the newest exclusive Gulch release.
Coin Club Party!
July 7, 2022
5:00 – 8:00 PM
Outside in the Gulch Cocktail Corral
Not a member? You can still join the club and enjoy half-priced cocktails and 10% savings on all bottle purchases year-round!
The winter snowscapes of Montana are magical. There’s a whole lot of outdoor fun to be had in Big Sky Country once the days shorten and the temperatures drop. But for those in the know, there are plenty of winter treasures to be found indoors as well — namely, in Montana’s restaurants, coffee shops, pubs, diners, and more.
February 28, 2022
The Last Chance Curling Club’s purpose is to promote the sport of curling in the Helena community through education, outreach, and by providing a safe, fun, inclusive and friendly environment to foster public participation in the sport.
Among the many lessons we have learned over the past six years is the patience required at every stage of production for apple brandy.
First, collecting and pressing apples. Then a four-week ferment, slower than any other spirit requires. Next, a slow and gentle distillation in order to preserve the delicate apple aromatics. Then, like our whiskies and rum, we store the brandy in oak casks and let it age for several years. Finally, as we have learned the hard way, patiently bringing the brandy to bottle proof over several months to avoid disrupting the fragile flavors and temperamental structure that we have painstakingly cultivated.
Our greatest challenge to maintaining apple brandy on our shelf is this slow proofing period. Well that period is now over, for the time being. We have a very limited supply of our Fruition Apple Brandy, distilled from Bitterroot Valley-grown Macintosh apples, back in stock. These bottles are available only for Coin Club members for the next week!
Not only are these bottles available exclusively to our Coin Club, but they are available at the Coin Club price of $33.50 ($37 retail) for 750mL.
We will release the remaining bottles to the public on January 15.
The Myrna Loy inspires our spirits by presenting culturally enriching arts experiences of all disciplines; supporting local and regional artists in their work; and fostering a lifelong love of the arts through educational projects and experiences.
Wherever you are–at school, in business, at an eldercare home, on a date, in a mid-evening slump by yourself–you can find something here to inspire your spirit.
Concerts, films, art exhibits, arts education experiences, community events, collaborations–it’s all here, at your community-fired culture center.
Meet and Greet with Montana Jewish Project
The Great Divide Ski Team brings over 40 years of tradition and history to our community and our kids. We have a quality coaching staff with many years of experience, and we welcome all kids who love the sport of skiing!
Montana Free Press is an innovative, nonpartisan, public-powered news organization dedicated to delivering the information needs of all Montanans.
One distillery is turning local apples into alcohol. Our Bliss Zechman explains how Gulch Distillers in Helena is relying on the community and not a company to make one of their popular products.
by Bliss Zechman
September 27, 2018
Small producers in the U.S. have been trying their hand at blending complex fernets: Montana-based Gulch Distillers uses mountain herbs and Montana grain for their Fernet Burrone
by Anna Kovel
July 13, 2021
Helena’s Gulch Distillers is making hand sanitizer out of 30 kegs of unused beer provided by George’s Distributing.
by Tyler Manning
April 2, 2020
Gulch Distillers brought home a few medals from the 2019 American Craft Spirits Association’s competition. The competition welcomed nearly 500 entries from 38 states and the District of Columbia in six categories: whiskey, gin, rum, vodka and grain spirits, brandy and specialty spirits.
by Maria L. Kirkpatrick
February 15, 2019
During the event, which was sponsored by Total Wine & More, ACSA proudly bestowed the evening’s ultimate honor, the Best of Show Award, to Gulch Distillers of Helena, MT, for their Burrone Fernet. Eli Aguilera, Total Wine’s Senior Vice-President of Merchandising, provided remarks to the crowd to kick-off the dinner, and Maggie Campbell of Privateer Rum (MA) emceed the event, having served as the Judging Chair.
February 15, 2019
Minnesota fernet? Pineapple amaro? Our collective thirst for the Italian liqueur amaro is no bitter pill. So fully have we embraced the low-alcohol, bark and botanical-based digestif that it was only a matter of time before American-made versions began to blossom.
by Amy Zavatto
January 21, 2019
Like most good ideas, Gulch Distillers’ Purple Prairie Barley Whiskey started with a conversation and the question, “What if…?”
In late 2016, Tyrrell Hibbard (co-founder of Gulch Distillers) and I sat down to talk about the newly-renamed company. It had been called Triple Divide Spirits when Tyrrell and his partner Steffen Rasile bought it in 2015 and then re-branded it a year later.
by Gail Nickel-Kailing
October 5, 2018
Agriculture is Montana’s leading industry and in Helena, two guys are using their ag roots to distill a product from soil and sunshine.
Montana is a beer drinking state with new breweries popping up in every corner. But two guys, Steffen Rasile and Tyrrell Hibbard, are trying to change the game.
by Mikenzie Frost
June 26, 2018
I dare you to find a place more “local” than Gulch Distillers. Owned by two heartful Helena natives, Tyrrell Hibbard and Steffen Rasile, every batch of grain-based spirits are made using only Montana-grown grains in a facility that was once the Montana Distillery and Bottling Warehouse. The names of the spirits are locally inspired. Every cocktail contains locally grown produce whenever possible as well as house-made syrups and shrubs. The artwork is local, the website is local, the locals are local. Okay, you get it. LOCAL. What’s more? It’s all really, really good.
by Claire Bachofner
April 30, 2018
Locally produced Guardian Reserve Gin was recently recognized on the national stage. Gulch Distillers received acclaim for their barrel-aged gin by winning a bronze medal in the American Distilling Institute’s (ADI) Judging of Craft Spirits competition in Portland, OR. ADI is the oldest and largest organization of small-batch, independently owned distilleries in the US with a mission to promote and defend the art and enterprise of craft distilling. This year marks the 12th annual Judging of Craft Spirits, making the event one of the longest running, largest, and most respected spirits competitions in the US.
A pair of Montana distilleries produced special runs in honor of Montana Land Reliance’s millionth acre under conservation easement.
by Tom Kuglin
August 11, 2017
Helena’s distillery is getting noticed on the national scale for its product and process. Last week, Gulch Distillers earned national recognition by winning a silver medal in the American Distilling Institute’s (ADI) Judging of Craft Spirits competition. ADI is the oldest and largest organization of small-batch, independently owned distilleries in the US with a mission to promote and defend the art and enterprise of craft distilling. This year marks the 11th annual Judging of Craft Spirits, making the event one of the longest running, largest, and most respected spirits competitions in the United States.
There’s a hidden gem, tucked away in the side streets of Helena. No, it isn’t an undiscovered gold mine, but it’s close. Gulch Distillers is one of the most fascinating businesses I’ve visited here in Helena.
Starting its life as Triple Divide Spirits in 2012, the distillery was purchased in 2015, and rebranded as the Gulch Distillers in 2016. Distillers Steffen Rasile and Tyrrell Hibbard pursued their dream of distilling in college, and even studied abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland.
by Katherine Northup
April 10, 2017
What happens when two friends start dreaming about opening a distillery and making whisky in central Montana? Mix in shared childhood memories, inherited Helena red hair, and a love for single malt whisky, and you get Gulch Distillers.
by GAIL NICKEL-KAILING
December 31, 2016
Helena’s micro-distillery has unveiled a new name and a unique new spirit.