I recently visited Utah’s newest distillery Dented Brick. They opened March 25 in Salt Lake City. Their master distiller Ethan Miller is a longtime friend and it was wonderful to see him again, he is all grown up!
Named after one of Utah’s most famous landmarks, Dented Brick mashes, ferments, and distills onsite using only the highest quality ingredients – organic sugar cane, non-GMO molasses, aromatic yeast, and chemical free water from an artesian well, drilled by the original property owners. The distillery’s location, in an industrial area of South Salt Lake, was selected because there was a natural artesian well on the property. The fresh spring water “is something that sets us apart,” said Miller, who grew up in West Valley City. He worked at High West Distillery in Park City and New Deal Distillery in Portland, Ore., before local investors Marc Christensen and Celeste Royal lured him back to Utah to launch Dented Brick.
The company’s state-of-the-art facility is one of the few in the country built specifically for distilling. With a 28-foot-tall Vendome copper still from Kentucky, Dented Brick will be able to increase its capacity in the future, eventually reaching 3,000 cases a month. “We can make any spirit we want: vodka, gin or whiskey,” Miller said. Not everything about the 14,000-square-foot facility is new, though. Old bricks — even dented ones — were pulled from the site’s original structure and incorporated into the building, giving inspiration for the distillery’s name.
The business is expanding internationally and I am looking forward to seeing its success.
Dented Brick gives tours which end up in a tasting of the Antelope Island rum. That’s never a bad thing, particularly with a rum of this caliber.