Colorado Is Home to One of the Most Sustainable Distilleries on the Planet

Marble Distilling zero waste sustainable spirits

Sustainable Distilleries

Marble Distilling is featured in this issue of Westword.

Marble Distilling was founded by Connie Baker, a former pharmaceutical communications professional who decided to pursue her passion for distilling. Baker’s fascination with vodka led her to enroll in a distilling school, where she quickly realized her calling and decided to open a distillery of her own.

Baker observed that many distilleries wasted a significant amount of water and spent grains, prompting her to develop a more sustainable method of distillation. Marble Distilling’s business model is built around sustainability, with a closed-loop system that captures and reuses 100 percent of the water and energy used during the distillation process. This innovative system saves 1.8 billion BTUs and over 4 million gallons of water annually, making it one of the most eco-friendly distilleries in the industry.

In addition to its sustainable practices, Marble Distilling is known for using locally sourced Colorado grains and Crystal River Water, which is distilled in copper pot stills. The distillery also incorporates original white marble from Yule Creek Quarry, which is used as a filtering agent and imparts a mineral-rich flavor to the spirits.

Marble Distilling offers a range of award-winning spirits, including vodka, whiskey, and the popular Moonlight Expresso, made with locally roasted dark Guatemalan coffee beans and Ugandan vanilla beans. The distillery also produces limited releases, such as peach brandy and Gingercello, inspired by the Italian classic limoncello.

As well as its impressive sustainability practices and award-winning spirits, Marble Distilling offers an on-site inn where guests can “sleep with the stills” in an urban-chic setting. The property was named a 2017 Green Hotelier Award winner, which recognizes its efforts to reduce water consumption, waste output, energy, and more. Guests can enjoy a drink in the tasting room, explore the shops and galleries in Carbondale, walk to nearby restaurants, and even borrow cruiser bikes to explore the area.

Marble Distilling’s commitment to sustainability, locally sourced ingredients, and innovative distillation methods have established it as a leader in the industry, and its unique on-site inn offers a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors.

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