Fittingly located in a dim alleyway just off Golden’s Washington Avenue, Golden Moon Speakeasy isn’t hard to find—the door is well marked, and entry doesn’t involve a password. On the frigid winter night I visited, an exquisite golden moon hung in the sky overhead, bathing the entire scene in a warm glow… (Read More).
It was a bottle of absinthe and a French book on distillation from 1855 that served as the inspiration for Golden Moon Spirits, a distillery based in Golden, Colorado. “I came across a case of circa 1950 Spanish absinthe and became intrigued with the spirit,” says co-founder Stephen Gould. “I thought to myself, ‘I could make this stuff.’” Many years and research findings later, Gould and his wife Karen Knight made just that, along with more than a dozen of other esoteric spirits — from amer picon and curacao to crème de violette — for their distilling company’s quirky and accessible portfolio. (Read more).
The green lady, the green muse, the green goddess; absinthe has been known by many names, and they all possess at least a hint of intimidation to the cocktail neophyte. Add the intricate nature of its specialized stemware, the mystique of its famous louche and the mind-altering mythos surrounding one of its key ingredients, and it comes as no surprise that absinthe is seen by many as a distilled delicacy which only a true aficionado could enjoy. At this year’s Tales of the Cocktail, however, an expert panel led by Stephen Gould aimed to shed some light into the cloudy allure of absinthe and offer even the casual carouser a firmer grasp on the fabled ‘Green Fairy’.(Read more)
For those who have not been to a speak-easy, they can be a fun experience for a cocktail lover. The establishments I have been to pay homage to the old prohibition days with period décor and the wardrobe. They offer premium spirits, hand cut and crushed ice, knowledgeable staff, and finely crafted cocktails. Golden Moon Distillery’s speak-easy is no different. The speak-easy is located near the Golden Hotel in a back alley. Very reminiscent of a classic prohibition establishment location. (Read more)
Excerpt: “This is a little different than the traditional Tales seminar,” said moderator Stephen Gould, owner of Colorado-based Maison de la Vie. “This is a chance for you to work with us, get a little dirty, have a little fun.” (Read full story)
Imagine the year is 1929, and the season is summer. Spirits and hemlines are still rising, the impending Stock Market Crash still months away. You’re a dapper young thing, dressed to the nines in sophisticated fashions of the day, shoes shined and eyes aglow. Walking down a sidewalk in Golden, Colorado, a sweetheart on your arm, you’re in top form. (Read more)
This distiller in Golden uses hand-selected blue violet flower buds for this unique liqueur. It’s pure Colorado, where clean distilling meets Alpine wildflowers. Other brands use artificial violet flavoring, but Golden Moon focuses on the purity of real violets for its Crème de Violette. It pairs beautifully with gin. See the recipe for the Golden Eagle, a vintage cocktail that is taking flight again. (Read more)
…Eli Kerlin, bar manager at the art noveau-styled À Côté, doesn’t worry about the drink’s sordid past. “We just focus on bringing in the best quality absinthe we can find,” he says. His personal favorite, and the favorite of his customers, is Redux absinthe from Golden’s own Golden Moon Distillery. Considered against À Côté’s spread of the finest European and American absinthe, Kerlin still puts Steven Gould’s formulation on top. “I couldn’t say enough good things about Steven’s absinthe. It’s far and away our top seller,” he says. (Read more)
Tomorrow, Saturday March 1, Golden Moon Distillery is opening its second tasting room in the form of a cocktail lounge. Golden Moon Speak , located at at 1111 Miners Alley in Golden, features a beverage program led by bartender Noah Heaney, formerly of the Squeaky Bean, Coohills, and more. For the event slated as an open house from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., the new speakeasy will mix with and serve spirits that include Golden Moon Gin, Gun Fighter 7 year Bourbon, Redux Absinthe, three grappas, and Golden Moon Apple Jack. (Read more)
The Golden Moon Distillery out of Golden was a fantastic small distillery with multiple quality products. The Golden Moon Gin has strong botanicals with a light and sweet finish. The Dry Curacao and Crème de Violette are much lighter, but still flavorful, liqueurs than the sweet liqueurs typical in the market. Lastly, we tried their REDUX Absinthe, made with two types of wormwood, to take you back in time during the Belle Epoque era. (Read more)
Stephen Gould brewed beer and ran the Reno Brewing Company for a time with some friends in college. But, after moving on to the corporate world and traveling the globe, he turned to the hard stuff: craft distilling.
Gould will soon open Golden Moon Distillery’s second tasting room in downtown Golden in the form of a back-alley bar with a world-class cocktail program. Seriously, its entrance will be at 1111 Miner’s Alley, and making the cocktails… (Read more)
Golden Moon Distillery is hosting an open house this weekend, offering provide guests samples of its hand-crafted herb liquors made in the same artisan fashion that originated in the mid-to-late 1800s. Although deeply rooted in traditional, old-school booze, these distillers are hip to the cocktail-crafting game, creating drinks like Violet Gin & Tonic and Death in the Afternoon (an absinthe-based cocktail). (Read more)
Golden is good at getting into the spirit of things, whether it’s history, the outdoors, the shop-local campaign or the holiday spirit. Get ready to add distilleries to that list as the city gets into the spirit of, well, spirits.
Golden is home to two distilleries, and they have big plans for 2014. Golden Moon Distillery, 412 Violet St., is opening its second tasting room in the form of a cocktail lounge, while… (Read more)
So, we did Cocktail Laboratory at New Year’s Eve. My friends and I have spent awhile now talking about various cocktails and mixed drinks, inspired by a micro distillery run by a friend of a friend in Golden. Golden Moon Distillery is making some vintage liqueurs, like Creme de Violette. This makes it possible to mix vintage cocktails from the 1920′s and earlier, that went out of fashion because the ingredients were no longer available, or because they just went out of style. (Read more)
Stephen Gould is the mad scientist of the Colorado distilling scene. Much like Dr. Frankenstein, Gould, 49, has resurrected old liquor and liqueurs that would have been lost to history. Using a collection of more than 500 rare books and distilling recipes for inspiration, Gould has garnered awards for every one of the seven concoctions created at his business, the Golden Moon Distillery in Golden. After decades of success in the business world, Gould said, he began… (Read more)
Redux Absinthe has been awarded a “Silver Outstanding” medal in the 2013 International Wine and Spirits Competition in London. This was the highest medal awarded to any absinthe at this year’s competition. The International Wine and Spirits Competition or IWSC is the oldest and arguably the most prestigious competition of its type today.
Redux Absinthe is produced by Golden Moon Distillery in Golden Colorado. Redux Absinthe is the product of years of research using an extensive library of rare distillation texts, coupled.. (Read more)
Stephen Gould is using some very old recipes at his very new distillery in Golden.
Golden Moon Distillery was founded in 2008 by Gould, who set out to produce herbal liquors “made with the same type of artisan production processes utilized by distillers making premium products in the mid-to-late 1800s.”
“It’s something of a lost art, because in the 1800s, even here in Golden, (read more)
Golden Moon Distillery will be presenting the soon to be released Golden Moon Amer dit Picon at the “Meet the Craft Distillers” event at this week’s Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. This will be the first public tasting of our Amer dit Picon. Golden Moon Amer dit Picon is produced using the finest hand-selected herbs, spices, and botanicals available. (Read more)
Our next stop on the Colorado Gin Trail is Golden Moon Distillery, located in the foothills of the Rockies. Normally I like to keep it about the gin. But to understand this gin we have to briefly talk about the distillery’s founder, Stephen Gould. Stephen has immersed himself in centuries worth of distilling experience. (Read more)
Stephen Gould, the founder of Golden Moon Distillery in Golden, was a part-owner of a small microbrewery in Reno, Nevada. Well in advance of the craft distilling craze taking hold, Gould and his partners decided to experiment with whiskey, just to see if they could make it. “I got fascinated with archival spirits shortly after that,” he says. (Read more)