Grain to glass: Towaoc corn is foundation of popular new bourbon

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Grain to glass: Towaoc corn is foundation of popular new bourbon

Distiller Michael McCardell makes a point to source regional ingredients
A combine harvests white corn at the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Farm & Ranch. This is the same corn Durango Craft Spirits uses in its bourbon-making business.
David Holub/Special to the Herald
Michael McCardell, co-owner of Durango Craft Spirits, recently expanded the distillery, 1120 Main Ave., have more room to store barrels of Cinder Dick Bourbon, which ages for two to four years.

Grain to glass: Towaoc corn is foundation of popular new bourbon

A combine harvests white corn at the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Farm & Ranch. This is the same corn Durango Craft Spirits uses in its bourbon-making business.
David Holub/Special to the Herald
Michael McCardell, co-owner of Durango Craft Spirits, recently expanded the distillery, 1120 Main Ave., have more room to store barrels of Cinder Dick Bourbon, which ages for two to four years.

Grain to glass: Towaoc corn is foundation of popular new bourbon

Michael McCardell, co-owner of Durango Craft Spirits, produces Cinder Dick Bourbon, Soiled Doves Vodka and Mayday Moonshine at his location at 1120 Main Ave.

Grain to glass: Towaoc corn is foundation of popular new bourbon

Simon Martinez, operations manager at Bow & Arrow Foods in Towaoc, shows off crops grown on the Ute Mountain Ute farm. Four years ago, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe added a mill to the site to grind its grains.

Grain to glass: Towaoc corn is foundation of popular new bourbon

Bins store the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Farm & Ranch’s grain as Shiprock stands in the distant background.
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