High West Distillery & Saloon, Park City’s award-winning ski-in distillery, is proud to announce that it will be donating 10% of the profits from its American Prairie Reserve Bourbon to its namesake project on the Great Plains of northeastern Montana. When complete, the American Prairie Reserve will ultimately measure about 5,000 square miles – larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite and Grand Teton National Parks combined.
High West Whiskey’s American Prairie Reserve Bourbon was created to raise awareness for what will be one of the largest wildlife preserves in the lower 48. Founded in 2001, American Prairie Reserve aims to create and manage a prairie-based wildlife reserve that, when combined with public lands already devoted to wildlife, will protect a unique natural habitat, provide lasting economic benefits, and improve public access to and enjoyment of the prairie landscape. The landscape is one of the most intact prairies left in North America and is home to hundreds of species, including elk, pronghorn, sage grouse, prairie dogs, and a growing bison herd.
“All of us at High West are passionate about the American West’s culture, heritage and natural beauty, and we’re thrilled to support and help raise awareness for one of the most fantastic projects of our time: American Prairie Reserve,” High West proprietor David Perkins said. “We sincerely thank all those who supported the reserve by purchasing this whiskey.”
The first edition of American Prairie Reserve highlighted the Greater Sage Grouse, which is now a candidate for Endangered Species Act protection because habitat loss has led to steep declines in its populations across the West. The next edition will feature a pronghorn antelope painted by Montana artist Diane Whitehead. Pronghorn populations have decreased 98% since the 1800s due to habitat destruction.
“We’re proud to make a small contribution to this amazing effort which will create a landscape that looks much the way it did when Lewis and Clark first stepped foot on the American frontier,” Perkins continues.
High West’s American Prairie Reserve Bourbon is a blend of six- and 10-year-old bourbons and is now available in 40 states. Drinkers will find hints of vanilla, caramel, blood oranges and dark cherries with a honey nougat finish.
High West Distillery & Saloon is located in historic Old Town Park City. In 2011 Whisky Advocate Magazine named the distillery its “Whiskey Pioneer of the Year.” Visitors can enjoy contemporary Western comfort food next to the hand hammered copper pot still in a renovated 100-year-old livery stable and Victorian mining-era home, both listed on the National Register of Historic Places.