Popular Sturgis Bar Opening Distillery in Estes Park
Bottoms up, because the largest biker bar in the world is opening a distillery in Estes Park.
According to Estes Park Trail-Gazette, the Full Throttle Saloon, which is famous for its 30-acre establishment in Sturgis, South Dakota, will be making its distillery debut in Colorado later this year.
The publication reports that the saloon gained nationwide recognition for its self-titled reality show that ran until 2015, when the bar burned down in a large fire.
Owner Michael Ballard has since rebuilt the local watering hole, which is still a staple at the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
Ballard announced the opening of the Estes Park locale on Friday (Jan. 22) in a Facebook video, calling the mountain town "beautiful."
The distillery will take over the Bob and Tony's Pizzeria building, although Ballard said he plans to keep the pizza.
Along with the pizzeria, Ballard revealed that he has purchased even more property for the Full Throttle chain, which he hopes to transform into a second distillery and a live music venue.
"It's a beautiful place," he said in the video, gesturing to Estes Park's main street. "Hang with me. Colorado, here we come baby."
Ballard is also on the lookout for management staff. If you're interested in applying, send him your resume at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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