Black Bear is the only distillery in the world with formal permission to use the description “Irish Style” on a label. After a grueling two-year negotiation with the United States and Ireland, Black Bear was permitted to honor founder Victor Matthews’ family history with a truly Irish Style Bourbon. The Matthews family was founded in 444 AD at Cashel Rock in Ireland. This award-winning Small Batch Bourbon is a minimum 18 month bourbon barrel aged, sherry stave finished, corn and barley centric, deep oak and vanilla pleasure. Recent winner of Best American Whiskey under 10 years at Los Angeles International Competition. We are quite aware that there is no such thing as Irish Style Bourbon, and that is exactly why we made it; the perfect Colorado blend of Irish Whiskey and Kentucky Bourbon.
The Black Bear Distillery is a family owned craft distillery at 7800 feet in the beautiful little town of Green Mountain Falls, CO. Run by a fifth-generation master distiller (the first to be legal) who also happens to be a master chef, this combination of chef and distiller creates unique flavorful products unlike anything else on the market. The twenty-foot tall 100% pot still run in a low and slow fashion adds depth and character to all the products, each of which have a different philosophy. The three tiers of our main line consist of an historic 130thanniversary artisan Rye Vodka, a lightly aged Gold Colorado Rum that is based on raw cane juice, making it lighter and fresher than normal rum, but with bourbon barrel age and a level of complexity and sophistication; and our flagship, a rich, sherry-finished Irish Style Bourbon made to honor the founder’s family history, stretching back to 444AD Ireland.
The Black Bear Distillery’s founder and Master Distiller, Dr. Victor Matthews is unique in the Spirits world. Not only is he a third-generation moonshiner, but he is the only Master Chef and Master Distiller combination in America; in fact, he is also a certified Dining Room Service Master, so as a TRIPLE MASTER (Culinary, Service, and Spirits) with a PhD he is in fact the only one in the world. Perhaps this is due to his palate, perhaps his family work ethic, or maybe he simply loves to learn, but the customers benefit from such expertise as some of the most creative and unique spirits in the world are created. Dr. Matthews lives in the house behind the distillery in beautiful Green Mountain Falls, Colorado with his family of six and several rescue dogs. He is active in his local church and runs the Theology Dept of a British College as well. Dr. Matthews is also the author of five books, including books on Bourbon and Italian Wine as well as cooking and theology. To date he has received a combined total of 30 medals in both culinary and distillery competitions, including 12 gold and several state and national championships.
Recent winner of Best American Whiskey under 10 years at Los Angeles International Competition (94 pts., gold medal, best of category), also best single barrel whiskey at MicroLiquors, among others this is the only whiskey of its kind in America.
This award winning Single Barrel Whiskey is a minimum one-year bourbon barrel aged, sherry stave finished, barley and corn centric, deep oak and vanilla pleasure.