The “Guardian of the Gulch” stands sentinel over the historic heart of Helena, Montana. Citizens erected the first fire tower in 1868 to keep watch for the devastating fires that regularly plagued the mining camp along Last Chance Gulch. That original lookout itself was destroyed by fire, but in 1874 the city constructed the present standing fire tower which looked over the camp’s growth into a city and guarded the community for nearly 70 years with its 360-degree view.
Guardian Gin pays tribute to this iconic landmark. Like the Guardian of the Gulch, our gin has a simple structure with only five botanicals. We craft this distilled gin in small batches of only a few hundred bottles from a base of Montana grains.
We are Helena’s distillery, operating right on the Gulch. We take our name from the rich history of agriculture and industry in Montana’s landscape. The gulches that command the topography of Big Sky Country and influence nature, recreation, and our way of life also sheltered a clandestine history of spirits production. Our name acknowledges the tradition of spirits manufacturing here in Last Chance Gulch of Helena, Montana.
Gulch Distillers is proudly located in the former Montana Distillery and Bottling Warehouse at the the north end of Helena’s main, historic gulch, just downstream from the strike that turned a gulch into a mining camp, a mining camp that became the state capital.
Established in 2012 as Triple Divide Spirits, native Helenans Tyrrell Hibbard and Steffen Rasile purchased the distillery in 2015 to pursue a shared passion for whisky and quality spirits and a keen interest in craft cocktails. They rebranded the business to Gulch Distillers™ in September 2016.
We ferment, distill, and bottle on site, and use only Montana-grown grains in our grain-based spirits. At Gulch Distillers™ we create products that combine the state’s pioneer spirit with refined spirit production.