Frey Ranch Estate Distillery grand opening Oct. 11

Grand opening celebration will include Frey Ranch Estate Distillery Vodka tastings and distillery tours

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Nevada’s first commercial craft distillery and the country’s second estate distillery, Frey Ranch, will open for the first time to the public with a special grand opening. The celebration will include tastings of Nevada’s first legally distilled spirit, Churchill Vineyards Brandy, Churchill Vineyards wines and the brand new Frey Ranch Vodka.

Mount Mogrit Gourmet food truck will bring American char-broiled food with a Cajun flair and samples will be available from Tahoe Cheese and Erick Schat’s Bakkery from Bishop, Calif. Event goers will also be invited to tour the all-new distillery with owner and distiller, Colby Frey. The event will be held from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the all new Frey Ranch Estate Distillery in Fallon, Nev.

“Much like our spirits, we crafted every detail of our distillery – from the design of the building to the design of our one-of-a-kind Vendome still – to create a place where we could make world-class spirits, further establishing Nevada as a premier destination for craft wines and spirits,” said Colby Frey, owner, distiller and winemaker at Frey Ranch. “This grand opening is just the beginning of a long, ongoing journey that we are excited to share with our friends, family and the world.”

In September, husband and wife Colby and Ashley Frey, kicked off the distilling process with a special grain ceremony that included elected officials, economic development representatives, friends and family helping to prepare grains for the first batch of vodka. Frey Ranch Vodka, produced from carefully selected grains grown at the historic Frey Ranch in Fallon, Nev., is the first in the line of the Frey spirits that will be available at the new distillery. Using over 15 years of knowledge in growing high-quality grains, Frey Ranch is one of the world’s only estate distilleries and will grow, distill, produce and bottle vodka, gin and bourbon whiskey.

The brand new, 4,000 square-foot distillery features a still room, tank room, barreling room and tasting room. The centerpiece of the distillery is a one-of-a-kind, custom-made Vendome still that is capable of producing 10,000 cases of spirits a month. Additionally, there are four 5,000 gallon fermenters, one 5,000 gallon mash cooker, one 5,000 gallon beer well, one 500 gallon pot still and a 24-foot continuous still. To maintain craft distiller status in Nevada, Frey Ranch can produce up to 30,000 cases a year, but of that, 20,000 must be distributed out-of-state and 10,000 in state.

Frey Ranch Vodka will be available in stores in October with Frey Ranch Gin available by late 2014.

Frey Ranch Estate Distillery grand opening

What: Grand opening celebration includes brandy, wine and vodka tastings.
Where: Frey Ranch, 1045 Dodge Ln. Fallon, NV 89406
When: Saturday, Oct. 11, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Online: Churchill Vineyards website, Churchill Vineyards FacebookFrey Ranch Facebook