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Closed: pandemic ramifications hit Lee Spirits Co

American distillery Lee Spirits Company has closed after 10 years due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic among other challenges.

A number of bars and brands have closed for good in 2024

Lee Spirits Company, based in Colorado in the US, has been creating premium gin, vodka and liqueurs for a decade. The distillery also housed the tasting room Brooklyn’s on Boulder Street.

In a statement published on Instagram, co-founders Ian Lee and Nick Lee said: “It is with heavy hearts that we share some difficult news. After a decade of dedicated spirits service to the Colorado community, Lee Spirits Company, alongside our beloved tasting room, Brooklyn’s on Boulder Street, will be ceasing operations immediately.

“Founded over 10 years ago, Lee Spirits Company has been an incredible source of pride. We’ve poured our passion into crafting premium gin, vodka, and liqueurs, aiming to elevate your gatherings and celebrations.

“Brooklyn’s on Boulder Street, once a beacon of Colorado Springs’ cocktail scene, stood as a testament to our commitment to creating memorable experiences. However, despite our best efforts, the prolonged impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the ever-changing industry landscape presented challenges we simply couldn’t overcome.”

The co-founders thanked their customers and employees, and the whole Colorado community.

“Your unwavering support has meant everything to us throughout this incredible journey,” the co-founders continued. “To our exceptional employees, your hard work and dedication have been the driving force behind our successes. We cannot thank you enough for your unwavering commitment to excellence.

“While we bid farewell to a decade of cherished memories, we do so with incredible gratitude. The legacy of Lee Spirits Company will endure, and we hope to continue sharing our passion for craft spirits with you in new ways in the future.

“Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for your unwavering support and understanding.”

Lee Spirits Company is not the only company to have folded this year due to economic challenges.

Last month, British gin producer Papillon Dartmoor Distillery revealed it would close permanently at the end of March, blaming last year’s 10.1% alcohol duty hike in the UK as “the final straw”.


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