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Catch of the Day!

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There is nothing quite like roasting fresh fish over an open fire pit. Change up your campfire meals and BBQ dinners with our Catch of the Day, fresh salmon poached in a foil pouch with our High Ore Vodka. 


Here’s what you need:

7 oz fresh Salmon

High Ore Vodka

Shaved Fennel






Salt & Pepper


Pick a 7 oz. salmon fillet (skin-on preferred). Place on large foil sheet skin side down. Add shaved fennel, 1 smashed garlic clove, 1 slice of lemon, tablespoon butter, 1 shot of High Ore Vodka, sprigs of dill and tarragon, salt and pepper. Fold foil over the cress then fold in the ends so it resembles a pouch. Place on hot grill or hot fire coals cress up so the skin of salmon is at the bottom of the pouch. Cook for 12- 15 minutes. Open pouch and serve on a cedar plank with grilled marinated potatoes (olive oil, garlic, dill, lemon) and grilled asparagus.

Watermelon High Ore Salad

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Summer is finally here and with July 4th weekend right around the corner, nothing soothes the heat like watermelon! We’ve kicked your typical watermelon salad up a notch with our High Ore mix. This is a crowd pleaser, 21- and up, and will definitely be the talk of any BBQ. 

Here’s what you need:

1/2 a large watermelon cut into cubes

1/2 – 2/3 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice

1/2 cup of High Ore Vodka

1 cup of Feta Cheese

1/4 cup of chopped or whole fresh Mint

1 pinch of kosher salt


Cut watermelon in half then cube and put into a bowl.

Juice orange and add High Ore Vodka in a separate bowl.  Pour High Ore Vodka and juice mixture over watermelon, mix, sprinkle a pinch of salt, mix, then add mint and feta cheese last, do not over mix. 

Add more mint or salt to taste.

Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour then serve. MMMmmmm… Enjoy!

Top 10 Headframe Gifts to Buy for Father’s Day

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It’s that time of year again. Time to celebrate that man in your life who has helped you become who you are today. Whether it’s searching for a gift for your Dad, your Grandfather, your Step Father, your Uncle, your Husband, Brother or friend; any chance to give a little “thanks” is a reason to celebrate.

Now, comes the fun part; what do you get the man who has everything? No worries, Headframers, we’ve got your back. Here are the Top 10 Headframe Gifts to Buy for Father’s Day. See we told you we’d make it easy.  

1. Whiskey Stones

Nothing quite says I like my Whiskey “On the Rocks” like these whiskey stones.

2.  Speculator Rye Whiskey

Newly released, our Speculator Rye Whiskey is the perfect treat for dear old Dad to have a relaxing Father’s Day Weekend.

3. Barrel Aging Kit

If he’s a DIY’er, he’ll love this!

4. Butte America Shirts 

Show a little Butte pride with one of our Butte America shirts or check out all the new styles we have in the tasting room.

5. Morning Glory Coffee

The best gift for the new Dad in your life, especially the sleepless ones…  For an extra umpfh pair with a “World’s Best Dad” mug. Tears of joy!

6. Dirty Girl Pint Glass

Seriously though, who doesn’t love a dirty girl…

7. Copper Mugs

Nothing like sippin’ on an ice-cold mule while fishing off the dock. Can you see it…? Mmmmm…

8. Tap Er Light Vinyl by Nick Spear

For those Woodstock Pops, show them a little nostalgia with this vinyl record by Nick Spear.

9. Vintage Spirits Book

We’ve all got the Master Gardener type in the family, am I, right? This is the perfect book for the botanist-loving Dad who enjoys a festive cocktail made right from his garden.

10. Flask

Festival season is just around the corner… enough said.



Headframe Spirits wishes you a Happy Father’s Day Weekend!

Anselmo Grilled Shrimp

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It’s the start of a nice long Memorial Day Weekend and what you need is something extra special to put on your grill. These Anselmo Lemon Shrimp Skewers are the perfect light kabob for any party and will go great with that Anselmo Cocktail you were planning on serving (wink-wink). Not a fan of shrimp? No prob. Replace the Shrimp with Chicken or Pork. If you are a vegetarian we’ve still got you covered, marinate Tofu or Portobello mushrooms. Mmmmm… it’s all good. 

So, here’s what you need:

1lb. of Shrimp

Green Bell Peppers


Water soaked kabobs or metal skewers

1 lemon


Marinade Ingredients:

3/4 cup Anselmo Gin 

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons honey 

4 medium garlic cloves, crushed 

1 1/2 tablespoons chopped thyme 

1 lemon, thinly sliced 


Marinade Shrimp for 2 hours in the refrigerator. Start adding shrimp, roughly chopped mushrooms, and chunks of green bell peppers in any order to your skewers.

Heat grill to Medium heat. Place kabobs onto the grill and continue to turn until shrimp flesh is white and opaque (about 3 minutes per side). If you are really looking to impress your guests, cut a full lemon in half and grill the exposed fruit until it has some grill marks. Wahlah! You’ve got the hit for any party.


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5-7 lbs. Bone-In Pork Shoulder
1/3 lb. Achiote Paste
Destoying Angel Whiskey
2 Yellow Onions
1 Tb. Cumin
6 Limes
2 Whole Garlics
Salt/ Pepper

2  Jalapeños

1 tsp. Cayenne Pepper 
12 oz. Beer  


Grilled Corn Tortillas
Sliced Radishes
Cotija Cheese or Feta
Lime Wedges, to serve
Your Favorite Salsa



Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. In a medium bowl, mix 1/3 pound Achiote paste with the juice from 5 limes. Keep lime rinds. Add 1 tsp. cayenne pepper, 1 Tb. cumin,  ¼ cup garlic, and 1 cup canola oil. Rub mixture over the entire pork shoulder. Generously salt (very important, don’t be shy) and pepper the pork.


In a dutch oven or oven safe deep pan (crockpot) take heavy duty aluminum foil and place in the bottom of the pan with a generous amount of foil is folding over the sides. Place roughly chopped onions, split jalapenos, 4 lime rinds, 2 bay leaves, 10-12 Garlic cloves on the bottom of your pan. Set pork on top and add 1 cup water, 12 oz. of beer, we used Philipsburg Brewery’s Haybag American Hefeweizen , and 1/3 cup of Destroying Angel Whiskey. Add dry oregano and more salt to finish. Fold the foil from the sides to make a pouch around the pork. If you have banana leaves or corn husks you can place those on top of the pork before you wrap the foil, but it is not necessary. Place in the oven at 450 for 15 minutes.


Turn the oven down to 325 and continue to cook for 3 hours and 45 minutes. Carefully check the pork (there will be steam). The meat should fall off the bone easily with a fork. If it doesn’t place the pork back in the oven for another 15-20 minutes. Once done, rest the meat for 1 hour in the pan.


Pull all the meat off the bone and place onto a cookie sheet. Remove excess oil from the pan and pour only the drippings onto the meat. Add another 1/8 cup of Destroying Angel Whiskey for an extra kick! Taste for seasoning. Extra salt and pepper is encouraged!


Serve with grilled corn tortillas and garnish with cilantro, diced onions, radishes, cotija cheese, salsa and a lime wedge.


Thank you to Mike Garcia, chef at Cavallo Point in the Bay Area, for creating this recipe just for us. You can Follow Mike on Instagram at @ChefMikeGLeftCoast or check out his cookbook “Toast to a Home Cook” HERE


Share your recipes with us on social media with our hashtag #HeadframeSpirits or send to marketing@headframespirits.com!


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1 Packet of Instant Yeast
2 3/4 cups Flour
3 Tb. Sugar
1/2 cup Lukewarm Water
1/4 cup Milk
2 Tb. Butter
1 Egg

1/4 cup Melted Butter
2 Tb. Cinnamon
1/4 cup Brown Sugar

1 cup Powdered Sugar
3 Tb. Melted Butter
1 Tb. Vanilla
1 shot of Orphan Girl Bourbon Cream Liqueur

Pinch of Cinnamon

In a bowl combine lukewarm water and yeast, mix until you see bubbles and the yeast dissolve. Add sugar, milk, egg, and melted butter. Mix. Slowly fold in the flour. Once combined loosely cover the bowl of dough in plastic wrap and keep in a warm area of the kitchen for 2 hours or until it has doubled in size. 

Preheat oven to 350. Powder a surface with flour. Take dough and begin rolling it out into a rectangular shape. Mix all ‘Filling’ ingredients in a spate bowl and spread evenly across the dough. Take the long side of your dough and begin to roll, like a sleeping bag, the dough into itself. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough vertically to make small pucks – 2 inches thick. Once all your cinnamon rolls have been cut, place them on an oiled cookie sheet and in the oven for 15 minutes or until the dough is firm. 

Combine your ‘Glaze’ ingredients into a bowl saving the Orphan Girl for last. Immediately pour Glaze onto warm cinnamon rolls and Enjoy!

Share your recipes with us on social media with our hashtag #HeadframeSpirits or send to marketing@headframespirits.com!


The Orphan Girl Killer

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The Orphan Girl Killer….

Hey all. So you might have heard that the distillers of Montana brought a bill to the Legislature to allow you to sit and finish your drink in a distillery until 9, just like you currently get to do in a brewery. We had amazing support in the House with a 93-6 vote in favor, talk about both sides coming together on an issue!

Then we hit up against the Senate Business, Labor, and Economic Affairs committee, chaired by a bar owner, Senator Buttrey. We thought we had a compelling case, a good set of rationales (basically just have parity with the brewers), and that with a 93-6 vote we were in the wheelhouse of what people wanted. But Senator Buttrey didn’t like adding an hour for people to finish their drinks and tried a number of ways to get a different bill passed that would directly have only a positive impact on his own business and industry.

None of that worked out and yesterday we finally got a vote on our bill BUT an amendment was proposed and voted into our bill which we’re calling the Orphan Girl Killer. Literally, the amendment to our tasting room hours proposal now means that you would not be able to buy Orphan Girl from our tasting room in Butte. Talk about political third rail….don’t mess with Orphan Girl.

To be very clear, we have no issue with Senator Facey, the amendment’s original sponsor. He didn’t want the amendment to pass at all once he knew more about the issue, but Senator Buttrey and those he could convince to vote with him saw this as an opportunity to make the bill so toxic that we’d have to pull it.

So, we’re asking you to reach out to your Senator via this link – http://leg.mt.gov/css/Sessions/65th/roster.asp?HouseID=2&SessionID=111 and ask them to kill the amendment and to give us an Up or Down vote on the “language of the bill” to expand tasting room hours, leave Orphan Girl alone, and allow all Montana distilleries to continue bringing economic development to MT.

-Team Headframe


How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day for a Good Cause

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By Henry Moore


St. Patrick’s Day has transformed into a holiday for celebration, parties, parades, and drinking in the United States. With the role that drinking establishments play in the holiday and the amount of patrons that visit these establishments, bar owners can use the holiday and the money spent celebrating for a good cause. To get you started in using your St. Patrick’s Day celebration to benefit your community, we share a few tips below.

1. Donate a Portion of Every Sale to a Local Charity

Drinking establishments will be very popular on St. Patrick’s Day, and they rake in a lot more cash from patrons looking for green beer than they do on regular business nights. Choose a local charity and donate a percentage of each holiday sale to it. Patrons will appreciate your generosity, and you may find that you get even more St. Patrick’s Day revelers through your doors because they want to give back to the community, too.

One way to get your bar noticed on St. Patrick’s Day is to make sure that all your patrons know that they are giving their green for a good cause. The quickest and easiest way to promote your fundraising event is to order screen printed T-shirts and start handing them out at least one week before St. Patrick’s Day. Your regular patrons will be happy to wear them to promote your establishment and your generosity. You will also most likely save money using this method of advertising rather than paying for traditional radio advertising. It’s also a good idea to print some for St. Patrick’s Day, too. Patrons will wear them as they attend parades and walk the streets, and drive more patrons to you (and more funds to your charity).

2. Host a Casino Night and See Who Has the Luck of the Irish

Of course, people love a little competition, so do a spin on the luck of the Irish and host a Casino Night. Rather than sport traditional St. Paddy’s Day clothing, dress yourself and your staff in casino clothing and bring in an entertainment agency to help with the games. Advertise the event early, and make sure you have enough staff to cover the games and your holiday revelers.

Sometimes, local nonprofit organizations have their own casino games for their fundraisers, so consider teaming up with them to use their equipment and then donate the proceeds from the games to their organization. They can help with advertising, too, and it will be a win-win for both of you.

3. Participate in a Pub Crawl
Pub crawls are already popular, so take advantage of the holiday and get other local drinking establishments to join in a St. Patrick’s Day pub crawl for charity. Once you get enough bars committed, pitch your idea to the local charity that you want to benefit from the fundraiser, and ask them to organize the pub crawl. Remind them to encourage patrons to arrange for designated drivers or other safe forms of transportation and to explicitly state that the group discounts will not apply this time around because that money will be given to the charity.

4. Donate Your Cover Charges

Rather than waive cover charges for St. Patrick’s Day, charge patrons and donate the money to a local nonprofit. Just be sure to line up killer musicians and promote your event well in advance so that patrons want to visit your establishment and will be happy to pay the cover knowing that it is going to benefit the community. You may want to book cover bands that play Irish music if you want to play on the St. Patrick’s Day theme.

If you own a drinking establishment, you can use the increased business you will get on St. Patrick’s Day to give back to the community. Organize fundraisers by donating portions of your sales to a local charity, hosting a casino night to benefit a local nonprofit, participating in a pub crawl that benefits an organization, or donating your cover charges to a good cause.


Mr. Moore co-created FitWellTraveler, which provides tips and advice to visitors about travel and health.

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Headframe Spirits Joins the B Corp Movement

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B the change                                     

  Redefining Corporate Life in Montana

Butte, MT, January 19, 2017– Headframe Spirits is proud to announce it is now a Certified B Corporation®. We will be joining global innovators in a movement to use business as a force for good. Creating a corporation that values its employees, elevates social, environmental performance, and gives back to the community, which was already a passion for John and Courtney when they first started Headframe Spirits in 2010.  

“Our company is a mouthpiece for our values,” expressed Headframe Spirits CEO, Courtney McKee. “We believe in making the world a better place, even if it’s just our tiny corner of the world. The opportunity to add value is as close as we get to a mandate to do so. We take that seriously and we understand that the better each of us does, the better we all do together.”

Headframe Spirits will be recognized Thursday, January 19th in Missoula as one of four organizations in Montana to be a Certified B Corporation®. A panel will discuss the principles behind becoming a Certified B Corporation® and how they can improve the business climate by using business as an agent for change, purveying positive values, and ultimately transforming the definition of success from being the best in the world to being the best for the world. We hope to inspire the business community to join our efforts to redefine corporate practices and elevate business life in Montana.

About Headframe Spirits
Owners, John and Courtney McKee began their journey with this company in 2010, opening their tasting room doors in 2012. Since then, they have not only won awards and accolades for their products, but also for their impact to their community and state. In 2014 Governor Bullock recognized John and Courtney as Entrepreneurs of the Year and in 2015 as Ambassadors of the Year by the Montana Office of Tourism. Recently, they were award 2016 Small Business Champions of the Year by the Small Business Administration.

About B Corporations
Certified B Corporations meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests, and build collective voice through the power of the unifying B Corporation brand. There are more than 1,200 Certified B Corporations from over 120 industries and nearly 50 countries with 1 unifying goal – to redefine success in business.
For more information, visit http://www.bcorporation.net, http://www.bimpactassessment.net, http://www.b-analytics.net and http://www.benefitcorp.net

Headframe Spirits ~ Every drop is made with respect.


Meet Chris Byles Q&A

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By Molly O’Neill

Chris Byles

We welcome Chris Byles to our team as production manager. He comes to us from Fort Worth, Texas where he resided for 36 years. Chris has been in the distilling business approximately 11 years. In that time, he has opened two distilleries, both from the ground up. We are fortunate to have his experience and diversity for a new chapter in Headframe’s story.

M: What initially sparked your interest in distilling spirits?
C: I’ve always been a big tinkerer. I like taking things apart and putting them back together. I’ve done home beer and wine. I have no formal education on distillation, but I soak up knowledge from outside sources.

M: Of all the places in America, why Headframe Spirits?
C: Initially, my girlfriend and I went on vacation in Colorado and saw 27 inches of snow in late May; we returned to Texas and decided we were done with 110 degree summers with 95% humidity. I was willing to trade cold winters for hot summers. I interviewed in Delaware, Michigan, Milwaukee, Idaho, Colorado, and Butte. This company is different from any other distillery out there; the people stand out, the distillery stands out, and the manufacturing side stands out. What John and Courtney are doing doesn’t exist anywhere else. Courtney has done an amazing job on both levels of my professional career and personal life to ensure I am happy here and welcomed. When you’re selling everything you own, throwing a dog in your car, and driving 1,600 miles and to know you have a support system here already makes the move that much easier. I’m excited for this next step in my career.

M: How did you first hear about Headframe and what enticed you to join the team?
C: On the ADI (Artisan Distilling Institute) website. There was a help-wanted ad from John saying something along the lines of, ‘we like to take long walks on the beach and save puppies.’ I sent John an e-mail and got a response from Courtney asking if I wanted to talk on the phone. Afterwards, I began searching everything about Headframe Spirits, Butte, and Montana. You get a quick sense of the pride in Butte.

M: What will be your role as production manager?
C: It will be ever-changing. And, I like that. I don’t want to pigeon hole myself. Rachel and Alysha are awesome and hungry to learn. They’ve kept production going with little upper management. It shows they care. It makes my life easier knowing I’m coming into a solid team. We all want to make the product better. I won’t let anything leave here that we are not 100% proud of; I expect a lot from my team, and I want them to expect a lot from me.

M: What do you foresee as a challenge?
C: Everything. It’s all new, but I love that. I want to pick John’s brain and understand the conversations he has with the still and its capabilities.

M: What is one facet of the company you intend to improve?
C: Gin, and production as a whole. It seems like production hasn’t been give the full fledge 100% chance of becoming great. You have someone here for a year or 18 months and then they leave. You start getting used to someone then they’re gone and back at square one. It’s been huge ebbs and flow for these guys. And that’s tough. As production gets better, it flows better in all directions.

M: How will our customers see your work in the spirits we produce?
C: I am a behind-the-scenes guy. Then again, I have been that person in a town of 900,000 people. I want the customers to see consistency in our products. I want 100% complete honesty from our customers.

M: How do you see Headframe progressing in the future?
C: To be here for three days and go and see the old building and come here and see what this building is surrounded by and realize it’s not a pipedream. We will be the largest distillery west of the Mississippi River. John and Courtney are the professional, personal team most people can only strive to be. And when you have that kind of upper management there’s no reason you can’t achieve dreams. Doing it here and supporting the community by putting the money back into the city through employment and opportunity is incredible. For me, it’s a surreal thing from the outside looking in. I want to prove that I fit in. That could just be 100% me and proving that to myself.

M: What do you like most so far about Butte and Montana?
C: I can get in my jeep, drive ten minutes, and I’m in the middle of nowhere. I am a big outdoors person. I was a competitive mountain biker and golfer. Montana — I know nothing about it, but I’m ready to know everything about it. I want to go to the Mining Museum. I want to soak in what makes Butte, Butte. I want the small -town feel. I won’t miss the hour commute. I am able to breathe fresh air when I step outside. When the plane landed below 10,000 ft., I said ‘I just landed on Mars—there’s nothing here.’
I like how the community has embraced the history of the mining history, and kept up the headframes.

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When you're in Butte swing by the Distillery and introduce yourself. We love getting to know the folks who share our passion. Cheers, John & Courtney.

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