Ski Utah Press Release

Public Relations Director


One of a kind limited release rye whiskey aged in Vermouth and Syrah barrels

PARK CITY, Utah (Dec. 2, 2015) — Saddle up! High West Distillery, Utah’s first legal distillery since 1870, is celebrating Repeal Day with the limited release of its new whiskey, Yippee Ki-Yay®, on Dec. 5.

High West’s blenders took to experimenting and one day, just for fun, they put the award-winning Double Rye!(®) into oak barrels originally used to age two different types of wine: Vermouth and Syrah.  The mingled result is Yippee Ki-Yay, a delicious, all natural, none too-sweet naturally flavored whiskey.

“This unique blend was created from a combination of serendipity and fun experimentation,” High West proprietor David Perkins said. “Yippee Ki-Yay is absolutely delicious with cinnamon and herbal flavors from the vermouth barrels combined with fresh blackberries from the Syrah barrels.”

Yippee Ki-Yay goes on sale as a very limited release of 3000 bottles starting Dec. 5, deliberately timed with High West’s annual celebration of Repeal Day and more importantly, Utah’s role as the critical 36th vote to repeal Prohibition. High West will be celebrating with Yippee Ki-Yay at both locations, Park City and Wanship.  The Saloon in Park City will also be debuting the new winter menu with special Repeal Day cocktails and desserts.

For more information about Yippee Ki-Ya, High West Distillery & Saloon, or High West’s new location at Blue Sky, contact Christa Graff, of Graff Public Relations, by calling 435-640-7921 or emailing 

About High West Distillery
Utah’s first legal distillery since 1870, High West's passion is crafting delicious whiskeys and marrying them with outstanding food. High West offers an outstanding collection of highly rated whiskeys, all available in the High West General Store seven days a week and holidays as well as at finer liquor stores, bars and restaurants in 42 states throughout the U.S. and internationally…and growing.

High West has three must visit locations. Our High West Saloon in historic Old Town Park City is the world’s only ski-in gastro distillery that was voted “Best Park City Restaurant” the last three years by readers of City Weekly. It has received multiple accolades including a nomination for Best Bar by James Beard, and a top 10 ranking on The Daily Meal’s list of 150 Best Bars in America. Our High West Saloon in Terminal E at Salt Lake International Airport offers the best food and drinks in any airport west of the Mississippi. Finally, High West Distillery on Blue Sky Ranch in Wanship, Utah is our 30,000 square foot world-class western whiskey distillery. It has educational tours and a visitor center featuring High West’s unique country-western cuisine. Blue Sky is an historic working cattle ranch and soon to be luxury guest ranch with a wellness center and state of the art conference and event centers.  Both Blue Sky and High West aim to build a landmark Western destination and resort offering an authentic and premium western experience.  For more information and where to buy High West products near you, visit