Ski Utah Press Release

Public Relations Director


High West Distillery and Saloon, Utah’s first legal distillery since 1870, hosts its eighth annual Derby Day Celebration on Saturday, May 6, and will unveil the latest edition of their limited release whiskey blend, Yippee Ki-Yay®.

PARK CITY, UTAH (April 2017) — High West Distillery and Saloon, Utah’s first legal distillery since 1870, hosts its eighth annual Derby Day Celebration on Saturday, May 6, and will unveil the latest edition of their limited release whiskey blend, Yippee Ki-Yay®

Tickets are now on sale for High West Distillery’s celebration of the 143rd Kentucky Derby. From 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., guests will savor High West’s award-winning food and drink menus, spirited live music, and witness “the most exciting two minutes in sports” on High West’s big screen at approximately 4:20 p.m. Tickets are $50.   

A cash bar will be serving High West’s acclaimed spirits and signature cocktails, along with Yippee Ki-Yay, a distinct blend of straight rye whiskeys aged from 2 to 16 years, finished in wine barrels previously used to age robust wines, Syrah and Vermouth.

“Each year we host guests for Derby Day, it’s clear that race-day spectators often double as whiskey lovers,” said High West Head of Hospitality, James Dumas. “We’re thrilled to release this limited-edition blend – a robust creation of bold flavors best served at room temp, neat, or any way enthusiasts prefer to sip. The spirit’s jovial namesake, ‘Yippee Ki-Yay,’ felt like the perfect sentiment to properly toast Kentucky’s Run for the Roses.” 

The remaining notes of Syrah and Vermouth, married with the straight rye whiskey blend, feature a nose of spicy cinnamon stick, dried thyme, rose petal, and fruit leather, with notes of rich cocoa nibs and brown sugar with time in the glass. The palate will savor flavors of bold cinnamon spice and orange rind, trailed by silky layers of vanilla and blackberry, with a lingering finish of clover honey, black currants, and subtle mint.

For more information on High West Distillery & Saloon, Derby Day, Yippee Ki-Yay, or its broad line of handcrafted spirits, contact Christa Graff, of Graff Public Relations, LLC, at 435-640-7921 or

About High West Distillery

Utah’s first legal distillery since 1870, High West's passion is crafting delicious and distinctive whiskeys and helping people appreciate whiskey all in the context of our home, the American West. High West offers an outstanding collection of highly rated whiskeys in finer liquor stores, bars, and restaurants in 49 states throughout the U.S. and internationally.  

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” by readers of City Weekly. It has received multiple accolades including a nomination for Best Bar by the James Beard Foundation, 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 a 30,000 square foot world-class distillery and visitor center featuring educational tours and High West’s unique country-western cuisine. Blue Sky is an historic working cattle ranch. 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