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Since opening its doors in 2009, Ogden's Own Distillery has grown into a local favorite among bars, restaurants and customers. The homegrown distillery is most popularly known for its two award-winning liqueurs, Underground Herbal Spirit and Five Wives Vodka, but its newest concoction, Porter's Fire, is quickly catching the attention of drinkers throughout the Intermountain West.
"Porter's Fire is a cinnamon whiskey liqueur that's a little less sweet and a little less candy-like than what you might expectit's more complex than Fireball," says Steve Conlin, Ogden's Own cofounder. "It has a touch of vanilla to round out the flavor and make it super smooth. It can be drank as a shot or it's really good over ice. It also mixes extremely well."
Porter's Fire has already received national acclaim, and recently took home the second-place prize in the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. This recent award is one of many for Ogden's Own Distillery. Since its founding, the company's spirits have won several top national and international awards. Underground Herbal Spirit, which is a less sugary and higher proof Jägermeister-like liqueur, has taken home five first-place national awards. Five Wives Vodka has also received national acclaim, recently winning two second-place awards. Five Wives Vodka, in fact, is the number one selling Utah-produced spirit.
Ogden's Own was cofounded by Conlin and Tim Smith along with other investors. "Tim was toying with spirits as a hobby," says Conlin. "He had developed Underground as a concept and a flavor profile and was looking for a way to start a company. We sat down one day and put together a plan to bring it to market, and we launched it. I owned a mortgage company at the time, so I wasn't in this world at all. It's been an exciting and interesting time."
Conlin credit's Smith for the company's success. "Tim is an amazing flavor creator. He takes so much pride in his work and spends years perfecting a recipe."
Beyond its award-winning spirits, Ogden's Own is also known for its tongue-in-cheek branding. The company caught national attention when Idaho banned its Five Wives Vodka, stating that the label offended a significant portion of its population. The story caught national attention, which bolstered the Ogden's Own brand further. Idaho reversed its decision and today is home to one of the distillery's largest markets.
Porter's Fire gleans its name from one of Utah's most notorious historical figures, Orrin Porter Rockwell, who served as a bodyguard for Joseph Smith and Brigham Young and who was thought to have assassinated hundreds of people. It's a name that's fitting for the spicy liqueur that captures the carefree spirit of the Old West.
Conlin is excited for the company's future, saying that they have plans to release more vodka flavors this year, and have several new products in the works. "We can promise you, they're going to be very tasty. Next year could be big for seeing new products from us. We've been refining them for quite sometime."
"We're excited to be creating these spirits that people truly enjoy drinking," says Conlin. "It's a lot of fun to be part of."
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1 oz Porter's Fire, 4 oz ginger beer, splash of orange juice
Combine ingredients over ice in a copper cup
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