David & Jane Perkins
In 2004, David Perkins, a biochemist with a love for cooking, decided to leave his job at Genentech and move to Park City to pursue his passion for whiskey. It certainly helped that Jane, David’s wife, had a great grandfather who made the celebrated Duffy’s Pure Malt Whiskey in the late 1800’s. David’s vision was to make a world-class western whiskey and just as important, help people learn about it in a fun and relaxing setting. In 2008, High West became the first legal distillery in Utah since the 1870’s. In 2009, the High West Distillery and Saloon opened in historic Old Town Park City and became the “world’s only ski-in gastro distillery” where visitors could experience the whiskey-making process in a restaurant serving delicious, innovative, locally sourced food designed to pair with and teach appreciation of whiskey. Since then, High West’s innovative whiskies have won top ratings and accolades.