Sparks & Spirits

Sparks & Spirits 2017 – A Festival of Craft Distilleries and Makers that Shine after Dark

This event is no longer part of the NoCo Mini Maker Faire. It is now it’s own event, to be held May 20th from 7:30 – 9:30 pm at the Lafayette Arts Hub.  Check out photos from prior years below. And Look Here for details on the 2017 Sparks & Spirits. 

Fire Sculpture by Gammaspace

Fire Sculpture by Gammaspace

Don’t miss this exciting 21+ evening event!

Participating Colorado (and now Wyoming too!) Craft Distillers: click on the distiller name for their website. Many more to come, so check back for your favorites! We will also have a free bus from Fort Collins, plus there is an Embassy Suites within walking distance of the event. (See below for more info on the bus.)

300 Days Distilling  Originally dubbed Colorado’s unofficial slogan in the 1870s,  “300 days of sunshine” encouraged settlers to move West. Created along the front range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, 3 Hundred Days of Shine is a small batch distillery that takes pride in recreating a traditional Colorado moonshine. This handcrafted shine is distilled and bottled in Monument, CO. using much of the same ingredients and methods Colorado shiners used dating back to prohibition.  Our goal is to create a Western Sippin’ Shine known for its drink-ability and  smooth taste.

Backwards Distilling
is joining us from Wyoming! Transcend the world of ordinary drinks and enter the Backwards Realm, where amazing sensations await you with every sip. Through carefully orchestrated chaos we bring together the finest ingredients to create small batches of spectacular spirits.

What makes Vapor Distillery a craft distillery? Each and every small, handcrafted batch of award winning spirits produced in our Boulder Colorado distillery is made by hand. We start with pure, local, Colorado Rocky Mountain water sourced from the Arapaho Glacier, then add the finest, hand selected botanicals and ingredients specifically chosen for their high quality and taste. We faithfully follow our award winning recipes that we have carefully and painstakingly developed, to reproduce the fine, artisanal spirits that we have become known for. Why do we do this? Taste our spirits, and you’ll understand.

Geek Spirits logo w-tagDevoting unapologetic enthusiasm and precision to crafting their spirits, Geek Spirits unveiled their first spirit in 2015 in Boulder, CO. All of their spirits are handcrafted from scratch, in-house on state-of-the-art German machinery in small batches. Greg and Sherial Starr, the husband-wife team behind Geek Spirits aim to deliver the best tasting spirits using the finest local raw ingredients, science, art, and a little bit of magic.

golden-moonGolden Moon Distillery was founded in Golden by Stephen Gould and Karen Knight in early 2008 specifically to produce premium hand-crafted herbal liquors and liqueurs using the best available herbs, spices and botanicals, and made with the same type of artisan production processes utilized by distillers making premium products in the mid-to-late 1800s.

spirithoundSpirit Hound Distillers, Lyons. The desire to create a completely original Colorado straigh malt whiskey was the catalyst that brought the Spirit hound partners together. Our spirits are made with local Colorado ingredients such as freshly-picked juniper berries. We built much of our own distillation equipment to capture all of the purity and flavor and make sure it gets into every bottle we sell – and every glass you drink.

otd-main-logoOld Town Distilling in Fort Collins is Northern Colorado’s first certified organic alcohol producer, Old Town Distilling Co–is the maker of a full lineup of handmade organic spirits: vodka, gin, rum, agave spirit, and four whiskeys — moonshine, bourbon, single malt rye and single malt whiskey.

syntax_logo_goodnightmoonSyntax Spirits We make all of our award-winning, small-batch vodka, whisky, and rum from grain-to-glass, using local ingredients and pure Colorado whitewater. No matter how you serve them, Syntax Spirits are drop-dead gorgeous. Pour a drink and let your adventurous side take over!Stop by our distillery and cocktail bar for a taste, a drink, or a bottle. Located just a few blocks off the beaten path in historic downtown Greeley, we have a full menu of classic and signature cocktails, as well as special seasonal infusions and drinks.

coopermuse_logo_1c_blackAt Coppermuse, it’s our calling to find the best inspiration, distill it, and share it with the world. And you can taste it – from the first sip to the last drop. Our mission is to produce premium, hand-crafted spirits that include vodka and rum that will push your taste experience.

Wood’s High Mountain Distillery  We distill and bottle small-batch Handcrafted spirits here in historic downtown Salida, Colorado. We distill all our products on-site and make them available here at the Tasting Room and in select locations in Colorado and the European Union. Wood’s High Mountain Distillery was founded by brothers PT and Lee Wood, with the goal to bottle their passion for the outdoor adventures into spirits that shine with the essence of the mountains of Colorado. Enjoy a cocktail or dram of our spirits and celebrate a little high mountain living.

feisty-logo-new-v2-px1600Feisty Spirits We are Fort Collins’ first distillery and home to exceptional hand crafted whiskey and other fine spirits. We love whiskey and want to share that love with you. While our focus is on whiskey we won’t stop there. We will be producing a wide variety of distilled spirits as we experiment, play, and just basically have fun in the distillery. Come sample our creations in our tasting room.

elevation5003-logo-final-tm2smallElevation 5003 Distillery, Fort Collins
Elevation 5003 is a family owned distillery located in the heart of Fort Collins. We are a craft distillery, creating spirits from grain to bottle. We spiritedly mash, ferment, distill and bottle every small batch on site. Come elevate your spirits!

bearcreek_finallogoBorn in Lakewood, raised in Denver. At Bear Creek Distillery we produce handcrafted grain to bottle spirits one batch at a time in the heart of the Mile High City. We believe the foundation of the craft is deeply rooted in our local community and are proud to help strengthen the local craft food and beverage movement both in our neighborhood as well as your backyard

Shop With UsThe 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company is Vail, Colorado’s premier distillery, crafting spirits from locally sourced ingredients in the name of the mountain lifestyle that was influenced by the original 10th Mountain soldiers.

Get your tickets here at the best price for this unique and fantastical evening event.
We also have tickets for designated drivers and a Free bus from FoCo.
Click the ticket link for details.
For Group Tickets contact

EVENT BUS:  Free Biodiesel bus will pick up at 5:30pm at Equinox Brewing, 133 Remington St, Fort Collins, CO 80524 and return there after. Please sign up for seats on the bus on the ticket page. 

Sparks & Spirits is the annual fundraising event for the nonprofit educational organization, the Colorado Maker Hub. Proceeds from the event go to fund our Arts grants and Youth Maker Programs.


Check back for 2016 makers as we update our creators.


• Tesla Research Society featuring Aaron Ristau

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Plasma Playtime by Aaron Ristau and Joe Pawalski


• Gammaspace Art

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• Artemis – Ever wonder what it’s like to navigate at starship? Try your hand at the Artemis Star Trek Bridge Deck with Denhac.


Command the Star Trek bridge!

• Lumenexus – Sound activated LED sculpture developed by our friends at Solid State Depot20151009 MakerAfterDark 2015-368_3000x



* Distillers and Makers in attendance are subject to change.


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