RiNo’s Ironton art space shifting from gallery to distillery

The longtime artist space Ironton Studios & Gallery officially changed owners Tuesday paving the way for a distillery to operate out of the space.

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The Ironton Studios and Gallery, RiNo. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  rino; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty; denverite;

The Ironton Studios and Gallery, RiNo. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The longtime artist space Ironton Studios & Gallery officially changed owners Tuesday, paving the way for a distillery to operate out of the space.

Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse plans to open in the River North warehouse during the fall, co-owner Kallyn Peterson told Denverite on Wednesday. Peterson and her partner Robbie Adams “envision a creative space that combines both art studios and their distillery and taproom.”

Peterson and Adams, both Colorado natives, intend to create a laid-back vibe, similar to that of a craft brewery with regular food trucks, outdoor games and a variety of events.

Ironton Studios opened in 1999 after four artists acquired the property at the east corner of 36th Street and Chestnut Place. Dozens of artists collaborated and presented their work at the warehouse.

In 2013,  a new building was added to the studios, creating 4,500 square feet of work space and nine new studios. In 2015, Ironton hosted its last exhibit before The Colorado Photographic Arts Center took over to run the space, according to the organization’s website.

A social media post signed by partner of the studios and founding member of The River North Art District, Jill Hadley Hooper, stated, “On Feb. 28, we will change hands. The new owners will be the Ironton Distillery. They are keeping all the buildings intact, the garden and grounds and the 12 artists in the building we added in 2013. It was a difficult decision to make but we are thrilled that there will be continuity to the culture we’ve created over the past 18 years.”

“We want to continue the great culture that Ironton Studios has created while bringing in our own art of distilled spirits and cocktails,” Peterson said in a statement.

Up to 12 artists will have the opportunity to continue their craft at Ironton and will be an integral part of the future of the space. The distillery and taproom will take over the other half of the space, she said.

Ironton Distillery plans to utilize the courtyard and garden as an outdoor tasting area and event space. The distillery plans to handcraft a variety of small-batch, creative spirits including whiskey, vodka, gin and rum. Laura Moore, previously at Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, was picked to be the head distiller.

Business & data reporter Adrian D. Garcia can be reached via email at agarcia@denverite.com or twitter.com/adriandgarcia.

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