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Craft Gin and Vodka Distillery Succumbs to Shifting Landscape

Mar 13, 2024 •  3 min read

The craft spirits industry seems to be a land of contrasts. While boutique distilleries are popping up everywhere, established players are facing unforeseen challenges. This week, Lee Spirits Co., a Colorado-based distiller known for its premium gins and vodkas, threw in the towel, citing the ongoing impact of the pandemic and a rapidly evolving market.

A Colorado-based producer of highly regarded gin and vodka is forced to close after facing financial struggles stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and the shifting dynamics within the spirits industry. (Photo: Lee Spirits Co./Facebook)

This isn’t the first, and likely won’t be the last, such story in the craft spirits world.  Just like craft breweries have struggled in recent years, Lee Spirits’ closure highlights the precarious situation some craft distilleries find themselves in, despite an overall industry boom.

A Decade of Passion, Cut Short

Lee Spirits, founded in 2013, poured its heart and soul into creating high-quality spirits for a decade. Their Monument, Colorado base became a hub for crafting distinctive gins, vodkas, and liqueurs. Their “Brooklyn’s on Boulder Street” tasting room served as a vibrant testament to their commitment to fostering a memorable drinking experience.

However, a heartfelt social media post announced the company’s closure, citing the “prolonged impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ever-changing industry landscape” as insurmountable obstacles.

Financial Pressures Mount

According to court documents, Lee Spirits reported assets of $616,552 and liabilities of $1.38 million at the time of filing. Revenue had also dipped slightly from 2022 to 2023, falling from nearly $1 million to $832,035. These financial pressures, coupled with the broader industry shifts, proved too much to overcome. 

The company hasn’t revealed its next steps. Whether they’ll seek a buyer or liquidate their assets remains to be seen. One thing’s for sure – Lee Spirits’ closure serves as a stark reminder of the competitive nature of the craft spirits industry. It’s a market that demands constant innovation, adaptation, and the ability to carve out a unique space for your brand amidst a sea of competitors.

A Shifting Tide in Spirits

While craft distilleries have seen significant growth in recent years, the market isn’t a guaranteed path to success. Competition is fierce, consumer preferences are constantly evolving, and established players still hold a significant market share.

Lee Spirits’ story serves as a cautionary tale, but it also highlights the resilience of the craft spirits movement. As the industry navigates these changes, new distilleries will rise to take on the challenge, and hopefully, learn from the experiences of those who came before them.