Abbott Smith, owner of Telluride Distilling Co., dies in motorcycle accident

Steven Abbott Smith opened Telluride Distilling Co. 2015 with his wife Joanna Smith. Abbott, as friends knew him, died May 21, 2022 in a motorcycle accident. (Provided by Christine Gamage/Telluride Autumn Classic)

Provided by Christine Gamage/Telluride Autumn Traditional

Steven Abbott Smith opened Telluride Distilling Co. 2015 with his spouse Joanna Smith. Abbott, as buddies understood him, died May 21, 2022 in a motorbike accident.

The co-founder of Telluride’s namesake distillery died in excess of the weekend following getting concerned in a motorcycle accident, Mountain Village Police announced Sunday.

According to a statement issued by law enforcement, Steven Abbott Smith, a Mountain Village resident and co-proprietor of Telluride Distilling Co., was on his way property Saturday all-around 6:30 p.m. when his motorbike still left the highway on Double Eagle Generate. No other cars ended up concerned in the crash, which is however underneath investigation by the Mountain Village Law enforcement Department, Colorado State Patrol and San Miguel County Coroner, a information release mentioned.

Smith, who was 37, opened the distillery in 2015 with his wife, Joanna Smith. In 2019, the enterprise expanded to include a taproom in Mountain Village that sells cocktails and bottled spirits, together with its home vodka, gin, whiskey and Chairlift Hotter, a area consider on peppermint schnapps.

Dustin Clements, the distillery’s head of output, informed The Denver Publish the distillery and taproom will continue to be open.

“Abbott has constructed up this thriving company and we’ve been managing it correctly for a handful of a long time now,” he explained, “so we’re likely to continue on to concentration on growing and creating the enterprise like we have been.”

Even though consumers probable will not discover any alterations in the distillery’s operations, the Telluride neighborhood is feeling the effect, mentioned Ray Cody, founder of the Telluride Autumn Typical motor vehicle festival. In the course of the early times of the pandemic, Telluride Distilling Co. pivoted to producing hand sanitizer, which Cody fondly recalled smelling like its gin.

“When COVID strike, (Smith) switched his company from liquor to hand sanitizer and donated it to our neighborhood customers. Which is who he was,” Cody claimed. “He was concerned in all the festivals and he was everybody’s buddy. We’re actually at a loss.”