A few years back in a tiny hard-to-find spot on Tucson’s Southside, two creative and thirsty guys joined forces and opened a distillery dedicated to making fine spirits using local ingredients.
Matt Montgomery and Chris Dudding opened Three Wells Distilling Company with the hopes of producing quality gin and agave spirits. Montgomery was trained as a distiller and Dudding was a chemist and together they had the knowledge and the passion to make a go of it. They also had a great source of water from the three wells on Montgomery’s property in Sahuarita and a secret source of juniper from Mount Lemmon.
The result was Mt. Lemmon Gin that was so good that people who scorned gin soon became lovers of the shimmering liquid.
This was followed by a full menu of agave-based liquors that have been won legions of fans. More recently they’ve added vodka and bourbon to their cupboard.
This week Montgomery and Dudding opened a tasting room in Downtown Tucson called Series 19 after a section in the state liquor laws that allows distillers and wine makers to run places featuring their products.
They’ve kicked the concept up a notch or two by featuring spirits made all over Arizona. There isn’t anything like in Tucson and maybe not even in the state.
Series 19 is a smart looking space, tiny but spacious thanks to the high ceilings and golden tones on the walls. The bar itself has a beautiful display of all the liquors available. Seating is plentiful. The most amazing part of the space is that Montgomery, a professional carpenter, did all the work himself.
There is a smart cocktail list that uses fresh ingredients like mint and mangos.
The vibe is very adult and sexy.
On the website and business cards is a phrase, “Be proud of your Spirits.”
Montgomery and Dudding have plenty to be proud of and with this new venture they can do a little bragging.