Influential Women in Business • Sara Sergent

The origin of these Park City craft spirits was during a casual porch conversation between Sara Sergent and her husband, Rob. While taking in the alpenglow over the Wasatch mountains, the couple discussed their desires to create something as beautiful as the place they call home. The two must possess a magic formula, because as the sun was setting, Sara issued a challenge to Rob which, with his culinary background, was to turn the view of the sunset over the Swaner Nature Preserve into flavor. Rob began crafting a series of recipes that not only tasted amazing, but would become the catalyst for a new business. A little over two years ago the couple opened Alpine Distilling to the public, creating locally crafted spirits rooted in heritage with a love for the beauty of Utah.

Alpine Distilling
7132 N. Silver Creek Rd. Road, Park City

Alpine Pie Bar & Retail Store
350 Main Street, Park City

So, inspired by nature and with Rob’s long-standing family background in distilling, they set a goal to craft delicious, award-winning spirits. Sara traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland to learn to make gin and bringing her new knowledge back to Park City, they started making history from their own handmade stills. Alpine Distilling created the first private-label gin, Barrel Select, for St. Regis Deer Valley, along with thousands of custom gins for guests at their micro-distillery on Main Street in Park City.  Their “Summit Gin” has won numerous awards internationally including double gold (SIP Awards), 2019 London Spirit Awards Best American Gin and #2 in the World Spirits Competition. Sara’s own “Barrel Select” recently took the Gold at the Women’s Wine and Spirit Awards in London. Alpine Distilling has crafted a complete line up of international award-winning spirits including gin, vodka, whiskey and liqueurs.

Alpine Distilling emphasizes being green with vigilant recycling efforts and by donating spent grains and botanicals to local agriculture projects. Most describe Sara as self-driven and her actions say that loudly—she’s the mother of three boys and has worked hard to gain the education, experience and skills necessary to wear several hats at once. She shines while wearing them. Needing bags and caps for the distillery prompted her newest business, Mountain Flower Apparel, eco-friendly screen printing, an endeavor which is both very hands-on and green-certified as well. 

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In the home, in the boardroom and in the distillery, Sara does it all and wishes to inspire her boys as well as those around her. “Whatever you want to accomplish, you need to sink your teeth fully into it,” she says, while fully crediting the support of her husband, Rob. “He’s my biggest fan.”

Yo ho ho and a bottle of gin!

Sara’s husband is a multi-generation distiller from Kentucky and shiver me timbers—her dad’s family traces its lineage back to the infamous Grace O’Malley—an Irish pirate from the early 1500s.

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