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3 Hundred Days of Shine

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3 Hundred Days of Shine
Mike Girard

Mike Girard, founder of 3 Hundred Days of Shine, takes a break during counter-IED operations in the Korangal Valley of Afghanistan in 2006.

Looking for the best ’shine this side of the Continental Divide? Come on down to 3 Hundred Days of Shine. Sit in the cozy tasting room, a throwback to a roadhouse speakeasy, and meet founder Mike Girard. A retired U.S. Army explosive ordnance disposal specialist, he’ll tell you how he made his very first batch of moonshine in a disarmed IED while on deployment to Afghanistan.

That experience turned into a passion for moonshine, and 3 Hundred Days of Shine was born. Since 2014, Girard has been proud to serve handcrafted, traditional Colorado moonshine that’s drinkable right out of the bottle or jar.

“We’ve just launched our 14th flavor,” Girard says. The apple pie moonshine, a perfect blend of ‘shine, apple cider, brown sugar, and cinnamon, is the most awarded spirit with eight or nine gold medals. The Colorado Harvest Honey, Colorado ’shine blended with locally sourced honey, is a universal spirit. Combine it with ginger beer in a copper or steel mug, and you have a Monument Mule.

On a hot summer’s day, nothing’s better than sipping on a frozen moonshine slushie. Choose between green apple and strawberry mango.

3 Hundred Days of Shine

Mike Girard’s Apple Pie Moonshine is his most awarded spirit. And here’s the best news: You can sip it directly out of the jar or the bottle.

On Veteran’s Day, the distillery produces the Zero K Run for veterans’ mental health. Instead of running, they provide a marathon of information-sharing for veterans suffering from PTSD to get them the help they need.

Buy a bottle of Firebomb Cinnamon Moonshine, and 3 Hundred Days of Shine will donate a dollar to the EOD Warrior Foundation for families of their fallen soldiers.

“My greatest joy,” Girard says, “is watching the look on people’s faces when they try moonshine for the first time. They are blown away by how much they enjoy it, and they become part of our family.”