Raising Denver's Spirits

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Welcome to Archetype, a distillery based in Denver, Colorado, built around a passion for creating quality spirits and fostering a sense of community, in equal measure.

In addition to our two crystal clear spirits – Archangel Vodka and Archrival Gin – the Archetype distillery is home to a premier event space for gatherings of all shapes and sizes.

Archetype is dedicated to raising Denver’s spirits, one drink at a time.

From Webber to Archetype: The History of 119 S Broadway

In 1917, the Webber Show opened its doors to the public. Seating 1,000 people, the theater was said to be unequaled in the whole United States at the time of its opening.

It remained a cornerstone of culture for the residents of Baker until the late ‘70s, when it became Kitty’s South, a place that still showed films, just maybe not any you’d want to take your kids to. After Kitty’s shuttered in 2007 and the building’s historic status stripped, the future of this once preeminent venue had become quite uncertain.

Archetype has breathed new life into the theater’s old bones, remodeling and renovating it from the ground up while maintaining its famous and prominent façade. 119 S. Broadway is now home to the Archetype Distillery, and we aim to reclaim our status as a cultural icon of Denver.

About Us

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Michael Chapyak – President/Master Distiller

Michael is the President and Head Distiller at Archetype Distillery located in Denver, CO. His interest in the field of distilling stems from his family’s background of exploring independent spirits. Michael earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Springfield College in Springfield, MA in 1999 and in 2002, he went on to receive his Masters of Science degree from Columbia University in New York, NY.

Ready for a life change, after bartending in New York and working in the healthcare industry, Michael moved to Colorado to begin his quest of owning and operating a bespoke distillery and social epicenter. After earning his Moonshine University certificates in Louisville, KY, he enhanced his skill base through multiple distillation and fermentation certificate programs, on both a domestic and international level. He has also engaged with a number of gin distillers throughout the UK, gaining critical insights into historical and contemporary distilling techniques from the origination of modern gin.


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