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  • Such a unique location must have a unique story behind it. This family owned business is built from determination, inspiration and a whole lot of heart.

    Pat and Amanda Weakland are the backbone of the operations at The Windsor Gardener, High Hops Brewery and The Heart Distillery. This husband and wife team come from diverse backgrounds that led them both to Windsor, CO more than 30 years ago. As Windsor has grown so have their businesses and they have become a destination for people looking to shop or sit back and relax with a drink.

    They began their greenhouse adventure in 1991 with a small seasonal greenhouse in Windsor. Pat represents the third generation of growers and Amanda grew up helping on her family's farm so opening The Windsor Gardener in 2001 made good sense.

    As a home-brewer Pat wasn’t deterred during a nationwide shortage of hops. The simple solution was to grow and eventually sell them from the garden center. It’s easy to see from there how business number two, High Hops Brewery, was born. Unmatched care and quality go into award winning High Hops beer with many ingredients sourced from on-site.

    How do you stay relevant in a region becoming full of breweries? You add a distillery and offer even more fun, flavor and a touch of sophistication for your customers. The Heart Distillery was brought to fruition in August of 2018 and offers award winning gin, whiskey, vodka and absinthe.

    Pat and Amanda have two children, Zach and Rachel, who are deeply involved in the business; Zach is the head distiller and brewer, and Rachel handles bookkeeping and marketing. The family work dynamic is rewarding, motivating, and ultimately worth every long day and late night. Their success lies in being friends with one another, loving what they do and great communication.

    The next time you’re in, keep an eye out for this inspiring and innovative family and say ‘hello or wazzup!’.



Amanda Weakland

Founder, Owner, CEO

Just come in to the distillery/garden center/brewery, and you can see the detail in every corner, the enthusiasm in each employee, and the happiness throughout the entire space. These are terrific examples of the dedication and care Amanda has for this wonderful establishment. Outside of work (and, really inside the businesses as well) Amanda likes to spend time with her two kids, pictured to the left - Hugo & Hazel the dogs, as well as her biological children, Zach and Rachel, who she feels so lucky to get to work with every day. You'll find her hiking in the mountains, doing yoga with her dogs and husband, or gardening on her days off. Next time you're in, be sure to give a shout out to Amanda!

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Zach Weakland

Head Brewer, Production Manager, Head Distiller

Zach enjoys Colorado to the fullest. He and his wife, Kati, enjoy hiking, biking, snowboarding and gardening. When he’s not hard at work in the brewery or distillery he tends to a menagerie of animals including sheep, goats, chickens, two dogs and a cat. Life is good.

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