Named after a 500 year old oak tree in Austin, Texas, Treaty Oak Brewing & Distilling Co. is definitely a fun way to spend your weekend... or in our case, a spirited way to start our morning! Nate Powell is giving us an education on libations.
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When you find yourself lifting the dented cross of an old communion tray to reveal dozens of bourbon shots -- and it's only 9:15 in the morning -- it's likely a different day at the office. As the dedicated few trickle in, distillery founder Dan Garrison raises a toast: "To the great state of Texas!"
Vodka manufacturers often try to achieve an ever-loftier bottle creation that conveys the finesse of their product. But BJ Hooker’s, a Houston-based vodka distillery with roots reaching back to Prohibition, took a different approach with a strong bottle design that features 1950’s bar advertising applied with a ceramic labeling process.
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"You make what you grow," says Kelly Railean, the owner of Railean Distillers in San Leon, Texas, along the Gulf Coast. Rum has a long history in the region, and tiki bars abound. She opened her own rum distillery in 2007, and though many of her craft rums rely on molasses, she, too, makes a cane juice rum, which she calls Grand Cuvee Sugarcane Juice Rum and sells at her distillery only. "I wanted to call mine an agricole," she remarks, "because it truly is, but the U.S. agency that regulates liquor refused."