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It's a good time to be a spirits drinker in North Texas. With more than 10 local distilleries (and several more on the way), residents now have their pick of whiskey, gin, rum, vodka and more made here in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Here are five distilleries where you visit, tour and sample the local flavor
Today, there are at least 13 distilleries open in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area, and several more are in development. If you haven't heard of them, it's not because their products are subpar.
In 2013, Firestone and Robertson's flagship TX whiskey was named "Best American Craft Whiskey" at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and earned a Double Gold honor. In 2016, both Iron Root Republic Distilling in Denison and Witherspoon Distillery in Lewisville snagged silver medals at the New York International Spirits Competition. Three vodkas from Dallas' Duckworthy Distillery, including a truffle-flavored one, were deemed "exceptional" by the Beverage Testing Institute last year. And that's just to name a few local accolades.
As of August 2016, there were 1,315 active craft distillers in the U.S., according to a joint study released last year by the American Craft Spirits Association and the International Wine and Spirits Research. According to the report, those distillers account for approximately 12 percent of cases of spirits sold each year.
As it happens, more than 70 of those establishments are located in Texas — and several are concentrated in and around the rapidly growing Austin area. The craft liquor boom is partially an exponent of Texas' strong reputation for cultivating small business and entrepreneurship.
Black-eyed peas deliver prosperity in the new year — but they also can bring, as one Texas farmer found out, a boozy good time. Now, he’s distilling with them to make vodka at BlackEyed Distilling in Fort Worth, which recently hosted a grand opening celebration.