Balcones Distilling moved into a brand-new modern whisky distillery in Waco, Texas in 2016, leaving behind its home in an old welding shop under the 17th Street Bridge a few blocks away. Head Distiller Jared Himstedt helped build the original distillery, and took us back for a tour of the largely hand-built distillery that helped Balcones make its name.
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There are several things in the bill but by far, the biggest single item for craft distillers is the reduction in the Federal Excise Tax (FET) rate. The bill is asking for a reduction from $13.50 to $2.70 for the first 100,000 proof gallons of spirits. This would provide parity with craft brewers and small vintners, who have enjoyed a reduced FET based on their smaller size for many years.
Meanwhile, distillers of any size, whether conglomerates producing oceans of Jim Beam and Smirnoff, or boutique start-ups crafting artisanal spirits for local sales, pay $13.50 per proof gallon.
These differences translate into a craft distiller paying six times as much in federal excise tax as a craft brewer and 17 times as much as a boutique vintner for the same amount of beverage. To balance things, the ACSA and its members want to reduce the federal excise tax to $2.70 per taxable gallon for the first 100,000 gallons produced.
“It’ll be an exciting opportunity for Texans and for students from all over the United States to come here to Denison, Texas to learn about distillation science,” Professor Andrew Snyder, director of Grayson College Viticulture and Enology, told KTen.
“Texas corn, Texas wheat, Texas water, Texas aging climate, and our proprietary Texas yeast strain,” says co-founder Leonard Firestone.
All bourbon shares the same basic recipe, though each distiller has its own distilling and barreling processes. TX Straight Bourbon is made with #2 yellow-dent Texas corn, Texas soft-red winter wheat, 6-row distillers malt, pure Texas water, and the yeast that makes one whiskey unique from another.
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Whether it’s happy hour at The Blue Door or brunch at The Bar, Midlanders have no doubt seen the Enchanted Rock label. Or perhaps whiskey fans have pondered over a Rebecca Creek or Texas Ranger. All come from the same distillery in San Antonio, which gives it that Texas appeal, but Midland plays a big role in the process.
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