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“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.
“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.
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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.
Congrats to Texas Distillery - Acre Distilling - for making the list of 9 best craft distillery tasting rooms!
Congrats to Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling for being named one of the best local Breweries in the U.S.
Distilling, like brewing and winemaking, is a fairly young industry in Texas. Prohibition quashed the majority of manufacturers early in the 20th century.
The first Texas distillery of the modern era was Fifth Generation Inc. in Austin, creator of Tito’s Vodka, founded in 1995. Even when some of the early local distilleries, such as Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. in Fort Worth and Western Son Distillery in Pilot Point, fired up stills in 2011, they were ahead of the curve, though not by much.
Shortly thereafter, the thirst for locally made spirits exploded, driven primarily by a renewed interest in whiskey from young drinkers.
Between 2010 and 2016, sales of U.S. bourbon and Tennessee whiskey increased 41 percent to 21.7 million cases, according to the U.S. Distilled Spirits Council. Couple that with the amount of American bourbon and whiskey exported around the world and you’re drinking up a $3.3 billion industry - a bona fide boom, as some have called it.
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.