The laws and regulations currently on the books make it difficult for craft brewers and small distillers to sell their products. Texas laws even set terms for alcoholic beverage distributors to extend credit to retailers. Ultimately,“the burden of this regulation does fall on consumers, in terms of higher prices, and fewer choices,” says Kelly.
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Government micromanagement of adults, and the industries that serve them, is nonsensical. Consumers have fewer choices and higher prices because of it. Excepting common sense safety standards, most alcohol-related regulations should be streamlined and relaxed from the status quo.
What exactly does Texas heat do to a whiskey’s flavor profile? It’s a cringeworthy cliché, but there’s really no single word that describes Texas bourbons better than “big.” Garrison Brothers Estacado, which we reviewed last year, has a dense, complex nose, full of cinnamon and grain and a whisper of fruit; on the palate, it’s sticky, spicy, and mouth-filling, demanding your full attention. Balcones’s Texas Blue Corn Bourbon is similarly intense, with loads of darker-hued notes—tobacco, leather, burnt sugar—adding depth to the typical vanilla-and-caramel bourbon profile.
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Despite its rich Texas history, sotol is a little-known spirit. The men behind new Driftwood distillery Desert Door want to change that.
Whatever your poison, Hill Country Distillers say they'll bring you a new kind of drinking experience with their spirits and liqueurs.
Desert Door Distillery in Driftwood is crafting a spirit unlike any other from the West Texas-grown evergreen sotol – also known as the Desert Spoon. Both Desert Door Original and Desert Door Oak-Aged are made with only three ingredients: wild-harvested sotol, organic yeast, and purified natural Texas water. The distillery is focused on maximizing sustainability and sources locally whenever possible. Visit the desert-modern tasting room for craft cocktails, expert-guided tastings, a cozy fireplace, comfy couches, weekly live music and a rotating display of art by regional artists.
Marsha Milam’s father struck gold drilling in oil patches in Illinois back in the day. Ms. Milam also struck gold when the 86-proof, single-barrel bourbon whiskey she makes under the brand name Ben Milamwas awarded a coveted Double Gold at the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
The accolade was a breakthrough for her upstart distillery an hour southwest of Austin, in Hill Country, an area flush with breweries, wineries and other distilleries.