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The Spirits of Texas Texas is the land of plenty: plenty of space, plenty of proud people, and now, plenty of whiskey. The hot Texas air does magical things with the amber liquid that isn’t seen in whiskies from other regions, and Texans are taking full advantage. Because, after all, everything is bigger in Texas—and its robust spirits are no exception. HERMAN MARSHALL North Texas duo Herman Beckley and Marshall Louis opened this Dallas County distillery nearly a decade ago. They began crafting oak-barreled whiskeys made with the best raw materials they could find back in 2008, and have garnered multiple awards and fans throughout the state. Don’t miss their Temptress Single Malt—a unique whiskey infused with Temptress Milk Stout from a nearby brewery—that remains an office favorite. 803 Shepherd Drive, Garland, dallasdistilleries.com BALCONES DISTILLING This quintessential Texas distillery has seen some tumult, but is putting out a great product ever since it opened in 2008. With more than 200 awards earned for its spirits, Balcones is an in-demand, nationally known brand in whiskey haunts from Dallas to New York City. Balcones’ ever-popular Baby Blue, made from roasted heirloom blue corn, is part of their core line, but the distillery’s creative bottles and limited releases are worth looking out for. 225 South 11th St., Waco, balconesdistilling.com RANGER CREEK BREWING & DISTILLING This South Texas distillery is coupled with a brewery, giving them a range of products to keep us on our toes. Brilliantly, this distillery offers most of its spirits in a 375mL bottle, giving the consumer the chance to try more products without the steep investment of a full bottle. Keep an eye out for their Small Caliber .44 Rye, one of their truly unique expressions. 4834 Whirlwind Drive, San Antonio, drinkrangercreek.com

RED RIVER WHISKEY This distillery is turning out five different expressions from a Single Barrel Bourbon to a Bourbon Cream Liqueur. Something else we love about this whiskey? A portion of every sale goes toward the Native Texas Wildlife Conservation. 217 West Division Street, Pilot Point, redriverwhiskey.com KOOPER FAMILY WHISKEY CO. Located near Austin in Dripping Springs, this family-owned distillery appeared on the local scene in 2015 with their Kooper Family Rye. It has since gained popularity thanks to its delightful expression that’s billed as the only rye coming from central Texas. While it’s sourced, they hope to open a full distillery in the coming years. Until then, we’re happy enough with the unique spirit to wait it out. 31560 Ranch Road 12 #211, Dripping Springs, kooperfamily.com FIRESTONE & ROBERTSON Another North Texas twosome, Leonard Firestone and Troy Robertson, bonded over a love of whiskey and decided to turn their passion into their profession. The company started out with its slightly sweet TX Blended Whiskey, but the latest debut is F&R’s Texas Straight Bourbon, a beautifully made liquid that garnered such high demand that it was nearly impossible to get for months after its release. The distillery also found a new home at Whiskey Ranch: the largest whiskey distillery east of the Mississippi River, nestled on a 112-acre ranch on a former golf course near downtown Fort Worth. Check out the tasting room and bar on Thursdays and Fridays, and stay tuned for tours of the state-of-the-art space in 2018. 4250 Mitchell Blvd., Fort Worth, frdistilling.com

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BY SUSIE OSZUSTOWICZ

Where Magazine Dallas Jan 2018  
Where Magazine Dallas Jan 2018