^
Keep Houston Press Free
4

Made in Texas: Bourbon Ain't Just from Kentucky Any More

In this week's cover story, Dallas Observer food critic Hanna Raskin goes inside the world of Texas distilleries to discover that good bourbon can be found in the Lone Star State too.

Once reserved for only a handful of bottlers, there has been an explosion of small, independent whiskey across the country, particularly in Texas. With laws changed to allow for "craft" distillers, homemade bourbon is becoming as commonplace as wine and beer.

When it comes to Texas, we like our alcohol and Raskin found that the natural ingredients found in Texas rival those of more traditional whiskey-producing states like Kentucky, where 95 percent of bourbon is bottled.

Texas doesn't have the monopoly on weather extremes, but it does possess a healthy corn crop, making the state one of the few places where distilleries can fashion a "local" product from homegrown corn and erratic weather.

Now, you can have your microbrew beer with a shot of micro-distilled whiskey. Can we get a "Hell yeah?"

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.