We’ve been making alcohol since before the start of recorded history. It’s one of our oldest avocations. But have we become too dependent on big manufacturers, on superstores, on well-known brands? The young people featured in these videos have taken the making of alcoholic beverages into their own hands. They’re not driven by some grand anticorporate campaign. It’s more basic than that. They’re independent spirits making independent spirits.
What happens when a handful of Texas homebrewers decide to not only craft their own spirits, but also to make their own copper and fermented gold wash stills, heat exchangers and hot liquor tanks? Chip Tate and the men of Balcones Distillery distill daily with their hammered, patinaed equipment, crafted from the ground up. The result is some of the best whisky around. That glass in your hand? It’s made from honey, figs, corn, camaraderie, and an unwillingness to compromise.
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