Located just outside of Dallas, Fort Worth is known as the city “where the west begins”. It is no wonder that the Wild West culture we always hear of very much comes to life in Fort Worth. Of the many elements of Wild West stories, bootleg or moonshine should strike as the most radical of all. In the stories, a posse of cowboys ride into town, stir up some trouble, and get into a shoot-out with the local sheriff. All that would not be complete without someone pulling out a canister of whiskey from the leg of the boots. While illicit moonshine is no longer a thing, high-quality spirits are still very much popular in Fort Worth. If you have decided to go to Fort Worth to visit their renowned distilleries, then we have made things easier for you and found the distilleries to visit in order to get a taste of the cowboy life. Read on to find out the best distilleries to visit in Fort Worth, Texas.
1. Trinity River Distillery
If you have ever heard of or seen the Silver Star line of whiskey, then Trinity River Distillery is the place to see how it is made. Housed in the old plant of Ranch Style Beans, Trinity River Distillery continues the legacy of truly Texas-made products. At Trinity River Distillery, apart from getting to taste delicious whiskey honey, you will also be brought along by engaging and friendly guides that will show you the in and outs of making the Silver Star spirit. While much of the plant’s historic ambience was preserved, the distillery also has a comfortable tasting quarters for tour groups to hang out and soak in the aroma. If you are huge fan of history and whiskey, then a trip to Trinity River Distillery is one you must make.
Trinity River Distillery
Address: 1734 E. El Paso Street Suite 130 Fort Worth, Texas 76102
Website: Trinity River Distillery
Opening hours: Thu: 4pm - 9pm; Fri: 4pm - 10pm; Sat: 12pm - 10pm (closed from Sun - Wed)
Price: Tour: 10 USD
2. Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. - Whiskey Ranch
Founded by two Texans from Fort Worth, Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. produces the TX Bourbon brand of spirits. Brought together by their entrepreneurial spirit and love for whiskey, the founders set out to discover their own way of distilling whiskey. To make the brand even more unique, each bottle comes with a cap pressed with unique leather. You can also bring your own old boots and have it used as part of the cap design. Not only does it give old, worn boots a new lease on life, it also adds a classy touch to the bottle. A tour at Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. - Whiskey Ranch (the largest distillery west of the Mississippi!) offers a tasting session on top of a trip through every bottle’s journey.
Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. - Whiskey Ranch
Address: 4250 Mitchell Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76119, United States
Opening hours: Thu - Sat: 12pm - 5pm (closed from Sat - Mon)
Price: Tour: 15 USD
3. BlackEyed Distilling Co.
With the amount of vodka labels circulating in the world, it is hard to find another label as special as BLK EYE vodka. Behind the label, BLK EYE vodka boasts a world’s-first formula of using black-eyed peas as its staple ingredient. Today, the BLK EYE label has claimed numerous awards. At the distillery, knowledgeable staff will take you through the story of how each BLK EYE bottle came to be. By the end of the tour, you will be treated to a tasting of their vodka. Whether you like it straight or something more creative, there is sure to be a drink for any kind of palate. Book fast though - they only have one tour session a week! If you miss their tour, drop by their tasting room which is just as great a hangout spot.
BlackEyed Distilling Co.
Address: 503 Bryan Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104, United States
Website: BlackEyed Distilling Co.
Opening hours: Fri: 5pm - 9pm; Sat: 2pm - 9pm (closed from Sun - Thu)
4. Acre Distilling Co.
Located in Fort Worth’s infamous Hell’s Half Acre district, Acre Distilling Co. keeps stories of infamous figures like Butch Cassidy brewing. Joining a tour at Acre Distilling Co. will not only take you through the fine art behind the company’s distilling process but also through the district’s infamous history. To go along with that, Acre Distilling Co. offers up a line of products, from classic rum to “Cinnamon Girl” - cinnamon-flavoured whiskey unique to Acre Distilling Co. Founded by a group of passionate brewers, spirits by Acre Distilling Co. combines the different talents of the team to produce these blends of unique spirits. Apart from their tour, they also have a bar that gives guests a cocktail fix. Visit Acre Distilling Co. if you want to sip on “moonshine” and ride along Butch Cassidy’s outlaw escapades.
Acre Distilling Co.
Address: 1309 Calhoun St, Fort Worth, TX 76102, United States
Website: Acre Distilling Co.
Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 10am - 10pm; Fri: 10am - 11pm; Sat: 11am - 11pm; Sun: 12pm - 6pm (closed on Mon)
5. Blackland Distillery
Blackland spirits taste as classy as they look. Founded by impassioned and experienced connoisseurs in 2019, Blackland Distillery produces quality spirits despite being a young distillery in the game. Blackland Distillery uses locally sourced ingredients to create their own versions of the classic gin, vodka, bourbon, and rye whiskey. Tours at the distillery are usually small, allowing their hosts to give guests a more personal and insightful behind-the-scenes view of how the spirits are created. They take place every Saturday with one session only so be sure to make reservations. If not, their tasting room will provide a serene environment to enjoy Blackland’s spirits. For those looking for a quaint but quality experience, Blackland Distillery will not disappoint.
Address: 2616 Weisenberger St, Fort Worth, TX 76107, United States
Website: Blackland Distillery
Opening hours: Wed: 4pm - 11pm; Thu - Fri: 4pm - 12am; Sat: 4pm - 12am (closed from Sun - Tue)
The spirit of Fort Worth, Texas
Without a doubt, the distilleries from Fort Worth are often a reflection of the Texas spirit. They are also often intimately connected with Fort Worth’s history, one way or another. What better way to experience the city than to sip through its essence?
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