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Local Takes: Dallas-Fort Worth

“When Ale Ochoa pulls up to her workplace, a ranch in southeast Fort Worth, she always takes time to enjoy the short journey from the gate to the door, which affords a fine view of the city’s skyline. “It’s a proper introduction,” she says.”

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Bartenders Tell Us Which Distilleries To Visit This Winter

“’Firestone & Robertson’s Whiskey Ranch in Fort Worth, Texas. Founders Leonard Firestone and Troy Robertson are great people and they really hit a home run with Texas Whiskey. Whiskey Ranch is set on an 18-hole golf course with beautiful views overlooking downtown Fort Worth.’ – Jason Miller, general manager at Little Red Wasp in Fort Worth, Texas.”

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Is “Wilderness to Bottle” the New Farm To Table?

“All fermentation begins with yeast—and each distillery’s choice of yeast can have drastic effects on the final product, especially when it comes to bourbons and whiskies, or other “brown spirits.” Whereas nearly all distilleries use commercially available yeast to kickstart their fermentation, Firestone & Robertson in Forth Worth has raised the bar even higher by isolating a proprietary yeast strain from none other than Texas’s state tree, the pecan.”

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Six Texas Bourbons to Drink Right Now

“Rather than using commercial yeasts to ferment their bourbon recipe into distillate, head distiller Rob Arnold has developed a wild yeast strain from the native pecan tree to distinguish this unique Straight Bourbon. The use of red winter wheat adds a soft, silky character to this bourbon, which leads with notes of summer yellow flowers, tangerine, and vanilla cream and finishes with red berries, bitter orange, and honey.”

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CU Boulder Grad Launched Whiskey Business

“With 20 years of business experience both Troy and I have become very disciplined professionals. But, we came to this particular business with passion and we didn’t have any industry scars. So, when the distributors and accountants and …whoever … said to us “you can’t do that” we just asked them to give us a good reason why not. And, they couldn’t. [So we did]”

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Can Liquor Have a Local Taste? They’re Banking on It

“For his dissertation, Mr. Arnold is examining how soil and climate in different parts of the state affect the flavor characteristics in corn, and whether those qualities come through in a distilled and aged spirit — a project that, he believes, will help him make whiskeys that can be identified with specific parts of Texas. “What I’m hoping to do is tap into flavors that have been forgotten,” he said.”

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The Best Distilleries to Visit in Texas

“Whiskey Ranch is a gorgeous place to spend the afternoon, as it sits on an 18-hole golf course and has views of downtown Fort Worth, a large fire pit with outdoor seating, and plenty of room to spread out. Smooth whiskey cocktails are served at the bar, and a back patio behind the bar offers a deck with seating and cornhole.”

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Fields of dreams: Texas project seeks new corn strains for whiskey

“A master distiller and a crop scientist who specializes in corn breeding are working on a project they hope one day will help bring local identities to American whiskeys.”

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16 Father’s Day Gifts for Dads Who Love Food, Booze, and Cooking

“This coffee table prize is one whiskey enthusiasts will flip through for hours.”

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6 Women in Whiskey to Watch

“Ochoa, whose job title is “Whisky Scientist,” joined Fort Worth, Texas-based Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. in July, 2017. “I became interested in whiskey,” she says, “when I learned about Scottish whiskies in an undergrad history class at Texas A&M.””

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A Dream Distilled

“Set back far from the entrance, at the end of a meandering road, the compound overlooks a lake on the new 18th hole of the golf course, with a sweeping view of downtown Fort Worth at the back. The Ranch House, the main visitors building, is all dark wood and stone, with a wraparound patio and a large, new event space—called The Oak Room, with a capacity of around 400 standing and 180 seated—that has a manor fireplace and custom-made steel ornamentation.”

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Texas Distillery Has Stroke of Genius and Opens Golf Course

“Whiskey Ranch is a 112-acre plot that houses the aforementioned golf course as well as a huge “open-timbered” visitors center.”

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Distillery Dreams

“Calling it Whiskey Ranch summons a laid-back Texas spirit the friends embrace, one illustrated easily when you pull through the property gates and head up a winding drive to the assemblage of buildings that constitutes the new distillery.”

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Largest Distillery West of the Mississippi Set to Open This Fall on Historic Golf Course

“The brand, which was founded in 2010, is planning to open ‘the largest whiskey distillery West of the Mississippi’ in Fort Worth – on a legendary old golf course no less.”

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Can local distillery be the catalyst for redevelopment?

“We’re trying to create an environment that will satisfy those senses. People will be able to come in, see the mash, actually fermenting,” he says. “It’s amazing to see because it looks like it’s boiling, but it’s just all the yeast activity that makes the mash bubble.””

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Firestone & Robertson TX Whiskey Cocktails

“Small-scale craft distilleries dot the West from Seattle to Breckenridge, Colorado, to the Lone Star State. Firestone & Robertson Distilling Company, out of Fort Worth, Texas, is among the best.”

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Bourbon Buzz! GMT tours the Firestone & Robertson Distilling Company

“I visited Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co., this place is fantastic!”

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That time 1,000 people lined up to buy bourbon … and barely drank a drop

“Cars came from everywhere and people jumped out to grab a spot in line, almost as if they were camping out for Springsteen tickets, circa 1984. Most seemed unconcerned about how far it was to the front door, or how long they’d have to wait.”

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Whiskey Made in Fort Worth Sells Fast

“Two whiskey lovers are creating their own spirits in Fort Worth’s first legal distillery, and their handcrafted bottles are in such demand that many liquor stores are already sold out.”

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