Today my friend, Kate Beizer, and I decided to join the Gourmet group of our local AAUW (American Association of University Women) branch as they learned about small-batch distilling at the Big Thicket Distillery in Conroe, Texas. The Big Thicket Distillery produces and bottles small-batch runs of vodka, whiskey and bourbon. After examining the ingredients and equipment used in the production process, we were invited to sample some of the products -- Dog Trot vodka, Boom Town whiskey and Roughneck Reserve bourbon. The photo of the stills was taken after the tasting room adventure!
I purchased a bottle of Dog Trot vodka (the name is commemorative of the type of houses built in the Big Thicket of Texas back in the early days). Dog Trot vodka was a silver medal winner in a recent micro-distilling competition in Austin. It is a 100-proof spirit so it doesn't take much to produce a buzz. Bottles may be purchased on-site, in all Spec's stores in Montgomery County, and Spec's Smith Street location in downtown Houston. Boom Town whiskey can be purchased only at the distillery; unfortunately they had sold out of whiskey when we visited. Roughneck Reserve bourbon is awaiting label approval from the federal permitting office so is not for sale yet. I wasn't a big fan of the whiskey, but the bourbon was smooth.
It was an interesting field trip I heartily recommend a Saturday outing to Big Thicket Distillery.