Whiskey distillery in Fort Worth opening bigger location this month

Firestone & Robertson Distilling Company to open bigger space soonRoss Hailey - rhailey@star-telegram.com

Fort Worth will soon be home to the largest whiskey distillery west of the Mississippi, thanks to Firestone & Robertson Distilling Company, opening this month in southeast Fort Worth. Occupying the lush 112 acres of the historic Glen Garden Country Club, the distillery marks a turning of the tide for the Fort Worth-born company, whose incredibly popular TX Whiskey practically sells out the second area liquor stores put it on their shelves.

Shortly after opening their original operation on West Vickery in 2012, owners Troy Robertson and Leonard Firestone realized that location wasn’t going to cut it; they needed more room to keep up with demand. Hence this second, much larger location, nicknamed Whiskey Ranch (the original distillery will remain open for tours and tastings).

Visitors will not only be able to sample and purchase bottles of TX Whiskey, but will also get a ringside seat to how it is made. Most of the action takes place in the stillhouse, where guests can view the 45-foot-tall condensing column, made of solid copper and outlined in thick-glass viewing ports.

Visitors can also sip on a sample and lounge on a wraparound patio. A retail shop will offer F&R products and goods from other Texas artisans, and a courtyard area will offer scenic views of downtown.

The distillery is scheduled to open mid-November. 2601 Whiskey Ranch Road, Fort Worth, 817-840-9140www.frdistilling.com.

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