As Jim and I sat down with Five Points Distilling (Lone Elm Whiskey) this week I was reminded of how much wheat goes into Texas Whiskey and how many Texas Counties use to be alcohol free (dry). Memories of taking the over 100 mile drive for my stepfather to get beer, which was almost a weekly occurrence rang through my mind. Today only a hand full, 5 to be exact are dry and thank goodness as we might never had the chance to experience the whiskey that comes from my home state today.
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Being a dry county didn’t mean you couldn’t consume it, it was just a lot of work to go get it. So with that it was the normal site to see people buying beer by the cases and grabbing several bottles of their favorite hooch for a long haul home. Some towns even had clubs that you paid to bring to alcohol to. Can you imagine that today (Pay $25 and I will let you bring your bottle in my establishment and I will also charge you to pour it). Wow how things have changed over the last 40 years.
Now as for wheat in Texas whiskey, the only explanation for it being one of the main grains in whiskey is that it is available. Many farmers grow it as a winter cover crop. Does rye even grow in Texas? Why yes it can but the climate is so much better for wheat and corn with wheat being major grain grown. So it just makes since right. The wheat provides erosion control for the fields in winter so we don’t end up with another dust bowl and the farmers get two crops from their farms. What we get out of it is some whiskey from the Lone Star State that is unique and bold like the state itself.
Lone Elm Wheat Whiskey is just that, Unique and Bold. Something different for those who like to expericance a whiskey that has been created for those that truly love a new path. The Road untamed, the unknown and the excitement of an the of living on the edge.
So it that time again to grab that glass, grab some whiskey that is different from others and have a pour while Jim and I take another trip down The Bourbon Road, this time hitting The Texas Whiskey Trail with Lone Elm Whiskey. Cheers
Mike (Big Chief)
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