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Texas Bourbon News, Fall 2014

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The Fall 2014 Vintage of Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey, which is hitting liquor stores right now, is the oldest and finest tasting bourbon we have ever made. We are very proud of this bourbon and can’t wait to share some with you.

But first, I feel the need to rant!

Older Women, Faster Horses and Cheaper Whiskey

Last month, a liquor store manager in San Antonio told me my bourbon was too expensive. He wanted to know why. I explained: “Well, we use organic, food-grade grain that costs four times as much as the grain used by the big commercial distilleries and we use custom-made 10-gallon, 15-gallon, 25-gallon, 30-gallon and 53-gallon wine barrels instead of whiskey barrels. These barrels cost three times as much as a traditional whiskey barrel.” His response: “That’s crazy; you’d sell so much more if it was cheaper.”

Perhaps he’s right; maybe we should make cheap bourbon. But there’s a problem with that idea.

The mission of Garrison Brothers Distillery is to create, build and sustain a profitable, family-owned and -operated whiskey distillery that makes the best tasting and highest quality bourbon whiskey in the world, and in turn, supports and nourishes our families, the families of those who work with us, and the community in which we operate.

Whisky Bible Both BottlesThat has been our mission since we started this business in 2003. Making cheap bourbon does not align with this mission. Bottling whiskey made elsewhere by someone else also does not fit within this mission. Lying, cheating and deceptive advertising do not fit within this mission.

We are who we are. We will not change. You want cheap whiskey, look elsewhere.

Elsewhere

Fortunately for the San Antonio liquor store owner, more low-priced whiskey arrives every day. Merchant-bottled brands are everywhere. I saw a handle of “bourbon” at a Total Wine and More the other day that was $17.00. FOR A HANDLE!!! It did have one redeeming trait though; the guy pictured on the side of the carton had a groovy, hipster handlebar mustache.

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Fortunately for bourbon, there are some watchdogs out there who tell it like it is. The Chuck Cowdery Blog is a great resource. So is SKUs Recent Eats, the L.A. Food and Whiskey Blog, which maintains an amazing list of whiskey makers. And, of course, many of the experts on the straightbourbon.com forum almost always get the story right.

Bourbon lovers have gotten their panties in a wad about this cheap whiskey. Seems there’s a new class action lawsuit being filed every day against a liquor company that might be misrepresenting the authenticity or origin of its brand. Though hilarious to many, it’s not so funny to the guys getting sued. Companies are being torn down and people are losing their jobs.

I was joking about these frivolous lawsuits with my wife.  I suggested: “We should sue the Keebler Elves. We could get some serious coin from those elves. Surely they aren’t making all those cookies. Even better, let’s go after the Quaker Oats Company and Aunt Jemima!” The next day she sent me this:

After that, I read some truly troubling news: Drinking Red Bull doesn’t really ‘give you wings’:

http://time.com/money/3484564/red-bull-settlement-ruined/

Is it just me or has the entire world gone insane?

The Sincerest Form of Flattery

If, like me, you are a serious student of how to make great bourbon whiskey, you might have read Clay Risen’s 2012 story in the New York Times about bourbon being made in small barrels.

It seems Clay and Geoffrey Kleinman at DrinkSpirits.com do not believe that different maturation methods can produce a better tasting bourbon. They argue that age is the only ingredient that matters. Clay focuses his disdain on small barrels and wrongfully assumes that we at Garrison Brothers only use small barrels to make our bourbon. The Drinkspirits.com writer actually provides a blueprint for what we at Garrison Brothers should be doing: “If Garrison Brothers put this whiskey in 55 gallon casks and let it age 4-6 years, blending those casks to a unified taste, they might have something really special.”

These critics give no credence to terroir, climate or the quality of the White Dog that goes into those barrels. Or, most importantly, the quality of the barrels themselves. We use expensive wine barrels because we correctly believe they increase the oak lactones, eugenol, guaiacol, vanillin, furfural, methyl-furfural and iso-eugenol aroma compounds. For those who are unfamiliar with these chemical compounds, they are essentially sugars that come from the sap in the white American oak barrel. They give bourbon and wine its caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, chocolate, clove, coconut, coffee and honey flavors and aromas.

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The critics also neglect to consider the effects of Angel’s Share and terroir in their argument. If a bourbon distillery annually loses 10% of the contents of a barrel to evaporation or “Angel’s Share,” it’s going to be a real challenge for that distiller to make a 6-year old bourbon. There simply won’t be any liquid left in the barrel. If you are planning a new bourbon distillery, you might want to factor that small detail into your business plan.

Fortunately, the bourbon makers at Jim Beam brands don’t buy into this hype. Note this recent Facebook post from Beam Brands about the effect of small barrels:

Bottling the Best Bourbon Ever Made

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The redneck maquiladora is back in action this fall. More than 700 brave, bourbon-swilling volunteers from all over the great state of Texas have come out to help us bottle the Fall 2014 Vintage of Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

We sent out an email listing the dates we would be bottling and we asked for 700 willing volunteers. All 700 of the available spots were filled in about four hours. So, we’ve been bottling bourbon since September and don’t plan to stop until Thanksgiving. If you are in our neck of the woods, you should stop by and meet these great people. They are our heroes.

In September, we were joined by Bob Phillips and his production team at Texas Country Reporter. Look for this episode to air on television statewide later this fall. As always, I sign and number each and every bottle at the end of the production line. If I have to travel, our capable master distiller Donnis Todd takes over the Silver Sharpie.

AggieWarHymnIf you buy a bottle of our Fall 2014 Vintage bourbon – and you should — please look for a love note on the back. We asked our volunteers to write tasteful notes on the backs of their bottles. One gorgeous brunette, who shall remain anonymous, wrote “For a good time, call me when you buy this bottle,” and she put her cell phone number on it. Sure enough, the bottle was purchased at a liquor store in Dallas. The buyer called our bottler and they drank the bourbon together, striking up an enduring friendship.

Another bottler from that college in College Station got even more carried away and wrote the entire Aggie War Hymn on the back. Pretty cool. And it’s good to know Aggies can write.

New Faces. Same Attitude.

While I’m unnecessarily hazing Aggies, I want to introduce you to some new faces at Garrison Brothers Distillery.

Ferdinand The Bull

Ferdinand arrived this summer after a well-documented journey from Wyoming. He stands about 48 hands high and is about 16 feet long from horn to tail. And he has a great story.

While on vacation in Crested Butte, Colorado in 2012, I ran into sculptor Sean Guerrero on Elk Avenue. Sean was displaying a stunning horse he had made from chrome automobile bumpers salvaged from scrap yards. As happens in Crested Butte, Sean and I drank a little bourbon, and the next thing I knew I was writing a check. I neglected to tell my wife about this check or The Bull. A year later, Sean emailed me and explained that he had collected all the auto parts needed for Ferdinand. I still neglected to mention the project to my wife.

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In the summer of 2014, Sean called to tell me Ferdinand was ready and he would begin the journey to Hye. I still did not have the cajones to tell my wife about the idiotic project. Divorce was eminent.

That summer, we took the kids on a four day vacation to Crested Butte. I spent the vacation on conference calls, in meetings with Colorado liquor stores and bars, or on the phone. One morning, during a call with a liquor distributor, my sweet wife brought me a cup of coffee. When the call ended, I rushed downstairs late for a meeting with a liquor store owner. I passed my wife in the kitchen who held up a finger, meaning I should stop and talk to her. The conversation went something like this:

nancyNancy: “The strangest thing happened to me in town when I went to get coffee.”
Dan:      “Honey, I am really late. Can you tell me later?”
Nancy: “As I was driving down Elk Avenue in the rain, I passed this trailer. On the trailer was this enormous, stunning 12-foot tall chrome Longhorn bull. And the sculptor was standing there next to him. So I pulled over to complement his work.”
Dan:      (Visibly shaking and beginning to perspire) “Oh”
Nancy: “Yes, his name is Sean Guerrero and he gave me his card.”
Dan:      (Hyperventilating) “Oh”
Nancy: “I asked him where the bull was headed and he told me ‘to some bourbon whiskey distillery in Texas.’ I said, you’re kidding. I own a bourbon distillery in Texas.”
Dan:    (Having heart attack) “Wow. What a coincidence.”
Nancy: “So the sculptor told me it was headed to a place called Garrison Brothers Distillery in Hye. I replied. Wow. My name’s Nancy Garrison and I own Garrison Brothers Distillery. How much did that bull cost?”
Sean told her how much and said: “You mean your husband didn’t tell you about this.”
Nancy: (At this point in the story, she was still smiling and had begun to cry a little) “No, he didn’t. He never mentioned it.”
Dan:   (Starting to smile, a little): “Well, someone does have a birthday next week. Maybe your husband wanted to surprise you.”
Nancy: (gushing, laughing and crying tears of joy) “Well, he did.”

If there’s ever been any doubt that I am the luckiest man in the world that should now be erased.

Charlie Garrison

CharlieMost people assume my brother Charles has been with the business since its inception. Wishful thinking. Charles has been living with his wonderful family in Arizona for the past 20 years. They owned and operated successful and popular casual restaurants in Scottsdale. But we have always wanted to work together. When a lease on one of his restaurants expired in 2013, Charles started doing double-duty as we began distributing our bourbon in Arizona and Colorado. He managed the restaurants during the morning and spent afternoons and evenings peddling whiskey at bars, restaurants, hotels and liquor stores.

Now, finally, he is Garrison Brothers’ full time whiskey peddler. You’ll see Charlie all over Arizona, Colorado, Indiana and Illinois – probably at a bar. Sadly for the business, he drinks more bourbon than he sells.

Christopher Feller

chrisChris Feller is an American bad ass. He showed up last summer interviewing for a hospitality assistant position wherein he would help Stephanie manage tours, events and the gift shop. He kind of shocked everyone with his wit, personality and uncompromising work ethic. He’s also one hell of a carpenter. I can count on being cornered every time I am at the distillery by Chris, who will unload his next great idea on me. They are always spot on and Chris executes them with enthusiasm and skill. Always wanting more responsibility, Chris will soon take over many of Laurel Hoekstra’s daunting bottling responsibilities.

James (“Jack”) HeikkeneKeennenenennen

JackJack joined us fresh out of Schreiner University where he majored in mathematics and minored in chemistry. It is almost impossible to correctly spell his name: James (Jack) Heikkenen. Seriously, how many Ks and Ns does one really need in a last name. For that reason, Donnis re-named him Jack. He will always be Jack. If you come visit us, we ask that you please refer to him as Jack. We don’t want him to develop some sort of identity crisis.

During his interview with Donnis, Jack was asked the standard, everyday interview questions:

Donnis: “What kind of knife are you carrying right now?”
Jack: “An Emerson Knives Model EDC-1, nicknamed Widowmaker.”
Donnis: “Do you have a pen on you?”
Jack: “Yes, Sharpie Permanent Marker, fine point, black.”
Donnis: “How many guns do you own?”
Jack: “I’ve never counted them all. I’m on the board of directors of the Kerrville Gun Club.”

He was hired on the spot (we seriously considered making him our CEO). He has been a tremendous asset, breaking his back cooking sweet mash in our 100-plus degree kitchen every damn day, and charming the ladies with his mischievous grin.

Paige (“Shine”) Blumenshine

3A0A5066-smThis summer we began looking for help with our tour operation. We were getting so busy on Friday’s and Saturdays that we could barely keep the frigerator stocked with cold beer. And along came Shine.

Hailing from Maurice, Louisiana, Paige Blumenshine is a coonass. She can’t spell “Go” without an E, A, U and X. And she works her coonass off. During her summer F.N.G. internship, she and Chris stained barrels, varnished the Hillbilly Hay Ride, swept floors and rebuilt the gift shop. No one asked her to do any of this. She just did it.

She always has a smile on her face. Hence, the nickname “Shine.” If you come visit us at Garrison Brothers, you might be tempted to flirt with her. Don’t. First, there is a mysterious boyfriend in the picture. Second, her big brothers at the distillery will kick your ass.

Alex Thompson

alexDuring 2013, I kept dropping the ball, missing important events I’d agreed to attend and missing meetings, flights and deadlines. Plus, since I was always on the road, nothing was getting accomplished. Alex Thompson stepped in this July and quickly brought order to my chaos. If you need something from me, it’s probably Alex that will get it to you. If I make a flight or a meeting, it’s because Alex pushed me out the door on time. If there’s a type-o in the newsletter, it is all Alex’s fault.

We share a little office in Austin, which has become our sales and marketing office. If one has to share a small office with someone, one could not ask for a better person than Alex. After a rough start – like jumping onto a high speed train – she has quickly caught up and is making life easier for our family.

But Back to Bourbon

JamesThere is no doubt in my mind that the Fall 2014 Vintage of Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey is the smoothest, creamiest, most sophisticated bourbon we have ever released. When Donnis and I married the barrels together, we knew it would be good, but even we were surprised. We put our heads together and came up with these tasting notes:

Fruit forward with orange blossom, wildflower honey and lemon meringue. Honey, pears, peaches, and cinnamon-caramel candied pecans. Rich, smooth and creamy caramel finish. Perhaps the fruitiest, sweetest Garrison Brothers yet. Well balanced, smooth and playful. A true joy to drink with an addictive finish.

bottlesPlease consider picking up a bottle or a case to celebrate something special: a marriage, graduation, divorce or deer season. You won’t be disappointed.

And if you just want a taste, please consider visiting one of Texas’ sensational Saltgrass Steakhouses. Our good friends at Saltgrass have just brought Garrison Brothers in behind the bar at about 30 locations in Texas, Louisiana and Colorado. The people, the food and the service at these fine restaurants are exceptional.

Do You Serve Garrison Brothers?

It honestly boggles my mind to tell you this: Today, Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey is sold at liquor stores and served at fine hotels, bars and restaurants in 13 states in America. We are distributed in Texas, of course. But also in Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Washington, D.C., Tennessee, and now – believe it or not – Kentucky.

Yeah, you heard that right, Kentucky. Kentucky is and always will be the rightful birthplace of bourbon. There are more barrels of bourbon in Kentucky than there are people. Kentuckians drink more bourbon per capita than anyone else in the country. We’ve been distributing our bourbon in Kentucky for just a month but have already sold about 100 cases there. The reception has been outstanding. Thank you Kentucky! We love your bourbon too.

bourbonflowIt’s no big secret that we at Garrison Brothers are proud supporters of the men and women serving our country in the military. Many of our staff are former Army and we built the “Wall of American Badass” in our kitchen, which contains hundreds of unit patches from servicemen and women who have visited the distillery.

So, by far, the most exciting news for us this fall were the purchase orders we received from American military bases all over the world. More than 300 cases of Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey are currently in route to Navy, Army, Air Force, Marine and Coast Guard bases in Inchon, Korea, Okinawa, and Germany, as well as bases here in the states in Fort Knox, Louisiana, Maryland and Fort Hood. Soon, we’ll have the opportunity to visit these bases and pour samples for the American bad-asses who have got this country’s 6. We’re really looking forward to it. And thanks to all of you and your families for your service and dedication.

The Party Never Ends

If you’ve taken the time to visit the events page at www.garrisonbros.com, then you’re aware that when I’m not in Hye distilling or bottling bourbon, I am sharing our bourbon with new friends in faraway places. Last year, I put 50,000 miles on the black bourbon beast from Dodge. Donnis is taking over events and sales in Louisiana and doing a great job in Texas. Brother Charlie is hosting events in Arizona, Colorado, Indiana and Illinois

If you are one of those strange people who never tires of our weary, worn out bullshit, please come have a drink with us. Here are a few upcoming events where we can all get together for a drink.

To make reservations and for a complete list of all the fandangos we have planned this spring, please visit www.garrisonbros.com/garrison-brothers-events.

All these events will sell out quickly. That seems to happen when our bourbon flows freely.

Garrison Brothers Single Barrel (From Hye, Texas)

In November 2013, we began selling Garrison Brothers Single Barrel Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey from the distillery. The response has been tremendous.

Garrison Brothers™ Single Barrel Straight Bourbon WhiskeyEvery barrel has its own unique personality and flavor profile. We truly don’t know what that barrel is going to yield. Each week our master distiller Donnis Todd selects a barrel he likes from the barn. We cut the bourbon inside to 94 proof with rainwater and then bottle that bourbon individually without mingling it with any bourbon from other barrels. If you come visit us, we’ll let you wax your own bottle of Single Barrel to seal in the contents. Then we’ll gift wrap it for you and it’s yours to take home.

If you’ve got a friend or family member who likes bourbon and wants something truly unique, this is the ultimate gift. Please bear in mind, though, the great state of Texas will only permit us to sell up to two bottles per person from the distillery.

However, since we’ve had such a great response to the Single Barrel, we have decided to start distributing it throughout the country in 2015. More news on this sensational release in January.

Back at the Ranch

If you can’t find Garrison Brothers at a bar or store near your home, you can always come drink with us in Hye. You can smell and taste the corn cooking; walk through the fermentation rooms; nose and taste the “White Dog”; sample a little bourbon from one of our releases; and ask all the questions you want. Trail bosses Stephanie, Chris and Shine will make you feel right at home.

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We offer tours and tastings Wednesday through Sunday at 10, noon, 2 and 4. Reservations can be made here: http://www.garrisonbros.com.

Finally, you don’t have to come all the way to Hye to pick up some Garrison Brothers gear. We’ve launched Garrison Brothers’ Dry Goods Store. There you’ll find t-shirts, whiskey nosing glasses, hats, bumper stickers and cool bourbon shit.

Thanks for staying with us to the end. Vaya con Dios. Have a great Thanksgiving and Christmas and Drink Texas Bourbon.

Kind regards,

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Dan Garrison

Proprietor and Distiller

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27 Responses to “Texas Bourbon News, Fall 2014”

  1. Hey the writers of Drink Spirits are far from Anoymous. All you’ve got to do is click on the About page: http://www.drinkspirits.com/about/ and you’ll see the review is written by Geoffrey Kleinman.

    I’m also on the review team for Whisky Advocate. So far far far from Anonymous.

  2. Elizabeth Van Wicklen says:

    Best to you Dan and staff for continued success. I am so proud to be a small part of your operation !

    Here’s’ s to making 2015 an even better year!

    Always,

    Elizabeth K. Van Wicklen

  3. Dan Ryan says:

    Tell those critics of small barrel aging they do not understand basic geometry. It’s that old “pie are square” thing.
    Smaller barrels mean more surface area for a given amount of volume.

  4. Michael jones says:

    Enjoyed helping bottle 2 weeks ago. Great Bourbon.

  5. jim ezell says:

    Thanks for the excellent addition to the newsletter collection. With all the cheap whiskey coming on the market, I am glad to know first hand you are sticking to your high standards. It is an embarrassment what some Texans are putting their names on. Proud to know you, proud to support you and proud to say “It’s still good Dan.”

  6. LISA MCELROY SMITH says:

    Love your mission. Recently toured the distillery and was so impressed and enjoyed every step of the way. It is great to see how you keep it real and sticking to your roots regardless of the critics. In addition you have an awesome team and Paige is the sweetest!!

  7. john johnson says:

    Well without a doubt the best 2 day party I’ve been to in a long time. I came down from Shawnee Ks., 800 miles all down hill, and it was everything I’d hoped for. Great people, great time. One way or the other look forward to trying it again in the spring. Your Kansas devote, dbl. j.

  8. Dave says:

    Great newsletter! You not only make great bourbon but you have a terrific sense of humor. Garrison Brothers bourbon is the best!

  9. mary sherwood says:

    Dan – I read every word of this Texas Bourbon News that Taylor
    sent me, and loved it. My favorite was your story of the
    silver bull and Nancy. It is such a treat to know you and your
    family, I wish you all the best and hope the good citizens of Hye
    will survive, prosper and enjoy your gang’s hijinks. Mary Sherwood

  10. Jim Harper says:

    I would like to buy a bottle of your “White Dog” cut with rain water. Of course.

    Thanks

  11. Dan Garrison says:

    I think the guy that sent me your review must have deleted your contact information somehow. So that’s my mistake. I will correct the blog. And I want to send you a bottle of our Fall 2014 Vintage. I think you’ll love it. Can you email me your contact information and mailing address?

  12. Dan Garrison says:

    Sorry. That’s illegal without federal approval. And we only sell bourbon, not white dog. The Feds would not approve and they have a poor sense of humor about such things.

  13. Linda Appelbaum says:

    Y’all take good care of my niece Paige!! I like that she has big bros at the distillery and look forward to tasting your bourbon. Also, would love to see you in Colorado where we live. If you come this way, stop in….love to meet ya!

  14. James Stewart says:

    I bottled the 28th and 29th of October for the second time. Great experience again. Interesting that the Garrison Brothers culture is so strong that it continues in Dan’s absence without missing a beat (just wish I had been there for Halloween). I once ran an organization about twice the staff size of Garrison and realize you really have to pour yourself into it with much thought to turn your employees into an owner state of mind. In regard to cheap whiskey: those that want it are welcome to it. I buy for taste and Garrison delivers.

  15. Rod Rocheleau says:

    By far the best damn Bourbon I have ever drank. Living in New Hampshire makes it difficult to find but I would love to know where in Mass it’s sold.

  16. Brian says:

    Hey Dan, remember this short video I sent you on March 18, 2012?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Z-yyzGMzJrM

    Well, I’m still kickin’ – have lost about 60 lbs. since then, but still enjoy a couple fingers of GB on the rocks now & then. Sorry we haven’t made it out to the ranch yet – will try to visit before Christmas to see your distillery.

  17. Dawn Jackson says:

    I was very excited to know Dan was in Kentucky recently. I almost got to meet him, but my friend scared him off after giving him grief about his ‘Drink Texas Bourbon’ shirt. I was thrilled to know they now serve it at Down One Bourbon Bar! Is it possible to buy bottles here in Kentucky? I’m a Kentucky girl and love my bourbon and yours is my favorite! I don’t get to Texas like I want to, so it makes it hard to keep up my habit.

  18. Thomas Householder says:

    I always look forward to your informative and humorous blogs Dan. And, I always read them with about three fingers of your magic elixir to enjoy while I read. Very exciting for Cherry and I to see all that has transpired since our first trek out to Hye years ago. Best to you, Nancy and my favorite bourbon crew.

  19. Walt Remele says:

    Morning Dan…….or should it be Alex?

    Enjoyed talking with you over the table at Jason/Carla’s Hye potluck a few weeks back. Always look forward to reading the Bourbon News detailing the efforts of a great enterprise!

    Walt

  20. Tim Good says:

    Great article, Dan! Enjoyed the bourbon education. My bother lives in NOLA. I told him to get by and see you and Donnis tonight.
    To quote The head Chili Boy…”It’s still good, Dan”.
    Tim

  21. CW Clark says:

    My son is in the U.S. Navy and the last time he was home for a visit we enjoyed a bottle of Garrison Brothers over much conversation and family updates. He commented recently that he hopes Garrison Brothers might be offered with Navy Exchange in the near future. He is currently stationed in Washington state. Any near term possibility of that happening?

  22. Philip McGlasson says:

    so it’s 8:30 a.m. and I’m reading about Texas bourbon.

    Seriously, though. . .just got back from a hunting trip between Fort McKavett and El Dorado. My host brought a bottle he’d picked up in Houston. It went well back at the camp in the evening with a mesquite fire crackling and popping in the fireplace. It helped ward off this polar vortex that brought the temp down colder than a witche’s thorax.

  23. TexasJack says:

    Mr. Dan, glad I finally got to meet you for Oct.22 and 23 bottling session, I had such a blast, and will never forget you guys. My mothers maiden name was Heikkela, which is close to Jack’s name which is Finnish, maybe we’re kin? By the way if you have not seen the movie “Bernie” with Jack Black please watch it, there is a fellow sitting at a picnic table with a short sleeve western shirt and a straw cowboy hat on and drinking a Lone Star beer, look at him close you just might recognize him.,Salud!! TexasJack

  24. James (Jim) Vernier says:

    Who are your distributors in Tennessee? I had to buy my last 2013 bottles from Colorado. It is worth the drive, but I’d like to enjoy it closer to home.

  25. Dan Higgins says:

    My son an I helped bottle the 25th&26th of Sept. Had a great time. Your staff were all so friendly and welcomed us to the Garrison Brothers family. We are making plans to be back next year. Would Paige share her John Daly recipe? Thanks again letting us help bottle the best burbon whiskey made in Texas!

  26. Regan Coleman says:

    Informative article – I did not know much about bourbon, and certainly not know that we in Texas had such a high-quality producer right here. Any tips for a newbie – should I try some straight, or in a drink you would recommend? What would you say Garrison brothers does really really well? Thanks!

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