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    Good "Makers v Fakers' Article in Dallas Observer

    Like most people, I like it when people agree with me and spell my name right, but even beyond that I think this is a particularly good article about craft distilleries, micro producers, and transparency. It's long but worth reading. It's in the Dallas Observer and so the focus is on Texas-based producers, but it's all applicable to everywhere. I also like that she's not afraid to step on toes when it's necessary.

    Here's the link again in case you missed it above.

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    Re: Good "Makers v Fakers' Article in Dallas Observer

    Thanks for the link, Chuck....er, "Charles." As a Texas booze nerd, I get tired of the shameless pandering to our Texas pride by some producers. I feel I've got a handle on Balcones and Garrison on the one hand, and F&R and Rebecca Creek on the other hand. But there's now so much TX-flag waving in the local whiskey aisle, that I'm losing patience with sussing out what's legit among the newer brands, such as Herman Marshall. Hopefully, the Observer article will encourage my fellow Texan buyers to do their due diligence pre-purchase.


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    Re: Good "Makers v Fakers' Article in Dallas Observer

    Quote Originally Posted by Eskwar View Post
    I'm losing patience with sussing out what's legit among the newer brands
    The easiest way to tell is just look at the producer statement on back of the bottle. Does it say distilled by, or something else?

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    Re: Good "Makers v Fakers' Article in Dallas Observer

    Quote Originally Posted by Balcones Winston View Post
    The easiest way to tell is just look at the producer statement on back of the bottle. Does it say distilled by, or something else?
    Winston - does this apply to any spirit? Several Vodka brands that I know are bulk GNS with water added say Distilled by XYZ Company.

    The other thing to note is "Distilled in" is treated completely different than "Distilled by" by the TTB.

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    Re: Good "Makers v Fakers' Article in Dallas Observer

    Quote Originally Posted by wadewood View Post
    Winston - does this apply to any spirit? Several Vodka brands that I know are bulk GNS with water added say Distilled by XYZ Company.

    The other thing to note is "Distilled in" is treated completely different than "Distilled by" by the TTB.
    I can't comment on specific brands, especially vodka since it's not something I follow... you might also consider that they own the GNS plant, too.

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    Re: Good "Makers v Fakers' Article in Dallas Observer

    My local store today had a rep with samples of silver star. He was selling everyone who walked in on trying a texas whiskey. I called him out on it, he replied it was at least partially distilled in Tx. I had to check out and leave to save myself from arguing with him and accusing him of misleading consumers.

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    Re: Good "Makers v Fakers' Article in Dallas Observer

    Great article and the comments by that guy Wade Woodard are spot on :.)

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    Re: Good "Makers v Fakers' Article in Dallas Observer

    Good article, would like to see more like that. Texas heritage is too important to be put on a bottle of fake whisky.
    We're Bourbon Geeks, it's who we are, it's what we do.

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    Re: Good "Makers v Fakers' Article in Dallas Observer

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    Good article, would like to see more like that. Texas heritage is too important to be put on a bottle of fake whisky.
    Working on a website to help clear up the confusion...

    www.TxSpiritsGeek.com

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    Re: Good "Makers v Fakers' Article in Dallas Observer

    Great website, Andy, very useful resource. As Eskwar mentioned, so many new shop are taking advantage of Texans' pride. It'll be good to police this trend, even though most people probably won't know (or even care), at least at first. But hopefully over time consumers will be educated.

 

 

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