Tito’s Handmade Vodka is America’s Original Craft Vodka created in 1995 by Bert “Tito” Beveridge who obtained the first legal permit to distill in Texas and created Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
Tito set out to learn about how to distill. It was the early nineties, and pre-internet, so there really wasn’t any information readily available. Eventually, through his research, Tito uncovered a bunch of pictures of old moonshiners and prohibition-era busts. He started building stills based on photos using copper pipe and a simple outdoor fryer for heat, and started cooking.
Once he had “a vodka that was so smooth you could drink it straight,” Tito tried to get some financing, but hit a wall. Investors turned him down again and again, convinced that he would never get his permits, as there had never been a legal distillery in Texas, and they said he would never get a distributor. So, he ended up just taking the money he had saved up while working overseas. Tito built a one-man distillery, fought to re-write the laws in Texas, setting the precedent for the microdistillery movement, built a production still, and got himself into business.
Today, Tito’s Handmade Vodka is one of the most successful microdistilleries and remains one of the purest spirits available. Tito’s Vodka batch distills the corn-based vodka using old-fashioned pot stills and the vodka is naturally Gluten-Free. Another important aspect of Bert “Tito’s” vision is the creation of “Vodka for Dog People”, his “program to unite with our friends, fans and partners to better the lives of pets and their families far and wide”.