All rights reserved. Kevin Gray. All we can do is keep going.”. Blackland currently offers four products. The goal is for both the bourbon and rye to be fully produced at Blackland by late 2021 or early 2022 once the liquid, which they began distilling and putting in barrels in December 2018, has had enough time to age in the hot Texas climate. Fort Worth’s Blackland Distillery is making ‘high-tech’ spirits from Texas grains, This Fort Worth company is spearheading efforts to put Texas grain in local beer, How Parkland and its CEO steer their COVID-weary Dallas caregivers through this latest sense of dread, Denton County reports 5 COVID-19 deaths; Dallas County reports 596 new cases, no deaths, Texas Supreme Court upholds Gov. blacklandfw.com. Bedford brewery launches new electrolyte-infused sour beer, Lucky’s Hot Chicken expanding with new location in Highland Park, New J. Rae’s bakery coming to North Dallas this winter, Tamarind Shrimp is an easy weeknight recipe full of flavor, Backlash continues after owners of Dallas bar Redfield’s Tavern accused of homophobia, Mavs willing to trade anyone not named Luka Doncic or Kristaps Porzingis in order to win now, When seventh-round QB Ben DiNucci is prepping for the Eagles... that’s when you know the Cowboys' season is unraveling, 'Keep your mouth shut and play’: Jimmy Johnson blasts anonymous Cowboys criticizing coaches, Cowboys trade DE Everson Griffen to Detroit Lions, sources say, While MLB is celebrating the success of its shortened season, clouds are on the horizon as labor issues loom. Lightning fires cleared the land for native tall grass to thrive in the rich dark soil. All that is enough to make a less-driven person feel lazy and self-conscious about their résumé. Kevin Gray is a freelance writer specializing in food, drinks and travel. But it’s the whiskey that has him most excited. UNQUESTIONABLY CLASSIC. Kevin Gray, Special Contributor. People often say that vodka, a mostly neutral spirit, is the easiest to make.
“I got into whiskey first, and that was the initial pull for me to learn more about distilled spirits,” he says. In addition to The Dallas Morning News, his work has appeared in publications including Forbes, Liquor.com, Men's Health and Wine Enthusiast. Kypreos teamed up with master distiller Ezra Cox, who ran his own distillery in Washington before moving to Texas to take on beer-making roles at local breweries Revolver and Legal Draft. But they still had to dial in the recipes through trial and error. The distillery is also offering curbside pickup for bottles, cocktail kits and even hand sanitizer, which they began making in March to assist with pandemic relief efforts. The vodka and gin are distilled from Texas wheat and produced entirely on site. But that circuitous path ultimately led Kypreos to quit the legal field and put together a business plan for Blackland Distillery, which opened in March 2019. The bourbon and rye are blends ― 80 percent 5-year-old whiskeys sourced from a distillery in Minnesota and 20 percent Blackland’s young whiskey. Distiller Ezra Cox has 20 years of experience brewing and distilling, and a deep enthusiasm for creating premium spirits. The transition from law to liquor began slowly in 2011, when he enrolled in night classes at the Culinary School of Fort Worth.
“With our stills, we’re able to make the same cuts and be consistent with each batch.”. Blackland Distillery is located in Fort Worth’s Foundry District, just west of downtown, at 2616 Weisenberger Street, and north of West 7th Street, Blackland houses a distillery open for tours and and a tasting room offering the latest craft cocktails, small plates, and event space.
“From a business perspective, it makes sense, though, because it’s a quick turnaround from making to selling.”.
Running a new distillery during a pandemic is no one’s first choice, but Kypreos has rolled with the punches. © 2020 BLACKLAND DISTILLERY, FORT WORTH, TX. BLACKLAND DISTILLERY(682) 268-53332616 Weisenberger StFort Worth, TX 76107. Until then, you can find Blackland spirits stocked at most major liquor retailers across D-FW, including Spec’s, Total Wine and Goody Goody, and they’re also available online via Reserve Bar. Blackland Distillery is located at 2616 Weisenberger St. in Fort Worth. blacklandfw.com. You can find him eating and drinking on Instagram @kevinrgray. “It’s the quickest, but it’s not the easiest — there’s a lot of bad vodka out there,” says Kypreos. The Blackland Prairie runs from the Red River to the North down to San Antonio in the South. After 15 years working as an attorney, including 10 spent practicing civil litigation in Fort Worth, Markus Kypreos took the next logical step in his career — he started a distillery. “We made a lot of bad alcohol before we made good alcohol,” says Kypreos. They’re using high-tech equipment from a company called iStill, which relies on a computerized system rather than human instinct to ensure precision in each batch. Abbott’s order limiting counties to one mail ballot drop site, Texas National Guard to send up to 1,000 troops to major cities for support after election, Dallas erased a Black community to build parking lots.
“The alcohol business is super competitive,” says Kypreos, and with bars closed these past few months, they lost a significant distribution channel. Blackland Distillery is located at 2616 Weisenberger St. in Fort Worth. Kevin Gray is a freelance writer specializing in food, drinks and travel. Founder Markus Kypreos is a Fort Worth native, attorney, Culinary School of Fort Worth graduate, and certified sommelier. He notes that gin is the most similar to cooking, because you’re flavoring a neutral spirit with botanicals. THE DISTILLERY. Located in Fort Worth's Foundry District, the distillery is named for the Blackland Prairie, an ecoregion that runs from the Red River in the north to San Antonio in the south, and is characterized by its rich, dark, crop-friendly soil. It’s also the focus of a Blackland experiment, in which they’re barreling a 100 percent triticale whiskey to release down the road when Kypreos and Cox deem it ready. Blackland’s handsome tasting room and lounge is currently closed because of COVID-19, but once it reopens, you can head there for craft cocktails courtesy of Megan McClinton, the experienced barkeep from the Usual and Thompson’s Bookstore. “The first thing I learned was that it was hot, and I didn’t want to work in a kitchen,” he says. But still, he graduated, and the experience led him to study wine through the Court of Master Sommeliers, eventually receiving his sommelier certification. His curious epicurean outlook inspires the venture.
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