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And Colorado whiskey—the West is no longer just beer heaven.

And Colorado whiskey—the West is no longer just beer heaven.

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“Texas vodka? Man, that doesn’t even go together.”

That was the reaction Tito Beveridge—yes, that’s his name—got when he started trying to peddle his brew, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, created in small batches in pot stills in Austin, Texas’s first and oldest legal distillery.

You couldn’t blame those liquor-store owners. Texas means beer (Shiner Bock or Lone Star). Texas is for drinkers who want their liquor dark. Not only was this Texas-made vodka, it was made from corn. Not potato. But taste won them over, and Tito’s taste has been winning over vodka drinkers ever since.

Cool story, huh? Here’s another one.

Up around Denver, Colorado, a volunteer firefighter named Jess Graber helped put out a fire that had broken out in the barn of his neighbor, George Stranahan. Turns out, they loved a good whiskey—dark whiskey, not clear vodka. With help from master distiller Jake Norris, who was born in a hippie commune in northern Arizona, they have been turning out small batches of Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, made from 100-percent malted barley (some of that grown in the Rockies). This excellent whiskey is meant for sipping, with maybe...

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