Made in Texas: The story of America’s original craft vodka and the man behind it

Tito's Vodka
Tito's Vodka (Tito's Vodka)

HOUSTONWelcome to Made in Texas, where we write about products made in the Lone Star State.

Today we’re featuring Tito’s Handmade Vodka, also known as America’s original craft vodka, and the man behind the Austin-made spirit.

The product

Tito’s Handmade Vodka is a gluten-free, corn-based vodka produced in the state’s first and oldest legal distillery.

The spirit is distilled six times and bottled by Fifth Generation Inc., according to its website.

Is “Tito“ an actual person?

Yes! The person for whom the spirit is named after is its creator Bert “Tito” Beveridge, which by the way, isn’t it ironic that the pronunciation of his last name sounds just like the word “beverage”?

Beveridge, a geophysicist, geologist and sixth-generation San Antonian, obtained the state’s first legal distilling permit and created the popular vodka brand. He was also in charge of creating the bottle’s label in 1994.


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