Hitting it Against the Odds
Tito is a geophysicist with an unlikely path to becoming a famed microdistiller. In 1997, Tito went to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Administration (TABC) to obtain a permit to operate a commercial vodka distillery only to be told it was illegal in the state of Texas. After scouring the library for old legal books citing state regulations, Tito found the clause that noted it was in fact legal to open such a distillery in the state. After several appeals, Tito won his case and opened the very first legal distillery in the state of Texas, a one-room shack that he hand-built himself. When Tito embarked on opening his own microdistillery he worked day and night in the one-room shack, cooking vodka and catching sleep whenever possible. Tito even maxed out 19 of his credit cards!
Tito’s Handmade Vodka is one of the fastest-growing craft spirits on the market, and the vodka is one of the purest available. Tito’s is heralded by the country's top bartenders and mixologists as one of the smoothest expressions of the spirit, and Wine Enthusiast awarded it a score of 95 Points -- higher than Ketel One, Absolut, Belvedere, and Grey Goose. Tito Beveridge is made of 100% corn mash, so it is also gluten free! Tito’s operation has grown to national distribution, is widely sold in all 50 states.
Tito Beveridge didn't set out to build a big nationwide vodka company. He just set out to meet some girls, write off his bar tab, and maybe make $1,200 a month. But he followed his dream, did what he loved, and beat the odds.
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