DRIPPING SPRINGS, TX -– A pair of brothers from Dallas is learning that vodka is a dangerous business -– and not because of one-too-many New Year's Eve shots.
The Kelleher brothers will celebrate survival and renewal this New Year's, grateful that their Dripping Springs Vodka distillery limped through a holiday season of tragedy and devastation wrought by fire.
By mid-January, they hope to have their family business, San Luis Spirits -– operating less than two years -– back up to 100%, shipping 3,400 cases a month into a market increasingly thirsty for Texan spirits.
But they look ruefully on the past 20 months, with two fires, and a flood during the epic rains of 2007, and wonder what else they'll have to overcome in order to make vodka, as their great-great-great-grandparents did.
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Note: Dripping Springs Vodka won a gold medal for best in class/non-European vodka, in the 2008 International Wine and Spirit Competition.
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