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Houston's First Whiskey Distillery, Kickstarter and Education Experience


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I am the owner at Yellow Rose Distilling, Houston’s first legal whiskey distillery. After several years of planning, Yellow Rose is in the process of building a new distillery and tasting room, in the heart of Houston. We are well on their way, but it’s now time to install the equipment and setup the tasting room. These are very exciting times and we want you to be involved!

Yellow Rose is using a cool program called Kickstarter (www.kickstarter.com) to help engage the local community and raise awareness of our brand. If you are not familiar with Kickstarter, it’s an online site that allows startup businesses to reward friends, customers and others with special amenities. In exchange, givers provide a donation to help the business complete a specified task. In the case of Yellow Rose, we are raising $25,000 to help with the build-out of the distillery and tasting room. In exchange, some really cool rewards are being offered. Example rewards include, whiskey barrels, maple syrup, whiskey barrel bar tables, special events, private parties, mixology classes and distillery training classes.

There are some higher end rewards, that I hope many of you will find interesting and helpful. We are offering single day and week long learning experiences. We already have 4 Double Gold medal winning whiskeys, and many have asked if we already offer classes to learn the distilling, distribution, sales and marketing sides of owning a distillery. This is your opportunity to help a new distillery and learn more of the craft for yourself. This is the perfect opportunity for someone who is interested in starting their own distillery.

The power of this campaign is in numbers. Even small donations and rewards add up quickly if we can get everyone on board! Kickstarter is unique because it is all or nothing! If we make our goal, we will get funded, but if we do not reach our goal, we get nothing.

Please consider our request and help us get the word out about our campaign! At the conclusion of the Kickstarter we will be hosting a “go green” event celebrating the success and opening of our distillery. We hope you can join us, it will be a great time!

Thanks for your support and time,

Ryan Baird


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We met the goal and are opening up to the public on September 20th, thanks for helping get our link shared out! Going through the city permitting process has been a joy. I have admiration for anyone who has gone through this in the past in other major cities. We figured moving would be an interesting process with the TTB and local ABC, but the city has been the real challenge. For any of you who want to visit, just give us a call, we are now back on track! Sorry we missed you Turtle, things were crazy for a while.... We are keeping the existing still, it's a great piece and I think we may do some trial runs in there when we can. It made an ADI Best in Class Bourbon in 2013, so how can we really get rid of it!


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