Family-owned and operated artisan distillery located in Lowry Crossing, Texas.
In 1836, the new Republic of Texas instituted a policy of distributing public lands to encourage settlement. In 1845 the Republic of Texas passed the Preemption Act thus creating “Preemption Grants”. In early December 1845, the land the Distillery is built upon received it’s preemption grant from the Republic. Later that month, in December 1845, the Congress of Texas voted to join the United States of America, making 1845 the last year of the Republic of Texas.
1845 Distilling Company is named in honor of those early Texans who sacrificed to make a better life for their family and to celebrate the last year Texas was an independent country. Between 1846 – 1898 the State of Texas continued issuing preemption grants to early Texas settlers. In 1860, the ancestors of our Distiller received their preemption grant from the State of Texas. His family still owns the original homestead. Many relatives have been born on that property. His Grandmother, now in her 90’s, still lives on that land and operates the Family ranch. With the birth of the next generation, their roots are now eight generations Texas strong.
Our Preemption Texas Straight Bourbon pays homage to the Republic of Texas and its settlers. Our first bottling of the Preemption Texas Straight Bourbon is anticipated in Spring 2021.