Tito’s Handmade Vodka is America’s Original Craft Vodka. In 1995, Bert “Tito” Beveridge obtained the first legal permit to distill in Texas and created Tito’s Handmade Vodka. We batch distill our corn-based vodka using old-fashioned pot stills and the vodka is naturally Gluten-Free. Tito’s Handmade Vodka is distilled and bottled by Fifth Generation Inc. in Austin, Texas on the very same land where the whole venture started.
Tito's Handmade Vodka is America’s original craft vodka. Based in Austin, Texas, it is the personal recipe of founder and master distiller, Bert "Tito" Beveridge. Using traditional copper pot stills, Tito brings a true artisanal approach to his process, and offers it at a fair price.
When Tito embarked on opening a microdistillery in 1996 there was no known method for its creation, so Tito scoured the library for books on the process of distilling and perfected the method himself. He poured over photos from the prohibition era to gather the design knowledge for his equipment. He fought to create the permit process in the state of Texas to establish his legal right to operate a distillery and became the state’s first. Tito sparked a craft revolution and opened the door for hundreds of other microdistilleries across the country.
Tito worked day and night in a one-room distillery shack that he built with his friends, cooking vodka and catching sleep whenever possible. Tito perfected his 100% corn mash recipe by employing the same pot still methods applied to fine single malt scotches and the highest-end French cognacs, finding the sweet spot at six times distilled. The clarity and unmatched smoothness of Tito’s Handmade Vodka is the cleanest expression of the spirit, and one of very few suitable to be enjoyed neat. It was Tito’s intention to create a smooth and pure vodka that women, with their refined palate, would love to sip.
The brand’s modest label is a testament to the pride and confidence Tito has in his product. The bottle is a simple design developed by Tito himself during the early stages of the brand’s development and he intends to keep it that way – in part to stay true to the brand, and in part not to pass any unnecessary costs on to the people he made his vodka for. Tito has spared the public the sexy spokesmodels and flashy ad campaigns, leaving them to discover and savor the difference for themselves, without any hype.
Tito’s Handmade Vodka received early recognition when Tito submitted his vodka to the World Spirits Competition in 2001. Without being present, Tito’s earned the Unanimous Double Gold Medal, winning over 71 other vodkas, including established and more expensive brands. Tito’s Handmade Vodka has also been awarded 95 points by Wine Enthusiast and was recognized with the “UCC Chairman's Trophy” for World’s Best Vodka Tonic at the 2010 Ultimate Cocktail Challenge.
6 times distilled in copper pots
The Distillery is 16 years old
Tito is a real guy and his real last name is Beveridge
Made from 100% corn and naturally gluten free
Tito was a geophysicist intrigued by the immergence of handcrafted spirits, so he made his own vodka and bottled it as a small batch Christmas present
He maxed out 19 credit cards to start his still
He slept next to the still to keep it running with his dog
He did all the labeling by hand with only one other employee
Tito’s is a Super-premium Handmade product
American made and owned
Straightforward bottle, no fancy packaging needed