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Ironroot Republic Distillery Tour

Ironroot Republic Distillery Tour

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After covering the brother’s unconventional beginnings into distilling, we next learned about their unique distilling and aging practices. Robert explained that in the course of their training, they had met veteran master blender Nancy Fraley and world renowned french brandy maker, Huber Germain-Robin. The brothers were well aware that their whiskey would be something different. After all, Kentucky whiskey isn’t going to be made in Texas. What they weren’t sure of was exactly what processes to employ. So with Fraley and Germain-Robin working as consultants the brothers began to forge their own path.

Ironroot Republic Distillery

The Founding of Ironroot Republic Distillery

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It was Christmas 2011 and soon to be law school graduate, Robert Likarish, had not just one, but two life-altering announcements to share with his family during Christmas dinner. First, Robert stated that he had no desire to be a lawyer. This was pretty big news considering he was  one semester away from graduation. Ripping the band-aid completely off, he then declared that once he finished his last semester of law school, he wanted to open a distillery.