Panther City Distillery’s spirits tell the story of a time when the legendary Marshal of Fort Worth named Jim Courtwright attempted to keep the peace in a city revolving around a thriving cattle industry and a rambunctious red light district named Hell’s Half Acre. The Acre was a logical response to the heavy traffic on the Chisholm Trail. All that beef on the hoof and all that testosterone on the saddle entered Fort Worth from the south. Vice was waiting right there on Cowtown's back porch to greet the boys with a deck of cards, a bottle of liquor and a perfumed wink. For more than 30 years the Acre was a sin-and-gin model of supply and demand. It was a two-fisted, pistol-packin', easy-lovin' veritable mall of vice that helped develop and establish Fort Worth's economy. Panther City Distillery’s goal is to set a fire in the souls of the men and woman who are confined to their generic spirit that lacks flavor. Our Hell's Half Acre 1885 Vodka will liberate your spirit and become your favorite All-Natural, Gluten-Free vodka.
Fort Worth Texas legendary Hell’s Half Acre was an accumulation of bordellos, cribs, dance house, saloons, and gambling parlors. Tenderloin districts were a fact of life in every major town in the American West. The most famous and infamous westerners visited the Acre: "Longhair Jim" Coutright, Luke Short, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Sam Bass, along with Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch. Rules were broken, blood was spilt, and alcohol was their way of breaking bread. We believe our Hell's Half Acre 1885 Vodka captures the zeitgeist of the early day of the notorious Acre.
The nickname “Panther City” holds a prominent foothold of history in Fort Worth, originally dating back to 1875 when a neighboring newspaper published an article stating Fort Worth was so boring you could see Panthers taking naps in the streets of its downtown. Initially intended as an insult, Fort Worth embraced the nickname and built several bronze panthers sleeping in downtown to mock the article. With the Rail Road construction falling 30 miles short of Fort Worth and harsh winters affecting the cattle industry, the local economy took a large downturn. This blessing in disguise gave birth to an infamous red light district named Hell’s Half Acre.
Panther City Distillery was founded on July 2, 2015 when two native Fort Worthians got together for a round of golf. After a long day on the course the soon to be entrepreneurs began to brainstorm business ventures to enter when co-founder Brennan Rodriguez mentioned a signature vodka brand synonymous with Fort Worth. Co-founder Andrew Fiero said, “Lets make it eco-friendly” and that night Panther City Distillery’s paperwork was filed. Rather than climbing the corporate ladder for the next ten years, we chose to build our own sustainable ladder. Panther City Distillery’s mission is to be Texas’s first sustainable craft distillery. From our ingredients to our warehouse facilities, we strive to be as environmentally conscious as possible.Most corporations use Genetically Modified corn, potato and(or) grains in their products disregarding the consumers health. Panther City Distillery, however, uses organic Dextrose Powder made from Cassava root to distill our vodka. The dextrose is always GMO Free, Certified Organic, Kosher, and is all natural! It is also Vegan Friendly as it is made with all plant and vegetable products. Panther City Distillery’s vodka Hell’s Half Acre 1885 has a subtly sweet, crisp taste to the pallet rivaling the best vodkas around the world.