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A note from Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Raise a glass and toast to twenty years of Tito’s Handmade Vodka! Enter for the chance to win a trip to Tito’s 20th Anniversary Party in Austin, TX with Chromeo, DJ Mel, and Cage the Elephant. The winner will also receive tickets to the Euphoria Music Festival and all proceeds support Emancipet!(Circa 2011) Tito Beveridge taste-testing his vodka at the Mockingbird Distillery. We still taste-test every batch to ensure the highest quality product.
(Circa 1997) Tito Beveridge holding one of the early bottles of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, then called Tito’s Texas Handmade Vodka, posing next to the original potstill. DogJo, his trusty companion of 17 years, kept him company through the early days and long nights at Mockingbird Distillery.
Tito named his distillery after the state bird of Texas, but this is only the beginning of the story. Soon after he purchased land in southeastern Austin, Beveridge stood in the shade of a large tree to survey the site. A flock of mockingbirds suddenly took flight from the branches of that tree, and filled the sky. Tito took that flight as a good omen that he had found the right place to be, and this was the right time to start.
He affixed this sign, now iconic, to the side of The Shack in 1995, after the building was complete. The same sign still hangs today, though the letters are now weathered, peeling and cracked by the hot sun and strong winds.
In 1995, after purchasing the plot of land in rural southeast Austin where the Mockingbird Distillery still sits today, Tito Beveridge built The Shack, with the help of a few friends. In the early days it was the only structure on the land, housing Tito’s desk, a dog or two, and the equipment required for every step of the distillation and bottling process. Today, over twenty years after its construction, the shack is still the epicenter of the Mockingbird Distillery, and houses Tito’s office, along with a few more desks, a few more dogs, and the original potstill.
The Shack is built on a floating slab foundation, with no rebar. Its “sophisticated” ventilation system relies on windows built into the ceiling of the still room.
Emancipet is a nonprofit on a mission to make high-quality spay/neuter and veterinary care affordable and accessible to all pet owners. We manage an expanding national network of high-quality, low-cost clinics; offer customized training and consulting programs to animal welfare organizations nationwide; and advocate for strategies and public policy that improve the lives of pets in underserved communities.
Since 1999, Emancipet has spayed or neutered nearly 250,000 dogs and cats and in 2016 will care for more than 100,000 pets.
We believe that every pet needs and deserves high-quality veterinary care to keep them healthy and happy for their entire lives. But we know that sometimes a visit to the vet is financially out of reach for some families, and inaccessible in some communities. We’re here to change that.