Discover 10 Black-founded distilleries

13th October, 2020 by Nicola Carruthers

Highway Distillery

The Highway Distillery in Austin, Texas, produces what is thought to be the state’s first hemp-infused vodka.

It is the brainchild of lifelong friends Ben Williams and Wendell Robbins III who spent nearly eight years perfecting the recipe of Highway Vodka. The venture also marks the first fully Black-owned distillery in Texas.

The vodka is made using a unique strain of hemp, locally sourced corn, and water from an aquifer to round out the grain bill of the mash.

Houston native Williams has worked in the events and private education sectors, before partnering with his brother to open Lucille’s restaurant in 2016.

This move into hospitality sparked Williams’ interest in the spirits sector. After launching the vodka commercially in 2019, Williams led the company through robust expansion. Highway Vodka is available throughout Texas and will soon be available in Georgia, Louisiana, and beyond.

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