SHAPING DFW: LEONARD FIRESTONE & TROY ROBERTSON
FOUNDERS, FIRESTONE AND ROBERTSON DISTILLING
Strangers with little in common other than kids in the same playgroup, and a burning desire to create his own brand of bourbon whiskey, Leonard Firestone and Troy Robertson abandoned successful careers and teamed up to pursue their dream together.
In 2010, the duo founded the Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co., the only artisanal bourbon whiskey distillery in North Texas. Due to the fact that bourbon is not an overnight production, and bills needed to be paid, Firestone and Robertson created a proprietary blended whiskey called, simply, TX Blended Whiskey.
Their one-of-a-kind stopgap blend was awarded the Best American craft whiskey at the San Francisco World Spirits competition. Their sales figures only further prove their dominance, being ranked in the Top 10 Texas spirits sold in the state
With distillers doing weekly bourbon sampling testing for readiness, the culmination of their dream is close to reality. Estimates have their namesake bourbon rolling off the lines before the end of the year.
Firestone and Robertson’s research, attention to detail and complete dedication is paying off; the distillery, currently located just south of downtown Fort Worth, is already expanding. The team has secured a large piece of land adjacent to the Glen Garden Golf Course. They plan to become a destination point for tourists and locals alike. By using their space as an event venue while also doing regular tours, there is no doubt Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. is bound to become the next hotspot in the Metroplex.