Review of Coastal Bend Distilling Co by TexasRealFood
Coastal Bend Brewing, in a county resolution, is the “Official Distillery of Bee County”. Opened in December 2018, owners Kenneth and Eveline Bethune wanted to invest in a company that “would benefit the local community (but) is not wholly dependent on the community for revenue”. The distillery takes its name after the recognizably South Texas part of Texas. The owners feel the company's name “captures” the South Texas pride in all their products.The distillery is currently waiting for their Texas Bourbon to age. Meanwhile, they offer four spirits including the so-called “accidental gin” named Lucky Star. “It is more of a non-gin-drinkers gin,” Kenneth says. The gin was "a happy accident" despite not having all the usual ingredients needed to create gin. The group also bottles blended whiskeys and offers Live Oak Vodka.The tasting room, made from a repurposed hardware store adjacent to the distillery, includes a dance hall available for special events.