It’s National Margarita Day, and that means you have been inundated with margarita recipes and lists of places to get a great margarita. But we decided to take a little different approach this year and highlight a handful of American distilleries that are hand-crafting excellent agave spirits right here in the America. The tequila name can only be used for spirits distilled from blue agave grown in five Mexican states.
Tailwinds™ Distilling Company (Plainfield, Illinois)
Tailwinds™ was founded by entrepreneur Toby Beall in Plainfield, Illinois after years of planning. He was soon joined by Jamey Beall as the brothers shared the vision of creating something original & going against the “grain” in the American craft spirits industry. They are focused on returning America’s first distilled spirit to the states with a truly American rum & forging the way for a 100% Blue Agave Spirits distilled here in the United States.
Tailwinds™ Silver 100% Blue Agave Spirit is slowly and carefully blended over several days down to its bottle proof of 80(40% ABV) before it is lightly filtered to ensure we release a quality spirit without removing any of its flavor.
Tailwinds™ Rested 100% Blue Agave Spirit is allowed to mature for over a year inside of American Oak barrels that were formally home to American made Kentucky Bourbons. There is no substitute for time when imparting the rich flavors of the oak and sweet bourbon into our Agave Spirit. Given the amount of time and care we put into the barreling process of Tailwinds™ Rested, we only release 1 barrel of spirit every 4 to 6 months. – Learn more at
Venus Spirits (Santa Cruz, California)
Located in Santa Cruz, California and founded by Sean Venus, Venus Spirits is currently producing organic small-batch whiskey, gin, aquavit and blue agave spirits. El Ladrón (The Thief) Blue Agave Spirit is our version Mexico’s famous spirit. We have secured the best organic weber agave from Mexico and have used modern techniques to create a world-class spirit here in Santa Cruz. Each batch is double distilled in our hand pounded Alembic Stills, and our reposado and añejo are aged in new and used whiskey barrels. A little bit of ocean air, a touch of precision and some time result in extraordinary handcrafted spirits. – Learn more at
Roundhouse Spirits (Boulder, Colorado)
Roundhouse Spirits has created a unique American Agave Spirit called Tatanka. Most Tequilas are made from at least 51% Blue Webber Agave, while popular brands such as Patron is made from 100% Blue Webber Agave. Roundhouse uses the ultra premium Salmianna Agave Plant which is 100% organic.We ferment the plants syrup using a delicate mix of yeasts and Rocky Mountain water, extracting the natural flavors of the plant. The end result is an amazing spirit that is not too sweet but explodes with dark fruity flavors. Why did we call it Tatanka? This is an American Agave and the word means “Bull Buffalo” in the Native American Lakota language. – Learn more at
Railean (San Leon, Texas)
RAILEAN El Perico is the first Handcrafted American Agave Spirit™ Made in USA Certified. El Perico (Spanish for the parakeet) was launched in 2011 to rival Mexico’s finest Tequilas and is the first in a new category of American Agave Spirits™ made from 100% Blue Agave.
RAILEAN El Perico Silver is a clear and typically un-aged smooth spirit, where the true flavors and the intensity of the Agave are present, as well as the natural sweetness. RAILEAN El Perico Silver is distilled multiple times resulting in a pure, smooth spirit. – Learn more at
State 38 Distilling (Golden, Colorado)
Based in beautiful Golden, Colorado, State 38 Distilling is a boutique distillery built by hand with extreme attention to detail celebrating the birth year of Colorado, 1876. Our award winning distillery is free to visit and we take pride in giving one of the industries longest and most detailed tours. Come see how this custom built distillery makes award-winning agave-based spirits, while enjoying two free tastings. We can’t wait to show you around. – Learn more at
THE CLEVER JACK
We start with Fair Trade, Colorado Department of Agriculture Certified 100% Organic Raw Blue Agave and ferment in small 55 gallon barrels. Each batch is double distilled in custom copper stills hand built in Colorado. Our Blanco Agave is then left to rest before bottling, allowing for the smoothest and most enjoyable agave-based spirit on Earth. Nimble and quick. No tricks are necessary for the Jack.
THE YOUNG ACE
We start with organic Fair Trade, Colorado Department of Agriculture Certified 100% Organic Raw Blue Agave and ferment in small 55 gallon barrels. Each batch is distilled in custom copper stills hand built in Colorado. Our Agave Reposado is then left to rest in newly charred and toasted Brand New North American White Oak barrels for 2 months, imbuing a hint of oak and vanilla notes. Young, smooth and altogether superior. This Ace needs no sleeve.
THE WISE KING
We start with Fair Trade, Colorado Department of Agriculture Certified 100% Organic Raw Blue Agave and ferment in small 55 gallon barrels. Each batch is distilled in custom copper stills hand built in Colorado. Our Añejo Agave is then left to rest in medium charred and toasted Brand New North American White Oak barrels for 12 months, during which, heavy oak and vanilla notes are infused, culminating in a spirit fit to be King.