Tito's Handmade Vodka Contest
Win a trip to Austin, Texas, featuring $500 in dining and a meet and greet with the founder of Tito's Handmade Vodka, Tito Beveridge.
Enter to win a trip for TWO to Austin, Texas and a tour of Tito's Handmade Vodka Distillery!
The winner of the Tito's Handmake Vodka contest will receive:
- Round-trip flight for two to Austin, Texas
- Two nights, three days weekend accommodations for TWO in Austin, Texas at the San Jose Hotel:
Located on South Congress Avenue, this urban, bungalow-style hotel is nestled behind stucco walls in the heart of the hippest neighborhood in the city.
- A private tour of Tito's Handmake Vodka Distillery with owner and mastermind behind the brand, Tito Beveridge (Yes, that's his real name!):
Tito's Handmade Vodka was granted double gold medals against 72 vodkas at the World Spirits Competition. Wine Enthusiast gave this top-notch vodka a 90–95 point rating.
- A $200 gift certificate to Ranch 616:
Chef/Owner Kevin Williamson decided long ago to concentrate more on the entire concept of the restaurant, South Texas Ice House. The innovative cuisine encompasses flavors from the Gulf of Mexico to the border towns of Texas. Along with prime cuts of Texas beef and chicken, Ranch 616 serves whole fish such as flounder, tilapia, and trout and other fresh seafood daily. The Fire in the Hole cocktail is a must-try.
- A $50 gift certificate to Kung Fu Saloon:
Located on West 6th Street area, this watering hole features a full bar, including 24 beers on tap and a sake bomb menu, as well as 14 vintage arcade games. For the full Kung Fu experience, ask the bartender to mix you up a Pickle Back.
- A $50 gift certificate to The Continental Club:
The granddaddy of all local music venues, this hot spot has enjoyed a coast-to-coast reputation as the premiere club for live music in Austin since 1957.
- A $50 gift certificate to Cedar Street Courtyard:
For 15 years, this bar has paired two of Austin’s favorite indulgences: Nightly live music and sumptuous cocktails. It features some of the biggest acts in the music world, from bluesy jazz groups to cover bands.
- A $200 gift certificate to La Condesa:
La Condesa is an award-winning modern Mexican restaurant, starring Executive Chef Rene Ortiz and Food & Wine Magazine Best New Pastry Chef Laura Sawicki. It's been nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award for Best New Restaurant and features a noteworthy selection of Tequila as well as a craft bar program overseen by Cocktail World Cup champion Nate Wales. Located in the vibrant 2nd Street District of downtown Austin, it's just across the street from the W Hotel Austin and the world-famous Austin City Limits. Check out the delectable Watermelon Elderflower Martini.
Transporation to and from venues not included; Blackout dates apply. Read the terms and conditions.
Tito’s Handmade Vodka is produced in Austin at Texas’ first and oldest legal distillery. It’s made in small batches in an old fashioned pot still by owner Tito Beveridge, a 40-something Geologist. Tito’s Handmade Vodka is designed to be savored by spirit connoisseurs and everyday drinkers alike. It's microdistilled in an old-fashioned pot still, just like fine single malt scotches and high-end French cognacs. This time-honored method of distillation requires more skill and effort than modern column stills, but it’s well worth it.
Meet the Man Behind the Brand
"I just kept messing with it until I got to where everybody liked my vodka better than the other stuff you could buy at the time. I basically just kinda kept working at it and working at it," he says. "We bought every vodka that was on the shelf, we put them in little kerr jars and tasted all and came up with the two best ones. When mine beat the other two best ones then I figured that I had my formula right. My friends were all kinda my guinea pigs."
Tito Beveridge is the founder and owner of Tito's Handmade Vodka. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Beveridge graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in geology and geophysics. He started to make flavored vodka for his friends to give as Christmas presents in the early '90s, and that's when he began to consider persuing his hobby seriously. Beveridge taught himself about the distilling business, and "it was pre-Internet, so there really wasn't any information about how to make it," he says. But he took what he learned from books and began distilling his own vodka.
Beveridge soon built a one man distillery, and so successfully that he received a phone call to come to attend the World Spirits Competition. Tito's Handmade Vodka was granted double gold medals against 72 vodkas from around.
"I appreciate ya’ll supporting Tito’s Handmade Vodka," he says. "It’s really been a dream come true for me."