Houston's Yellow Rose Distilling Opens Tasting Room

by Staff

Houston now has one of the only galleries in the U.S. dedicated to the work of legendary photographer Jim Marshall who over his 50-year career captured some of the most iconic images in music history. The gallery is on public display at the new tasting room at Yellow Rose Distilling, Houston's first legal whiskey distillery. After an extensive renovation, the newly re-opened Yellow Rose Experience center also features tours of the distillery (where Yellow Rose's award-winning Outlaw bourbon, Rye, Harris County, and Premium American are produced and bottled), a full bar, a 1,200 sq. ft. outdoor deck, and a store to purchase limited-edition whiskeys and gifts only available at the distillery. The facility will also function as an event and entertainment center for weddings and other celebrations.

During his long career, Jim Marshall photographed many of history's most important and trailblazing musicians, including The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison, The Grateful Dead, Neil Young, Janis Joplin, and of course the "Outlaws" of country music, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, and Johnny Cash, among many others. The Yellow Rose Jim Marshall photography exhibit celebrates and pays tribute to those Original Outlaws, including extraordinary images of the very first Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic, the Dripping Springs Reunion, now a revered Texas summer tradition.

"When we started more than 10 years ago, the first whiskey we created here at Yellow Rose was our flagship 'Outlaw Bourbon.' True to its name this was a bourbon that broke all the rules, made from only 100 percent Texas Yellow Corn and aged in American oak barrels," says Michael Langan, Yellow Rose's Head of Distillery. "So, as we were designing our new tasting room and visitors' center it seemed only fitting that we should pay tribute to the 'Original Outlaws' – and their ties to Texas – by sharing some of their stories through the lens of the legendary Jim Marshall."

In addition to the new exhibit at Yellow Rose Distilling in Houston, Jim Marshall's photos are also displayed at Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater in Austin.

"Jim loved cars, guns and cameras…and whiskey. Whiskey was Jim's drink of choice and anyone who stayed friends with him shared a glass of whiskey with him," says Amelia Davis, Jim Marshall's trusted longtime assistant who now owns Jim Marshall Photography LLC, established to preserve and protect Marshall's extraordinary legacy. "We have always wanted to have a space dedicated to Jim's historic country music photography of which the Outlaw Movement is memorialized. Jim felt an affiliation with the Outlaw Movement, 'one of the reasons why I loved them is that they are Outlaws like me. They do it all their way' he liked to say. How better to celebrate Jim's love of whiskey and The Outlaws than at Yellow Rose Distillery."

"With the refurbishment and reopening of the Yellow Rose Experience and distillery, we hope that the venue will become an integral part of the fabric of Houston. To us, Yellow Rose Whiskey couldn't exist without the city of Houston. Our people, process, and spirit are linked to the place our distillery calls home. Even the humidity here provides a unique opportunity to hone our craft," adds Langan. "We're thrilled to re-open our tasting room and invite all of our friends in Houston, Texas, and people from across the United States and the world who have discovered and enjoy our Texas-crafted whiskeys, to come visit us here in the heart of our favorite city."

Tour hours for the Yellow Rose Experience center and distillery are: 

Tuesday to Thursday: 2 to 7pm (last tour at 6pm)

Friday and Saturday: 12noon to 8pm (last tour at 7pm)

Tours and bookings can be made by visiting https://yellowrosedistilling.com/.

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  1. This looks like a fun tour! We will check it out for the weekend!