Distilling Good Times in Downtown Port Arthur
In support of Southern spirit and good times, Clifford Distilling, LLC is open in downtown Port Arthur. Get a group together for a tasting and hear how this vet-owned business runs the still so you can taste Kentucky tradition with a Texas twist. Bourbon is coming in the near future.
Texas History, Bottled
Sean Clifford is retired from the U.S. Army and is Texas proud. His 101 proof whiskeys honor the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell. Flags adorn the walls and bottles feature a Lone Star. Blends are named for Texas battles. More on that in a bit.
Tasting Room and Live Music
Get an old west feel in the tasting room with vintage mirrors from area antique legend Snooper’s Paradise. At this long bar, Clifford measures out tastes and explains his line of Texas-themed products. Every other Saturday, enjoy live music from local artists. The stage looks like a porch. Now that’s Texas hospitality. Patrons can savor drinks as they take in a view of the distillery. Check out their Facebook page for food truck and musician activity. Humidor Cigar Lounge provides cigars.
Get in the Spirit
You might find Mr. Clifford in a rocking chair, watching the still. Mrs. Clifford, Wendy, says it takes a lot of attention to monitor the dials for the best product. Their distillation process removes methanol from the alcohol. This could reduce side effects such as headaches and dizziness, Mr. Clifford said.
What are you Having?
Products and labels honor Texas history. Owners say some guests come in thinking they are not whiskey or rum people. After tasting, they come around. Here are some selections to ask about:
- The San Patricio – Texas Rum – In Honor of the Brave Texians That Fought Back
- San Jacinto – Texas Silver Rum – The Battle That Ended the Texas Revolution
- The San Antonio – Texas Straight Whiskey – Remember the Alamo
- The Gonzales – Texas Corn Whiskey – Come and Take It
- The Goliad – Texas Straight Whiskey – In Honor of the Brave Texian POWs Massacred at Goliad
Big fan of big dogs? You might meet Max, a 115-pound American Bulldog who makes himself at home.” Relaxed Max adds to the laid-back atmosphere. He’s at home in the gift shop, stretching out on the Clifford Distilling welcome mat. Extend your visit by taking home some Clifford merch such as branded travel tumblers. One is shaped like a barrel. T-shirts and caps are also on display.
How to Tour Clifford Distilling
Clifford Distilling hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Saturday. The owners say to just stop by. Call 409-300-4023 to arrange a visit or function at 235 Procter Street.
If you’re interested in this stop, consider some of the area’s brewpubs here.
Follow all this tasting up with some amazing #flavorsofpatx. Go right to the dining guide, here.