As craft distilling grows and the pot of dollars gets bigger, disputes seem to get nastier
Like this one at Balcones Distilling. According to a report in the Waco Tribune, there's substantial ill will between president Chip Tate, and his board, and the dispute which may threaten future opeations. Balcones is one of the nation's outstanding craft spirits producers, willing to challenge traditional distillers by using innovative variations on grain, like the blue corn bourbon.
The board has taken Tate to court, accusing him of "acts harmful to Balcones" and “unconscionable and reprehensible” behavior. A hearing is set for September 18.
Members of the board accurse Tate of threatening ("I should have put two in his chest,” Tate said, according to court documents), and it also charges that he made some allusions to the many flammable products in the distillery, and essentailly, that it wold be a shame if something hapened... if the board didn't let him continue on. On August 22, a state district judge issues a temporary restraining order prohibiting Tate from entering the distillery.
Tate's side was't presented in the story. Stay tuned.