Yellow Rose Distilling in Houston, Texas is the product of three friends’ passion for the distilling industry. Ryan Baird started his career in the technology industry and his co-founders, Troy Smith and Randy Whitaker, were in the automotive and waste management industries. All three friends decided to leave their jobs and follow their dream of owning a distillery. What they lacked in experience, they made up for in curiosity and passion.
The trio has moved from working with a 5 gallon still to a 650 gallon still in a matter of years. The name Yellow Rose is based off the story of Texas gaining its independence. Yellow Rose Distilling shares this emphasis on independence and taking a chance.
At Cadillac, we celebrate those whose passion and vision have reshaped our city, our lives and our culture - including the men of Yellow Rose Distilling.
Their continuous passion makes them some of the inspiring and driving persons shaping Houston.