The Craftmasters series kicks off at Homestead Manor in less than two weeks! We couldn’t be more excited to partner with H Clark Distillery for the first installment of the year on Thursday, April 6! The Thompson’s Station-based distillery–less than a mile from Homestead–creates hand-crafted spirits one small batch at a time, possessing a passion for quality and craft integrity.
In 2014, H Clark Distillery became the first legal distillery in Williamson County in over 100 years. It took Heath Clark–the man behind the spirits– seven years from inception to selling his first bottle.
“It’s all about the smell of whiskey,” said Heath. “I just love it. There’s a little hospitality in every bottle.”
Heath draws inspiration from his surroundings in Thompson’s Station. For Heath and his team, every batch is an opportunity to “bottle up the place.”
“Each of our spirits is a little bit of Thompson’s Station. It’s the people, the surroundings, the air–it’s everything.”
Heath and his wife Becky decided to make Thompson’s Station their home in 2009 after falling in love with the tight-knit community. In addition to the warm and welcoming vibe, the couple was attracted to the landscape of rolling hills and farmland.
“Coming to Thompson’s Station felt good. It truly felt like home. It’s always special to feel at home in a place.”
According to Heath, bourbon is the flagship of the H Clark brand, even though they are best known for their gin.
“What I really want to be known for is that everything we make is good.”
Their complete offerings include Tennessee Black & Tan–a quirky oatmeal stout whiskey, Tennessee Dry Gin, New Whiskey and Tennessee Bourbon. All of the spirits are made on-site, with no outsourcing. Heath hopes that with each sip, customers can sense the passion put forth in hand-selecting grains, malts and botanicals.
Although the goal of H Clark is not to make a lot of spirits– but to make a small amount really well– Heath sees the brand growing in the future.
“I really envision being able to take our story and spirits to more places. We want to spread our wings, while maintaining our quality.”
Besides from being neighbors, the teams at Homestead and H Clark are very familiar with each other. Working together for several different fundraisers held in the event barn, H Clark recently concocted the specialty cocktails for the Valentine’s Grand Dance.
“I really enjoy getting creative with the mixologists at Homestead. They are incredibly talented. Their take on the French 75 is remarkable.”
We are looking forward to partnering with Heath and H Clark Distillery once again–this time for Craftmasters. The Harvest team–led by Executive Chef Donnie Counts– will create a three-course meal inspired by the dynamic flavors of H Clark spirits.
In addition to dinner, each ticket includes two complimentary drink tickets and intimate live performances from the best local singer/songwriters. In keeping with the local theme, all proceeds go to our friends at High Hopes Development Center here in Williamson County.
Tickets are $75 each or $560 for a table. Purchase your Craftmasters tickets here before it’s too late!