In 2008, Chip built the heart and soul of his first distillery with nothing more than a few dollars and the goodwill of friends. He breathed new life into an old welding building nestled under a bridge where he welded and pounded out his own copper stills. Those original stills, the two of them, sat toward the back of the distillery, against the wall, their squat onion shaped pots atop circular brick bases, their narrowing necks disappeared up into the gloom of the ceiling. And when those stills reached the end of their lives Chip, the craftsman, set out to hammer, weld, and handcraft four more.
Chip's newest venture, Tate & Company Distillery promises to be his most exciting chapter yet. Using the skills, expertise and relationships he has developed to date, Chip aspires to make Tate & Company a haven for the craft movement not only through his own distilling projects but through exciting collaborations with craft and artisan distillers around the world. After hand building what promises to be the most versatile craft distillery in the country in 2015, Chip and his crew aim to create a Texas brandy tradition using native and French-American hybrid grape varieties to create a bold new style of American brandy which will embody the spirit of Texas. The new distillery will benefit from lessons learned retaining the positive characteristics of Chip's early distilleries without the limitations.
In 2016, Chip will expand his scope relaunching the whiskies and rum for which he is well-known as well as several new styles of whisky. (But those are too secret to share!)