Best Hometown Spirit

In 1906, a big shipment of Old Early Times bourbon left Bardstown, Ky., bound for Las Vegas’ Arizona Club. To get here, it traveled a lot longer than Las Vegas Distillery spirits do to get to local liquor stores. Distiller George Rácz paved the way for future local artisan distillers in 2011 by becoming the first legal Nevada distillery since Prohibition. Rácz is grateful, and gives back to the state that took a chance on him by using local or Nevada-grown products wherever possible for his vodka, whiskey and gin—even if it means harvesting the juniper himself. Rácz opens his heart and his distillery to anyone curious about distilling in the wild, wild West.