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Tom's Town Distilling Co., Kansas City

#3 of 6 in Breweries & Distilleries in Kansas City
Distillery · Food & Drink
Tom’s Town Distilling Co. draws its name and inspiration from the country’s most polarizing and corrupt political boss, Tom Pendergast. Pendergast had roots in the liquor business as a saloon keeper and as the founder of a wholesale liquor company.

Under Pendergast’s influence, Kansas City flouted Prohibition. Tom’s irreverence for federal statutes in favor of bare-knuckled local business dealings allowed his town to emerge as the “Paris of the Plains.” Money, jazz, and spirits flowed like water, right out in the open. When a newspaperman asked Pendergast how he justified ignoring Prohibition, he shrugged and said, “The people are thirsty.”

Today the people are still thirsty in Kansas City and across the U.S. We aim to satisfy that thirst by distilling spirits in the time-honored ways that produce superior products. You can taste our high standards and attention to detail in every sip of the gin, vodka, and bourbon we make on Main Street in downtown Kansas City. The deco optimism and glamorous magnetism of the roaring 1920s comes alive through Tom’s Town.
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  • FYI, the tour isn’t a tour, it’s a tasting and a video. Video did give history of distillery and namesake. You’ll taste five sampling’s. They obs sell bottles as well as tees and gifts.  more »
  • What an experience. Steve did a fantastic job giving us a private tour of the facility, got a killer bottle of booze, got to see it all get made. Just great! The food was fantastic, we did the ceviche, crab dip, and shrimp tacos. All fabulous. Cocktails killed, just great. Love this place. Get off your path and check it out, great booze, great food, awesome staff, what else do you need? 🤷🏻‍♂️ Thanks Steve, see you out to dinner soon. 😉
  • My boyfriend and I went through a tour of Tom's Town on our last day in Kansas City. Although there was only two of us on the tour, Tony did an outstanding job providing the history of the distillery and we learned a lot from him. The spirits are a wonderful product including the gin and we enjoyed a few drinks at the bar after the tour. We definitely recommend the tour to anyone looking to learn about a great distillery as well as Kansas City's infamous history.

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