Welcome to Katy’s Local Distillery
It’s official, we have opened our doors!! Come out and bring the family and pets to sit under the historic Katy Rice Silos while enjoying some locally crafted spirits. MKT is the first distillery in “old town Katy”, and we are proudly located in the heart of Katy in the well-known rice silos. CHEERS!
Open Saturday & Sunday @ Noon!
Nick Jessett, the Chief Executive Officer of the Company, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. He has well over 24 years of management experience and 9 years working in consulting, helping businesses improve their processes and procedures prior to starting MKT Distillery, LLC. He has also spent the past 4 years as a partner in a company that helps brand breweries, distilleries and wineries. He will be working with a team of professionals to build the business and grow it to enviably height.
Nici Jessett, the Chief Operating Officer of the Company, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. She currently manages the operations in a high profile, high-pressure executive office for a manufacturing company. She also has several years’ experience facilitating operations in a manufacturing plant. Nici has made great strides in the development of recipes at the distillery. She is skilled at distilling, proofing and bottling the alcohol that MKT sells. She will be working with staff and volunteers to plan MKT events, community fundraisers and benefits supporting friends of MKT.
MKT Distillery, LLC is a business that has been established with the aim of competing favorably with other leading distilleries and brands in the industry. This is why we will ensure that we put the right structure in place that will support the kind of growth that we have in mind for our business.
In 1893, the Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad started laying rails through the area, and began operation in 1895.
The town named after the MKT Railroad (which was commonly referred to as the “K-T” Railroad) developed around the original train stop and railroad tracks, and today is known as Katy, Texas. The MKT line brought residents and opportunity to Katy and around 1900 Katy rice farming became an important part of life. Rice farming was very successful and the Katy soil was fertile.
Katy’s first rice dryer was built in 1940. Katy had plenty of land for rice crops, but large crops required more rice dryers. In 1944, Roy Morrison, J.V. Cardiff and B. Ray Woods built the first rice dryers made of concrete in Texas. These rice silos and dryers are the most iconic and meaningful landmarks in Katy.
The MKT railroad, the K-T train depot, and rice are very symbolic to the history and heritage of Katy. Because of that history and legacy, we have named ourselves MKT Distillery and we use locally grown rice in every spirit we produce. By embracing those symbols, we hope to establish ourselves as “Katy’s Own”, which will help market our regional brand. The rice dryers are closed, the last harvest was processed in 2005. This iconic place is where we have chosen to distill our products in order to commemorate the importance of rice to the Katy community.
Now we invite you, our friends and neighbors, to come to our MKT Tasting Room for Katy’s own liquor produced in the distinctive Katy Rice Silos.