Michael Hoey and Dana Hoey

Michael and Dana Hoey

November saw the release of Red Fork Distillery’s newest spirit: Reverence straight bourbon whiskey. It is the fifth installment in the distillery’s line of Tulsa-made and inspired spirits.

Red Fork Distillery was established in 2015 as Tulsa’s first distillery since Prohibition. Its vodka, Southern Journey, was its first product released in October 2018. During that time, owners Dana and Michael Hoey were doing their due diligence to ensure a smooth opening and setting up the distillery at 3310 Southwest Blvd. that features a 250-gallon copper still.

“When you’re a small business owner and you have a product as good as or better than a national brand, you just encourage people to try it,” Dana says. Tulsans can find Red Fork Distillery’s products on many local store shelves and at neighborhood restaurants. A complete list can be found at redforkdistilleryok.com.

Michael says the local aspect of this business has been remarkable. “We’re really invested in the west side, and the local support here on Route 66 has been tremendous,” he says.

From the start, the Hoeys featured work by local artist Josh Stout, who owns an eponymous gallery just down Southwest Boulevard in historic Red Fork, on its labels. The couple has been involved in Route 66 Main Street and participates in its monthly art crawls.

Several of Stout’s pieces hang on the walls of the distillery, which provides samples to tour-goers and rents the space for small events. The social aspect of this industry was always important to Dana.

“Part of our vision was to create something that brought people together,” she says.

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