By: Caroline Eubanks via Southern Living
Memphis is known for its music and barbecue, but certainly not whiskey. But Alex Castle, master distiller of Old Dominick, seeks to change that. She’s making a name for the city and herself as the first female master distiller in Tennessee after Prohibition. But it wasn’t the spirit that first attracted her to the industry.
“In high school, I decided to study chemical engineering, because I'd fallen in love with chemistry, physics and higher level math. My...
BROTHERS JOSH AND MORGAN HAMMOND, along with their mother Gay Hammond, currently own Buster’s, which was originally established by R.M “Buster” Hammond, Sr. in 1954 near downtown Memphis. According to Josh, Buster’s was established during the “heyday” of the Motown music movement, with such famous entities like Stax and Royal Studios located nearby.
Before opening the liquor store, Buster had already earned a great reputation in the neighborhood with his “gift of gab” while operating HamKirks...
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"One of these days, I'm gonna have the largest liquor store in Memphis!" Rommy said those words when Buster's was just a two man operation with his dad, Buster. And he wasn't kidding. Seeing a trend in the late 1960's with the city's growth to the suburbs, Rommy and Buster closed their respective shops downtown and ventured "way out" east to our present day location at Poplar and Highland. Selling mostly liquor, Rommy saw an un-met demand for wine and he...
The single-unit Memphis, Tennessee, store takes advantage of changing state laws to grow its presence, online and off.
From left: Morgan, Rommy and Joshua Hammond own and operate Buster’s Liquors & Wines in Memphis, Tennessee. The store embraces legal change and technological innovation through its growing online business. (Photo by Hollis Bennett) 2015
Buster’s seeks to be “Bass Pro of Booze"
Buster’s Liquors & Wines’ longtime East Memphis presence is about to get even bigger.
The third-generation family business, which began in 1954, has been in the University Center near the corner of Poplar Avenue and Highland Street since moving into its original 800-square-foot space in 1970.
Buster's president Josh Hammond displays a bottle of Papi Joe's Hot Pepper Sauce, a locally produced bloody mary mix that is among many non-alcoholic fo...
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For the last 61 years, third-generation family-owned Buster’s Liquors and Wines has been a Memphis libation landmark as Tennessee’s premier wine and liquor outlet. Founded by R.M. “Buster” Hammond Jr. in 1954, Buster’s has grown into the largest spirits retailer in the state — stocking more than 10,000 items. In the wake of major market changes, Buster’s is now making way for a 6,000-square-foot expansion to increase its p...
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Beverage Dynamics, September 22, 2014
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"Alcohol is like a grizzly bear. You can wrestle with it all you want,
...but you ain't ever gonna win."
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