John Wayne was often quoted as saying that if he was going to have a drink, “it had better be a good one.”

The man known to fans and friends as The Duke once told his son, Ethan Wayne, that he wanted to create his own liquor lines. Years after his father’s death, Ethan discovered a wooden vault containing an archive, a message and a reserve of bottles dating back to 1962. With this in hand, Duke Spirits, led by vintner and distiller Chris Radomski, brought the recipes and history back to life through award-winning bourbon, rye and tequila offerings.

Duke Spirits’ most recent addition is a line of high-quality tequilas. On Cinco de Mayo (May 5) the brand will host a free tasting of those tequilas at John Wayne Stock & Supply’s flagship retail store located inside John Wayne: An American Experience at the Fort Worth Stockyards.

Featured tequila samples:

  • Grand Cru Reposado Tequila Founder’s Reserve: Duke’s reposado is carefully aged for six months, then finished in the finest French oak wine barrels in the world.
  • Extra Añejo Tequila Founder’s Reserve: This blend between 3 and 5-year-old tequilas features a darker hue.

While at the tasting, guests are invited to buy tickets to tour John Wayne: An American Experience. The 10,000 square foot exhibit is structured to give guests an intimate tour of the life of John Wayne. Patrons of the exhibit have exclusive access to never-before-seen memorabilia, family photos and correspondence that have been thoughtfully curated by the Wayne family to give guests a holistic view of the icon, whose values translate both on and off the silver screen.


May 5, from 1 to 4 p.m.


John Wayne: An American Experience located at the Fort Worth Stockyards, Historic Exhibits Building (2501 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth, TX 76164)


The tasting is free (must be 21+ for the tastings). Tickets to the exhibit are $21.95 for adults and $17.95 for kids 6-12 at Kids 5 and younger are admitted to the exhibit for free.