The original Elk Store was located in
Elk Texas, est. 1895.

In 1895, a fourteen-year-old boy left Moravia to seek the American dream. The boy’s ship landed in Galveston, Texas where he immediately was taken into indentured servitude picking cotton for his passage. Through hard work, he escaped his plight and later settled in Elk, Texas. He had not forgotten the rewards of hard work and became quite prosperous, eventually owning several Cotton Gins and the famous Elk General Store. That fourteen-year-old boy was our great-grandfather, John Cyril Smajstrla.

Throughout Prohibition and the Great Depression, people learned they could always count on the Elk Store to provide for their needs. And, during prohibition, when the production and sale of alcoholic beverages were banned, our great-grandfather added moonshining to his resume.

Today, we are located on Main Street, Fredericksburg, Tx
Hand making every batch of Sprits in house.

We are Todd Smajstrla and Scott Hladky, Czech brothers. We are proud to say the Smajstrla Elk Store family heritage created by our great-grandfather, John, lives on with the opening of our store the Elk Store Winery & Distillery in Fredericksburg Texas. We work daily with a handmade Kentucky copper still where we produce premium small-batch moonshine, gin, rum and whiskey then bottle it right here at the Elk Store.

The Elk Store Winery & Distillery serves a large selection of our own small-batch handmade liquors by the case, bottle, or cocktail! We also serve incredible wines procured from all over the world, including top Texas vintners, by the glass, bottle or case.

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Our Spirits Are only
Available at The Elk Store in
Fredericksburg, Tx.

Visit our distillery tasting room to try our select cocktails using our signature, house-made whiskey, moonshine, and gins. Or buy a bottle to-go.

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Find Wines as
Unique as Texas.

Our winery features wines from all over the world, hand-selected during the travels of our owners Todd and Scotty. Try these wines in a tasting or enjoy them in our bar, by the glass, or bottle.

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Join the Club
Enjoy the Elk Store Wines
up to 20% Off

Our club members receive up to 20% off all of our Elk Store Wines. Complimentary Glasses of Wine and Special Perks!

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