We had the good fortune of connecting with Tony Formby and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tony, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I have been a part of or the sole owner of 9 startups during my business career. I can’t remember a coconscious thought process like “this would be a good idea”. The idea to start a business in the first place for me came from necessity – I wasn’t a good fit for the corporate world. Knowing that I allowed myself to be open to ideas and data from all sorts of sources. The initial idea is important but execution is the critical element. The right team, a passion for customer satisfaction, and a bit of luck is what I have relied on throughout my business career.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Acre Distilling Co in Fort Worth is my fourth retirement project. It morphed out of another business I previously owned and ran – Rahr Brewing Co. We applied what we learned at the brewery about production, marketing, accounting, and distribution to the distillery. It helped that my junior partner at Acre is my former head brewer from Rahr, JB Flowers. JB handles all of the production and product creation at Acre. The quality of our spirits, many of which have won major awards, is what sets Acre apart from its competitors. We are also located in the heart of downtown Fort Worth. We are a destination distillery featuring the highest rated (Google 4.9) distillery Tour & Tastings and cocktail experience.

Finally, Acre Distilling is the only fully solar powered distillery in Texas and one of three in the country. We have 300 solar panels shading our parking lot in downtown Fort Worth.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Number one would be a visit to Acre Distilling. After that there are numerous excellent restaurants and bars in Fort Worth. To name a few – B&B in Clearfork, Capital Grill and Bob’s Chop House downtown, the Atico in the stock yards, and almost any place on the Southside – Bearded Lady, Tinnies, Amber room. I would also stop by Magnolia Street for late night karaoke at Grandmas and a Mexican feed at Pacos.

We would want to check out the stockyards. The Cattle drive is fun. Hopefully there would also be a great show or performance happening at Bass Hall or Dickies arena.

A must do day would be visits to the Kimble Art Museum, the Amon Carter, and the Modern Art Museum. We would finish that with Champagne at Cru.

If the weather is good, we would want to take in the Japanese and Botanical Gardens off University.

Finally, if my guests are beer drinkers, we would take in some of Fort Worth’s many breweries – Rahr, Wild Acre, Funky Picnic, Hop Fusion, Martin House and Shannon breweries are all fun.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Two people , My mother, Danny Formby who raised four of us on her own. She put us all through school, paid the bills and the mortgage as a nurse. She had grit and determination which wore off on me and my siblings. The other person who influenced my business career was Lou Tice a motivational speaker from Seattle WA. Lou helped me to learn how to focus and develop clear goals.

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