According to The Waco Tribune-Herald*, the board of directors of Balcones, the Waco, Tex., craft distillery, has suspended Chip Tate, its president and head distiller, for 90 days after Tate allegedly threatened to burn down the distillery and physically harm the board’s chairman, Greg Allen. The board then secured a restraining order against Tate.
According to the Trib,
In issuing the temporary restraining order against Tate on Aug. 22, 74th State District Judge Gary Coley Jr. ordered Tate to refrain from entering any of the Balcones facilities without making prior arrangements; refrain from contacting Balcones’ employees or suppliers; refrain from communicating with any person in the spirits industry or in the media about Balcones or about his current assignment at Balcones; and refrain from using company debit or credit cards or other company resources.
It also claims that Tate owes the company $14,947.
According to the board’s petition for the restraining order, ““Despite a resolution by the board of his employer suspending him and directing him not to engage in certain conduct, Tate has continued to engage in conduct that has and will continue to damage Balcones” — including threatening to shoot Allen in the chest. Continue reading “Is Balcones Going Bust?” »