Cruisin' with Courtney: Pizza and whisky, Waco style

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WACO, Tex. (KBTX) - We are headed up Highway 6 to Waco to check out a pizza place that's known for their delicious toppings and a distillery that's producing some of the world's best whisky.

Our first stop in Waco is Poppa Rollo's Pizza. They've been a staple since the 1960's.

"Poppa Rollo's is it's own unique style of pizza. People are used to Chicago style of pizza or deep dish, but we like to say Poppa Rollo's is Waco style pizza," said Luis Guevara, the general manager of Poppa Rollo's Pizza.

The Rollo's special is their most popular pizza. It has plenty of pepperoni, peppers, sausage, and more.

"The crust is kind of like a thin cracker style crust. It's really hearty. It holds up to the amount of toppings we put on there. Most pizza places kind of skimp on the toppings, but we just pile them on," said Guevara.

This local spot has stood the test of time for good reason.

"All of us from the cooks to the dishwashers, servers, everyone that works here takes pride in the fact that we are one of Waco's eldest establishments," said Guevara.

When you're ready to wash that pizza down, Balcones Distilling is not far away.

"Balcones Distilling started in 2008, started making single malt whisky," said Casey Hooper, the Creative and Merchandising Director at Balcones.

Since then, they've added bourbon, blue corn whisky, and rum, but they still take the same pride in each craft barrel.

"We do all of the mashes and washes here on site. Everything ages on site and we actually have distillers that will taste everything from the barrel," explained Hooper.

That quality control seems to be working. They've been named the best distillery in the world. You can sip in the tasting room and get a tour of the facilities where the award winning spirits are made.

The single malt whisky is the bread and butter of Balcones, but the first whisky they made, Baby Blue, is a staff favorite.

Baby Blue was the first Texas whisky made since prohibition and the first whisky in the world made with blue corn.

"It's going to be a little lighter, a lot younger whisky. It is only aged about 7 to 9 months," said Hooper.

Balcones Distilling gives tours most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Each tour runs about an hour and a half and costs $15 per person.

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