Elk Store 1895
327 E Main St
Fredericksburg, TX 78624

call: (830) 997-2665
Store Hours:
Sun-Thu 12:00 noon-9:00pm
Fri-Sat 12:00 noon-11:00pm


The Elk Store Story

The original Elk Store 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.

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.