I just came across a great article by Valentino Lucio on the Houston Chronicle talking about Boyan Kalusevic, a Serb who was born in Belgrade, and who is going to carry on the tradition of Serbian rakia (also rakija) in San Antonio, United States. Really happy to see Serbian people living abroad carrying on Serbian traditions. In a bottle of Serbian rakija lies the spirit of Serbia full of history and hospitality.
Well, here is a short excerpt of the Houston Chronicle’s article (Family distilling finds its way in San Antonio), but it’s worth reading the whole article.
Kalusevic and Mobley met nine years ago while attending the University of Texas at Austin. Mobley said he remembers Kalusevic mentioning his family’s craft as a student. It was something that always intrigued him. But it wasn’t until they took a trip to Europe and paid a visit to Kalusevic’s family in Serbia that the idea became more solid. After seeing the distillation process firsthand, Mobley said, he was hooked. “I told Boyan if you want to do it, let’s do it,” Mobley said. The company’s name was taken from Dorcol, an urban area in Belgrade where Kalusevic and his family lived.