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DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - You may or may not know that today is National Tequila Day. But if you don't, chances are even slimmer that you may realize that an Arapahoe County-based tequila maker is starting to gain major ground in a sector of the spirits industry known for being dominated by major players.

Arta Tequila, headquartered at Centennial Airport, has doubled its sales every year since its founding in 2009 and now is sold in 12 states, as well as Australia, Fiji, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Thailand.

After being honored as best tequila at the 2013 Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair, Asian distributors have been calling frequently to see how they can get the product overseas, company President Randy Pierce said.

"I think we're a little Colorado gem," Pierce said.

The agave used in the distilling of Arta Tequila is grown in Jalisco, Mexico — as all primary ingredients must be in order for the beverage to use the term "tequila." But they are grown specifically on an 11th-generation ranch that has had a master distiller on it for the past three generations, Pierce said.

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