It must be that sweet, sweet hill country water, because distilleries both big and small, in Austin are putting out some of the best spirits in the country. There’s nearly a dozen distilleries in Austin and surrounding areas, with more always popping up.
Some of these local made Austin spirits have taprooms, and some don’t. Either way, I thought it’d be fun to create a guide for you featuring the best distilleries in Austin. So check out these easy, but in-depth guide to spirits and distilleries in Hill Country. There’s a little something for everyone, so drink up, Austin!
Austin Distilleries (with Tasting Rooms)
Deep Eddy Vodka
Hand-crafted handcrafted in small batches at their Dripping Springs distillery using only premium ingredients.
Deep Eddy Vodkas are world-class and surely it’s thanks to water from aquifers deep under Texas. That, and all the high-quality and natural ingredients in their fruity flavored vodkas. The company was founded by two entrepreneurs with a background in beverage and spirits, Chad Auler (creator of Savvy Vodka) and Clayton Christopher (creator of Sweet Leaf Tea).
Deep Eddy is recognized for its unique production process and use of high quality ingredients. All Deep Eddy spirits are distilled 10 times in a 20-foot still and filtered over charcoal four times.The company’s lineup of flavors include: Sweet Tea Vodka, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Cranberry, and Lemon. Deep Eddy Vodka is available in stores throughout the country if you can’t make it out to their Hill Country tasting room.
WEBSITE | 16604 Fitzhugh Rd, Dripping Springs, TX 78620
Desert Door Sotol Distillery
Hand-crafted distilled spirit from wild-harvested sotol plants.
Unique to northern Mexico and Texas, the evergreen sotol, or Desert Spoon, plant makes itself at home in the barren, bone dry expanse of the desert. And from May to August it flowers creamy white, standing up to 15 feet tall. While it looks similar to agave, don’t be fooled into thinking this is tequila.
Indeed, it’s a unique spirit that is new to many, so while tours aren’t available, a stop at the Desert Door Sotol Distillery tasting room in Driftwood, Texas is a must. Craft cocktails, gourmet snacks, and curated goods are available along with a cozy fireplace, comfy couches, and a rotating display of art by regional artists.
WEBSITE | 211 Darden Hill Rd, Driftwood, TX 78619
Local Austin craft distillery specializing in beautiful and unique spirits.
Austin Reserve Gin is a “contemporary-styled” gin produced with a 100% neutral base of Missouri corn and macerated with juniper plus five additional botanicals, carefully selected to create a smooth yet powerful gin.
Along with their Reserve Gin, their year-round lineup currently includes outstanding cafecito coffee liqueur, chocolate cafecito, and amico amaro. Revolution Spirits has a small taproom open on Saturdays out by Jester King on the outskirts of Austin. Visiting this distillery and it’s great Dripping Springs neighbors always makes for a wonderful boozy day trip for Austinites.
WEBSITE | 12345 Pauls Valley Rd, Austin, TX 78737
San Luis Spirits
Award-winning vodka and gin crafted in small batches in Texas Hill Country.
San Luis Spirits, home of award winning Dripping Springs Vodka and Gin, micro-distills in small batches in proprietary 50-gallon copper pot stills. Each product is finished with pure, mineral rich Hill Country Artesian Spring Water.
The family run company located in the Texas Hill Country was founded in 2007 when brothers Gary and Kevin Kelleher began making their first spirit, Dripping Springs Vodka. Their vodka is lush and balanced with a smooth, soft finish. Additionally, the company launched Dripping Springs Artisan Gin in late 2014. Tours and tastings are available, but the company asks that your tickets for tours in advance.
WEBSITE | 5330 Bell Springs Rd, Dripping Springs, TX 78620
Still Austin Whisky Co.
A grain-to-glass distillery crafting simple grains into amazing Austin spirits.
Located in South Austin right next to St Elmo Brewing, Still Austin Whiskey Co. is the first whiskey distillery within Austin proper since Prohibition. Currently this Austin distillery is only offering ‘pre-aged’ whiskey, which basically comes out to be pretty darn close to moonshine. But with three unique flavors, they have us covered until Still comes out with barrel-aged Austin spirits.
WEBSITE | 440 St Elmo Rd E., Austin, TX 78745
Husband and wife duo crafting incredible spirits such as brand and Elderflower liqueur in a small Hill Country taproom.
Located just minutes from famous Salt Lick BBQ, Stinson Distilling in Driftwood, Texas is cranking out a wide selection of spirits in their informal, friendly distillery. The brandy is the first spirit Clint Stinson and his wife, Andrea, ever produced. Though now they are also experimenting with liqueurs (such as agave and elderflower), rums (that are made from high-grade molasses, not aged, and bottled at 80 proof!), and of course vodkas.
WEBSITE | 18281 Ranch to Market Rd 150 #211, Driftwood, TX 78619
Texas Saké Company
Craft Saké maker in Austin Texas, pioneering the field of American Saké in the traditional Japanese style.
Texas Saké Company brews craft saké in small batches using centuries-old techniques. Natural, refreshing, regional saké at its finest. Located off North Lamar, Texas Sake Company is one of the rare sake craft breweries in the country.
Right now, the brewery distributes two types of sake: Junmai and Junmai Nigori. Visit their taproom on Fridays and Saturdays for tours. You can also keep your eyes open for their bottles of sake at Austin-area Japanese restaurants and Whole Foods Markets.
WEBSITE | 5501 N Lamar Blvd, 78751
Treaty Oak Distilling Ranch
Family & dog-friendly Texas distillery with tasting room & craft cocktails made with Treaty Oak spirits.
Treaty Oak is distilling almost every type of spirit under the sun and they’re using that fine, fine Texas Hill Country Spring Water. Their Starlite Vodka is the main star in their extensive line-up, but with good reason. With a vodka that’s this smooth, simple, and easy-going, you’re going to want to make Starlite a mainstay on your liquor shelf.
Both family and dog-friendly, this working distillery built out on a 27-acre ranch in the hill country has a full bar, kitchen and play area with cornhole and washers games. The bar, housed in a large barn-like structure, serves draft beer, wine and craft cocktails made with Treaty Oak spirits. PS Ghost Hill is the restaurant on-site.
WEBSITE | 16604 Fitzhugh Rd, Dripping Springs, TX 78620
Austin Spirits (without Tasting Rooms)
From Tequila, Mexico to Austin, Texas, 512 Tequila founder Scott Willis went to Jalisco in search of the perfect anytime tequila. He returned to Austin with Tequila 512. He still goes back to Jalisco to taste every new batch of his 100% agave, triple-distilled tequila. 512’s Blanco Tequila was their first tequila and is still the most popular. Spicy and soulful, this rich tequila made with agave and volcanic spring water will surprise you with its super smooth finish.
Whiskey aged without barrels? Have you ever heard of such a thing? Probably not, not until now! Bottled in Austin, Austonian Whiskey is the first sustainably matured whiskey. With beautiful flavors of toasted oak it’s hard to believe . Don’t ask them how they do it though… That part of the process is a closely guarded secret.
Dulce Vida Spirits
Making great tequila means starting with the finest ingredients. The foundation of Dulce Vida’s tequila differentiates them from the competition: Organic. 100% Blue Agave. Los Altos (Highlands). Available nationwide.
Tito’s Handmade Vodka is produced in Austin at Texas’ oldest legal distillery. They make it in batches, using old-fashioned pot stills, and taste-test every batch to make sure we get only the best. Available nationwide.
What’s your favorite Austin spirit? Have a cocktail recipe I should try out? Let me know in the comments! Cheers!
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