• September 10, 2023
  • Lauren Critzer
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The Ultimate Locals’ Guide: Sip Your Way Through the Best Distilleries and Craft Spirits in Austin

Hello, fellow spirits enthusiast! Welcome to Austin, Texas — a city typically associated with vibrant music, diverse food, and classic Texas hospitality. But hold onto your hats, because this city is also the proud home of an exceptional array of world-class distilleries. Here, passionate artisans craft mesmerizing spirits, creating what could only be described as liquid masterpieces. Join us as we venture into the heart of Austin’s spirited scene with our comprehensive guide to the best distilleries and craft spirits Austin has to offer.

Sit back, pour yourself a neat little sampler (responsibly, of course), and prepare for a tantalizing tour of the artisanal Austin distillery scene.

Uniquely Austin: The Craft Spirit Scene and the Art of Distillation in the Heart of Texas

Austin’s spirited scene is, like the city itself, wonderfully unique. Our distilleries are proud ambassadors of the city’s creative ethos, boldly daring to defy convention, and experimenting with flavors and techniques that produce sublime spirits.

Take Revolution Spirits, for instance. Known for their Austin Reserve Gin, this distinct distillery takes the traditional gin process and infuses it with a local twist — juniper berries hailing right from the heart of Texas. But if you’re yearning for something truly unconventional, meet Desert Door. They’ve earned their reputation by mastering the art of crafting sotol, an out-of-the-ordinary spirit derived from a desert plant native to Texas and northern Mexico.

A Sudsy Sipping Tour: Immersing Into Austin’s Premier Distilleries

The city of Austin prides itself on the diversity reflected in its distilleries, offering something for every sipper. Here are a few local gems that encapsulate the spirit of ‘keep Austin weird,’ our local mantra celebrating all things whimsical and innovative.

  • Still Austin Whiskey Co.: This distillery is a whiskey-lover’s dream come true. Operating under a grain-to-glass philosophy, Still Austin sources all their grains locally and meticulously oversees each stage of the process — milling, distilling, maturing, and bottling — within their walls. If whiskey is your spirit of choice, you can’t pass up their Whiskey 101 tasting events, an educational journey into whiskey’s rich complexities.

  • Deep Eddy Vodka: This homegrown distillery stays authentic to its roots. Deep Eddy infuses their vodkas with only natural ingredients, letting Texas spring water lend its crisp purity to their offerings. Their products — ranging from Classic Vodka and Lemon to Ruby Red and Peach — underscore Deep Eddy’s commitment to simplicity without compromising on flavor.

  • Treaty Oak Distilling: Named after an Austin-based historic tree, Treaty Oak Distilling is a testament to craft spirits that pack history and flavor in every bottle. Sustainable sourcing and innovative distilling practices converge to produce well-rounded whiskeys and gins that echo Texas’s rich heritage.

Beyond the Barrel: Embark on Tasting Tours and Unmissable Events in Austin

Austin’s distilleries offer more than just sublime craft spirits. They welcome visitors to immerse themselves in the world of distillation. These tour experiences provide an intimate look into the heart of the process:

  • Austin Craft Spirits and Brewery Tour: This curated tour ushers you to multiple distilleries, giving you the perfect peek into Austin’s electric craft spirit scene. Say goodbye to the hassle of planning, and hello to an incredible day filled with delightful sips.

  • Texas Whiskey Trail: A tour for the true whiskey enthusiast. Meander through more than 20 distilleries, pairing the majestic Texan landscapes with an exceptional whiskey tasting experience. This is the quintessential journey for those enchanted by this timeless spirit.

Unwind and Enjoy: Celebrate Austin’s Thriving Craft Cocktail Scene

Austin’s spirits adventure doesn’t cease at the distillery doors. Our city boasts an exciting craft cocktail scene that puts our local distilleries in the spotlight. Consider spending your evenings at these must-visit mixology havens:

  • The Roosevelt Room: Not only does The Roosevelt Room’s menu comprise over 70 innovative craft cocktails, but it also steps it up as an educational hub, offering a comprehensive series of classes for those aspiring to dive deeper into the art of cocktail creation.

  • Half Step: Located on Austin’s lively Rainey Street, Half Step serves carefully curated spirits and crafted cocktails in a cozy, chic setting. Their unique “Cocktails on Tap” and “House Cocktails” menus are not to be missed.

A Sip of Austin: The Charm of Craft Spirits in the Live Music Capital of the World

Austin encapsulates the spirit of Texas — bold, innovative, and charismatic. And the city’s distillery scene is no exception, flourishing under our passion for quality, locally crafted spirits. Our distilleries, from grain to glass, showcase the commitment to create unique, stunning beverages, each embodying Austin’s spirit.

Whether you’re a seasoned connoisseur of craft spirits or a novice in our city, Austin provides a diverse array of tastes and experiences, guaranteed to leave a lingering impression. So, dear reader, we invite you to join us on this special journey through a city that gives as much love to its spirits as it does to its music and culture.

Here’s to you creating unparalleled, memorable experiences in Austin, a city where the spirits are just as captivating and lively as Austin itself. Cheers, y’all!

Remember, while we’re all here for the spirited adventures, it’s important to drink responsibly and ensure you’ve arranged a safe ride home.

Lauren Critzer

I was born in Charlottesville, Virginia and after college, I moved to San Francisco to explore new opportunities and broaden my horizons. I fell in love with the city's vibrant culture and unique atmosphere, but eventually, I moved again, this time to Austin, Texas.

As much as I loved living in different parts of the country, having a baby boy brought me back to my hometown in Charlottesville, where I now live with my husband, our little one, and two furry friends. I enjoy going to wineries, taking my pups everywhere, and spending quality time with my family.

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