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Texas is home to a number of top-notch distilleries, from national brands to local crafters. No matter if you’re seeking a smooth vodka, some strong moonshine or a hearty whiskey, there is a Texas distillery on this list that is sure to please. Many of the distilleries are open to the public for tours and tastings. However, you can also find the spirits made at these distilleries in your favorite Texas liquor store. Bottoms up to these best distilleries in Texas!
Firestone and Robertson Distilling Co. makes some of the best whiskey and bourbon in the Lone Star State. This distillery is known for its Texas Blended Whiskey that has a refined flavor which rivals more popular whiskeys. One of the things that make Firestone and Robertson’s spirits so special is the yeast strain used in this distillery’s recipes. One yeast strain is used for whiskey production, and the yeast of choice derives from the pecan nut. With the pecan tree as the state tree of Texas, you can’t get more Texan than that. Learn more about this distillery by going on a tour, which is offered on Saturdays at the distillery location in Fort Worth.
Find special whiskeys and bourbons at Balcones Distilling in Waco. Balcones Distilling is truly a craft distillery by not only carefully creating its spirits but also actually making the equipment by which the spirits are made in. No matter what whiskey you choose from Balcones Distilling’s product line, it’s sure to pack a punch. However don’t miss out on Baby Blue, one of the first whiskeys ever made with blue corn. True Texans, however, will love the all-Texas derived ingredients found in Balcones Distilling’s Rumble spirit.
Bourbon and rum are made to perfection at Witherspoon Distillery. Witherspoon is known for its Texas bourbon and a variety of rums. If you must try anything from Witherspoon however, make it either the River Rum or the Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The man behind Witherspoon learned out to make rum while living in the Dominican Republic, so you know that you’ll get a taste of the Caribbean while sipping on a rum from Witherspoon. Rum and bourbon lovers located in Lewisville can take a tour of Witherspoon Distillery during weekends.
Deep Eddy’s flavored vodkas are found in a number of mixed drinks in any given bar in Central Texas. Based in the quaint town of Dripping Springs, Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery makes vodka that is derived from local ingredients, including Texas water. For those who aren’t vodka fans, the Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka or the Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka will definitely change your mind about vodka. All of Deep Eddy’s vodkas are created at a 30,000-square-foot distillery that also has a tasting room and outdoor area for visitors.
Garrison Brothers Distillery was the first legal whiskey distillery in the Lone Star State. Don’t expect any other drink to come out of Garrison Brothers Distillery other than bourbon. This Texas distillery is known for its Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey that is made from organic corn derived from the Panhandle and wheat they grow themselves in the Texas Hill Country. Visitors are welcome on distillery grounds located in Hye. Garrison Brothers Distillery gives about 20 tours a week.
If you’re seeking a strong Texas moonshine, then look no further than Crystal Creek Distillery. The 1920s-style moonshine here is made from all Texas-grown ingredients. Although this distillery is one of the newer operations on this list, expect well-made moonshine from this Spicewood establishment. Now moonshine has a reputation for being strong and lacking flavor, but once you taste the infused moonshines from Crystal Creek, your mind will be changed. Try the serrano and cucumber, which makes for a great mixer to a bloody mary. Or choose the blackberry and mint or coffee and pecan moonshines for a sweeter side of moonshine. Take a tour of this distillery, which are offered four days a week.
For Crown Royal fans wanting a more local taste, try the whiskey from Rebecca Creek Whiskey. Copper pot stills are used to create this Texas whiskey into single batches. There are a number of whiskeys that Rebecca Creek Whiskey makes. However don’t miss out on the Fine Texas Spirit Whiskey or the Texas Single Malt Whiskey, which is made with malted cocoa. Well-made whiskey is what you should expect from this San Antonio-based distillery.
Tito’s Handmade Vodka is the most popular spirit on this list as this vodka is found in stores all over the country. However Tito’s humble beginnings began in Austin, and the Texas capital city is still the place where Tito’s is made. Tito’s is distilled six times, making a truly smooth vodka. Don’t expect any fancy flavors from Tito’s; only one unflavored vodka is made. However, Tito’s Handmade Vodka is still made by Tito Beveridge himself. This local Texas beverage has grown into a nationally competitive vodka brand.
Western Son Distillery is known for its deliciously flavored vodkas made in Pilot Point, which is 20 miles north of the town of Denton. Head to the distillery to enjoy the vodkas by themselves or mixed in cocktails. Whiskey lovers will also be happy to know that this spirit is made here too. Try whiskeys like Canadian-style blended whiskey or even rye and bourbon whiskey. Enjoy vodka flavors like peach, blueberry, grapefruit and even prickly pear. Western Son Distillery is open six days a week, and patrons can even enjoy live music on the weekends.