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Texas Monthly “9 Texas Gins to Drink Now”

“At its core, gin is simply a neutral spirit that has been flavored with a specific recipe of botanicals.”

By Jessica Dupuy

Published Jun 23, 2021

 

The Hill Country is awash with natural flavor. Native pecan trees, rustic lavender, ashe juniper trees—the landscape is replete with botanical inspiration. For spirits entrepreneur Daniel Barnes, the CEO and founder of Treaty Oak Distilling, those Texan ingredients add up to gin. In 2012, Treaty Oak launched the Waterloo No. 9 Gin, the first Texas gin on the market. At the time, people thought the idea of Texas gin was a bit odd, Barnes recalls. But he had a clear vision for the future of spirits in the state. “From the beginning, we wanted to highlight our specific corner of the world,” he says. “Gin was important to us, because it allowed us to show a sense of place using what grows naturally here.”  

Waterloo is no longer alone in the Texas gin market. Today, the category has expanded to include more than seventy producers across the state, and bartenders are beginning to stock up on locally produced gin. The state’s offerings include everything from elegant sipping gins to spicy cocktail bases. Nearly a decade after Waterloo first launched, Texas has upped its gin game.

At its core, gin is simply a neutral spirit that has been flavored with a specific recipe of botanicals (herbs, roots, and citrus). By definition, juniper berries must be a part of that recipe—they give gin its defining flavor. To create the unique flavor of an individual brand of gin, producers elaborate on the base recipe with botanicals such as angelica root, coriander, orris root, and rose hips. Some Texas producers, like Treaty Oak, Houston’s Fox & Seeker, and WildJune, make a point to use Texas-grown ingredients like citrus, lavender, rosemary, and red juniper in their recipes.

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Thrillist: “9 Perfect Fall Road Trips for When You Need to Escape Austin”

Thrillist: “9 Perfect Fall Road Trips for When You Need to Escape Austin”

By Anastacia Uriegas

Published September 13, 2021

Out-of-state travel may be thriving, but why leave Texas during peak season when everyone else is paying big bucks just to get in? Fall and winter are the perfect time to explore the Austin region—we can finally wander outside at 2 pm without immediately needing an ice bath, festivals don’t require portable fans, we don’t need to stick to frozen margs on rooftop bars, and there’s plenty of time to ditch the city for nearby Lone Star state delights. Gear up to discover all the scenic wineries, restorative glamping opportunities, cute lil’ town squares, and so much more, all within driving distance of Austin.

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Edible Austin: “September/October Issue”

Edible Austin: “September/October Issue”

By Edible Austin

Published September 12, 2021

Award-winning craft distillery, Dripping Springs Distilling recently opened two new venues on their beautiful 10-acre property. Distillers Bar is a visitors’ center providing guests with distillery tours and tastings, allowing them to sip signature cocktails and enjoy elevated Texas comfort food all while exploring the Texas Hill Country property.

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Culture Map Austin: “6 intoxicating breweries and distilleries to spirit away to in nearby Dripping Springs”

Culture Map Austin: “6 intoxicating breweries and distilleries to spirit away to in nearby Dripping Springs”

By Melissa Gaskill

Published September 9, 2021

Dripping Springs bills itself as the Wedding Capital of Texas, complete with a trademark on the phrase. The growing community near Austin also brags about its official International Dark Sky designation, a draw for stargazers. While there may be no official recognition for an abundance of wineries, distilleries, and breweries — trust us — this area has boozy bona fides.

As summer fades into fall (yes, please!), here are three distilleries and three breweries in Dripping Springs offering plenty of reasons to stop by.

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Studio 512: “KXAN-AUS (NBC) – Studio 512 with Stephanie Gilbert”

Studio 512: “KXAN-AUS (NBC) – Studio 512 with Stephanie Gilbert”

By Studio 512

Aired August 30, 2021

Dripping Springs Distilling was happy to host Stephanie Gilbert and her family for a tour and tasting recently. You can view the Studio 512 television segment that aired on the Muck Rack website.

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Destination Dripping Springs: “Where To Eat, Shop, and Have The Most Fun With Family or Friends”

Destination Dripping Springs: “Where To Eat, Shop, and Have The Most Fun With Family or Friends”

By Dani Dudek

Published November 4, 2020

When you need to escape the stresses of city life, you need only drive about 20 miles outside the city center to the delightful destination that is Dripping Springs. Known as the Gateway to the Hill Country, Dripping, as many of us regulars refer to it, is home to spectacular natural wonders, a plethora of vineyards, craft breweries, local distilleries, and so much more!

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Studio 512: “Weekend Happenings: Fun Things To Do In Central Texas This Labor Day Weekend”

Studio 512: “Weekend Happenings: Fun Things To Do In Central Texas This Labor Day Weekend”

By Studio 512

Published September 1, 2021

Celebrate the end of summer with your friends and family in Austin this Labor Day Weekend.

Visit A Winery, Distillery or Brewery
  • Fall Creek Vineyards
  • WIlliam Chris Vineyards
  • Dripping Springs Distilling
  • Still Austin Whiskey Co.
  • Jester King Brewery
  • Central Machine Works
  • Meanwhile Brewery

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