Distill our drinking hearts: Texas is home to a growing number of handcrafted whiskeys.
STILL AUSTIN WHISKEY CO.
Grain-to-glass whiskies and distinctive fl avor profi les are the hallmarks of Austin’s fi rst whiskey distillery since Prohibition. Still offers STASH storage ($2,500) and custom distilling experiences (from $250). 440 E. St. Elmo Road, 512.276.2700, stillaustin.com
DEVILS RIVER WHISKEY
Limestone-fi ltered water is the most critical ingredient in bourbon, and the remote Devils River, near Del Rio, has the best in Texas. That’s why distillery owner and master craftsman Mike Cameron uses it in his award-winning 90-proof small-batch bourbon. devilsriverwhiskey.com
The acclaimed 9-year-old distillery recently relocated to Waco’s gloriously restored Texas Fireproof Storage Warehouse. Deep-dive into the new twohour VIP tours, which include exclusive tastings. 225 S. 11th St., Waco, 254.755.6003, balconesdistilling.com
KOOPER FAMILY WHISKEY CO.
Experienced distillers Troy and Michelle Kooper focus exclusively on the art of aging and blending small-batch rye. The new private tasting room is open to the public for special events like tastings of limited-edition release whiskeys. 31560 Ranch Road 12, Dripping Springs, 512.934.7685, kooperfamily.com
BEN MILAM WHISKEY
Try cocktails or fl ights at the distillery’s cozy new Blanco tasting room; the single barrel bourbon won a rare double gold medal at this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Book a private cocktail pairing dinner in the barrel room, with a freshly prepared feast. 2218 US 281 N., 830.833.3033, benmilamwhiskey.com