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Austin’s distillery boom shows no signs of abating. With over 20 active spirit brands in Central Texas, local drinkers are visiting distilleries in more frequent numbers, and destination tasting rooms are on the rise.

Below are Austin’s spirit brands with regular public hours for distilleries and tours — opening hours and days sometimes vary seasonally, so call before heading out for the latest information. As always, and especially with spirits, designating a driver is a must.

Important note: Many Austin-based brands such as Genius Liquids, Playa Real Tequila, Dulce Vida Spirits, Texacello (Paula’s Texas Orange), Tito’s, and Tequila 512 do not currently have public-facing tasting rooms. This map will be updated should this change.

For more drinking, there are the Austin-area’s best breweries and Central Texas wineries. In Austin, there are the best cocktail bars and hot new ones.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.


1. Crystal Creek Distillery

906 Pace Bend Rd S
Spicewood, TX 78669

(512) 825-8384

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Spirits: Moonshine
Located near both Spicewood and Krause Springs, this distillery shakes things up with live music, late night hours, and cocktails. Several flavors of moonshine including coffee pecan and serrano cucumber are available.
Tours and tastings: Wednesday through Sunday

A moonshine glass from Crystal Creek Distillery

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2. Treaty Oak Distilling Ranch

16604 Fitzhugh Rd
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

(512) 599-0335

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Spirits: Bourbon, rum, gin
Treaty Oak has become a Fitzhugh Road favorite by way of breadth and variety. There’s a generous range of cocktails on tap, along with rotating specials. Guests can also try a flight of neat spirits. Treaty Oak now brews beer as well, and its counter-service restaurant Ghost Hill (open from Thursday through Sunday) focuses on smoked meats and Texan fare.
Tours and tastings: The tasting room is open Thursday through Sunday, and tours are offered on Saturdays only

Treaty Oak Distilling Ranch

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3. Revolution Spirits Distilling Co.

12345 Pauls Valley Rd
Austin, TX 78737

(512) 358-1203

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Spirits: Gin, amaro
The scoop: Part of the Fitzhugh Road drinks trail, Revolution is well worth a stop for its high-quality gin and its “cafecito” coffee liqueur made with Cuvee Coffee. You’ll also find the occasional tasting room-special of fruit liqueurs. Most visitors simply visit the tasting room here, but tours are available by request.
Tours and tastings: Friday through Sunday

Revolution Spirits Distilling Co.

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4. Still Austin Whiskey Co.

440 E St Elmo Rd
Austin, TX 78745

(512) 276-2700

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Spirits: White whiskey, gin
The scoop: While you’ll eventually see aged whiskeys emerging from Still Austin, for now, the young upstart pours three white whiskeys (meaning it’s not been aged) and a Texas rye gin. There are cocktails available, and the beautiful facility has a large, sociable porch with lawn games. The distillery’s convenient location in the St. Elmo area is an easy trip, and both Asian food trailer Soursopand coffee shop Spokesman are in the complex for post-visit snacks. 
Tours and tastings: Thursday through Sunday

Still Austin Whiskey Co. offerings

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5. Garrison Brothers Distillery

1827 Hye-Albert Rd
Hye, TX 78635

(830) 392-0246

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Spirits: Whiskey
The scoop: Book ahead for a “sit-and-sip” tour here in quiet Hye, Texas. Tours are scheduled online ($10 per guest) and include a tour and tasting. Since opening the first legal Texas whiskey distillery in 2010, Garrison Brothers have won numerous awards. It remains focused solely on bourbon-style whiskey.
Tours and tastings: Wednesday through Sunday (by appointment only)

Garrison Brothers’ whiskey bottles

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6. San Luis Spirits

5330 Bell Springs Rd
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

(512) 858-1199

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Spirits: Vodka, gin
The scoop: One of Austin’s stalwart distillers, San Luis Spirits produces both Dripping Springs Vodka and Gin, as well as 1876 Vodka. The distillery offer five tours per week ($15 per guest) which includes a tasting and a shot glass, or regular tasting flights for $7. On Saturdays, there are also cocktails utilizing its spirits.
Tours and tastings: The tasting room is open Monday through Saturday, and tours are offered Thursday through Saturday

Dripping Springs Vodka’s distillery

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7. Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery

2250 US-290
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

(512) 994-3534

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Spirits: Vodka
The scoop: Austin’s runaway hit spirit brand (now owned by Kentucky whiskey giant Heaven Hill) pours flights and cocktails of its regular and flavored vodkas within a modern tasting room near the Headwaters area in Dripping Springs. Food bonus: on the way, those coming from Austin drive past Neapolitan pizza and pastrami spot Pieous and barbecue and Cajun restaurant the Switch, making for an excellent weekend doubleheader.
Tours and tastings: Thursday through Sunday

Deep Eddy Vodka’s tasting room

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8. Frog Pond Distillery

261 Frog Pond Ln
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

(512) 657-7977

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Spirits: Gin, vodka
The scoop: A new distillery in the Dripping Springs area, Frog Pond is a casual spot serving up cocktails made with its pot still-produced gin and vodka. Vodka tonics and gin fizzes are usually available, along with rotating specials. Flores Tex-Mex and Whataburger are a short hop away should you need sustenance.
Tours and tastings: Friday and Saturday

Frog Pond Distillery’s bottles

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9. Desert Door Distillery

211 Darden Hill Rd
Driftwood, TX 78619

(512) 829-6129

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Spirits: Sotol
The scoop: Tours aren’t yet available at Desert Door, but there is a full tasting room. There are snacks available to purchase, and cocktails are also on offer. This is only four miles from the Salt Lick, making for a great combination weekend road trip with friends.
Tastings: Thursday through Sunday

Desert Door Distillery’s tasting room

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10. Stinson Distilling

18281 Ranch to Market Rd 150 #211
Driftwood, TX 78619

(512) 894-2009

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Spirits: Vodka, rum, brandy
The scoop: Also located near both the Salt Lick and Desert Door, Driftwood’s Stinson Distilling makes small batches of a wide array of spirits and liqueurs. Selected tastings are free of charge, and group visits are encouraged (parties of six or more should call ahead).
Tours and tastings: Wednesday through Sunday

Stinson Distilling’s shots

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11. Real Ale Brewing Company

231 San Saba Ct
Blanco, TX 78606

(830) 833-2534

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Spirits: Gin, whiskey
After two decades in the beer businessReal Ale began working on a whiskey and gin program which launched last year. The distillery currently produces one gin and two whiskeys priced from $50 to $65. It’s a fun Hill Country stop for those passing through Blanco, since you can also sample the excellent beers.
Tours and tastings: Wednesday through Sunday (to-go sales aren’t available on Sundays)

Real Spirits Distilling Co. barrel

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Originally published via Eater Austin by Tom Thorton