Founder of Treaty Oak Brewing & Distilling, Daniel Barnes grew up in West Texas with parents who owned a restaurant and motel, The Navaho Inn. Inspired by their work ethic, Barnes chose to follow suit and become an entrepreneur.
During the late 1990’s, Barnes worked his way through attendance at the University of Texas in Austin with a variety of jobs in the hospitality industry. While working at the Four Seasons in downtown Austin, he received his sommelier training.
In his free time, he worked on home brewing and developed an interest in distilling spirits, noticing there were virtually no distilleries in Texas. Around 2004, he started the long process of regulatory research and development to become a licensed distiller, while also working on the skills needed to create enjoyable spirits from scratch. With his entrepreneurial spirit, Treaty Oak Distilling was born.