Dripping Springs, TX – Treaty Oak Distilling, the vanguard distillery that strives to strike a balance between heritage and innovation in the distilled spirits and culinary space, recently re-opened its kitchen doors as Alice’s Restaurant, (formerly Ghost Hill Restaurant). The new design includes a more functional layout, barrel stave-covered walls (produced and installed by local Dripping Springs contractor Chris Burnett) and a selection of sleek booths and tables. In addition to the new look, Scott Fogle (Pitmaster) and Nate Powell (General Manager), have created a completely new menu which features locally-sourced meats, grains and greens.

In 2014, Founder & CEO Daniel Barnes purchased the 28-acre ranch in Dripping Springs for additional production space for the company’s spirits portfolio and to offer education, escape and entertainment. The Ranch houses a distillery where the brand’s award-winning lineup of whiskies and gin are created, but also serves as a unique culinary experience to the public. Barnes, who grew up in West Texas with parents that owned The Navaho restaurant and motel for 25 years in Menard, named the on-site restaurant to honor his mother’s hard work.

“The Navaho was open every day of the year expect for Thanksgiving and Christmas,” said Daniel Barnes, Founder & CEO. “We share that same work ethic but are also passionate foodies who draw upon our culinary roots for inspiration. We’ve developed a unique program at Alice’s Restaurant that highlights a central Texas terroir experience.”

Alice, who is on-site daily, still contributes that same hard work to the Treaty Oak Ranch. Hospitality comes naturally to her as she interacts with and mothers everyone who visits the restaurant. “It’s about putting people in a good mood, guests are attracted to that,” she said. “We’re happy people who enjoy life and we offer that…with a cocktail in hand.”

Speaking of hard work, newly-hired Pitmaster Scott Fogle didn’t start manning the flames until 2014 when he knew he wanted to cook full-time. He left his sales job and channeled his passion for the culinary world working at Valentina’s (a Top 50 BBQ joint according to Texas Monthly Magazine), Stiles Switch and most recently Whitfield’s, his own shop.

Scott is incredibly excited to be part of the Treaty Oak Team. “I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work with a team and kitchen that sources local product which highlights Texas foods and flavors.”

The focal point of the new menu is the meat, by the half pound, and the unique sides to pair with the protein. Variations of pork, chicken and even wild caught snapper can be coupled with sides like Green Chile Mac & Cheese or Peach Slaw with purple cabbage, peach, jalapeno, apple cider and mayo. If you can’t decide on what main to go with, try The Judgement Plate which consists of brisket, pulled pork, sausage, turkey, ribs, chicken and bread. On the lighter side of things, the menu offers four different salads and also highlights the culinary team’s creative talent with both a Snacks and Appetizer section. Items not commonly found in Texas like the Smoked Shrimp Ceviche, Pickled Pineapple with Serrano or Javi’s Chex Mix, made with the distillery’s Ghost Hill Bourbon, maple, bacon, Chex Mix and spices, are must try’s. In addition to the enhanced restaurant menu, there are large plate offerings featured on the “specials board” above the bar. The bar at Alice’s Restaurant will continue to offer beer, experimental whiskeys and cocktails, made exclusively with Treaty Oak spirits and fresh ingredients that are kegged and served with a CO2 tap system, resulting in a perfectly balanced cocktail every time. For more information about Alice’s Restaurant, visit Follow the brand on Facebook and Instagram @TreatyOak and on Twitter @TreatyOakTX

About The Ranch
Located on a 28-acre ranch at 16604 Fitzhugh Road in Dripping Springs, Texas (approximately 25 miles south of Austin), Treaty Oak is open to the public Thursday and Friday from 4-9pm, Saturday from 12-9, and Sunday from 12-6pm. The distillery offers tours on Saturdays from 1-6pm, which provides a behind the scenes look into the distilling process and history of Treaty Oak. Admission for a 30-minute tour is $15 and includes a spirit tasting and a rotating seasonal cocktail. Reserve your spot here: Walk-ins are accepted (subject to availability). For private tours, call (512) 599-0335. The facility also houses Alice’s Restaurant; Rick House Bar, which is also available to rent for special events; The Bottle Shop, where guests can purchase brand gear and limited-edition whiskey expressions only available at the distillery; and family-friendly entertainment, including live music, yard games and a kids play area.

About Treaty Oak Distilling
Treaty Oak Distilling is a collective of distillers, sommeliers, botanists and architects based in Dripping Springs, Texas who are in pursuit of making the best spirits. They look to film, music, cultural exchange and beyond to push and fuel a path forward. Inspired by the world around them, they have crafted an unbound lineup of spirits: Ghost Hill Texas Bourbon, Red Handed Bourbon, Red Handed Rye Whiskey, Waterloo No.9 Gin, Waterloo Antique Gin and Waterloo Old Yaupon Gin. Connect with Treaty Oak Distilling on Facebook and Instagram. Drink responsibly.

Gabriel Phelan