If you're looking for a great drink somewhere in the Lone Star State, make sure to check out this list of distilleries that will be well worth the drive. Whether you're in the mood for a rum, whiskey or vodka, Texas has got you covered.
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GRAINS OF TRUTH - AUSTIN’S FIRST WHISKEY DISTILLERY SINCE PROHIBITION CRAFTS SMALL-BATCH SPIRITS WITH A SENSE OF PLACE
TORTILLAS AREN’T NORMALLY WHAT COME TO MIND WHEN TASTING WHISKEY, but that didn’t stop Chris Seals, co-founder and CEO of Still Austin Whiskey Co., from trying a regional white corn in an experimental distillate.
Blue Corn Bourbon is released once a year (in October or November), with 200-300 cases sold entirely in Texas. “We are a small-batch, ingredient-driven distillery,” says ambassador Winston Edwards. “We feel blue corn has superior flavor to white or yellow. You’ll notice a totally unique dimension…with roasted, buttery character that blue corn provides, and buttered waffle, burnt marshmallow, sweet tea and a cinnamon hit on the finish.”
Think distilleries don’t exist in the Texas Hill Country where wine reigns? Think again. Hard spirit makers operate throughout the state and proliferate in the Hill Country. If you love sampling the finer vodkas, whiskeys, and more, you need to make these distilleries a part of your next Hill Country ramble.
To celebrate Independence Day and summer, American consumers’ drink options continue to abound. According to New York-based Nielsen’s consumer insight titled “A Flavorful Fourth of July,” broadly appealing flavor profiles are dominating the beverage alcohol market.
Flavored malt beverages (FMBs) and coolers, which already are worth more than $2.5 billion annually, have seen their annual dollar sales increase 4.9 percent for the 52 weeks ending April 22, the market research firm reports.