If you thought that good bourbon was only in Kentucky and Tennessee, the Texas Whiskey Festival on Saturday, March 31, 2018, just might change your mind. Held at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, Texas, the event was welcomed into the Texas whiskey fold by the Texas Distilled Spirits Association for its inaugural event. The goal of the festival is to promote and invite newcomers to the many brands of Texas distilleries that have been working in the last few years to create locally sourced Texas whiskey.
As the Texas whiskey industry has exploded in the last decade, with everything from the barrels to the mash boasting a Texas spin, the number of distilleries and quality whiskey is growing.
Whiskey enthusiasts will recognize the following distilleries at the festival.
- Yellow Rose Distilling
- Still Austin Whiskey Co.
- Andalusia Whiskey Co.
- Austonian whiskey
- Ben Milem Whiskey
- 1876 Bourbon
- IronRoot Republic
- Garrison Brothers Distillery
- Balcones Distilling
- Treaty Oak Distilling
- Black Feather Whiskey
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The doors open at 7:00 p.m. and lasts through 10:30 p.m., with music by the 8-time Grammy winners, Asleep at the Wheel. The whiskey tasting will run from 7:00 p.m. through 9:00 p.m., and for the concert, there will be a cash bar with cocktails, wine, and beer.
A small number of wineries will be at the festival, but it is indeed focused on all things whiskey. Entertainment like cigar pairings, vendor booths, and the live concert will kick off the first Texas Whiskey Festival. Tickets range from $25 for designated drivers to $125, which is the full festival experience will access to all wines and whiskeys, a tasting glass, a meet-and-greet with Asleep at the Wheel before the concert, and the concert itself. Middle-of-the-line tickets for Whiskey, Wine & Song are still available for $89.00 and includes entry at 7:00 p.m., tastings from all wine and whiskey brands, a tasting glass, and entrance into the concert.
So if you're ready to try some great whiskey, don't reconsider because you think Texas isn't distilling some fine whiskey. In recent article on the state of Texas whiskey from VinePair, Gabrielle Pharms spoke to Tom Formby, the founder of Acre Distilling, about the uptick in interest in Texas whiskey. He told VinePair, "I think our biggest advantage is our Texas market. Texans -- and even new Texans -- are super loyal to locally produced Texas product. Texas is the second-largest market next to California for beer, wine, and spirits."
So if you're ready to check out what the new Texas Whiskey Festival has to offer, join the ticket holders on Saturday for a good time enjoying top-of-the-line whiskeys from the great distilleries of Texas. Find more information and order tickets here.