Lots of big news coming out of Treaty Oak (#3 distillery in Texas) — most notably, founder Daniel Barnes received the prestigious 2014 Distiller of the Year award!
Distiller of the Year is well-deserved when you look at some of the medals Treaty Oak has recently won:
- Triple Gold in MicroLiquor Spirit Awards for the Barrel Reserve Rum and Waterloo Antique Gin
- Double Gold from Fifty Best for Graham’s Texas Tea Vodka
- People’s Choice Award at 7th Annual Dripping with Taste Festival for Treaty Oak Distilling
Kicking off a recent tasting, I enjoyed a refreshing Texas Tea Vodka cocktail — just what I needed after a long work day.
Soon, we were treated to a simple, but delicious Treaty Oak Barrel Reserve Rum dacquiri made with fresh lime juice, of course.
Next up: an Old Fashioned, which is usually made with whiskey, but cocktail expert David Alan served it up with the Waterloo Antique Barrel Reserve Gin. Knock your socks off!
Their successes are quickly outgrowing their current distillery so they are expanding and have broken ground on the 30-acre Ghost Hill Ranch near Dripping Springs. They will be located near the popular Jester King Brewery, Solaro Estate Winery and Argus Cidery.
They envision not only a distillery, but also a tasting room and cocktail house for spirits education.
I sure hope they plan to have lots of bike racks because I see my cycling group making a pit stop after a long Fitzhugh bike ride in the Hill Country.