Treaty Oak Distilling in Dripping Springs, Texas is one of the best whiskey distilleries in the Hill Country west of Austin. The COVID-19 pandemic, however, has shut down their restaurant and their distillery. To at least keep some income coming in, Treaty Oak is now only producing hand sanitizer.
According to KXAN TV, the NBC affiliate in Austin, on March 26th reported that the FDA is allowing distilleries to produce hand sanitizer. It must be at least 80% alcohol, have no other ingredients and be in a bottle with appropriate labeling. Starting next week Treaty oak will only produce the sanitizer, thus allowing some employees to remain working.
Last November we visited Treaty Oaks Distilling. Little could we guess back then that this distillery would be in the fight against a killer virus. You can read about our 2019 visit here.
Sher and I took off in search of a brewery that is owned by one of the stars of the TV show “Supernatural”. We found it, but it was not yet open. So thanks to Google Maps suggestions, we found a nearby distillery.
The Tasting Room
The Treaty Oak distillery is back a long lane and we saw cars so we know it was open. Once we started into the grounds a staff member informed us that the tasting room was open, but not the other buildings.
Our flight of three for tasting
The tasting room was like others: a bar, bottles lining the walls, and a neat display with T-shirts, glasses, flasks, and other branded merchandise. The tasting menu included wine (available ’cause some folks don’t like the hard stuff), gin and bourbon. Not all of the offerings were products of the distillery, but were available for sale under the distillery labels.
Yep, we decided to buy a bottle!
Our hostess in the tasting room helped us decide which products to sample. We sampled a gin, a rum and finally a bourbon. The gin was not a favorite of ours, the rum was good, but wow the Ghost Hill Texas Bourbon Whiskey was terrific! It was also one of the products that was, as the label states, was made “Grain to Glass” on the grounds of the facility.
It turned out to be a delightful and fun stop. We’ll go back to that other one sometime when they are open.