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This Gin Is Made With Native Juniper Berries From the Davis Mountains

This Gin Is Made With Native Juniper Berries From the Davis Mountains

It’s a late October morning in the Davis Mountains of West Texas, and Molly Cummings is atop a scaffold, foraging ... Read More »

How 3 Companies Are Putting Ranch Water in a Can

How 3 Companies Are Putting Ranch Water in a Can

It’s nearly impossible to escape spiked seltzers. Everyone from frat boys to their moms are devoted to brands like White Claw, Truly, and Bon & Viv, which offer low-calorie, fruity, and bubbly malt beverages in a can. It’s caused such a stir, that big beer companies like Natural Light, Corona, and Bud Light have released their own lines of spiked seltzer. Now three companies have given the trend a Texas twist with canned ranch water. Read More »

Lone Star Launches Its First-Ever Seasonal Beer

Lone Star Launches Its First-Ever Seasonal Beer

“It’s not ideal to launch Rio Jade in a global pandemic,” says Emily Hoyle, Lone Star’s brand manager. “But if we can bring something positive to Texans and give them something to look forward to, then our day is made.” Read More »

Q&A with Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. Whiskey Scientist Ale Ochoa

Q&A with Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. Whiskey Scientist Ale Ochoa

As a whiskey scientist at Fort Worth’s Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co., 26-year-old Ale Ochoa spends her days sampling and quantifying the aromas and flavors of whiskey. Read More »

Explore Distilleries Around the State Through the Texas Whiskey Trail

Explore Distilleries Around the State Through the Texas Whiskey Trail

Fans of grain-based spirits can get perks through membership with the Texas Whiskey Association and the Texas Whiskey Trail Read More »

Texas Breweries Break from Tradition with Quirky Beer Styles

Texas Breweries Break from Tradition with Quirky Beer Styles

Pickle brine, edible glitter, and squid ink are just a few of the out-there ingredients Texas craft breweries are incorporating in their products Read More »

Elk Store in Fredericksburg Models Itself After a Prohibition-Era Speakeasy

Elk Store in Fredericksburg Models Itself After a Prohibition-Era Speakeasy

The Elk Store Winery & Distillery traces its lineage to a Prohibition-era Central Texas moonshiner. Owner Todd Smajstrla named his spot on Fredericksburg’s Main Street after the old general store in Elk, just northeast of Waco, where his great-grandfather, John Cyril Smajstrla, made clandestine moonshine. Read More »

5 Craft Breweries to Visit in Corpus Christi

5 Craft Breweries to Visit in Corpus Christi

Craft beer fans might be pleasantly surprised by what awaits them in Corpus Christi: A trio of breweries opened within the past five years, and a couple of restaurants have recently started their own brewing operations. The result is adventuresome brews in a city more accustomed to mass-produced, beach-ready 12-packs. These days, when it comes to sipping in style, Corpus has you covered. Read More »

Southerleigh Brews First All-Texas Ingredient Pale Ale

Southerleigh Brews First All-Texas Ingredient Pale Ale

All beer has four main ingredients: grain, hops, yeast, and water. Southerleigh, a restaurant and brewery in San Antonio’s Pearl entertainment district, has crafted a limited-edition beer with all those ingredients sourced from Texas. Now that the craft beer movement is here to stay, it seems like locavore beer is the next wave. Read More »

Ben Milam Whiskey Honors a Texas Revolutionary

Ben Milam Whiskey Honors a Texas Revolutionary

Texian revolutionary Ben Milam may not be as famous today as James Bowie, Davy Crockett, and William Barret Travis, but he should be. After all, Milam led the Siege of Bexar in late 1835 that drove Mexican forces out of San Antonio and the Alamo and set the stage for the Republic of Texas to win its independence the following spring. Felled by a sniper, Milam gave his life to the cause. Read More »

Adults Only Spring Break on Distillery Row

Adults Only Spring Break on Distillery Row

“It’s called Dripping Springs for a reason,” says Meryl Sager, the sparkly-eyed bartender at the Desert Door tasting room as she spoons a glob of honeycomb into the Yaupon Palmer, a sotol-based version of an Arnold Palmer made with yaupon tea. “Everything here is dripping.” Sager’s right. When you drive the back roads around Dripping Springs and Driftwood, you are meandering through Central Texas’ distillery motherland. Although not visible from these pretty, tree-lined roads, barnfulls of stills are near at hand, all bubbling away to create small-batch spirits— from gin to sotol to whiskey—ready for you to swill, preferably while sitting outdoors on a breezy day with friends. These springs drip the good stuff. Read More »

What the Heck is Ranch Water?

What the Heck is Ranch Water?

You can belly up to any bar in West Texas, whether it’s a dark dive or a glamorous hotel, and, without even glancing at a menu, order a ranch water. Heck, these days, you can do that at pretty much any bar in Texas. The simple cocktail has developed quite the fan base, and it’s led to contested origin stories and bubbling debate about the proper ingredients. Read More »

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