When folks think about the Texas Hill Country, they think of the picturesque landscape with rolling hills and communing with nature. Perhaps, they know about the many wineries responsible for notable Texas wines.
But not many people know that the Hill Country is filled with many distilleries. Here’s a great way to wind down the end of summer with a cold one and go on the Hill Country Craft Ale Trail.
Discover Texas Ale in Dripping Springs
Some of these breweries have live music, so be sure to check out their websites and Facebook pages for the latest news and events. Vista Brewing Driftwood (13551 FM 150, Driftwood, TX 78619) is one of them. Although located in Driftwood, it’s only a 10-minute drive from Dripping Springs. The brewery also has an onsite apiary that you can check out. Drop by the Vista Brewing Facebook page for upcoming events.
Twisted X (23455 W RR 150, Dripping Springs, TX 78620) welcomes everyone including furry friends into their taproom where they serve southern country fare. You can find the latest news on the website and Twisted X Facebook page.
A taproom and an outdoor biergarten await you at Fox Beer Co. (4700 West Fitzhugh Rd., Dripping Springs, TX 78620) where they serve European-inspired craft beers. The 12 Fox Beer Co. Facebook page has details on upcoming live shows and food trucks.
Acopon means “a restorative, or cordial medicine or application” and that’s what you get at Acopon Brewing (211 W. Mercer St., Dripping Springs, TX 78620). They specialize in English ales and have other brews on tap. For more info, explore the Acopon Brewing Facebook page.
Family Business Beer Company (19510 Hamilton Pool Rd., Dripping Springs, TX 78620) is just down the road from Hamilton Pool. So, it’d be a perfect way to spend the day with pool, pizza, and brew. One of its owners includes Danneel and Jensen Ackles. Yes, that Jensen Ackles of One Tree Hill. Right this way to Family Business Beer Company’s Facebook page.
Distillery Destinations in Dripping Springs
If you’re up for a spirited adventure of spirits, here are some of the distilleries worth visiting. First up is Treaty Oak Distilling, (16604 Fitzhugh Rd, Dripping Springs, TX 78620), a distillery named after a 500-year-old tree in Austin where Stephen F. Austin signed agreements to define the borders of Texas. It’s the fourth distillery to open in Texas.
They have an onsite restaurant known as Alice’s Restaurant where you can relish BBQ with your Treaty Oak whiskey or Waterloo gin. You can expect a menu loaded with Texas favorites.
Another option is Frog Pond Distillery (261 Frog Pond Ln., Dripping Springs, TX 78620), a small-batch, family-owned distiller that produces gin and vodka. They host tastings, tours, and cocktails. Stop by and enjoy a cocktail on their porch overlooking the hill country.
Right by Frog Pond is Remington Family Distillers (252 Frog Pond Ln., Dripping Springs, TX 78620). They feature a tasting room where you can sample their craft spirits and handcrafted cocktails on their rotating menu.
Whichever place you choose, you can count on one thing. You’ll end summer on a high note!