Austin’s first grain-to-glass urban whiskey distillery, Still Austin Whiskey Co., hit a major milestone on Friday, July 20 as it filled its 1,000th whiskey barrel. Open as of September 23, 2017, the distillery is still in its first year of operation, but has shown considerable growth within the short time span.
One of the more recent distilleries to enter the new wave of craft spirits, Still Austin Whiskey Co. is a 100 percent grain-to-glass distillery and handles all milling, mashing, fermenting, distilling, barreling and bottling in house. Through its relationships with Texas farmers, Still Austin Whiskey Co. uses local grains, limestone-filtered water, and the Texas climate to make bold whiskey expressions unique to Austin.
Still Austin Whiskey Co. made the bold move of opening with three, fresh-off-the-still new make whiskeys—the Signature New Make whiskey, Mother Pepper, a spicy rendition featuring local peppers, and Daydreamer, a citrus infused whiskey. All three whiskeys recently received medals at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and Still Austin Whiskey Co. was named “Best Whiskey Distillery” in Austin Monthly Magazine’s August “Best of ATX 2018” issue.
The 1,000th barrel marks a considerable milestone for the distillery. “We could not have accomplished this much so quickly without our talented team led by John Schrepel, the support from our local farmers, and the Austin community,” says Andrew Braunberg, Co-founder and General Manager of Production.
Still hopes to release the first of its aged products, a Rye Bourbon, in the upcoming months.