Austin’s first urban whiskey distillery, Still Austin Whiskey Co., opened its doors to the public in September 2017 with a mission to produce authentically crafted whiskeys using all Texas-grown grains. Still Austin completed its first year in business, one that saw four products on shelves and a substantial number of barrels filled.
Still Austin broke new ground when it opened the first whiskey distillery within the Austin city limits. Once open, it hit the ground running, and on July 20, 2018, filled its 1,000th whiskey barrel. For a craft distillery, this is a considerable accomplishment.
“It was a great feeling to fill that 1,000th barrel,” says co-founder and CEO Chris Seals. “To my knowledge, no other craft distillery has gone from zero to 1,000 this quickly. We’re very proud of Still’s entire team and all we’ve accomplished this year.”
Still Austin’s production is led by Head Distiller, John Schrepel, who distills on their 42-foot column still custom designed by Master Distiller Mike Delevante and crafted by Forsyths in Scotland.
All of Still Austin’s initial product offerings have won medals in craft competitions. In June 2018, Still Austin released its Texas Rye Gin, a bold iteration made from a base spirit of local rye grains. In August, Austin Monthly Magazine named Still “Best Whiskey Distillery” in its “Best of ATX 2018” issue.
Still Austin hopes to release the first of its aged products, a high Rye Bourbon, in the upcoming months.