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Your Weekend Guide to the Dripping with Taste Trail

DWT October 2019 Passport
DWT October 2019 Passport
Oct 01 - Oct 31, 2019
The Dripping with Taste Passport is a self-guided event taking place October 1-31. The Passport entitles you to receive one complimentary tasting (as determined by each establishment) at all 25 participating wineries, breweries, & distilleries.

Anytime is a good time to visit Dripping Springs. But, if you plan a long weekend with your love or some friends this October, you can take advantage of the Dripping with Taste Passport! The Passport lets you enjoy wine, beer and distillery tastings or flights like a local. It’s the perfect motivation for booking a weekend away from the busy city life and discover everything that Dripping Springs has to offer.

Friday

First things first. Get settled at your home base. There is no shortage of lodging options in and around Dripping Springs. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind location for your getaway, we recommend the Wine Country Inn. It’s a short stumble away from the tasting room at Fall Creek Vineyards --convenience, style and relaxation all in one! The gorgeous property has two master bedrooms, so invite your best couple friends to join in your weekend. Cheers!

Make your second Texas wine country destination one of the originals: Driftwood Estate Winery. These experts have been growing a gorgeous selection of grapes and making award-winning wines on their acreage long before it was trendy.

Next, make the short 10 minute drive out of Driftwood to Dripping Springs proper, and taste what Bell Springs Winery has to offer. They’re known for small-production wines that can be found at their spacious winery, or at Sidecar Tasting Room, located in historic downtown Dripping Springs. Plus, avail yourself of their on-site food truck that serves up Southern favorites like chicken and waffles, as well as small bites.

You will need food in the mix to keep going from here!

Take your time on the drive out to Westcave Cellars. You’ll cross over the Pedernales River on your way north and west, deeper into the famous hill country. Westcave is home to a cozy tasting room and simply beautiful vineyard. Tastings here are such a treat; with at least one owner/vintner on site at all times, you can get every burning winemaking question answered by an expert! They currently tend to nine acres of mature vines that yield nine different grapes. Soak up a sunset under the big old oak trees before heading back to Driftwood for the evening.

photo: Cowboys & Indians Magazine 

Saturday

Amazingly, there are about as many distilleries adorning the lists of things to do in the Texas Hill Country as there are wineries. For your Saturday, we recommend mixing up distillery tours with some of the many other area attractions. Start with the incredible Desert Door Texas Sotol. They open at 11:30 a.m., so get a solid brunch on board from the world famous Salt Lick BBQ joint and make the short trek down the road to Desert Door.

The experts at Desert Door will walk you through their offerings and, as they put it, “help you to discover the alluring nuances of sotol”. Sotol is the original spirit of Texas and has a rare, sweet, distinctly desert-forward flavor that you can’t leave the Hill Country without tasting (and dare we say, loving?).

When you’ve had your fill of the herbaceous spirit, trek over to Stinson Distilling and taste spirits you’re probably more familiar with. They hand craft premium vodka, whisky, rum, brandy, a delicious elderflower liqueur, plus seasonal beverages!

Before you carry on to your next two distilleries for the day, we recommend a detour to downtown Dripping Springs. Shop at the many boutiques, eat, walk around, and make a plan for how you want to end your sippin’ Saturday.

Sunday

Breweries in Texas are showing up on the national stage, and there’s a whole host of options right here in Dripping Springs. We recommend starting your day at one of the newer breweries in town, 12 Fox Beer Company. This German-inspired brewery offers 12 taps that are inspired by those created across the pond.

Acopon Brewing is inspired by English Ales, and they believe Bitters, Milds, Old Ales and Porters are best when tapped fresh from a cask. Try one or two for yourself in their spacious downtown taproom or on their front porch! In the mood for a bite? Their empanadas are delish, or the BBQ food truck two doors down is always a great option. Wrap up your visit at Suds Monkey. You’ll love the beer names at this nano-brewery, not to mention the taste. The folks at Suds Monkey are friendly, chill and love to chat over a house-made pizza pie!

It’s never fun to end a weekend getaway, so take the long way back to Austin and make Last Stand Brewing your final stop (for this weekend, anyway). They’ve got a great tap menu plus you can get a delicious meal from the on-site restaurant, Brewer’s Choice Grill!


The 2019 Dripping with Taste Passport gets you full complimentary tastings at all 25 participating wineries, breweries and distilleries for $90 per couple or $50 per person. Each location will stamp your passport and guide you through their offerings.

There is a limit of 4 tastings a day to encourage responsible drinking. We want you to take time at each destination to sip and savor your tasting, learn about their process and the people behind each winery, brewery and distillery.

You’ll pick up your Dripping with Taste Passport at your first location, which you will select when you complete your purchase, but you can use it anywhere throughout the month of October!

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DWT October 2019 Passport
DWT October 2019 Passport
Oct 01 - Oct 31, 2019
The Dripping with Taste Passport is a self-guided event taking place October 1-31. The Passport entitles you to receive one complimentary tasting (as determined by each establishment) at all 25 participating wineries, breweries, & distilleries.
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