Taste the Hill Country’s Finest Spirits
With its scenic sun-soaked vineyards that draw thirsty travelers from around the world, the Hill Country is rightfully known for its world-class wines. Yet if you spend any time in the region, it won’t take you long to discover that there are first-class craft breweries and distilleries here as well. Many of which are either in, or a short drive away from, Dripping Springs, making this destination the perfect starting point for your next tasting adventure.
Unlike many other places in the Hill Country, Dripping Springs is surrounded by eight distilleries, some of which you may have already heard of. Step inside the vibrant tasting room at Deep Eddy Vodka to sample your choice of its 10-times-distilled spirits like its award-winning original, as well as ones infused with ruby red grapefruits, peaches, and oranges. Not far away, Dripping Springs Distilling crafts its own vodkas, gins, and whiskeys that are the perfect complement to your favorite cocktail. For small-batch gin and vodka with a view, fill a glass and grab a chair at Frog Pond Distillery’s covered patio that overlooks the rolling hills of the Hill Country.
Assuming you’ve come to the Hill Country for its wine, you won’t need to go any farther than Dripping Springs. Visit the estate-like tasting room at Duchman Family Winery and you’ll be treated to a guided tasting of the winery’s reds and whites made using all Texas grapes, such as an angliancino and a dry rose. Remarkable vistas abound at Hawk’s Shadow Winery & Vineyard, while Bell Springs Winery is where you go to pair your favorite kind of wine with something hearty from a local food truck.
As if all this wasn’t enough for your taste buds, Dripping Springs is also home to some of Texas’ finest craft brewers. Settle into the rustic tasting room at Twisted X Brewing to try its decadent array of rotating ales and lagers, including an Indian Pale Ale brewed with mango. Meanwhile, you’ll find brews light and dark at Suds Monkey Brewing Co., ranging from a light-bodied hefeweizen to a chocolatey porter.
There are many more places in Dripping Springs where you can sip and savor some of the Hill Country’s best, so make sure to come here thirsty.