The first and oldest legal whiskey distillery in Texas, Garrison Brothers is known for its fine bourbon. Located just outside of Fredericksburg in Hye, TX, this distillery is authentic and one of a kind. With intimate tours Wednesday-Sunday, and just a short drive from Austin, Garrison Brothers Distillery is great for a day trip to get out of Austin and sip on some bourbon.
With its first Mustang Grapes planted in 1992 and first harvest in 1995, Becker Vineyards has been serving Texas for many years. Now distributing 100,000 cases per year, Becker Vineyards has made a name for itself all over Texas and the nation as a popular destination for wine tastings and tours. Open seven days a week and located just and hour and a half outside of Austin, Becker Vineyards is the perfect place to go on a fun date or day trip with friends. Several of Becker Vineyards wines including 2013 Provencal, 2012 Raven, 2013 Prairie Rotie, 2012 Claret, 2012 Fleur Sauvage, 2011 Canada Res Cab, and 2012 Res Cabernet Sauvignon have all won awards. Also, if you’re looking for something different to do other than taste wine, come out to Becker Vineyards in May and participate in the Lavender Festival!
Opening in 1907, Blue Bell Creameries was one of the first ice cream creameries in Texas. Even though Blue Bell Ice Cream is only available to a portion of the country’s grocery stores and supermarkets, it is ranked as one of the top three best-selling ice creams in the country. Located in Brenham, only and hour and half away from Austin, Blue Bell Creameries is a place worth visiting. Come out to the creamery to get a tour of how they make Blue Bell Ice Cream, and even get a scoop at the end!
Located in the heart of Austin, TX, this microbrewery serves the community using Austin’s mineral rich water along with local, domestic, and organic ingredients. With over 15 specialized brews, (512) Brewing Company has a flavor for everyone. With weekly tours, you can come and learn how (512) Brewing Company brews their famous locals beers.
Known for its fun flavored vodkas, including Sweet Tea, Ruby Red, and Cranberry, Deep Eddy Vodka has made a popular name for itself. Located just outside of Austin in the Texas Hill Country, the brand new Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery is a beauty. Having just opened in October 2014, this new building has indoor and outdoor areas to lounge and enjoy Deep Eddy Vodka and hear some great live music.
Because October is Texas Wine Month, there is a special tour of the Texas Hill Country Wineries. You have a few days left to visit 42 wineries with the option of choosing 4 wineries to tour per day. Some of these wineries are Alamosa Wine Cellars, Duchman Family Winery, and Spicewood Vineyards. If you’re looking to see and taste different types of Texas Wine, this tour is the one for you! Don’t forget to check it out before the month is up!
Established in 1909 in Shiner, TX, the Spoetzl Brewery has been brewing the famous Shiner Bock beer along with other variations including Ruby Redbird, Holiday Cheer, and Wild Hare. Located about an hour and a half outside of Austin it is quintessential Texas. Bring your I.D., the tour and refreshments are free!
Although The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company does not offer tours of its brewery, you will no doubt enjoy their craft beers and great food. On top of the great beer and tasty pizza, The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company has a great happy hour and live music.
Handcrafted in San Antonio, this “brewstillery” has Texas Rye Whiskey and various beers worth trying. The short drive to San Antonio is well worth your time with tours every Saturday. You can learn how Ranger Creek brews its beer and distills its bourbon; make a weekend out of it and visit the Alamo and River Walk!