We were fortunate to experience a Balcones Distilling Visit and Tour in November 2021.
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Balcones Distilling is Born
In 2008, Balcones Distilling quietly sprang to life in the unassuming Texas town of Waco. The following year, this former welding shop turned homemade distillery began producing its own whiskies. By April 2010, it became clear that the tiny underpass (the building sets under the 17th St bridge) operation was something special. The reason being was that the distillery, not yet a year and a half old, walked away with a double gold medal in the corn whiskey category at the 2010 San Francisco International Spirits Competition. The Balcones Baby Blue Corn Whisky had wowed the judges.
More recognition and awards continued to follow, and in no time Balcones Distilling had a demand that outweighed their supply. To solve this problem, the distillery desperately needed more space, not to mention larger pot stills. In 2011, the solution began to slowly materialize when the distillery purchased the historic Texas Fireproof Storage Company building located in downtown Waco. It was just a few blocks from Balcones’ original home. In 2015, after a few years of wrangling, Balcones began construction on its new facility. Retrofitting the 100 year old historic property was a Texas-sized undertaking. The result however was impressive. By February 2016, the distillery now had 4 stories and 65,000 square feet of space. Perhaps most importantly, they had new custom Scottish pot stills with which to continue to create their original brand of Texas whisky.
Our Balcones Distilling Visit and Tour
We had the pleasure of a having a Balcones Distilling Visit and Tour late last year. We spent an enjoyable few hours there, learning all about the distillery, tasting some great whisky and making some new friends. It’s been a long time coming, but we finally have our full Balcones Distilling visit and tour write up on BourbonObsessed.com. It’s in the Distillery Reviews section. If you would like take an in depth journey into the distillery, then maybe you have time to pour yourself some whiskey and take a few minutes and check it out? There are lots of photos of our Balcones Distilling visit, too!
In the meantime, here are a few videos from our Balcones Distilling Visit and Tour to give you a taste of the distillery, so to speak. Cheers!
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