Texas Tea conjures images, to some, of their Texas roots, but today, in our industry, it is synonymous with Sweet Tea Vodkas! Oh, how the landscape changes… the current growth of wineries, craft breweries, and distilleries in Texas is astounding.
20 years ago there were a handful of Texas wineries. Today, there are now more than 300 wineries in Texas. We are the 2nd most popular wine tourism destination in the USA.
As for beers, Shiner, Pearl and Lone Star paved the way. But, today, I can’t even count the number of Austin local breweries, let alone others from Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio. We’re brewing a river of great beer in the Lone Star State. Austin’s own Jester King was able get a Texas State law changed so craft beers could be more accurately labeled and sold.
Distilled Spirits are the king of the industry though. Tito’s was the first and most successful spirit brand to start in Texas. Numerous other have joined in. Contrary to the highly individualistic Spirit of Texas, these distillers share their knowledge and experience with each other to promote a growing industry. Vodka, rum, gin, bourbon, and whiskey are being made in the State of the Yellow Rose. The only spirit off limits for distilling in Texas is Tequila, which must be made in Mexico by Mexican Law and Regulation.
Austin’s own Twin Liquors proudly supports the local producers. Come see us and we will show you our favorites!