Still Austin was founded by three Hill Country families with the goal of distilling true Texas whiskey using local ingredients. Inspired by tequila and mezcal distilleries, which craft their spirits from the resources that surround them, Still Austin has vowed to reintroduce long-neglected grain varietals to Texas farms.
The distillery prides itself on crafting true whiskey, made the Austin way; to craft their High Rye Bourbon Whiskey, for example, Still Austin incorporates the Abruzzi and Brassetto rye varieties, along with Elbon rye. To infuse the spirit with a sense of home, the distillery also employs the same white corn found in Austin’s tortillas. Still’s south Austin facility contains an impressive 42-foot tall column still, custom-made by Forsyths of Scotland, and all parts of the distillation process are performed in-house. Starting with local Texas grains, there’s no part of the whiskey-making process Still Austin’s distillers don’t have their hands in, from milling, mashing and fermenting, to distilling, barreling and bottling. What’s more, once the distillation process is complete, Still Austin sends the spent grains back to the farmers to feed their livestock and amend their soil—bringing the entire process full-circle and back to its origins.