Treaty Oak Distilling is a self-taught collaborative of rebels, with wide-ranging backgrounds – united by their drive to seek the unconventional. The distillery is named after the famous 500-year-old oak tree in Austin, where a treaty defining borders of the state of Texas was signed. Founder and CEO Daniel Barnes opened the distillery in 2006, with an entrepreneurial spirit, he respects the heritage of whiskey distilling while embracing experimentation. They have a focus on sustainability, leveraging solar power, rain water, and waste management strategies at each phase of production.
With the new distillery as their laboratory, experimentation with a variety of still types, heirloom grain varieties, distillation techniques, and aging strategies have yielded a number of whiskeys in their ongoing “experimental collection”. Treaty Oak eventually settled on a column still for consistency and quality, toasted #3 char barrels sourced from Kelvin Cooperage, and an open-air rickhouse to leverage the Texas climate in the maturation process.
Through a number of smaller test batches, their Ghost Hill Texas Bourbon Whiskey came to fruition – named after the picturesque 28-acre farm on which the distillery is located. Through partnerships sourcing heirloom grain from local farms, two years of aging in the Texas sun, and brought to bottling proof with local limestone filtered water, Ghost Hill is an authentic Texas bourbon. Sip it neat, on the rocks, or visit their “cocktail lab.” After touring the distillery, enjoy a mixed drink with delicious local cuisine from the on-site restaurant.
In addition to the distillery and tasting room, Treaty Oak offers a selection of house wine and craft beer to be enjoyed with our cocktails on their expansive property. In addition to libations, Alice’s restaurant is open on the weekends and feature modern Texas barbecue. Enjoy some of the best smoked meats in central Texas paired with delicious sides an innovative pickling program. The property is dog and kid friendly. Truly a gem nestled on 28 acres of beautiful Texas hill country.