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.