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Balcones Distilling, Waco

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Our commitment to Hand Crafting our spirits extends into the design and layout of the distillery and the engineering and construction of equipment. The benefits of building and installing our own equipment became clear to us as we put together our distillery. By building our own condensers, wash stills, heat exchangers, hot liquor tank, etc. we were able to build exactly the equipment we wanted to use to make spirits. We became extremely familiar with the tools of our trade. The equipment itself is one more level of the distilling process that we get to craft with our own hands.

We are very proud to not only taste spirit we made as it ages and matures, but to also work everyday with equipment that was painstakingly and lovingly made.
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  • This quiet cave-like tasting room is worth the visit! My husband and I shared 2 flights and enjoyed rating the samples our cordial waittress brought to us. She checked on us often and helped us... 
    This quiet cave-like tasting room is worth the visit! My husband and I shared 2 flights and enjoyed rating the samples our cordial waittress brought to us. She checked on us often and helped us...  more »
  • The bourbon/whiskey flights are really nice for taste testing if you’re looking to buy a batch or two but you don’t know which ones. 
    The bourbon/whiskey flights are really nice for taste testing if you’re looking to buy a batch or two but you don’t know which ones.  more »
  • Great service, very friendly staff, fun tour and great tasting. Plus picked up some good bottles! This is well worth the visit for anyone even a little interested in whisky. 
    Great service, very friendly staff, fun tour and great tasting. Plus picked up some good bottles! This is well worth the visit for anyone even a little interested in whisky.  more »
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  • We had a great time visiting the distillery. There are quite a few fine and unique spirits to try. We didn’t do the tour but I do plan to return for that. Also unfortunately there were no food options the day we visited which would have made things even better. Otherwise there is great atmosphere and cool merchandise. Highly recommended.
  • Wonderful staff nice vibes great whiskey only suggestions are- if touring in the summer advise it will be terribly hot on the tour… it’s so hot you can’t concentrate on the tour. No fans or anything just melting hot. And the person is giving you a lot of info while you are over heating. Secondly- the person is hard to hear so a little mic from Amazon for $30 would make sure everyone could hear the speaker. And last the tasting was lovely but as a wine consultant it would be nice to teach the guests the proper way to enjoy the tasting experience the reason why we swirl or add water, how to smell with the mouth open and let the whiskey graze the lip first to advise the mouth of the whiskey coming for a more optimal experience. Plus the bottles have all these tasting notes on them like pear and Carmel but these notes aren’t spoken to during the tasting it’s self. I think these adjustments would really elevate this experience. I my self am a Christian and try to live life best I can to the Bible’s direction so it was a shock to be told after purchasing tickets on line and coming with my friends that this place was haunted… at that point we wanted to leave but had driven 2 hours to come so we stayed against our better judgement. Maybe if possible consider that you may have a mixed audience with different standards they live by and that some would be very out off by that detail. Don’t mean to over advise but these are the only concerns and otherwise we absolutely loved the experience and our tour guide Erin.
  • Such a happy accident walking into this tasting room. Do yourself a favor and try something off the floral-infused gin section of the menu. The Genever sour was a 10/10 for me. The whiskey sour was also tops. There’s a large list of unique spirits. They make more than just whiskey here, and it’s worthwhile to ask about it! There is also a good amount of merchandise if that’s your thing, and you can order quality food next door at Milo from the table. (Crispy Brussels go well with drinks!) The atmosphere was industrial but warm, and I really loved it. Great service from very knowledgeable staff. I’ll definitely return for my next trip to Waco.
  • First things first! You definitely want to take the tour. Sadly, we moved around so much we didn’t get there in enough time to enjoy that experience. Distillery tours always give such amazing insight and educational information on the eco-system to keep things balanced. I was on a specific journey this day because of The Pint Exchange from Houston Texas. They’ve been working with Balcones to do a barrel aged Imperial Stout. This was a collaboration I was excited to try and bring back from extra crowler. This stout comes in at a big body 14.7%. It’s delicate and lush creamy mouth feel of warm coffee and boozy !! Just my type of party. I had no idea that made beer as well as liquor on site. A friend had the cold IPA (Lucid) 6.8% and a cocktails. I believe the Texas Dove. It’s a nice space. Being height deprived I’m not fond of the high stools but they also had lower seating. Since we had a group we needed that space. The staff was pleasant and handled the surge of customers well right before closing. I gotta go back to sample more of Balcones.
  • The tap room is small and cozy. There are flights for tasting which was great. The rye was by far one the best ryes I’ve tried. The service was great and enjoyed talking about the different spirits. They have a small gift shop in the taproom where you can purchase what you tasted! Plenty of parking and easy to get to.

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