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Top local distillery branches out with Austin's newest brewery

Top local distillery branches out with Austin's newest brewery

Treaty Oak Brewing & Distilling beer
Treaty Oak Ranch is distilling and brewing. Photo courtesy of Treaty Oak Brewing & Distilling

Local liquor favorite Treaty Oak has branched out into the realm of craft beer. The Hill Country destination for booze, now Treaty Oak Brewing & Distilling, has introduced a brewery to its portfolio. 

"We're stoked to introduce a new line of beer, brewed fresh at the Treaty Oak Ranch," says Chris Lamb, head distiller and brew master, in a release. "Our beers reflect the same commitment to quality ingredients and precise production methods as we have with our distilled spirits to create the best possible products."

On the bill are three year-round beers, each of which will sit in barrels that have been used to age Treaty Oak spirits like whiskey, rum, and gin. These mainstays include Fitzhugh Ale (British ale), Lil’ Hop (session IPA), and Bright Side (blonde ale). Treaty Oak is also working on a few seasonal creations.

The new beers, as well as the liquor lineup, can be enjoyed at the Treaty Oak Ranch on the Fitzugh Road libations trail. This 30-acre property is molding into a fabulous destination for family fun, special events, and educational outings. 

"Every weekend, we have the opportunity to let people try our experimental beers at the ranch and get real-time customer feedback on what they like. Unlike completely new breweries, we've been able to tweak our recipes to ensure they appeal to customer preference. It is so cool to have a customer base that is so passionate about beer. And man, they are passionate," said founder Daniel Barnes.

A new 30-barrel system is prepared to pump out 2,000 barrels of beer each year. In the next few months the team will adding two more barrel fermenters, which will increased capacity to 5,000 barrels a year.

Outside of Treaty Oak Ranch, the brews are rolling into Brew Exchange, Corner Bar at the JW Marriott, Green Light Social, Jack Allen's Kitchen, Little Woodrow's, Rusty Rudder, Shiner Saloon, and Taco Flats in December. Even more outposts will tap Treaty Oak's beer soon, thanks to a deal with Brown Distributing.

Look for canned beers across the state in March 2017.