Distillery presale tickets SOLD OUT! Online sales coming Thursday at 2pm

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Just yesterday afternoon we were met with a large and enthusiastic crowd of community members, who lined up over an hour in advance of our opening time to purchase tickets to our Downtown Debut. The response was surprising and amazing, and in just 90 short minutes we sold out of all 250 tickets we saved for local presale. It is our hope that this early offering at the distillery gave our Waco family the first and best opportunity to join us for our very special event next month.

The distillery will not open again for ticket sales, however we saved a limited number of tickets to sell online starting on Thursday, October 20th. At 2pm that day our Eventbrite page will go live for ticket sales. Visit us on Facebook or at www.balconesdistilling.com on Thursday morning for the Eventbrite link ahead of the sale. We sold over half of our event tickets yesterday; online tickets will be even more limited and we expect them to sell out very quickly.

We have a few things for you to know before purchasing tickets with us on Thursday, so we ask that you read the following before signing up:

  • Downtown Debut will be held at the Balcones Distillery on November 12, from 2 -5 pm.
  • All remaining tickets will be available on Eventbrite only.
  • Tickets are $10 per person, not including Eventbrite fees.
  • You must be 21 or older to purchase; the event is strictly 21+.
  • Each person may purchase up to 2 tickets.
  • Names for each ticket are required, and cannot be changed after purchase. Tickets are non-transferrable or refundable. Valid 21+ ID matching the name on the ticket will be required for entry to the event.
  • Tickets are extremely limited and will sell out fast.
  • Bottle sales at the event are limited to two (2) per person by law.

Once again, we are thrilled to finally showcase the result of years of planning, building, tweaking and perfecting our new Balcones. On the day of the event, you will not only be able to visit the distillery and take a self-guided tour, but we have live music, food trucks, cigars (smoking in designated areas only), and Austin’s popular Quickdraw photo booth to enjoy until the event closes at 5. Before you leave, get a complimentary taste of two new special edition whiskies we are releasing to commemorate the event. Both of these special edition whiskies will be available exclusively for attendees to purchase, limit one of each per person. Neat pours of ‘1’ Texas Single Malt and Baby Blue will also be available for purchase onsite for $10, limit two per person.

Stay tuned for final details about purchasing tickets, which we will release on Thursday morning. We can’t thank you enough for being such an outstanding and supportive community over the years. This is only the beginning for a bright new chapter in our history, one that we are grateful to share with you for many, many years ahead.

(Presale SOLD OUT) Balcones Downtown Debut Tickets On Sale Today!

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Update 10/17: Presale tickets at the distillery are officially sold out! Watch this space for details on how to buy tickets online this Thursday!


 

Tickets for our first ever public event at the new Balcones Distillery will go on sale this afternoon! We will open for ticket sales only at the distillery for three hours, from 3 to 6pm. If tickets are still available, we will be open tomorrow (Tuesday) and Wednesday from 3 to 6 pm as well. For the rest of our Texas following, we have held back a limited number of tickets to offer online, starting at 2pm on Thursday, October 20.

To ensure a quick and orderly registration, please read the following information before heading over:

  • Event registration is only available at the distillery from 3pm to 6pm on Monday, October 17. The line to buy tickets will close at 6pm. Any unsold tickets will be available at the same time on Tuesday and Wednesday. Additional tickets are being held for online sales starting on Thursday. Visit balconesdistilling.com or visit us on Facebook for more information to see if this event has sold out.
  • Our address is 225 S. 11th Street parking is available on Mary St.
  • Tickets are $10 per person (tax included); we accept all major credits and cash. Sorry, no checks.
  • You must be 21 or older with valid ID to purchase; the event is strictly 21+.
  • Each person may purchase up to 2 tickets.
  • Names for each ticket are required, and cannot be changed after purchase. Tickets are non-transferrable or refundable. Valid 21+ ID matching the name on the ticket will be required for entry to the event.
  • Ticket sales only, no bottles or merchandise will be available for purchase.

We have a solid day of Balcones fun lined up for you and can’t wait to see everyone! All registered attendees will not only get a sneak peek at our new distillery, but special commemorative whiskies will be available to taste and purchase exclusively at the event. We will have live music from Lomelda and J. Wagner, and food from Milo Biscuit Company, Alba’s Pupusas and Heritage Creamery. Drams of Baby Blue and ‘1’ Texas Single Malt will also be available for purchase, $10 each, limit two drinks per person.  Guests can also enjoy Austin’s popular Quick Draw Photobooth and purchase  cigars from Don’s Humidor. There will be a designated smoking area (please, no smoking in the distillery).

Online ticket sales will go live at 2pm this Thursday. For more information and availability, please visit www.balconesdistilling.com on the day of. Less than half of the total available tickets will be sold online, so if you can’t make it to the distillery to get yours, make sure to get yours quick after they go on sale!

We have even more exciting news to share with you as well: regular distillery tours will begin the week of November 14th! Stay tuned to our Facebook, blog or website to get details and sign up information, coming soon.

It’s been a long time in the planning, and we can’t wait to share what we’ve built with you. We promise it won’t disappoint, and look forward to showcasing our amazing new distillery with you over a couple drams of delicious Texas whisky.

Balcones’ Downtown Debut Coming November 12; Collectible Special Editions Available

Downtown Debut

It is with great excitement that we are officially announcing our “Downtown Debut” at the new Balcones Distillery, right here in Waco, TX! Come get a sneak peek of the facility before our tour program goes online at the end of November.

In addition to a self-guided tour of Balcones, attendees will also receive a complimentary sampling of new special edition whiskies, bottled to commemorate the opening of our distillery. And, as a reward to our incredibly patient friends and fans, these special editions will be available to purchase at the end of your tour. Finish off your experience with live music from Lomelda and J. Wagner, food from Milo Biscuit Company, Alba’s Pupusas and Heritage Creamery, and pours of Baby Blue and ‘1’ Texas Single Malt for $10 each. The event will feature Austin’s popular Quick Draw Photobooth and cigars will be available from Don’s Humidor.

As a special thank you for the local community, a limited number of presale tickets will go on sale in Waco on Monday, October 17 starting at 3 pm*. Presale tickets are only available for purchase in person at the distillery. The distillery will be open for ticket sales only from 3 – 6 pm October 17, 18 and 19. General ticket sales will go online at 2pm on October 20. Visit BalconesDistilling.com or our Facebook page on the day of for more information.

Regular tours will begin soon, too, so if you can’t make this event there will be opportunities to see the new Balcones before the end of the year. Please follow us on Facebook or join our email list to be updated on public tours.

This day has been a long time coming and we’re beyond thrilled to finally share what we’ve built with you. It is a pivotal time not just for our company, but for our community as well. We’re proud to make whiskies that are world class, but our Waco roots run deep.

 

*Tickets available to those over 21 only. No one under legal drinking age will be admitted to the event.

New Special Releases From Balcones Coming This Month!

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We are happy to announce that new editions of some of our most sought-after whiskies and spirits will be available this fall. Because they are only bottled in extremely limited quantities, we have decided to keep them all right here at home in our great state of Texas. Starting in October, the 2016 batches of True Blue Cask Strength, True Blue 100, and Texas Blue Corn Bourbon will hit retailers and bars in Waco, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Austin and San Antonio. Later this year, toward the holidays, we will also release Rumble Cask Reserve.

Made from the same 100% blue corn mash as Texas’ first whisky, Baby Blue, True Blue 100 and True Blue Cask Strength express a different end of the spectrum for our blue corn whiskies. Full of rich and decadent notes, they are big and bold, and bottled at high proof without chill filtering to preserve as much of the experience from the barrel as possible. This year’s True Blue Cask Strength came in at a staggering 65.7% ABV, the highest it’s ever been. Enjoy it full strength, straight from the barrel, or with a splash of water. True Blue 100 is always bottled at 50% ABV, and comes from the same hand-selected casks as True Blue Cask Strength, but at a milder strength. This small bit of dilution tames the spirit and allows more subtle notes to be expressed in the nose and palate.

This year, both True Blue Cask Strength and True Blue 100 have been bottled as Straight Corn Whisky, which marks the first time we’ve ever released these very special whiskies with any indication of age. It is also our biggest release of True Blue Cask Strength ever.

 

True Blue Cask Strength Straight Corn Whisky (65.7% ABV)

Nose: cookie dough, juniper, thyme, walnut shells, cinnamon, burnt sugar, cigar box

Palate: marmalade, burnt toast, dried apricot, caramelized sugar, carrot cake

Finish: long and lingering, brown sugar, tannin and oak

Availability: Texas only

 

 

 

True Blue 100 Straight Corn Whisky (50% ABV)

Nose: melted butter, pralines, toffee, pear skin, orange zest, ginger, vanilla

Palate: treacle, black pepper, fresh cut lumber, grilled poblano, agave syrup

Finish: medium long with char, citrus, ginger, eucalyptus

Availability: Texas only

 

 

Texas Blue Corn Bourbon is still a relatively new addition to the Balcones family of whiskies made from blue corn, and this year is only its second release ever. Unlike corn whiskies, which must be aged in used charred barrels, Bourbon whisky may only be aged in new charred oak. The use of new oak imparts intense aromas and flavors of oak, burnt sugar, smoke and char. At its natural cask strength of 64.9%, and also not chill filtered, it is massive and full of flavor, just the way Texas whisky should be. This year’s release also saw an increase in age, allowing us to label it as Straight Bourbon Whisky.

 

Texas Blue Corn Bourbon Straight Bourbon Whisky (64.9% ABV)

Nose: blue cotton candy, smoke, Mexican cola, burnt toffee, leather, sandalwood, milk oolong

Palate: spice cake, coffee, apple crisp, hot cinnamon candies, tobacco, tea leaves

Finish: long with mouth watering acidity, light tannin, dark cocao, burnt sugar

Availability: Texas only

 

We’re also very excited to inform our friends and fans that we are putting the final touches on this year’s batch of Rumble Cask Reserve. Made from the same turbinado sugar, mission fig and Texas wildflower honey spirit as Rumble 94º, Rumble Cask Reserve is allowed to mature much longer in the barrel, and is bottled at cask strength. We’ll make sure to update everyone on the upcoming release after it has been bottled and shipped to our distributor. This will once again be a Texas only release.

These special releases are all made in very small quantities and will be tightly allocated. To get your hands on them, speak to your preferred retailer, or request your favorite bar to carry them. While we wish we could promise everyone a bottle, it’s just not possible at these volumes. Thankfully, we’re laying down a lot more whisky these days in our new distillery, so in time we will have plenty to share with you!

We look forward to sharing these fantastic releases with our devoted fans over the coming months. A small series of events are in the works and we really hope you’ll join us. Follow us on Facebook for any and all updates. You’ll also want to stay tuned for the grand opening event we’re planning in November, where we may hold back a few cases of these fantastic whiskies for tasting and purchase.

Balcones Texas Rum Comes to Texas Next Week!

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Back in 2013, we began crafting small batches of rum. What started as a mere curiosity grew into a new fascination with one of America’s oldest spirits. Since then, we’ve released two unique and very limited editions of Texas Rum, both of which were met with critical acclaim.

Today, we are very excited to announce that our latest batch of Texas Rum is ready for release, just in time for Father’s Day. Bottled at its natural cask strength of 63% ABV, the blend contains some of the oldest spirit we have ever released. Batch 16-1 was composed of two barrels made from French oak, as well as one American and one European cask. This unique blend of woods gives our rum a big and robust flavor and aroma, accenting the sugary flavors of the spirit with toasty oak.

Those four lone barrels yielded only 650 bottles, most of which we have shipped to our distributor in Texas. Starting next week, they will begin arriving at retailers in Dallas and Fort Worth, followed by Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Waco. This will be an extremely limited, hard-to-find release, and we expect it to sell out very quickly. We regret that not all of our loyal fans will get their hands on a bottle, but if you miss your chance to pick one up, we plan to release several cases at the distillery at a distillery event in the future.

Balcones Texas Rum is crafted without compromise. Starting with a recipe of Barbados-style and blackstrap molasses, it is slow fermented, distilled in traditional copper pots, and matured in a variety oak casks.

Texas Rum 16-1 Tasting Notes

Nose: burnt sugar, fresh vanilla bean, nutmeg, grilled peaches, cheerwine, rock candy, sweet oak, smoke, wine reduction

Palate: full-bodied with brown sugar, pancake syrup, horehound soda, sweet oak, black tea, pink peppercorns, blood orange zest

Finish: coating oak tannins, citrus zest, light cinnamon, dry sherry

With only 80 cases in the entire state, Texas Rum will disappear quickly. It will hit shelves starting next week but might take up to two weeks to reach every major city in Texas. The release will be tightly allocated and, as a result, not every retailer will receive an allotment. The good news is that we finally moved into our new distillery in downtown Waco and we’ve significantly expanded our distilling capacity. Over the years we will produce more of these rare releases from Balcones, something that we’ve been focusing on diligently to ensure there’s a steady supply of our whiskies and spirits for many years to come. The new Balcones will be open to the public this summer, with tours and tastings available by appointment. We can’t wait to show you what we’ve built!

A Year Worth Celebrating

As we ready to close the book on 2015, we take this opportunity to reflect on Balcones’ strongest year ever. From new whisky releases, to inspiring industry recognition, to building our dream distillery, it was action packed and full of wonderful surprises. This year brought us many great moments to be proud of, but none of it could have been possible without the support and encouragement of our friends and fans. Looking ahead to 2016, here are some of our favorite memories from the last year.

The 11th Street Project

Our greatest accomWater Towerplishment this year is our biggest ever. After many years of laboring in a cramped, old welding shop under a bridge, we are finally ready to expand our operations and cement Balcones’ place in downtown Waco’s promising future. Balcones’ new home awaits just a few blocks away from our current distillery, inside the Texas Fireproof Storage Co. building, a historic landmark on 11th Street. With more space for bigger and better equipment, our craft will no longer be restricted by size. Magnificent new copper pot stills were hand-built by Forsyths of Scotland, and will boost our capacity significantly over the next several years. We plan to bring the new distillery online slowly over the next few months, with public tours beginning shortly after. Our excitement is beyond words, and we are grateful for your patience as we finalize this transition.

A True Honor

nyiscmedalsIn 2015, our whiskies were honored more than ever with an exciting array of new accolades. Just in the past month, Balcones was declared the Grand Master of American Whisky at the Global Spirits Masters in London, with Texas Blue Corn Bourbon also receiving a Taste Master Medal. Additionally, the New York International Spirits Competition named us the Texas Distillery of the Year, and ‘1’ Texas Single Malt was the American Single Malt of the year at the World Whisky Awards, presented by Whisky Magazine. We plan to continue making a name for Texas whisky in 2016, and give Waco something to be proud of.

Bourbon as Bold as Texas

This year we launched our first batch of Texas Blue Corn Bourbon. A richly flavored Bourbon whisky, it is made entirely from roasted blue corn like Baby Blue and True Blue, but aged in new charred oak barrels. It delivers a deep, punchy experience that wowed our fans and critics alike, earning the whisky six new medals in blind tasting competitions. With only 200 cases of this remarkable whisky in our first bottling, it was no surprise that it sold out quickly. While we wish we could release more Texas Blue Corn Bourbon right away, we must patiently wait for our barrels to reach their full potential before bottling. We promise more is on the way, and it will be worth the wait.

Brand-New Spirit

We always say we make what we like to drink, and one thing we love to drink is good rye whisky. This past summer, we stayed true to our words and distilled several small batches of whisky made from a 100% mash of select specialty ryes. We don’t expect this new whisky to be ready for some time, but it is already blossoming into something quite special that we truly can’t wait to share with you. As a small bonus, we had enough rye to distill a few barrels of our first ever multi-grain whisky: a high-rye bourbon made with our house blue corn and barley, and several varieties of rye. Other great new spirits are also on the drawing board, so expect even more tasteful surprises in the future.

Show Your Support for Balcones, Wherever You Are

In November we launched our new web store, featuring select apparel and accessories adorned with Balcones’ name. Browse our shop at the link below and check back often, new items will be added regularly.

http://shop.balconesdistilling.com/

A New Chapter Begins

Such an outstanding year can only be eclipsed by the promise of an even more thrilling new year, full of possibilities. We can’t thank you enough for your support, encouragement, and patience over the years. None of our accomplishments would have been possible without it. All the waiting and anticipating will finally begin to pay off soon, and the reward will be sweet.

From all of us at Balcones, have a wonderful New Year!

The 11th Street Project

Texas Fireproof Storage Co.

Since 2009 we have laboriously crafted our spirits by hand in a tiny, old welding shop under a bridge in downtown Waco. While the quaint facility is dear to us and will forever hold a special place in our hearts, it has always been our dream to go “big.” In 2011 we acquired the Texas Fireproof Storage Building, a historical landmark also in downtown Waco, built in 1923. Boasting 65,000 sq. ft. of space inside a structure of steel, concrete and brick, the facility has long served as our barrel aging warehouse, but was always envisioned as the key to Balcones’ future. As fate would have it, demand for our whiskies picked up at an unexpected and astonishing pace, drastically exceeding our production capabilities. A new distillery was no longer just a dream, it became a necessity.