This Weekend in Texas: Balcones Bourbon Festival

Are you running out of things to do during these long summer weekends? Too pruned out from floating down the Guadalupe? Hopelessly sunburned from hanging out at Zilker Park? Tired of dodging boats on Lake Travis? For those who are looking for a little variety, Balcones Distilling up near Waco is holding their first ever Bourbon Festival this weekend, and you can guarantee that we’ll be in attendance!

From the Eventbrite posting:

Join us on Saturday, September 14th from 4-8pm as we host our first annual BourbonFest during National Bourbon Month! At the event enjoy Balcones pours and cocktails, live music by local Western Swing musicians, The Gimbles and Tate Mayeux (from Mayeux & Broussard). Food trucks include local favorites Captain Billy Whizzbangs, Helados La Azteca, HonkyTonk Kid BBQ, and Sergios. Shop our Maker’s Market featuring local businesses and artisans such as Don’s Humidor Cigars, Sendero Provisions, Soledad Clay Creations, Standard Hat Works, Waco Woodworks, World Cup Fair Trade, Skye Barak Art and Dry Creek Woodcraft.

Bourbons available for sampling and bottle sales will be: Blue Corn Bourbon, High Rye Bourbon, Wheated Bourbon and Texas Pot Still Bourbon. Both the High Rye and Wheated Bourbons will be a very limited, distillery-only release. Come early as we cannot guarantee bottles for all ticket-holders.

Tickets are still available, either in the standard General Admission class (which just gets you access to the festival) or the General Admission Plus, which includes a tasting of four whiskies and a special Glencairn glass. VIP tickets appear to have already disappeared like the formerly green grass in my front lawn. (August in Texas… gotta love it.)

And if you’re not in driving distance, Balcones can likely be found on the shelves of your local liquor store. Check out our reviews of their Brimstone and Baby Blue labels if you’re on the fence about them!

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