We make whiskey for everyone: the musicians, the visionaries, the lovers, the scientists, the oddballs, the artists, the everyday dreamers.
Blending sweet notes and bright tones together in perfect harmony, this is music in a bottle.Give it a spin
Whiskey for the creative soul
Twelve botanicals combine to form a gin for the uninhibited soul. It’s not polite to stare.Take a peek
Gin for the uninhibited soul
Still Austin is proud to be one of the only distilleries in Texas to source grains from local farmers, distilled ecologically in-house, and aged right here in the Texas Hill Country. Using ingredients from our homeland allows the creativity and individuality of Texas to shine through every sip.
“I'm hooked on the spice from the rye, alongside the hints of brown sugar, caramel, and toffee. The smooth, lasting lingering finish is bliss.”
“A healthy bit of caramel with some vanilla in the background. But that's not what makes this interesting...”
“You know that pink bunny in the battery commercials? The finish on this just kept going and going and going.”
“It is a Clint Eastwood/John Wayne
western film in a glass.”
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Happy Father’s Day! Here at Still Austin, we consider every aspect of our work to be a creative endeavor—and that philosophy leads right to the top. Brandon Joldersma is our COO, and he approaches the job of running the distillery in the way that a great artist might run an atelier. Born and raised in Holland, Michigan, Brandon worked his way up through the ranks of the beverage industry—working in both wine and cider before turning to whiskey. As Still Austin’s Chief Operating Officer, Brandon has built the distillery into one of the most successful whiskey startups in the history of Texas, with plans to expand nationwide. In the spring of 2020, Brandon and his wife Mae welcomed their first baby, and they’re loving life in Central Texas.
Daniel Creamer grew up in Dallas, where he played in quite a few bands over the years. That’s how he wound up putting together The Texas Gentlemen, a band he started “with all my best buds from around town.” The group has taken the Texas indie scene by storm, with Rolling Stone calling their latest album, Floor It, “an engrossing cosmic journey of Texas boogie and psychedelic rock that plays like an aural mushroom trip.” Creamer, who now lives near the Still Austin distillery, has also launched a solo project called Dancey Jenkins. Perhaps most importantly, as he made clear to us in no uncertain terms, “I exclusively like bodybuilding content on Instagram.”UPCOMING TEXAS GENTLEMEN TOUR DATES:6/3 San Antonio, TX/Sam’s Burger Joint 6/4 Angleton, TX/The Dirty South 6/5 Austin, TX/ACL Live at the Moody Theater 6/25 Fort Worth, TX/Tulips 6/30 Denver, CO/The Globe 7/2-4 Telluride, CO/Ride Festival 7/9 Dallas, TX/Granada Theater 7/16 Rogers, AR/Railyard Live 7/23 Woodlands, TX/ Dosey Doe 9/4 Arlington, TX/Levitt Pavilion 9/25 Abilene, TX/Grace Museum 10/21 Tulsa, OK/Shrine 10/22 Little Rock, AR/Stickyz 10/23 Memphis, TN/Growlers 10/27 Nashville, TN/The Basement 11/11 Berwyn, IL/Fitzgerald’s 11/12 St. Louis, MO/Old Rock House 11/13Kansas City, MO/Knuckleheads
Austin-based artist Rachel Dickson has been honing her artistic skills for the past decade. After the death of her brother in 2014 and then of her son’s biological mom in 2015, she used art as a form of therapy to deal with anger and heartache, at last deciding to pursue painting as a full-time career in 2018. Dickson uses art as a therapy, and her work showcases the vast mix of emotions that encompass grief. She specializes in watercolors and frequently uses acrylic and collage. The female form is prevalent in her work, and her use of color and white space are the foundation of each piece. Rachel also has a personal connection to Still Austin; the hand-painted every single individual label for our December 2020 Distillery Reserve Release, Sherry Cask Rye.
A University of Texas art-school dropout, Thor Harris has gained national prominence in recent years as an Austin-based musician (and sculptor and artist and writer and carpenter and plumber . . .) His long and storied music career includes stints with SWANS, Bill Callahan, Davendra Banhart, Shearwater, Arthur Brown, Rob Halverson, and his own new(er) project, “Thor & Friends.” In 2017, Thor was kicked off Twitter for posting a Nazi-punching tutorial that went viral. In 2018, he accidentally launched a bid challenging Greg Abbott for the governorship of Texas. He talked with us from his Austin house, which he built with his own hands. He’s currently working on new Thor & Friends material, and on a dub record called Doom Dub 2. Doom Dub 1 and some other Thor records are available at Joyful Noise Recordings. Others can be found at fthorharris.Bandcamp.com.
The Musician Wins Coveted “Double Gold” award at San Francisco World Spirits Competition
When we started this little-distillery-that could, we only wanted to make really great whiskey, using 100% Texas grains, while letting the creative personality of our home city shine through the spirit. Last year, we released our flagship Straight Bourbon, dubbed “The Musician,” and we felt deeply proud of what we’d accomplished. Our loyal fans responded by making the Musician a prominent fixture in the Texas whiskey firmament.
In recent years, Gabrielle Pharms has broken through into the (incredibly insular) whiskey-writing scene in a big way, sharing her knowledge in venues like Bourbon+, Imbibe, W Magazine, Shondaland, UPROXX, Teen Vogue, Mixmag, Billboard, Wine Enthusiast, and Texas Monthly. Pharms brings a breadth of knowledge that’s only matched by her breezy writing style, making this occasionally stuffy spirit feel fresh. And she calls Texas home! Pharms provides new evidence that the Lone Star State is changing the face of whiskey, bringing our own awareness and philosophy to the game, while respecting old traditions.
KXAN Features Still Austin in Story on Repealing Texas Blue Laws
We’ve been getting a lot of attention recently for our work to fight blue laws, including this story from KXAN. Still Austin has been helping to lead the charge against outdated so-called “Blue Laws” in the state of Texas. These laws prevent many Texas businesses (including liquor stores and distilleries) from operating on Sunday.
Tim Doyle has produced art for clients such as Marvel, Dark Horse, Cartoon Network, and Studio Canal. Doyle also art directs poster series for bands such as Metallica, Failure, and “Weird Al” Yankovic. He lives and works in Austin along with his wife and two children, a really stupid cat, and Bernie Wrightson’s dog.
After her electric performance on Austin City Limits last fall, the Austin American-Statesman asked: “Will Jackie Venson be Austin’s next breakout music star?” All signs point to yes. Born in Austin, Venson has spent years honing her craft. A graduate of Boston’s Berklee School of Music, Venson has dropped two EPS and three albums in recent years, each more stunning and accomplished than the last. Jackie has now rightfully claimed her place as one of the nation’s brightest rising blues stars, leading Austin 360 to name her “Artist of the Year” in 2018.
A native of Lubbock, Colin Gilmore grew up hanging around the original Stubb’s BBQ, soaking in the music of Texas luminaries like Joe Ely, Terry Allen, and Lloyd Maines—not to mention his father, Jimmy Dale Gilmore. These days, Gilmore has made his name for himself by blending a Buddy Holly-infused West Texas sensibility with the simmering rebelliousness of Brit bands like the Clash and the Pogues. He talked with us from his South Austin home, where he extolled the virtues of frequent travel and bourbon on ice.
A proud Texan, renowned artist Marc Burckhardt splits his time between Austin and Germany. Aside from perhaps his most important accomplishment—painting the images on Still Austin’s Straight Bourbon and Gin labels—Marc’s work has won many awards, including Gold & Silver Medals from the Society of Illustrators and Cannes Lion, as well as a Grammy for Best Limited-Edition Box Set Packaging (for “The Legend: Johnny Cash”). He has been named Texas State Artist by the Texas Legislature and the Commission on the Arts, and he’s a recipient of the prestigious Hamilton King Award.
The People Must Have Their Whiskey!
We’ve been working with the Texas Whiskey Association to enact a temporary change in Texas’s direct shipping law for distilled spirits, due to the coronavirus situation. This change would allow you to shop online for distilled spirits and have them shipped directly to your doorstep. With that said, we are still 100% committed to supporting our partners, including local liquor stores, our distributor partners, and small businesses. For those who are able to safely shop for products, we encourage you to continue to support your local store.
So Fresh and So Clean, Clean
Over the next few months, our distillery will produce more than 100,000 gallons of hand sanitizer. Yes, gallons.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Doing Our Part to Keep Austin Safe
At Still Austin, we take whiskey very seriously—and nothing is more serious than the safety of our team and our dedicated customers. That’s why we have made the difficult decision to close our tasting room bar for the next few weeks, along with cancelling upcoming events.
The Show Is #STILLOn
Hey Hey, My My, Rock and Roll Will Never Die
Distiller’s Corner: Feeling Our Oats
We’ve had some serious success with our Distillery Reserve Series—especially with our special holiday release Sherry Cask Finished Bourbon, which sold out almost immediately. But to quote rock demigods Bachman Turner Overdrive, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
50 bands in 5 days? Let’s do this.
America’s suh-wankiest music festival is heading to our backyard this March. As a whiskey distillery in the Live Music Capital of the World, you didn’t think we’d slack, did you?
Still Austin’s Head Distiller Looks Back on Two Years of Success
As he surveys the distillery in South Austin—after launching a batch of high-rye bourbon that’s proven far more popular in Austin than he could have dreamed, and preparing to expand across Texas with a new batch—head distiller John Schrepel is eager to share the credit. “We’ve built an amazing team here at Still Austin,” he says. “We’re all dedicated professionals; we’re all staying true to the craft. Everyone trusts and believes in what we’re doing here, which is producing the best bourbons and whiskeys and gins in this country. We are constantly striving to make the highest quality spirits we can.”
Realness in Red, White and Blue
John Schrepel has been tinkering with a number of different corn varietals, looking to release some creative small batches in the future. Our head distiller has made no secret, from the very beginning, that he wants Still Austin to offer red, white and blue bourbons on a limited basis. “Whether they’re sold on the shelf separately,” he says, “or in a three-pack, or all blended together . . . this is going to make a great story. It has craft written all over it.” And craft, of course, is at the very heart of Still’s ethos. The result? Sometime in the next couple of years, Still Austin will release new Jimmy Red and Ultra High Rye Blue Bourbons (in addition to a white corn offering.)
Whiskey Where the West Begins
At Still Austin, we’re proud to make whiskey on the spot where the West begins.
What’s the Difference Between Scotch, Bourbon and Whiskey?
This one’s tricky, so don’t feel bad if you’ve gotten it wrong in the past. Whiskey is actually an overarching term for a group of spirits–and scotch and bourbon are types of whiskey–similar to how Oolong and Pu’erh are types of tea.
Still Austin Presents: A Glimpse at Ancient Austin
Last year, archaeologists at Texas State University discovered what they believe to be signs of the oldest civilization ever in North America—right here in the Texas Hill Country. In fact, it appears that humans have been puttering around the Hill Country for 22,000 years. Think about that. That’s older than Willie.