There’s a new whiskey tasting room opening in the Texas Hill Country

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There’s a new whiskey tasting room opening in the Texas Hill Country

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Photo by Bailey Toksoz. Nine Banded Whiskey is found in a variety of local bars and retailers, and soon it will also be the starring spirit of a Dripping Springs-area tasting room.

Fitzhugh Road has become the boozy home of Jester King Brewery, Argus Cidery, Last Stand Brewing, Revolution Spirits and Treaty Oak Brewing & Distilling. Now, a new tasting room is joining them, and it’ll be serving up the popular Austin brand of Nine Banded Whiskey.

The locally blended and bottled whiskey has been on the market for a few years, but the company behind Nine Banded, Austin Spirits, Inc., is seeking a major expansion that will push it onto more liquor shelves around the state and regionally . Opening a facility on the way to Dripping Springs at 13377 Fitzhugh Rd., Bldg. A, is just the start of Nine Banded Whiskey’s growth. The tasting room is slated to open this winter.

Nestled just off the Texas Hill Country road in between Jester King and the next-door neighbors of Argus, Last Stand and Revolution, Nine Banded Whiskey’s 4,780 sq. ft. facility will host the tasting room as well as a bottling area and the headquarters of Austin Spirits.

A rendering of the upcoming Nine Banded Whiskey tasting room just outside of Austin highlights the armadillo the whiskey is named for.

It sounds like it’s going to be a pretty neat space, with regular live music and visits from local food trucks in addition to whiskey tastings. It’s going to look nice, too: McCray & Co — which designed Lenoir, Noble Sandwich and Ramen Tatsu-Ya and other Austin spots — is bringing Nine Banded’s vision of the space to life.

That includes a lot of reclaimed metal and wood, and “old whiskey barrels will also be repurposed for additional finishes and elements throughout the space,” according to a press release. The bar stools, for one, will incorporate whiskey barrel staves.

At the moment, Nine Banded Whiskey’s company, led by CEO Gary Crowell — formerly of booze juggernaut Deep Eddy Vodka — is seeking $4 million in investments to expand the whiskey business. Nine Banded is currently available at bars and stores across the state, including in Austin at places like Spec’s, Twin Liquors and the Blackheart on Rainey Street.

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