Residents of Dripping Springs joke their Hill Country town should be renamed "Drinking Springs" because of the number of breweries, distilleries and wineries that have set up shop there, according to 12 Fox Beer Co. co-founder Joe Hogge.
12 Fox Beer is just one of the breweries participating in October's Dripping with Taste Trail, a bi-annual event you can partake in with the purchase of a passport. First launched in May, the month-long trail offers free tastings for people who purchase the passport and check out some or all of the 26 participating producers.
The Dripping with Taste Trail begins on Oct. 1 and runs through Oct. 31. With the $50 passport in hand, you can visit up to four of the participants per day — and if you visit all 26 spots throughout the course of the month, the total cost essentially means you're paying roughly $2 at each one. It's an even better deal if you buy the $90 couple's passport.
"There are "new wineries, breweries and distilleries popping up all over Dripping Springs and Driftwood on what seems like a weekly basis and it can be tough to keep up-to-date on the newest destinations. Not to mention the cost of visiting all of these places can really add up," according to the Dripping with Taste website. "The wine, beer and spirit loving folks of Dripping Springs and Driftwood are here to help you discover all of these boozy destinations without burning a hole in your pocket."
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A total of 10 wineries, seven breweries and eight distilleries in the area will have complimentary flights or tastings for passport holders. (How much booze constitutes a tasting is up to each place.) You can use the passport for as many days as you want throughout October, though you can only use it once at each tasting room. Your passport will get stamped to mark where you’ve been.
Head to the Dripping with Taste website to purchase your passport. Here are all the places you can go for free tastings with it.
12 Fox Beer Co., 4700 W. Fitzhugh Rd.
Acopon Brewing, 211 W. Mercer St.
Bell Springs Brewing, 3700 Bell Springs Rd.
Family Business Beer Co., 19510 Hamilton Pool Rd.
Last Stand Brewing, 12345 Pauls Valley Rd.
Suds Monkey Brewing, 1032 Canyon Bend Dr.
Twisted X Brewing, 23455 RM Rd. 150
Vista Brewing, 13551 RM Rd. 150
Argus Cidery, 12345 Pauls Valley Rd.
Bell Springs Winery, 3700 Bell Springs Rd.
Driftwood Estate Winery, 4001 Elder Hill Rd.
Duchman Family Winery, 13308 RM Rd. 150
Fall Creek Vineyards at Driftwood, 18059 FM Rd. 1826
Hawk’s Shadow Winery, 7500 McGregor Ln.
Sidecar Tasting Room, 501 Old Fitzhugh Rd.
Solaro Estate Winery, 13111 Silver Creek Rd.
Treaty Oak Winery, 16604 Fitzhugh Rd.
Westcave Cellars Winery, 25711 Hamilton Pool Rd.
Crowded Barrel Whiskey Co., 16221 Crystal Hills Dr.
Desert Door Texas Sotol, 211 Darden Hill Rd.
Dripping Springs Distilling, 5330 Bell Springs Rd.
Frog Pond Distillery, 261 Frog Pond Ln.
Goodnight Loving Vodka, 12440 Trail Driver No. 103
Revolution Spirits, 12345 Pauls Valley Rd.
Stinson Distilling, 18281 RM Rd. 150
Treaty Oak Distilling, 16604 Fitzhugh Rd.
These are almost entirely the same participating booze businesses as the ones from the inaugural Dripping with Taste Trail in May, with one exception — Bell Springs Brewing is now open at the same address as Bell Springs Winery.