Haute Interview: Treaty Oak Brewing and Distilling Co.

Haute Interview: Treaty Oak Brewing and Distilling Co. in Dripping Springs

Located on 30 acres off of Fitzhugh Road is Treaty Oak Brewing & Distilling, a family-friendly haute spot owned by Nate Powell and Daniel Barnes. We got the inside scoop on their history, new releases and plans to open their ranch to weddings and corporate events.  

You have exciting things in the works. Tell us about the history, your award-winning flagship brands and new releases.

Treaty Oak was the fourth distillery licensed in the state and the first to make a product from scratch using only Texas ingredients, our flagship Treaty Oak Rum. Since it hit the shelf in 2006, we have released Graham’s Texas Tea, Waterloo Gin, Starlite Vodka, Treaty Oak Barrel Reserve Rum, Waterloo Antique Barrel Aged Gin, Red-Handed Bourbon and Treaty Oak Experimental Bourbon. This summer we released our first beers out at the ranch – Brightside Blonde, Lil’ Hop IPA, Fitzhugh Mild Ale. They will be hitting local bars & restaurants soon with seasonal and special releases to follow. This fall, we will continue to release more experimental barrels of our homemade bourbon, the first of our brandy series, and a couple unique flavored vodkas.  

We love the ranch-style setting you’ve created for friends and family to gather for Treaty Oak cocktails, eats and live music. What are the different areas guests can experience?

The property is expansive and includes several structures, as well as lots of open space with hill country views. We reclaimed a barn into a taproom with sixteen taps pouring cocktails and beer and serving house made and locally sourced snacks and tacos. The main brewing and distilling facility sits beyond the taproom. There’s a tasting room and gift shop. In between the structures there are several courtyards with oak trees, picnic tables, adult games, and children’s playground.

The Treaty Oak Ranch will be open to weddings and corporate events soon. Tell us more about this.

The completion of the restaurant this fall will bring several exciting changes.  Our menu will be expanded, our hours extended, and we will carry a wine permit.  This will allow us to offer our property for corporate events and weddings 7 days a week. At this time, there is not another destination in Texas that carries a brewery, distillery, and winery permit that is open to the public and for events.

Tour & Tasting Hours – Friday: 3- 9  Saturday: 12-9  Sunday: 12- 6

treatyoakdistilling.com // 16604 Fitzhugh Rd // @treatoaktx