Updated: Mar 16, 2021
Still Austin (ATX) is the first distillery within Austin City Limits and was founded in 2015. They are a true grain to glass distillery with a passion for sustainability, creativity, and a community first approach. Founded by a father and son, Cleveland and Chris Seals, who took on this venture after Cleveland, the father, had a retirement desire to launch a distillery. Early on, they traveled the country to study other craft distilleries to determine how they would run their own distillery. What they decided was that they would launch a distillery in South Austin with an emphasis on sustainability, using Texas grains, and crafting a spirit that is representative of the Austin community. They knew that they wanted to be focused on whiskey as their main spirit and it sent them on an incredible journey leading them to where they are now.
Initially, Still ATX was unsure of what their mash bill would be and therefore they distilled multiple batches of whiskey using different mash bills until they found the one. What they landed on was a mash bill of 70% non-GMO white corn, 25% Elbon rye, and 5% Wildfire malted barley. Still Austin uses a proofing technique called slow water reduction which is where they slowly introduce water to the whiskey in the barrel as it ages which slowly lowers the proof over time. The result is a unique, delicate, and flavorful whiskey. Initially, Still Austin released their whiskey in batches, however, in 2020, they announced their new flagship whiskey, The Musician. The Musician is a straight bourbon whiskey with a label hand designed by local Austin artist Marc Burckhardt.
Still Austin has a very unique still too! They did a joint venture with their master distiller Mike Delevante and the engineer at Forsyths in Rothes, Scotland to design a 42 foot column still that was the first of it's kind in the State of Texas. Forthys is a legendary stillmaker company in Scotland and Still Austin's still is the only still in the United States made by them. Still Austin named their still Nancy after the main characted in the sci-fi classic "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman" Nancy.
Still Austin also has a Distillery Reserve series where they release one-off, special release whiskeys which included a Sherry Cask Rye Whiskey and Monster Mash Whiskey. These whiskeys are extremely limited and are delicious. As a matter of fact, Monster Mash won our 2020 Best Craft Whiskey of the year. As mentioned before, Still Austin distilled a multiple batches of whiskey while trying to find their mash bill. Once they found their mash bill they still had all of this whiskey aging. They decided to blend the barrels together to create this “Monster Mash” which was an extremely limited release of only 414 bottles which was a cask strength blend of 2 barrels. We strongly recommend you join their "Order of Nancy" program which is a way for them to share news and samples of their whiskey as well as getting an opportunity to purchase one of their distillery reserve series.
Still Austin also produces an American Gin, the first rye gin made in the Lone Star State. The 100% handmade gin is uniquely crafted from a custom base of 70% Brasetto rye and 30% non - GMO white corn provided by Texas farmers. The spirit is then milled and distilled in - house in small 100-gallon batches in a copper pot still. It’s here that the distilled base spirit absorbs the various gin botanicals, including organic juniper berries, coriander seeds, cinnamon, citrus peels, elderflowers and allspice berries, while passing through the distillery’s 42-foot-tall custom column still. The end result is a perfectly balanced gin bottled at 90 proof (45% ABV), which features an initial brightness, creamy mouthfeel, soft floral and citrus notes, an earthy character, rye spice and a warm finish. In the words of Master Blender and whiskey legend Nancy Fraley, who’s famous for her peerless ability to detect flavor notes, the gin is “exceptionally balanced, beautifully blended, and a pleasure to drink.
Visit them at 440 East St. Elmo Road, Ste. F Austin, TX 78745 and if you want to try one of their whiskeys yourself you can go here.
Our Reviews of Still Austin Whiskey:
Review #43 The Musician Straight Bourbon which you can read here.
Review #68 Monster Mash 5-Grain Whiskey which you can read here.