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“Such fun and the staff is very friendly” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Garrison Brothers Distillery

Garrison Brothers Distillery
1827 Hye Albert Road, Hye, TX 78635
830-392-0246
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Hye
Type: Distilleries, Food & Drink
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Owner description: Garrison Brothers Distillery is Texas' first and oldest bourbon distillery. Our bourbon is hand-made from corn to cork right here on our little ranch. Tours are Thursday through Sunday @ 10am, noon, 2pm & 4pm. We'll teach you the entire process on how great bourbon is made. You'll taste our sweet mash, sample our white dog & end your visit with a taste of our fine bourbon. We strongly encourage that you call ahead so we can place you on our tour schedule.
Stonewall, Texas
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“Such fun and the staff is very friendly”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Took a tour this afternoon and had a very nice time. Learned so much about bourbon and tasted my first ever white dog. A nice change from the winery tastings. Highly recommend this tour.

Visited May 2013
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San Antonio, Texas
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“Great/Interesting/Fun Tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

My wife and I showed up Saturday afternoon not knowing reservations were needed and we were able to take the tour with the next group. The tour was very interesting, explaining and showing the process of making Bourbon and the history of Bourbon. Enjoyed our time on the tour and it is definitely a tour to do again. Also, Garrison Brothers supports the military by offering a military discount.

Visited April 2013
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Houston, Texas
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“Welcoming, Fun, Informative Distillery Tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

After making reservations online, my husband and I drove to Hye, Texas (off 290 between Johnson City and Fredericksburg) for a fun tour of Texas' very own Bourbon Distillery. Dan Garrison greeted us and said to make ourselves at home around the open fire pit. All the makings for smores were available, as well as refreshments. 18 tourists loaded into a retro-fitted flatbed trailer with benches and pulled by a 4 wheel drive vehicle, for a quick 1/2 mile ride back into the hills to the distillery. A first class operation located in several newly built buildings, the very professional "sip and tour" took about an hour. From the "kitchen" where the mash is cooked (we sipped that) to the distillery where the "white dog" is produced. We sipped that. White dog is then loaded into new barrels with a high char where it will sit for an average of two years to produce the sweetest, smoothest bourbon you would ever want to sip, which we did. This distillery is producing award winning bourbon. After so many visits to the Hill Country Vinters, this was a nice change of pace. I highly recommend this interesting, educational, fun tour. And, with only 8 employees, when it comes time to bottle, volunteers are needed for a two day process. Every bottle is personally washed, filled, corked, waxed and then signed by Dan. First class all the way. And the beauty of this Texas Hill Country location with vista views isn't bad, either. Great photo opportunities.

Visited April 2013
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“Excellent Tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Our Corvette Club visited the Distillery, it was a very interesting tour. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly. It's worth a trip.

Visited March 2013
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Austin, Tx
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“Beware of idiot tour patrons”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

Amongst all the wineries in this region, is the engaging Garrisons Brothers Distillery. First, you need to realize unlike the wineries, you cannot purchase a bottle of Garrison Brothers at the distillery. Blame it on archaic and frankly pretty stupid liquor laws in Texas. Regardless, this place is worth a stop.

Upon arrival you will find a little lodge with a cooler outside. You can help yourself to a beer or some wine while you wait for the tour to begin. They have a honor box if you wish make a donation to the next guys beer. Do that, BTW it will bring you some great Karma. They had a fire pit and some pretty cool chairs to sit around while you wait for the tour to begin. Stephanie arrived in a cushman with a trailer attached for folks to ride in up to the brew barn. The cost is $10 a person for the tour.

There was about a dozen or so folks and we went on the 4pm tour. The tour was very well done. Extremely through in explanation and if you so choose they offered tastes of the process along the way. Unfortunately, one thing they cannot prevent are the idiots you may have to suffer through during the tour. They encourage questions, which unfortunately opens up such incredibly stupid questions as: "Where does the rain water come from which you use in your brewing process?" Distiller, "From God, like most rain water!"... "Is it legal to harvest rain water?" Yes it is, "But in Colorado it isn't necessarily legal"..."You are in Texas sir". After an extremely through explanation of the use of Corn, Barley and Wheat used to make the mash and then the bourbon, a different lady asked no less than three different times in the tour, what kind of grain is used in the brewing. She wouldn't-shut it-the entire tour which unfortunately made the tour go on much longer than it needed too. It is times like this I wish I had more patience, since I was wishing someone would just punch her in the throat. I would imagine the tour would last about 35 minutes, rather than the hour plus since the staff had to deal with the challenged patrons on the tour.

The bourbon was tasty, the employees and tour guide were exceptional. It is a different take on the wine experience and you should check them out. On the way out, there is a place called the Post Office, it's on the way into Garrison's, check them out. You will be glad you did.

Visited February 2013
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