First Annual BourbonFest Event

Join us as we celebrate America’s favorite whisky: Bourbon! Enjoy live music, food trucks + more while enjoying any of our four Bourbons! Join us on Saturday, September 14th from 4-8pm for a tasting of (4) available bourbons, cocktails, live music, food trucks and a maker’s market featuring local business & artisans. Details on vendors to be announced in the coming weeks. Bourbons available for sampling and bottle sales will be: Blue Corn Bourbon, High Rye Bourbon, Wheated Bourbon and Texas Pot Still Bourbon. Both the High Rye and Wheated Bourbons will be a very limited, distillery-only release. Come early as we cannot guarantee bottles for all ticket-holders.

Purchase a General Admission Ticket and receive:

  • Event access only (no sampling included)

Purchase a GA+ Ticket and receive:

  • Sampling of all (4) Bourbons
  • Glencairn Glass & Lanyard

Purchase a VIP Ticket and receive (limited quantity available):

  • Early event access (3pm)
  • Guaranteed opportunity to purchase Wheated and High Rye bottles signed by Jared Himstedt, Head Distiller
  • (1) Cocktail
  • 20-minute Mini Distillery Tour
  • Event t-shirt
  • Sampling of all (4) Bourbons
  • Glencairn Glass & Lanyard

Enhance your event experience by adding on a “Mini Distillery Tour” for $5. All tours are guided by a Balcones staffer. They begin at 4:20pm and run every 20 minutes until 7:20pm. Please note: no one under the age of 21 will be allowed on a tour. Tickets can be purchased on the check-out page, or, if still available, at the event. Each tour group can hold up to 14 guests. 

PLEASE NOTE: All guests can purchase up to (2) two bottles per 30 days. Guests are limited to purchasing only (1) High Rye and/or (1) Wheated per person.

While this event is family-friendly, no one under the age of 21 will be allowed on a tour (including infants and those in strollers or carriers). Free admittance to those 12 and under.

About the Bourbons

  • Blue Corn Bourbon. Born from 100% mash of our cherished blue corn, this whisky is forged in a variety of new charred oak barrels for a bold and complex character that invokes the spirit of Texas. This is a big full bodied whisky, with a rich mid-palate, coating mouthfeel and long finish.
  • High Rye Bourbon. For Texas High Rye Bourbon, we incorporated ingredients from our favorite whiskies to create a new expression. With 55% Blue Corn, 32% Texas Rye, 7% Specialty Ryes and 6% Golden Promise Malted Barley, the result is a bourbon greater than the sum of its parts, and embodies facets of many whiskies at once.
  • Wheated Bourbon. Our foray into rye whisky led us into traditional multi-grain mashbill bourbons, including our Texas Wheated Bourbon. Made from a mash of our blue corn, Texas red winter wheat and Golden Promise Malted Barley, it is a big, rich bourbon with the softness of wheat supported by oak and spice.
  • Texas Pot Still Bourbon. Big flavors have always been the cornerstone of our prized Texas whiskies, and Texas Pot Still Bourbon is no exception. Made grain-to-glass using traditional pot still distillation ensures a rich and viscous spirit that stands up to aging in new charred oak without losing its essence. Each dram is full of character and body, with an aromatic entry and soft finish, for an approachable, yet memorable, experience.