Balcones Distilling
Balcones Distilling
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Tuesday
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
About
Balcones is a grain to glass distillery conveniently located in downtown, Waco, the heart of Texas. We craft many unique whiskies and spirits, all of which have received worldwide recognition. Our flagship whisky, '1' Texas Single Malt, is our pride and joy, made using quality Scottish barley and aged in premium oak barrels. Balcones distills all of their beloved whiskies inside the historic Texas Fireproof Storage Company building in Waco, Texas. At its heart are four copper pot stills built by the best artisans in Scotland. You can now visit and tour the facility, with tastings and events held regularly, and see why Balcones is always Distilled to Appreciate.
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  • Anne
    Waco, Texas5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do in Waco Texas: Tour Balcones Distilling.
    Signed up for a tour and tasting for 4 of local distillery and multi award winning Balcones Distilling. Only $20 pp. We had the best time and learned so much - all in one hour - with wonderful Alexander as our guide. He hasn’t been there a whole year but he sounded like a founder; he was so knowledgeable. Big bang for your buck. Highly recommend!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Brian C
    Spring, Texas3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A definite stop in Waco.
    Our daughter is attending college in town, and whenever we make a trip to visit her, we make a trip to Balcones. Last Friday we stopped by and had a tour and tasting. Aryn was our guide. She was very informative, and knowledgeable in the craft. They always seem to have special bottles at the distillery. This trip they had lots of Rum. The single malt whiskey is what I go for, but I ended up taking home the rum. Will be back in a few weeks. Cheers
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 September 2023
  • Tom M
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun Time At Balcones Distillery's 15th Anniversary Celebration.
    I went with my wife to the Balcones 15th Anniversary celebration. We had a great time. We bought a couple of special 15th anniversary bottles. We got there early, so we both got a free commemorative tee shirt. Went outside and listened to some great music and had some nice barbecue at the Helberg BBQ food truck. Topped that off with a double scoop of salty vanilla bean at the Heritage Creamery truck. Other than the weather, raining on and off, we couldn't have gad a better time. But they did give us a clear plastic poncho to battle the downpours.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 October 2023
  • Michael S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Experience for Magnolia “Widowers”
    The tour/tasting was well worth the time and money. A great activity while my wife and mother-in-law spent the afternoon at the Silos. It’s within walking distance from Magnolia. The guide was knowledgeable, entertaining, and friendly. I was alone, but having others in the tour group took away any awkwardness. Highly recommend.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 November 2023
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Boston6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Fascinating and informative tour on the history and processing techniques of distilling that produce their product line made the tasting at the end that much better. Fun tour!
Written 6 April 2024
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Michael S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
The tour/tasting was well worth the time and money. A great activity while my wife and mother-in-law spent the afternoon at the Silos. It’s within walking distance from Magnolia. The guide was knowledgeable, entertaining, and friendly. I was alone, but having others in the tour group took away any awkwardness. Highly recommend.
Written 12 November 2023
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Jane B
Rockwall, TX16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We sampled the bourbon and had a couple of cocktails. The building is beautiful. The staff was very knowledgeable about their spirits!
Written 12 November 2023
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Holly H
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Creative and intelligent experts provided a fun and interesting tour! And the tastings and education sold me! I loved the Cataleja, the Texas Rye and Baby Blue! Used to only drink Old Fashioned’s but I have graduated to drinking my whisky neat!
Written 30 October 2023
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Tom M
Georgetown, TX, United States8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
I went with my wife to the Balcones 15th Anniversary celebration. We had a great time. We bought a couple of special 15th anniversary bottles. We got there early, so we both got a free commemorative tee shirt. Went outside and listened to some great music and had some nice barbecue at the Helberg BBQ food truck. Topped that off with a double scoop of salty vanilla bean at the Heritage Creamery truck. Other than the weather, raining on and off, we couldn't have gad a better time. But they did give us a clear plastic poncho to battle the downpours.
Written 29 October 2023
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Stephen D
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
My wife and I attended the 15 year anniversary celebration at Balcones. It was great. The atmospheIt, drinks, live music, and food were all first rate. It was very well organized, and a great time.
Written 29 October 2023
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Julie R
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This tour was great! I already drink the Barcelona Brimstone whiskey. We had a lot of fun seeing the brewing process and testing 4 of their whiskeys.
Written 21 October 2023
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Brian C
Spring, TX3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Our daughter is attending college in town, and whenever we make a trip to visit her, we make a trip to Balcones. Last Friday we stopped by and had a tour and tasting. Aryn was our guide. She was very informative, and knowledgeable in the craft. They always seem to have special bottles at the distillery. This trip they had lots of Rum. The single malt whiskey is what I go for, but I ended up taking home the rum. Will be back in a few weeks. Cheers
Written 18 September 2023
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Craig S
Lone Grove, OK25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
My first visit to Balcones. I've followed the distillery for a long time. I really enjoy their Lineage, and was looking forward to trying more.

I took the tour. Christian was a great tour guide. It was super hot out that day, and he did a great job of keeping us in the shade, and didn't keep us in the hot areas for too long.

The tasting at the end was awesome. He walked those through who had not been in a tasting before. Lots of information. A really cool old building. Great whiskey. What else could anyone ask for?

I ended the trip in the tasting room. Small space that was pretty full. Had the Texas Dove from their featured cocktail menu. It was great. Got a bottle of Rumble, and a glencairn to bring home. Forgot to buy a hat tho!!!!

Great experience that I would live to take my wife to, or bring some buddies for a guys weekend. You really have ti give it a shot. Maybe pick a date later in the year. The Texas heat in July is real. Lol
Written 4 July 2023
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Anne
Waco, TX5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Signed up for a tour and tasting for 4 of local distillery and multi award winning Balcones Distilling. Only $20 pp. We had the best time and learned so much - all in one hour - with wonderful Alexander as our guide. He hasn’t been there a whole year but he sounded like a founder; he was so knowledgeable. Big bang for your buck. Highly recommend!
Written 2 July 2023
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