DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas (KXAN) – One of the fastest growing distilleries in Central Texas will soon call Dripping Springs its new home.
“It’s grown faster than we expected,” Clayton Christopher said as he walked through the future home of Deep Eddy Vodka distillery.
Christopher founded Deep Eddy Vodka with his business partner Chad Auler.
“We always hoped that we would outgrow our existing distillery up in North Austin. It certainly happened faster than we expected,” Clayton Christopher.
Christopher hopes this new location will be ready to use by early fall.
“There will be 18 wheelers loading here,” he said pointing to the loading docks.
Some may question the decision to relocate from Austin to a less-populated area. But for Clayton the move makes sense
“One of the reasons why we picked Dripping Springs, and kind of being right outside of Austin and right outside of Dripping Springs is to really showcase how beautiful the Texas Hill Country is,” he explained.
Also on the premises is a large event space. By adding an area where tourists and residents alike can come enjoy themselves, they hope to have a positive impact on the local economy.
“I think there’s going to be a lot of tourists coming into Austin to visit that will come visit the Deep Eddy distillery,” he adds.
The noise out here today, will soon be music to Clayton’s ears.
“All of a sudden you look back, and you’re amazed at how far you’ve come,” he said with a smile.
A new state law has led to a surge in distilleries. Since last September, owners of distilleries and breweries can serve and sell their products to customers directly on site.
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission tells KXAN News that 16 new distilleries have requested licenses since that law went into effect. There are now 61 licensed distilleries in Texas.