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Our Build Your Texas Bar series is your guide to stocking your home bar with all Texas-based brands. In Part Three, we show you some outstanding Texas-based gins.

Build Your Texas Bar: The Gins

Part Three of our Build Your Texas Bar series presents the Texas-based gins, shown below in random order. We know of at least one additional Gin brand headed to market in the near future, and it's based in Austin. That will bring the number of Austin-based gin brands to five, out of nine total statewide.    


Throughout this series, certain entries include a category called "Distillery Notes by Texas Spirits Geek." Proudly, we've collaborated with Texas spirits expert Andy Creel (aka, the Texas Spirits Geek) to share detailed information he's collected from his personal visits to distilleries across Texas. Clicking on the Distillery Notes entry will take you directly to the Texas Spirits Geek website, where you can read more about the featured brand.

Also note that certain profile entries below include a category “Kindred Spirits.” In this category, we identify spirits brands (gin or otherwise) made by the same distiller/producer.

Important Disclosure: Build Your Texas Bar is a series about patronage, and pride. It’s a guide to help you identify spirit brands that, one way or another, have roots in Texas. Some roots grow deeper than others. Bourbons like Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon, for example, owe nearly all of their production to activities in Texas, from farm to bottle. Other Texas whiskey brands, in contrast, buy their bourbon from Kentucky, and then mature it further here in Texas. The same can be said for many “Texas” vodkas, and of course all tequilas, by definition, are produced in Mexico, never in Texas. We’re including them all in the Build Your Texas Bar series. While their degree of Texas authenticity varies, all of the brands we’ll be highlighting share a common denominator: Texans are behind the effort.

If you're a producer of Texas gin, and we have not included your brand below, or, if you’re a producer and have additions or corrections to this guide, please send us a note to hello@fourstjames.com.

This inventory was last updated January 23, 2015. 

Texas-based gins not photographed and/or represented as of publication are: 

- Texas Drought Gin, Denison, Texas
- Dripping Springs Artisan Gin, Austin, Texas

To read other entries in the Build Your Texas Bar eight-part series, follow the links below: 

The Vodkas
The Rums
The Whiskeys
The Agave Spirits
The Specialty Spirits
The Mixers
The Moonshines

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Moody June American Dry Gin
Parent Brand: Bone Spirits
Hometown: Smithville, Texas
Kindred Spirits: Fitch’s Goat Whiskey; Fitch’s Goat Moonshine; Smith’s Premium Vodka
Distillery Notes by TX Spirits Geek
Website: www.bonespirits.com
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Austin Reserve Gin
Parent Brand: Revolution Spirits
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Distillery Notes by TX Spirits Geek
Website: www.revolutionspirits.com
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Genius Gin
Parent Brand: Genius Distiller
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Kindred Spirits: Genius Gin - Navy Strength
Distillery Notes by TX Spirits Geek
Website: www.geniusliquids.com
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Waterloo Texas-Style Gin
Parent Brand: Graham Barnes Distilling dba Treaty Oak Distilling Co.
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Kindred Spirits: Treaty Oak Barrel Reserve Rum; Starlite Vodka; Red Handed Bourbon; Waterloo Antique Barrel Reserve Gin; Graham’s Texas Tea
Distillery Notes by TX Spirits Geek
Website: www.treatyoakdistilling.com
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Brazos Gin
Parent Brand: JEM Beverage Co. 
Hometown: Carrolton, Texas
Kindred Spirits: Southern Son Vodka; Red River Texas Bourbon Whiskey; South House Moonshine; Stingray Spiced Rum; Western Son Texas Vodka; Lonespur Texas Gin
Website: www.jembevco.com
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LoneSpur Texas Gin
Parent Brand: JEM Beverage Co. dba LoneSpur Spirits
Hometown: Carrollton, Texas
Kindred Spirits: LoneSpur Texas Vodka; LoneSpur Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka; LoneSpur Texas Peach Vodka
Website: www.lonespur.com
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1835 Lone Star Gin
Parent Brand: North Texas Distillers
Hometown: Lewisville, Texas
Kindred Spirits: 1835 Bourbon Whiskey; 1835 Lone Star Vodka
Website: www.northtexasdistillers.com

 

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