America's Coolest Distilleries
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Balcones, Waco, TX
Since it began production in 2008, this Texas superstar has racked up some of the most prestigious accolades in the business. Whisky Magazine awarded it Craft Whisky Distillery of the Year, and the London-based Craft Distillers’ Alliance named it Best Craft Distillery in the U.S. and Best Global Distillery. As a result, Balcones recently upgraded to a 65,000-square-foot warehouse, nearly 30 times larger than its original space. Bigger in size, yes, but the craft mentality hasn’t changed: the team will still handwrite the batch number on each bottle of whisky they produce.
Tours: Monday through Friday, by appointment; $10; balconesdistilling.com.