The New Balcones Distillery
ANOTHER CHAPTER IN OUR STORY
In 2011, we purchased the Texas Fireproof Storage Co. building in downtown Waco. Built in 1923, it is a massive structure of concrete, steel and brick, and has 65,000 square feet of space (about 25 times larger than our first distillery). All our whisky barrels have matured on this site since then, but we always imagined that one day it would make an excellent site for Balcones. In 2014, we finally broke ground on transforming this awesome building into our new whisky distillery. With the combined efforts of our distillers, a few engineers, local contractors, and even copper pot still builders from Scotland, we aimed to not just build a new distillery, but to recreate our finely-tuned process on a larger scale. It was also paramount to us that we preserve the character of this nearly 100-year-old building, so as not to lose the vibrant history and significance it holds in downtown Waco. We finally opened our doors to the public at the end of 2016, welcoming whisky lovers near and far to see our process first hand. Tours are available, and we hope you’ll join us for one soon, or at least stop by our tasting room to try some of our award-winning whiskies and spirits.