Blanco, Texas, the home of Ben Milam Whiskey, is a little slice of Lone Star heaven. Situated in the picturesque Texas Hill Country, and within easy driving distance of both San Antonio and Austin, Blanco has the sort of timeless, small-town qualities that beckons to her stressed-out big city neighbors.

While Austinites fume in bumper-to-bumper traffic and San Antonians rail at urban bureaucracy, folks in Blanco are apt to be indulging in one, if not all, of the following pursuits: floating in the spring-fed Blanco River, which runs through the heart of the small community; cheering on the local high school football team under the Friday night lights (Go, Panthers! And Lady Panthers, too!); stalking the wily white-tailed deer, or cruising the farm-to-market backroads to take in the annual springtime explosion of wildflowers.

It’s a tough routine, but somebody’s gotta do it.

There’s a former courthouse on the town square—par for the course for many small Texas towns, and 19th century stone buildings housing antique stores and restaurants. In a bow towards the Hill Country’s German/Czech/Polish heritage, the Blanco Bowling Club offers a private nine-pin bowling alley and a café (open to all) with burgers, Mexican food, plate lunches and slices of pie as big as your head. Nearby parks, vineyards and other attractions (including the semi-ghost town of Luckenbach, made famous by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings’ hit song) beckon.

Founded in 1853 by stockmen, former Texas Rangers and immigrants, Blanco was originally the seat of Blanco County. But in 1890, citizens in nearby Johnson City organized a county seat referendum and moved the courthouse and county records to that town. Over a century later, it’s still a sore subject.

Were Ben still among us, he’d be proud to kick up his heels on a cedar-post porch rail, sip a little whiskey and take pleasure in what the years have wrought.

Blanco is a particularly auspicious location for Ben Milam Whiskey’s distillery. According to records, Milam, during his 1830s-era career as an empresario (a colonizer in charge or recruiting Anglo settlers to immigrate to Texas, then a Mexican state) held a land grant near the present location of Blanco. Were the man who fought so valiantly for Texas independence still among us, he would be proud to kick up his heels on a cedar-post porch rail, sip a little whiskey and take pleasure in what the years have wrought.

The Distillery & Tasting Room

The Distillery

Hey! We’re tough to find on Google Maps.
Map to 2218 U.S. 281 N.
Blanco, TX 78606
(We’re across from the Blanco Best Western)

Tasting Room Hours

Tuesday – Saturday
10am – 5pm
Please call ahead to confirm.