Deep Eddy Vodka’s distillery opening tomorrow in Dripping Springs

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Deep Eddy's new distillery will include a 5,000 square foot tasting area.

Dripping Springs is getting another boozy addition to the neighborhood with the opening tomorrow of Deep Eddy Vodka’s new distillery, which will begin hosting tours, tastings and private events on weekends.

Deep Eddy's new distillery will include a 5,000 square foot tasting area.

Deep Eddy’s new distillery will include a 5,000 square foot tasting area.

Along with the manufacturing and production areas, the distillery will include a 5,000 square foot public space with a large tasting bar where people can try all of the Deep Eddy Vodka varieties in both cocktails and flights showcasing the four vodkas. Deep Eddy Vodka bottles and merchandise will also be on hand to purchase.

Such a big expansion is possible because of a nearly 500 percent growth since 2012, two years after the company was originally founded, Deep Eddy Vodka CEO Eric Dopkins said. “Our new distillery will support our future demand as well as our one-on-one connection with our consumer,” he said in a press release.

Deep Eddy Vodka first released Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka in 2010, the first flavored vodka produced in Texas, followed by Deep Eddy Straight in 2011. But it was Deep Eddy Ruby Red, grapefruit-infused vodka, that catapulted Deep Eddy into such a high rate of growth.

“(When we released Ruby Red) we surpassed our goals by 700 percent over our forecast,” co-founder Chad Auler said. “That’s a great problem to have. We had to turn to our distillery guys and say, ‘Time to work double shifts.’”

To create a space "both inviting and contemporary," Deep Eddy Vodka consulted with Gary Payne of the Austin-based Environplan Architects Planners and Larry McGuire and Claire Zinneker from the  McGuire Moorman Hospitality restaurant group (Jeffrey's, Elizabeth Street Cafe, Josephine House) on interior design.

To create a space “both inviting and contemporary,” Deep Eddy Vodka consulted with Gary Payne of the Austin-based Environplan Architects Planners and Larry McGuire and Claire Zinneker from the McGuire Moorman Hospitality restaurant group (Jeffrey’s, Elizabeth Street Cafe, Josephine House) on interior design.

Deep Eddy Cranberry came out earlier this year and has also done well. By the end of this year, Dopkins expects that Deep Eddy “will be heading toward (producing) 400,00 nine-liter cases” of the four vodkas.

Visitors to the distillery, in addition to stopping by the tasting room, can see how each of the vodkas are produced. But they’ll certainly want to spend some time in the tasting area. There, cocktails will be $7, drinks in Deep Eddy mason jars will be $9 and a vodka flight will be $10.

The distillery, located at 2250 E. U.S. Highway 290, will be open to the public 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 12 to p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays; tours and tastings for private groups (as well as private events) are available throughout the week by appointment.

For more information, visit www.deepeddyvodka.com.


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