Treaty Oak Distillery
GIN, RUM, VODKA – OH MY!
Treaty Oak Distilling Co., founded in 2005 (originally named
Graham Barnes Distilling), has a name that’s as Texan as they
come – and uniquely and endearingly Austin since it’s also
named after a tree. One of the oldest living trees in Texas, the
Treaty Oak is the spot where Stephen F. Austin signed a border
treaty with Native Americans – a significant move since the
tree was part of the original council oaks that were admired
by local Comanche and Tonkawa tribes.
COOL AND REFRESHING – JUST LIKE AUSTIN
There’s nothing quite like a cool gin and tonic on a blistering hot
Texas summer day by the pool – and Waterloo Gin is the liquor
of choice for many Austinites when it comes to making that
In 1989, someone poisoned the tree with lethal velpar – nearly killing
it. But, even though more than 60 percent of the tree had died, it
survived anyway, and it’s large and healthy today. That special and
historical significance has extended to the Treaty Oak Distillery.
The name of the gin pays homage Austin’s original city
name. In 1837, settlers arrived in Central Texas – founding
the village they called Waterloo on the banks of the
Colorado River. It was the first permanent settlement in the
area and, by the year 1839, the community had adopted
the name Austin in honor of Stephen F. Austin – also known
as the “Father of Texas.”
The result is a labor of love that has turned into a successful
distillery with three distinct, and equally successful, brands.
Treaty Oak Rum was the first offering, followed by Waterloo
Gin and, most recently, Starlite Vodka.
The folks at Treaty Oak had always planned to release a gin since
introducing Treaty Oak Rum in 2007. Founder Daniel Barnes
wanted to stay true to the style of a traditional London Dry Gin, but