About

What we do
Ranger Creek is a combined brewery/distillery proudly located in San Antonio, TX. We make beer and whiskey in our “brewstillery”, and we make it by hand one batch at a time with lots of love and attention. We like to focus on the relationship between beer and whiskey. As a combined operation, we can do things to highlight this relationship that no one else can, like age our own beer in our own bourbon barrels and distill our beers into whiskeys. We also use much of the same equipment to make both our beer and our whiskey, and we can do this because there are a lot of similarities between the two processes. It’s actually really cool to see, and we invite you to come take a tour and learn about it for yourself.

What we stand for
We believe in using local ingredients to make quality products by hand. Sometimes we make them in traditional ways, and sometimes we experiment to create new and interesting things. We think our beer and whiskey are best enjoyed paired with great local food and in good company. Beer and whiskey are fantastic products with fascinating histories that only get more interesting as you learn about them. We love to talk about them, educate people about what we know, and learn from all the great homebrewers, chefs, and industry folks we have the pleasure to talk to.

Where we came from
TJ, Dennis, and Mark met coming out of business school while working for the same San Antonio corporation. They quickly realized that they were three guys with a passion for beer and whiskey, entrepreneurial ambition, and a growing discontent for corporate life. They joined the UFO club at the Flying Saucer and started discussing business ideas. They started homebrewing together. It was pretty fun.

“Let’s start a brewery”, they said. “We love beer, and as the 7th largest city in the U.S. with a rich brewing heritage, San Antonio seems to deserve a proper microbrewery.” So they started writing their microbrewery business plan.

“No wait, let’s start a distillery”, they said. “We love whiskey, and Texans will love to drink a whiskey made in Texas. Plus, the craft distilling movement is about to explode.” So they started writing their microdistillery business plan.

“Hold on, what about the brewery? Here’s an idea. Let’s do both! We love beer, we love whiskey, and it turns out that a lot of people are pretty excited about local beer and local whiskey. Plus, it makes pretty good business sense.”

And with two business plans already mostly written, things started to click. We set up the business, raised some money (thanks, Chase!), ordered our equipment from Bavarian Holstein, started making test batches, found a building, and turned this Ranger Creek idea into a pretty cool business that we are excited about.

{ 9 comments }

Matt Haney October 5, 2009 at 8:43 am

Nice work guys, looks like you are having a good time thus far and might even be learning something? keep us in the loop.

Haney

Jeff Murphy October 7, 2009 at 10:09 pm

Great idea for the area! Can I get more information on your concept?

Cheers!

Jeff

Dan Garrison November 18, 2009 at 12:41 pm

TJ and Dennis:

Congratulations on the adventure. Had a similar one back in 2006. Can you guys send me your contact information? I’d like to discuss a few things with you.

Dan Garrison
Proprietor
Garrison Brothers Distillery
[email protected]

Wes Warren April 2, 2010 at 10:26 am

I can’t wait, guys.

Salud!

-Wes

Chip Tate April 7, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Hey Guys,

Congratulations on your new equipment and getting set up. Thought you should know that there are already two whisky distilleries in Texas producing whisky with a product out on the market. Balcones whisky hit the market in late 2009 and Garrision Brothers just released some bottles recently. I’m not sure if Garrision Brothers is currently available in stores in San Antonio, but I know Balcones is. Again, just thought you might want to know and update your website. Good luck and hope to meet you soon!

Chip Tate
Head Distiller, Balcones Distillery

admin April 8, 2010 at 10:57 pm

Thanks for getting in touch, Chip. We are certainly familiar with your Baby Blue and with Garrison’s pre-release bourbon. Congrats to both of you for getting your distilleries set up and your whiskey to market. We’re excited to build the Texas whiskey category with both of you guys and show those Kentucky guys what we can do. Our intent was to show that when we started this journey there was no Texas whiskey on the market, not to claim that we will be the first. We look forward to meeting you and collaborating with you and Dan to help give Texans plenty of great home made, hand crafted whiskey.

Jennifer Litz July 27, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Scott from Freetail gave me the lead here … by now I’ve accidentally called you “bob” on twitter (hope you don’t hate that). I’m really looking forward to what you all do for the Texas beer scene (and whiskey, too 🙂 ). Since you’ll have the barrels … will you be doing a lot of bourbon barrel aged stuff? With our very German craft beer palate here in Texas, we don’t see enough of that style …

I’m going to do a quick writeup on the blog and can’t wait to learn more!

admin July 28, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Great to hear from you, Jennifer! Sounds like you have a great group of gals. We’re definitely going to do plenty of bourbon barrel aged stuff, and we’ve got many other exciting ideas. Would love to share them with you over a pint or two. When can you come down and check out our brewery? You can email me or Rob at [email protected] or [email protected].

Jeremy Banas August 20, 2010 at 4:21 pm

It was great to come by and meet you guys! Awesome for Rob, Pete and Mark to take the time to show me around and explain your brewing process on the beer and the whiskey. Even more awesome for the brewing invite. I love that we now have a couple awesome spots in SA for good craft beer.

I may hit you up for one of those mini-barrels when you’ve used them up for my homebrew!

Definitely interested in co-ordinating a beer dinner with you in the future!

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