5 Distilleries to Check Out in the Coastal Bend

Spanning Corpus Christi, Sandia, Beeville and Sinton, these distilleries bring a distinct craft to their respective bottles of alcohol.

Photo by Rachel Benavides

Sauce, hooch, liquid courage, spirits, libations … liquor has a multitude of monikers. For a welcome refreshment to celebrate an event, milestones or another glorious Friday, the Coastal Bend is home to a growing scene of distilleries putting out award- winning spirits. Spanning Corpus Christi, Sandia, Beeville and Sinton, these distilleries bring a distinct craft to their respective bottles of alcohol. Kentucky may have the Bourbon Trail, but the Coastal Bend is growing, and hitting its stride, to compete with some of the best bottles in the United States.

Third Fleet Gin, Aerodrome Distilling

Silver Medal Winner, 2021 San Diego Spirits Festival Competition

Aerodrome creates a gin that encapsulates owner Nathan Bitz’s history by including 16 organic botanicals, with cilantro, Cleveland sage and rosemary prominent to create a refreshing gin for any hot summer day.

La Lechuza Agave Spirit, Coastal Bend Distilling

The new kid on the block, this bottle was just released in January 2022. Inspired by the legend of La Lechuza, this agave spirit structurally aligns with the traditional flavor profile going back centuries. Twice distilled from 100% blue agave, La Lechuza brings cultural context and history to a delicious beverage.

Panama Rum, Vida Cana Rum

Gold Medal Winner, 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Rum is always a good time; some of the best is this Panama Rum. With a color comparable to a Costa Rican sunset and a delicious and smooth profile, this is drinking made easy. Crafted in bourbon oak barrels, this rum develops a complex taste that can be appreciated neat or on the rocks.

Batch 27 Vodka, South Texas Distillery

Texas sized taste, with a supremely smooth finish, this vodka is distilled using the bean of South Texas honey mesquite. The hand-crafted spirit features a slightly smokey palate with a sweet nose and a silky finish. Batch 27 can be enjoyed neat or lend its unique attributes to your favorite cocktail.

Bronze Star Texas Vodka, Justice Label

This award-winning vodka is 17 times distilled; if you are in the mood for something smooth, this spirit is a must try! Smoother than a gold-medal Olympic curling result, Bronze Star just may be your new favorite vodka.