Top 5 beverages made in Texas

Beverages can keep you cool in Texas.

One way to keep #TexasCool is to enjoy a nice beverage – preferably one made in the state. We put it to readers and beverage experts to come up with a consensus on the best Texas beverages, breaking it down into best soft drink, wine, cider, beer, and liquor made in the state – in that order. Here are the results:

5 – This was a tough one, despite an obvious selection in Dr Pepper, invented in Waco by pharmacist Charles Alderton. Only problem, it is now part of multinational conglomerate Keurig Dr Pepper. While it is based in Plano, it doesn’t feel like a Texas company anymore. So we’re going with St. Arnold Root Beer, the only soft drink manufactured by the St. Arnold distillery in Houston.

4 – McPherson Cellars in Lubbock uses only Texas grapes to make several wine varieties. It is made in a converted Coca-Cola bottling plant that reopened in 2008.

3 – Austin Eastciders won the nod as best cider. Launched in that city in 2013, the company prides itself on using bittersweet and bitter sharp apples, which makes its ciders drier and smoother than most.

2 – How could it be anything other than Shiner Bock, brewed by Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner. The signature dark lager is now available in every U.S. state other than Hawaii. The brewery, founded in 1909, is the oldest independent one in Texas.

And the No. 1 beverage – liquor in this case – made in Texas … Balcones Distilling Rumble Cask Reserve in Waco. Here’s one description of it. Nose: honey, rum cake, and blueberry compote; taste, ginger snaps, treacle, sugar plums, and toffee; finish, raisins, bourbon, oak spice, and glazed pastries. We’ll have another, please.

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