Garrison Brothers Distillery Hosts Wild Game Chef Dinner in Hill Country Barrel Barn

Intimate dinner from Hotel Emma’s Chef John Brand will feature seasonal game with bourbon pairings to raise money for Balmorhea State Park

AUSTIN, TEXAS  (November 13, 2018) — Garrison Brothers Distillery, the first legal bourbon distillery in Texas, announced today its Wild Game Chef Dinner, will take place in its Hye, Texas, barrel barn on Saturday, December 1, from 6 – 10 p.m. The five-course dinner will be prepared by Hotel Emma Culinary Director Chef John Brand and will feature seasonal wild game paired with the distillery’s award-winning, small batch bourbon. Only 50 tickets are available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. Each ticket is $150 and includes five courses, four pairings, tax, and gratuity. They are available for purchase HERE.

John Brand is a nationally recognized chef who oversees three epicurean properties at Hotel Emma in San Antonio, Texas. The concepts include Supper, Hotel Emma’s onsite restaurant; Larder, the in-house market and cafe; and Sternewirth, the hotel bar. Inspired by seasonal ingredients from local farms, Chef John has prepared a distinctive and diverse winter menu featuring a variety of wild game, including lamb, venison, and quail. The menu was carefully curated to pair with several award-winning bourbons in the Garrison Brothers portfolio.

“I’m excited to feature my take on wild game with seasonal winter ingredients,” said Hotel Emma’s Culinary Director, John Brand. “Garrison Brothers Distillery produces some of the best bourbon in the country and supports worthy causes. It’s an honor to be invited to cook for them.”

Menu items and bourbon pairings include:

Local and homestead cheese
Accoutrements of fruits, nuts, berries, crackers, and mustards
Bourbon Stardust – Garrison Brothers 2018 Small Batch Bourbon, fresh basil, hand-squeezed lemon juice, agave simple syrup, Topo Chico

Seated Appetizers
Buffalo tartare and smoked trout caviar, black rice, and toasted
Pomegranate-glazed lamb toast with harissa and herbs
Little gems with tarragon Caesar vinaigrette

Popcorn quail croutons and bacon on a spinach salad with pickled corn vinaigrette
Carolina gold rice porridge with field egg

Juniper and poppyseed venison with pickled blueberry and celery,
Rosemary and brown butter parsnips
Cinnamon Old Fashioned – Garrison Brothers Single Barrel Bourbon, cinnamon-infused simple, tawny port, angostura & orange bitters, cinnamon stick

Dutch caramel apple galette with almond cream and whipped bourbon
pecan butter
Garrison Brothers Balmorhea Double Barrel Bourbon, served neat

A portion of the proceeds from each ticket purchased will benefit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation to restore, preserve, and beautify Balmorhea State Park.

This is not the first time that Garrison Brothers Distillery has partnered with Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. For every bottle of Garrison Brothers Balmorhea Bourbon sold this year, Garrison Brothers will donate $5 to the foundation to restore Balmorhea State Park’s pool. Additionally, Garrison Brothers created online merchandise in which 100% of the proceeds will go towards the restoration and beautification for Balmorhea State Park & Pool.

“Balmorhea State Park is a Texas treasure,” said Dan Garrison, founder and proprietor of Garrison Brothers Distillery. “We’re excited to continue working with Texas Parks and Wildlife to enhance and revitalize the park and visitor experience. We want to show the world the power of good bourbon, good people and good food. Chef John Brand helms some of the finest Texas restaurants and it doesn’t get any better than that.”

The Barrel Barn at Garrison Brothers Distillery is located at 1827 Hye-Albert Rd, Hye, TX 78635. For more information, please visit or follow @garrisonbros on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Garrison Brothers Distillery is a small farm and ranch located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country that authentically produces straight bourbon whiskey. Garrison Brothers introduced the first bourbon whiskey legally made in Texas in 2010 and has since developed a rabid fan base. They currently have a waiting list of more than 15,000 just to volunteer on bottling days, and their Cowboy Bourbon™ normally sells out within hours of its release. Garrison Brothers is the first legal bourbon distillery in Texas history and is one of the first distilleries in America outside of Kentucky to produce authentic, handmade bourbon whiskey and only bourbon whiskey. The business was founded in 2006. Garrison Brothers is also one of the only two distilleries in North America to be named American Micro Whiskey of the Year three times.

Every expression of Garrison Brothers bourbon is made from a sweet mash bill and barrel aged in the intense Texas climate. The extreme heat creates multiple aging seasons in a year, resulting in a darker, richer, and fuller bourbon; bolder than almost any other bourbon on the market.

At the American Craft Spirit Awards in 2018, the Garrison Brothers team was awarded a gold medal for its Single Barrel Bourbon, a silver medal for its 2016 Small Batch Bourbon, and another silver for its Balmorhea Double Barrel Bourbon. Garrison Brothers was voted Best Craft Whiskey Distillery in America by readers of USA Today in 2017.

Garrison Brothers is a proud and active member of the communities of Blanco, Fredericksburg, Hye, Johnson City, and Stonewall. The distillery and its barrel barns are open to the public for tours in Hye, Texas. Anyone interested in learning more about Garrison Brothers Bourbon or in taking a tour of the distillery should visit or follow @garrisonbros on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Bryan Gonzales