Still Austin Whiskey Co. Takes Home Multiple Double Gold Medals at the 2023 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey Earns Double Gold for the Second Year in a Row as Straight Rye Whiskey Earns First Double Gold

AUSTIN, Texas--()--Still Austin Whiskey Co., the first true grain-to-glass distillery to open in Austin, Texas, since the end of Prohibition, today announced that the 2023 San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) awarded its Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey with a Double Gold medal for the second year in a row, and its Straight Rye Whiskey (“The Artist”) with a first Double Gold medal. With these new recognitions, all three of Still Austin’s flagship whiskeys – Straight Bourbon, Straight Rye, and Cask Strength – are now Double Gold medal winners and signals to whiskey enthusiasts worldwide that Texas whiskey is on the rise.

“Double Gold medals awarded by the San Francisco World Spirits Competition are among the most coveted accolades in the world of spirits,” said Brandon Joldersma, chief operating officer at Still Austin. “They are the industry’s most reputed awards and provide a comprehensive picture of what quality whiskey should taste like. It’s why we’re proud to say all three of Still Austin’s flagship whiskeys have now been awarded Double Gold medals from their judges.”

The Art of Texas Whiskey:

Still Austin makes 100% of their whiskey in-house from grain to glass. They use only Texas-grown grains and distill all their whiskey in Austin where they’ve learned to harness the fluctuating central Texas weather patterns to age their whiskey to perfection. The result is a delicious, high-quality work of art.

The artwork on the labels, created by internationally acclaimed artist and native Texan, Marc Burckhardt, is a series of “archetypical” Austinites (e.g. “The Musician,” “The Artist,” “The Naturalist”). Each provides a sense of the people who have influenced and inspired the team, while paying homage to the Texas terroir.

The Cask Strength is bottled at 118 proof (59% ABV), and offers a nose of brandied cherries, muddled mint, and cinnamon toast; while the palate presents notes of grilled peaches, butterscotch pecan pie and dark brown sugar. This expression is a deeper, darker, more robust version of its fruit-forward sibling (“The Musician”), which is also a Double Gold winner. The Straight Rye is bottled at 99.6 proof (49.8% ABV), and presents a palate of chocolate, apricot, sandalwood, ginger, and caramel. The nose offers notes of honey, cherries, figs, cloves and coffee.

The distilling team is led by Head Distiller, John Schrepel, who works closely with Master Blender Nancy ‘The Nose’ Fraley to carefully test their barrels and select the most complex and primed ones to be bottled. Still Austin’s 42-foot custom-made column, “Nancy,” gives the team an exclusive opportunity to create unique new flavors and spirits.

Still Austin spirits are available for purchase online via Reserve Bar and at Still Austin spirits can also be found at select retail stores in Texas. For more information, visit To view 2023 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Results, visit

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About Still Austin Whiskey Co.

Still Austin Whiskey Co. is the first true grain-to-glass distillery to open in Austin, Texas, since the end of Prohibition. Still Austin’s award-winning whiskey can be purchased in more than 30 states or sipped at their tasting room and live entertainment venue, which attracts artists, creatives, and musicians who bestow the culture of Texas on a community of whiskey lovers. All spirits are hand-crafted using grains grown by Texas farmers, who focus on sustainability by cutting carbon emissions, increasing the biodiversity of the region by using heritage grains, returning spent grains to local ranchers to feed their animals, and operating a distillery that is designed for energy efficiency and water conservation.

Still Austin was founded in 2015 on the spirit of inclusivity and supporting the creative and arts communities. Still Austin’s distillery and tasting room is located at 440 East St. Elmo Road in the heart of Austin, Texas. Still Austin’s collection of spirits includes the flagship Straight Bourbon Whiskey (aka “The Musician”), Cask Strength Bourbon, Straight Rye Whiskey (aka “The Artist”), and American Gin (aka “The Naturalist”). For more information, visit and follow Still Austin on Facebook at, Twitter @StillATX and Instagram @StillATX.


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