San Antonio, raise your glass. Beginning February 15, local spirits maker Seersucker will start pouring samples of its slow-distilled, Southern-style gin from a new state-of-the-art distillery and tasting room.
The brand was launched in 2016 by founder and master distiller Trey Azar and quickly took hold with area bartenders for its clean, citrusy flavor profile. The new facility at 8501 Cover Rd. will give Seersucker the chance to spread the gospel and give customers a chance to peek into the process and learn how to make specialty gin cocktails at home.
The tasting room was crafted by designer Pascal Delisse in the brand’s signature blue and white palette, meant to mimic the most common colorway of the familiar suiting fabric. Views into the distillery floor give the 5,000-square-foot space a sense of airiness and allow customers a ringside seat to the process. Some of that process is even worked into the overall design through overhead piping that carries the gin to the bottling line.
The bar will serve cocktails inspired by the South like a refreshing take on the Old Fashioned with sugar, Peychaud’s bitters, and a grapefruit twist; the seersucker Chilton with lemon juice, Topo Chico, salt rim, and a lemon garnish; and the slightly tiki Seersucker Saturn with lemon juice, passion fruit, orgeat, and falernum. Those who do not like the taste of gin can opt for drinks made from the company’s Cinco Five Star Vodka.
Once open, the tasting room will operate Thursday-Saturday, 11 am-5 pm, and Sunday, noon-5 pm. During the initial months, there will be some construction as Seersucker completes the second phase of the build-out.
That project, to be completed later this spring, will include an expansive lawn area that will provide event space, a bocce ball court, and areas for horseshoes and washers. The space will also accommodate food trucks — one more reason to say cheers.