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An Austin Whiskey Distillery Plans on Opening a Texas Tasting Room

Nine Banded Whiskey will expand thanks to a new investment and partnership

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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Austin distillery Nine Banded Whiskey is working on finally opening that long-awaited tasting room somewhere in Austin, thanks to a new investment and partnership with alcohol-focused venture capital firm No Sleep Beverage on December 13.

The eventual tasting room will be found somewhere in the Austin area and will serve its whiskeys. host live music, and offer food. But beyond that, there are no further details on what else it’ll entail.

With this $10 million funding, No Sleep, which is led by founder Nick Papanicolaou, is investing and becoming a partner with Nine Banded. No Sleep has undergone similar investments and partnerships with Vermont distillery Barr Hill Gin, Solento Tequila, California winery Juliet Wine, and juice-based bottled cocktail company Soley.

Nine Banded started in 2016 by co-founders Sean Foley, Chris Ogden, and Whitney Kroenke Silverstein. They started producing whiskeys, including its straight bourbon whiskey and the straight wheated whiskey. The name is a reference to armadillos. Its liquor bottles are available for sale at Texas retailers and, for drinking, at Texas bars.

There had been plans to open a tasting room on Fitzhugh Road as announced back in 2017, but that didn’t pan out. Foley tells Eater via email that the plans “were unfortunately not able to be brought to fruition.” This time, the tasting room project will work out because, with the investment and partnership, “we now able to execute on a new and better concept.”

Update, 2:41 p.m.: This article, originally published at 11:27 a.m. has been updated to clarify where Nine Banded Whiskey is available.