Quenching the Thirst
A 25-mile drive west of Austin
, the small town of Dripping Springs is surprisingly full of wineries, craft breweries, distilleries, and restaurants, including top spots like the award-winning Solaro Estate winery, the Twisted X Brewing company, and Smoke ’N Hops, a self-described Barbecue Brew. The main thoroughfare, Mercer Street, is now home to the Barber Shop brew pub (located in a historic 1924 building that was once a tin storage garage, then a working barber shop), and the Mercer Street Dancehall, a former barn whose refurbishment was a town affair. The Dancehall is now the place to catch rising solo acts and established talent in every genre of music.