Head distiller Jared Himstedt samples spirits at Balcones. The distillery is devoting most of its capacity to producing rye whiskies during the first part of the year.

Staff photo — Rod Aydelotte, file

Balcones Distilling, the award-winning whiskey-maker that calls Waco home, is celebrating its 10th anniversary by releasing new products and inviting the public to a Valentine’s Day pairing dinner.

Balcones will devote 85 percent of its production capacity to rye during the first quarter of 2018, resulting in almost a thousand new barrels of rye whiskey going into the company’s warehouses, according to a Balcones newsletter.

It also will release a 100-proof Texas Rye, adding it to a core lineup that includes Baby Blue, Brimstone, 1 Texas Single Malt and Rumble, according to the newsletter.

Meanwhile, Balcones will team with Milo All Day to host “Love on the Rocks with No Ice,” which will include seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Feb. 16 at the distillery headquarters, 225 S. 11th St., the newsletter states.

The four-course menu, in addition to pairings with Balcones products and cocktails, will include Crispy Pork Belly with Mustang Grape Mostarda, Roasted Duck with Red Beets and Potato Pave, and Beef Tallow Ice Cream with Black Truffle, Baby Blue Foam and Olive Oil.

Tickets are $85 per person and available through the Balcones website,

Delmar Ranch

Millionaires with money burning holes in their pockets may want to check out the proposed sale of the historical Delmar Ranch, which runs along State Highway 6 near Valley Mills.

The Jim Bass family is asking $12.6 million for 3,192 acres of “wildlife habitat and recreational property,” which features several stock tanks, an 8-acre lake, 3.9 miles of Bosque River frontage, livestock facilities, perimeter fencing, 400 acres of “improved” grasses, 5,000 square feet of residential living area with six bedrooms and six baths, according to a listing on

J. Marc Myers, with Myers & Crow, a Dallas real estate company, said in a phone interview the owners no longer raise cattle on Delmar Ranch, but lease grazing land to others with livestock to feed.

Adorn Boutique

Downtown Waco has attracted yet another shop, this one Adorn Boutique, which sells “sporty/casual clothing” and jewelry, said Brent Charlet, who owns the establishment with his wife, Kim Charlet.

The couple live in Louisiana and have a daughter attending Baylor University, so they decided to make Waco home to their third location. They also own shops in the cities of Lakeway and Bee Cave, both near Austin, Charlet said. For the Waco location, they are leasing about 1,800 square feet at 804 Austin Ave. from longtime Waco businessman Brian Ginsburg.

Charlet said he has owned an architectural salvage business for years and uses his recovered items to decorate his establishments.

One O Eight

Elsewhere downtown, One O Eight, which provides retail space for artists to display and market their goods, plans to relocate to 712 Austin Ave. from North 25th Street, co-owner Will Suarez said.

The building also serves as home to Cultivate 7twelve, another haven for artisans. Cultivate also soon will welcome a wine bar, owner Rebecca Hagman said. She said yoga classes now are being offered at 712 Austin Ave. by Centered Reality, operating under the Cultivate brand.

Michna’s building

Many signs bearing the names of real estate agents have appeared outside the former Michna’s barbecue restaurant, 2803 Franklin Ave., which closed late in 2016, shortly after being remodeled.

First, Harrell Realty and Keller Williams Commercial Realty jointly marketed the building, which was bought by a prospect who backed out of plans to open another restaurant there. Now, Chad Hanson, with Lake Country Real Estate, is pursuing a lease on the property for a client who bought it as investment property. The rate is $9 to $13 a square foot, with the user responsible only for the monthly lease and utilities.

“We are trying to make the case that the building would serve more uses than that of restaurant space,” Hanson said.

Other business news

  • Target has announced it will offer same-day delivery of products nationwide by year’s end. starting in Florida and Georgia
  • Starbucks has announced the launch of a credit card, co-branded with Visa, that allows regular customers to earn points.
  • The local Mars candymaking plant will make a major announcement Monday, according to a press release.

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