Founder & President
Treaty Oak Distilling
Born and raised in Texas, founder of Treaty Oak Distilling, Daniel Barnes, grew up with parents who owned a restaurant & motel, The Navaho Inn, in the small town of Menard, Texas. Inspired by their work ethic and seeing the rewards and gratification they gained from running their own business, Barnes decided to start his own endeavor.
He attended the University of Texas in Austin, and during that time worked in a variety of jobs in the hospitality industry. He received his sommelier training at the Four Seasons in downtown Austin, where he greatly expanded his knowledge in food and beverage industry. Around 2004, Barnes noticed that there were virtually no distilleries in Texas. Already a home brewer, he developed an interest in spirits, and through copious amounts of research and trial and error, he was able to hone his distilling skills. With his entrepreneurial spirit, Treaty Oak Distilling was born.