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January 17th, 2014

Talk Serbian To Me: Sip Rakia at Dorcol Distilling Co.

An intimate tasting room with a patio for sipping livens up the South Flores Arts District.


Dorćol Distilling Company
1902 S. Flores
San Antonio
With beer too filling and wine too staining, we're incorporating a little liquor into our lives, courtesy of Dorćol Distilling Company. We sat down with handsome operators Chris and Boyan for a glass of European brandy dubbed Kinsman, their own label of Rakia, to find out what brought the guys to SA and what in the world Rakia is...
What is Rakia, exactly?
Boyan: Rakija, or Rakia as we spell it, is Serbian for brandy. Some of the world's more common Rakias are distilled from grapes and plums, and our favorite, apricots. Rakia is considered the national drink of several European countries and each claim the drink as their own. 
How did you both make it to San Antonio?
 I was born in Belgrade, Serbia, and moved to the States when I was 10.  
Chris: I grew up in a small town in West Texas and moved to Austin to attend UT, which is where Boyan and I met.   
So, why a distilling company?
Boyan: My family has a history of winemaking and distilling that sort of stopped when we moved to the States. I long talked about reviving that distilling tradition over here and introducing people to Rakia. 
Chris: I went to Serbia a few times, tried lots of Rakia and was sold after that. It didn’t take much to convince me. 
How can spirits lovers taste it? 
We’re currently open starting at 5 p.m. Thursday – Saturday and operate a pretty cool tasting room. Think cocktail bar, except we only serve Rakia. If you stop by, you are bound to end up in the distillery getting a tour after a couple cocktails. It’s a working distillery, where we make the actual spirit, so you are going to see some part of the operation.

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