Distillery Hours and Tours
Hours of Operation:
Open Tuesday - Friday from 3-9 PM for retail sales, tastings, Buccaneer Bar
Open Saturdays from 12 PM - 9 PM for retail sales, tastings, Buccaneer Bar
Scheduled Public Tours are Friday at 6 PM and Saturday at 1 PM, 3 PM and 5 PM
Must be 21 years or older to enter the Railean Distillery & Buccaneer Bar
SCHEDULED PUBLIC TOURS: Friday at 6 PM, Saturday at 1 PM, 3 PM & 5 PM (MUST BE 21)
*Drop in tours may be available, they will be shorter in duration & we can only do quick drop in tours if the bar/bartender is not too busy.
Tours & tastings are $5 per person, it will take about an hour, you can sample the spirits we make, and you can keep your Railean souvenir shot glass. Large group tours and weekday tours are also available by appointment & are subject to availability, this is a working distillery. You must be 21 years of age or older with valid ID to enter the Railean Distillery. Please arrive 15-20 minutes prior to posted times for tours.
November 25 (Friday) - Thanksgiving hours, 12-6 PM, tours at 2 PM and 4 PM
December 1 (Thurs) - Pirate Guild Night - Bad Pirate Santa with THE BILGE PUMPS 6-10PM
December 7 (Wednesday) - Open House Charity Event to benefit: Hearts of Sunset, Sisters
Helping Sisters, San Leon Fire Department, Bay Area Pet Adoptions & American Legion.
Please bring canned goods, non perishable food, pet food, pet items, new toys, new
childrens & adult clothing, tolietries, holiday items, gifts, gift cards & cash donations.
Check out a working distillery, sample handcrafted spirits, and help out those in need.
3-9 PM, must be 21 or older, no cover, snacks provided
December 10 (Saturday) - Sugarcane crushing! We will be using our antique cane press on & off
between 12-6 PM. Come check it out!
December 16 (Friday) - Musical guest Charlie Imes 6-9 PM
*No cover for events, must be 21 or older with valid ID
Christmas Holiday Hours
December 24 - Open 12-5, tours at 1 and 3
December 26 - Open 12-5, tours at 1 and 3
December 27-29 - CLOSED
December 30 - Open 12-5, tours at 1 and 3
December 31 - Open 12-5, tours at 1 and 3
RAILEAN Distillery The RAILEAN Eagle Point Distillery is the first and the only distillery located in the Houston/Galveston vicinity.
It is actually tucked away along the shores of Galveston Bay in a little coastal town called San Leon. The area was once a stronghold for the swashbuckling pirate Jean Lafitte, today San Leon is a "small drinking community with a large fishing problem". The area is also home to a thriving population of wild parrots called Monk Parakeets, or Quakers which, naturally became the mascot of RAILEAN.
You will meet Kelly Railean the Founder and Master Distiller or Kenny Bradshaw VP Operations and Master Distiller. They will explain how they got into the distilling business and how to make RAILEAN Rum, Agave Spirits, Vodka & Whiskey.
Included is a discussion on fermentation, distillation theory and operation of the still, dark versus white rum, spirits distilled from agave (including a discussion on Tequila), the rum, whiskey & vodka making process, barrel aging and bottling. Be warned this is a working distillery and the factory portion of the tour is not air conditioned. We offer a sampling of our products at the end of the tour.
If you do not wish to take a tour, you may also come out to the Railean Buccaneer Bar & gift shop to purchase bottles of Railean spirits and merchandise, and/or enjoy a Railean cocktail. You must be 21 years or older with valid ID. Sorry, we are not allowed to sell our spirits on Sundays, but we are often available during the week for bottle sales, just call first to make sure someone is there to assist you. Open to the public Tuesday through Friday 3-9, and Saturday 12-9. Group Tours & Private Events, Parties, Happy Hours, Etc..
Please contact Kelly Railean at 713-545-2742 to book group tours and private events.
Distillery Directions & Location
The distillery is located at 341 5th Street in San Leon, Texas 77539
Most GPS units & mapping sites will not get you there, they do not recognize our dead end road. You must access our location on 5th Street from Bayshore Drive.
If you are heading south on Hwy 146 or I45:
Take Hwy 646 East (Grand Avenue through Bacliff) until it dead ends into
Galveston Bay. Turn Right on Bayshore Drive (This is still Hwy 646)
and go south for approximately 4 miles. Turn right on 5th Street, the distillery is at the end of the road.
If you are heading north on Hwy 146 or I45:
Take FM 517 East (through San Leon) until you hit a 4 way stop and turn left (this is still FM 517). Turn right at the next 4 way stop (Waynos on your left), this is the corner of
Bayshore Drive and Hwy 517 (9th street), turn right onto Bayshore Drive and turn right onto 5th Street, the distillery is at the end of the road.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. I want to start-up my own distillery, will you allow me to tour your facility?
Tours are reserved for the general public to provide entertainment, education, and to promote our brand.
2. Why are tours on Fridays & Saturdays or groups by appointment only?
3. Do you charge for tours?
$5 for a tour & tasting and you may keep your Railean shot glass.
4. How long is a tour?
Tours are typically an hour, maybe a little more for large groups.
5. Do you accept credit cards?
We accept credit cards and cash at the distillery and gift shop.
6. May I take pictures or video?
It is OK to take pictures but we do not allow video.
7. Do you have a gift shop?
We sell hats, aprons, sweatshirts, mini-barrels, T-shirts, BBQ Sauce & Rub, and shot glasses, bottles of Railean spirits, Railean cocktails, and other miscellaneous merchandise.
8. Do you have a restroom?
9. What if I am running late?
To be fair to others who have showed at the scheduled time, all tours will start on time. I will do my best to accommodate you, but depending on how late you are running it might be best to attend the next scheduled tour.