“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. ” – Mark Twain

I have to admit that with my slight case of  dislexia instead of reading “find out why” my mind saw “find a way out” I can’t help but believe both are true.

My name is Davin Topel I have taken my passions for whiskey and fly fishing and turned them into careers. I am currently the head distiller at Real Ale Brewing Co. in Blanco, Texas as well as a fly fishing guide in the Texas hill country.

This journal is founded by my passions in life… Whiskey and Fly Fishing. Besides chronicling my own experiences in the distillery and on the river I would like to tell the stories of other fly fishing / hunting guides, distillers, brewers, chefs, and any other creative souls that love what they do every day.   I will be posting some original content as well as content from other influential people in the guiding, distilling and culinary industries I found to be inspiring.

I truly believe that if you love what you do you will never work a day in your life, and so, I think I have found both “why” and “my way out”.


Davin Topel

“Try not to be a man of success but rather a man of value”  -Albert Einstein

Contact me for guided fishing trips, distillery/brewery tours and follow me on instagram @whiskeyriverchronicle and on Facebook at whiskey River Chronicle.

Born in Minnesota, found love in Utah and father to two native Texans.img_1251