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You’ve heard it before, from us, from everywhere. I think we’ve even made a point to say it in probably half of these “editorials” we’ve written over the years (You guys read these, right?). Austin is growing. Fast. And the beer community is of course growing with it (Did you know that 150 aspiring brewers move to this city EVERY DAY?). We even have a “Brewery District” now. You’ve seen it, it’s right next to the “Highway Flyovers and Big Box Store District.” But while the growth of our beer scene is not surprising, the ways that some newcomers (and old favorites) are choosing to launch their projects is. In this issue, we take a deep dive into some of the alternative ways that new breweries are getting creative in order to get their beer to you faster and without the eternal delay that can either build hype or destroy it (p.20). The approaches that we outline differ pretty significantly, but it all amounts to more great beer in this great city and that’s fine by us. On the topic of growth, we explore the greatest beer and burger spots in town (see what I did there?) (p.34). We may have left off some joints that serve up a truly great burger, but beer had to be a major player in this game and from lowbrow to semi-upscale, we’ve got you covered on the best places to really own that cheat day (we know our demographic, you fitness freaks). Also, in a move that could be the opposite of growth both personally and professionally, we take you on a beer-fueled adventure down the best and worst that 6th street has to offer for this installment of Beer and Loathing (p.44). We check in with Michael Graham of Austin Beerworks (p.16) who, unlike us, has some intelligent things to say about growing a brewery in this town. And we share a few pints with the upcoming St. Elmo Brewing guys (p.10) and get closing time advice from Bob Galligan of Hops & Grain (p.96). That’s it. We hope you enjoy this issue. I’ve got to stop typing now because the more I look at the word “growth” the weirder it gets. –SP Chris Troutman Aaron Chamberlain Josh Spradling Shawn Phillips

NEWS & BREWMORS .......................................02

OVER A PINT .......................................10 BREWER'S BRAIN .......................................16 BREWED LINES .......................................20 BURGERS/BEER .......................................34

BEER & LOATHING .......................................44 TAPROOM SCHEDULE .......................................54

CENTRAL AUSTIN .......................................57 SOUTH AUSTIN .......................................63 NORTH AUSTIN .......................................69 GREATER AUSTIN .......................................79

LAST CALL .......................................96 PROOFREADERS .............Sofia and Sarah TRANSCRIBER .....................................Kim


NEWS & BREWMORS

*LATE BREAKING* Nate Seale, former head brewer of (512) Brewing, returns to Austin to open Family Business Brewery in Dripping Springs. An eight acre oak-covered property will host the brewery and tasting room focused on barrel-aged, sour, and hop-forward beers to open in 2017.

This is the News OPENINGS, SOON-TO-BE OPENINGS, AND EVENTUAL OPENINGS

Austin Beerworks alums, Bryan Winslow and Tim Bullock, aim to open St. Elmo Brewing Co. later this year in South Austin. Read more from St. Elmo in this issue’s Over a Pint interview (p.12). They will be located in The Yard with a number of upcoming enterprises, one being Spokesman Coffee and Beer. Spokesman is the brainchild of CJ West, formerly of NXNW and the ABGB. They plan to offer house roasted coffee, local brews, and tasty grub. Oddwood Ales is constructing their brewery on Manor and Airport right outside the Mueller development. Half of our editorial

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staff are beyond stoked to have a brewery within walking distance of their homes. They will be a brew pub, with limited hours, guest taps, a small bottle shop, and a focus on fresh IPAs, wild barrel-aged beers, and possibly a lager or two. Founder Taylor Ziebarth said, “We're making American wild ales, those are going to be barrel-fermented beers that will be aged for a longer period of time and kind of in a lambic style and then we'll be doing Berliners which will be turning over a little bit faster but it's still going to be a two to three month beer. We're not going to be doing kettle sours of any kind.” Look for sours, but not kettle sours, sometime this fall. Friends & Allies continue to brew at 4th Tap with plans to transition to their new space on the east side in late 2016 with a new 1,400 sq.ft.. brewery with an air conditioned tap room ramping up to be open five days a week. Founders Devon Pond and Ben Sabin told

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(brew·mor [broo-mer] 1. a beer related story or statement in general circulation without confirmation or certainty as to facts. 2. brewing gossip; hearsay) Austin Beerworks expansion plans in jeopardy after owners’ names appear in Panama Papers.

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In addition to a brewery, Belgian cafe, and Celis Museum, Christine Celis to spin off new young adult spy fiction novel entitled, “Flemish Fox and the Case of the Missing Last Name.”

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Live Oak opens new location next to airport. Flight delays due to tardy or “unfit to fly” airline staff triples.

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Not to be left out of the specialty tallboy collaboration game, Hops & Grain to partner with Robert Rodriguez on next Predator film to create “Get to the Hopper” IPA.

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Out-of-state brewery moving to Austin with local, organic, grassroots, community oriented focus, definitely without a board room, to sponsor a NASCAR vehicle.

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Zilker Brewing celebrates one year anniversary with adult onesies, regrets not informing guests adult diapers not included.

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After weeks of little sleep and a diet of nothing but burgers and beers local beer media moguls push sweatpants as a new spring/summer fashion movement.

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Austin Beerworks alum, Tim Bullock and Bryan Winslow to open new south Austin Beerworks location named “St. Elmo” for short.

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us, “We're going to do a full body west coast IPA, around 8%, called Fresh Coast. We're gonna do a saison, named Urban Chicken. And we haven't really figured out the brand name on the white ale. Nate Crane [Head brewer] came from Port Brewing and Lost Abbey. Port Brewing is all west coast style beers and Lost Abbey's all Belgians. So we wanted to make sure we take advantage of his skill set.” Additionally, they plan to apply Crane’s Lost Abbey “skill set” to build out a robust barrel-aged program. Christine Celis has announced she will open Flemish Fox Brewery & Craftworks in the north Austin

brewery district in a partnership that will give Detroit’s Atwater Brewing the Austin location they have been craving for two years. They will share a taproom, a 42 barrel system that will be able to do three batches a day, a Belgian cafe, and a Pierre Celis museum. Flemish Fox plans to come out of the gate brewing all the traditional Celis brands, while Atwater will focus on their core beers in addition to seasonals, and according to owner Mark Rieth, “What we're planning to do is four brands and then we want to do two brands strictly for the Texas market.” See “Brewed Lines” on page 20 for more on all of the above. Texas Beer Company out of nearby Taylor are close to opening. Their grand opening is set for May 7. And while you’re heading north out of town, check out the newly opened Barrow Brewing Co. in a nice converted historic space in Salado. They are a brew pub with four beers on tap at time of press (blonde, IPA, stout, and wit), with seasonal offerings to come. Currently they are open Thu– Sun (check website or FB for hours). Treaty Oak, bored of drinking only spirits,

are now officially a brewery too. Soon they will have beer available for all to quaff. Lazarus Brewing is setting up their hopshop on East 6th in the location of the old “Cool Store” with plans to open in early October. Hopfields alum Marcus TenHarmsel will helm the GM position with a national head brewer who is a “senior brewer for one of the top 30 craft breweries in the US,” to be announced soon. They will open as a 10bbl brewhouse with a brew pub license and pints on premise model. “We do not plan to distribute. Eventually, we plan to have up to 14 of our own beers on tap, but will be starting with fewer of course. We will be opening early morning, but are still working some of those details out. We will be serving up authentic Mexican tacos, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Think traditional Al Pastor on a rotisserie. We will also be doing full service espresso drinks, and plan to roast our own beans down the road. The wife of Christian Cryders, the owner, has been roasting for 10 plus years,” said TenHarmsel. Beer evangelist Jake Maddux announced his brew pub The Brewer’s Table will open later this year on Springdale Rd. He will focus on woodfermented beers while Ned Elliott of Foreign & Domestic fame will create a menu of wood-fired food. Brew pub Idle Vine will open sometime this summer in Cedar Park. That’s all we know, so go check it out and report back to us. Hi Sign Brewing will begin construction soon on their brewery on Old Bastrop Highway near Live Oak. Heading up brewing will be Brian Gallagher, who has previous experience at Stone. Colorado brewery, Oskar Blues announced they were planning to open their third location in Austin, on the north west corner of Metric and Rutland on the 20th of April (4-20, get it?). Due to delays, they are now planning for sometime in May. They have recently hired

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NEWS CONTINUED . . .


NEWS CONTINUED . . . Michael Harris as their head brewer and Luke Burcham as a brewer, both from Saint Arnold of Houston, Joey Mcgill of Independence will be on the packaging line, along with a few Oskar Blues folks moving to Austin to work in the new brewery. According to the brewery, the move to Austin is “organic,” not derived from a board room, and they hope to stay grassroots and stay real as they find their own vibe and fit into the Austin culture. “We've always said that our strategy is to continuously look for opportunity and when we find opportunity it is to really on act on it in a passionate and full on way. And I think that's why it's happened quickly, and maybe thrown some people off,” said OB marketing director Chad Melis. "I think day in and day out we're going to have to prove it. I don't think we’re going to want to push an agenda that comes from Colorado. We don't want to do that." Melis continued, “It's going to be organic, we don't have a corporate expansion policy.” They plan to brew all the core OB beers to supply fresh beer for Texas, and additionally supply the tap room with on-site only specialty beers from a small pilot system. Although, there are no plans to add any Texas specific beers, they are looking into using some local ingredients in the core beers brewed in Austin. To balance out the number of “Josh”s, another Chris (Rauschuber) with his wife Whitney are getting closer to joining the local scene as they are expanding the search area for brew pub in planning, Brewtorium, to include locations central north, north west, and central east (we say yes, yes, and yes). Fan favorite, Whichcraft Beer Store has just celebrated their 2nd anniversary, is working to open their second location in June. The store will be located in the Mueller development. In addition to tons of packaged beer, they plan to have beer on draft for onsite consumption and takeaway. Wash out your growlers.

HAPPY HAPPY Real Ale celebrated their 20th year with a shin dig on April 16 and the release of their

20th Anniversary Ale, an imperial rye IPA, as a throwback to the brewery’s first flagship beer, Full Moon Pale Rye. Live Oak celebrated 19 years the same day at their new brewery with the debut of the Big Bark cans. Look for details soon on a “bring back the bouncy house” petition for the 20th anniversary soon.

And over on Barton Springs, Uncle Billy’s is enjoying its 10th year of brew and ‘que. They celebrated 10 years by bringing back some of the old favorite beers, honky-tonk, crawfish, and crepes. “We’ve gone through so many transitions, we have a brand new brewery team right, there's very few people who have been around 10 years ago, like me,” said Uncle Billy’s owner Rick Engel. “For us, it’s been a constant task of evolving and growing, the brewery has always been about the beer, our barbecue has gotten better and better, I think. And it’s one of those things where we built it to be an Austin institution and now it is one.” Looking forward, Engel hopes for Uncle Billy’s to become a household name, with the Green Room IPA taking the same trajectory as Real Ale Fireman’s #4. And he emphasized he has no plans to open any other Uncle Billy’s locations, it leads one to speculate if an Aunt Betty’s might be in the works. If you are reading this at our issue release party, you have time to mark your calendar for the Austin Beerworks 5th anniversary party on April 30. If you are reading this later, we can guarantee you missed a great time.


NEWS CONTINUED . . . MORE BIGGER Proving they are never short on time or money, Austin Beerworks teased plans for an expansion with a straight-to-internet Super Bowl halftime ad. They have begun construction on the building to the east so they can eventually increase production, expand the barrel program, and create an event space and larger tap room. Expect increased tasting room hours, new beers and canned seasonals! Josh Hare, of Hops & Grain and Culturemap’s 40 Under 40 fame, just helped open Pint & Plow Brewing, a brew pub he is involved in out west in Kerrville. Two other partners operate the restaurant side of the business (think pizzas, sandwiches and salads using produce and protein from local growers) while he manages the beer program. They launched with four mainstays and will add special releases as time goes on. Closer to home, he is also working on getting Hops & Grain’s barrel aging facility east of town under construction. Look for more deets on that soon. Thirsty Planet is moving into the big city with a new facility on South Congress that will house an expanded brewery and a new tasting room. The space will immediately take them from their current 10,000 barrels per year maximum capacity to 30,000 barrels. They plan to be up and running there by year’s end. Watch for Buckethead and Yellow Armadillo bottles to make their way to your local H-E-B soon after. “Yes! Plans are in the works for a new location for (512) Brewing,” says owner Kevin Brand. The seven year old brewery is slowly working on building a new place from the ground up on six acres of undeveloped land in south Austin near Burleson and Stassney. They are navigating the land’s plentiful pecan and oak trees to build a place that will help them grow, start new projects and regularly host visitors, with the possibility of more retail packaged (512) products down the road (#cantheIPA). Ground won’t break until 2017, so don’t start planning your birthday party there just yet.

ADELBERT’S TO GO In a move that will allow them to sell beers straight from the taproom, Adelbert’s is

changing their license from a production brewery to brew pub. Visitors to the north Austin brewery will soon find limited release taproom-only beers as well as new cans for more sessionable beers, starting with Naked Nun and the Whimsical Hibiscus Saison.

GET PSYCHED Good news, festival goers. Real Ale Brewing has teamed up with Transmission Entertainment to be a sponsor at this year’s Levitation Fest. “There were so many synergies between what Levitation wanted for the Festival and what Real Ale had to provide. Both of us were really focused on authentic experiences and on the music,” said Real Ale owner Brad Farbstein. Johnny Sarkis, Bar Ops manager and sponsorship director for Levitation added, “Working with Real Ale doesn't just provide us with a chance to have some truly great and diverse local and exciting offerings, they're also passionate about what we do, and share our excitement and understand our vision. As this partnership blossoms, we're all very excited to see how we can collaborate more in the coming years and continue to grow what we believe to be a true partnership.” Expect to see cans and draught offerings and a beer garden at the festival, as well as 6 and 12-packs of cans in the camp store for those staying on the campgrounds. Here’s hoping for a Levitation Fest special edition 16oz Hans’ can in 2017. We promise to bring back the ABG Tallboy koozie if they do.

AND BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THE RETURN OF AUSTIN LAGER JAM IN LATE JULY OR EARLY AUGUST ONCE AGAIN AT BILLY'S ON BURNET!


OVER A PINT

Bryan and Tim of St. Elmo Brewery ON A MAGNIFICENT SPRING EVENING IN SOUTH AUSTIN, WE BEER GUIDES SAT AND PARTOOK IN SAMPLE BATCHES AND CONVERSATION WITH THE LADS OF ST. ELMO IN THEIR WAREHOUSE/SOON TO BE BREWERY. OVER PILSNERS, SAISONS, AND BARRELAGED SOURS, WE WERE INTRODUCED TO ST. ELMO. ABG: We are here at St. Elmo, sitting with Tim Bullock and Bryan Winslow and we are drinking your Belgian-style Saison. Bryan: You are, Evangeline. Tell me a little about it. Mostly pils malt, little bit of Munich. And our Wyeast 3711. With a lot of Belgian-styles they say “we ferment this up to 80, 85, 90 degrees,” this one was fermented at like 68, 70, nice and mellow. Took a while, slow and low. I think it came out well. Tim: SLAB-Slow low and bangin’. It’s good, fruity, kind of dry, complex. It’s nice. What is the St. Elmo portfolio going to be comprised of? Tim and I really love all of the beer. We are not prejudice towards any style. We really like it all: lagers, farmhouse, hefeweizen... We really do like it all and we want people to be able to get that when they come to St. Elmo. The main focus of the brewery is to be a great brew pub for our neighborhood, the St. Elmo and South Austin area. If you really want light American lager or if you really want a German pils or a hoppy pale ale or a stout you can get all that here and we are really gonna try to work our hardest to make the best versions of all those that we can.

We’ve got three beers that we’re gonna be having year round. Carl, the kölsch, which we kind of perfected on a homebrew scale and then perfected on a bigger brewery scale at Austin Beerworks. We are gonna have Chico, which is a pale ale, mind you not a session IPA. It is a classic pale ale. And then we will have Angus, which is a dry stout. These beers are actually going to be mostly sub-5%. Year round beers are supposed to be, as Bryan said, for our neighborhood. We are going to be hanging out. It’s something we’re supposed to have a bunch of. These should be satisfying—everything that people are looking for, at least to start. But as Bryan was saying, we are open to great beer, generally, whether it’s crazy stuff, wild fermentation, barrel-aged stuff, or whatever. We plan on doing a little bit of everything. How many beers do you plan to have out at once? At first it will be tough. For time restrictions we will probably only be able to start with five or six. But I would really like to have at least 10 on a regular basis, most of them easy drinking as Tim said. Most of the beers that I really like to


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drink when I go to any bar or travel to another city are 5 or 6 percenter. But a good imperial stout or a double IPA or a Belgian tripel is really nice to have one of to top it off. Tell us a little about your meet cute and how you decided to start St. Elmo? Bryan and I both started as volunteers at Austin Beerworks. Bryan immediately was a super nice guy who was easy to work with. And after we both started working there we kind of recognized in each other similar… we both had similar interest in beer, interest in homebrewing, and talked about beer very similarly. And our careers at Beerworks took the same relative path. It was always fun. It was always easy for us to talk to each other. Then we kind of branched apart slightly because I started focusing on the forward facing, front of house type of work. To me it was a little bit more of an individual way of looking at it. I wanted to round out my resume a little bit. And Bryan, being relatively astute, saw that I was trying to differentiate myself a little bit. Bryan at the same time continued homebrewing through his professional brewing career, which I think is relatively rare. Usually brewers become professionals and they stop homebrewing. Bryan kept on doing it and continued to win awards doing it. We would have really good conversations about beer and stuff like that. After I had my kid, Bryan approached me and it was kind of a really, really good match for someone who is super beer focused, like Bryan is, and somebody like me who is at least trying to push forward a little bit more of the customer facing side of it. One of the things that brought us together was our curiosity, an intense curiosity everyday. That is one of the things that is a big part of our brand, a big part of St. Elmo, and a big part of our lives is just to have as much curiosity as possible. I think it’s really important, it can get a little cheesy, trying to be as curious and being very child like, but it’s also an awesome way to live. Always wondering, how can this be better? How can this be more fun? How can we do this with more people? Tim and I always wanted to learn more. We were always bugging Adam, Will, Mike, and Mike. They were very patient and really awesome teachers. So after you had your kid, Tim, that is when you guys started putting the wheels in motion? Yeah, I approached Tim. I had been thinking about it for a while. I was way in over my head, but I wanted to start a brewery. That’s most brewers’ dream, wanting to start a brewery and like most brewers you start to tackle that challenge way before you are ready for it. So we got together and talked about it for a year. At

first it was super casual, like “Yeah, of course we want to start a brewery.” Then we started to put the numbers together and started to talk to investors. Then one thing led to another, we had raised the money, we found the space, we signed the lease, and here we are. So many people were like, “Bryan’s gonna be the guy who goes off on his own.” So from that end, I am definitely glad he approached me and asked me about it. Personally on my side, much as Bryan was just saying, I had worked at Brooklyn in sales, export sales. It was a little bit different. It was getting a picture of what beer is like outside of the United States and how craft beer is perceived in other countries. Brooklyn is unique in that they are the most aggressive exporter of craft beer in the United States, especially for their size. They are going to Sweden, opening a brewery in Norway, working on a brewery in Germany… That is kind of where my background was. And when I came to Austin Beerworks my goal was to round out my resume, as I said. So I worked in packaging, doing the brewhouse, and trying to figure out everything else surrounding beer, at the time. What is the brewery going to be like? What can visitors expect? It’s going to be open. Right now we are sitting in the doorway between the tasting room and the brewery. We had to spend a lot of extra money and a lot of extra time and effort to make this place open. When you walk in the main entrance there is going to be a short wall that will separate you from the brewery and that will lead you straight into the tasting room, where you will be able to order a beer and look at our brewhouse at the same time, just like going into Austin Beerworks or lots of other breweries. That’s really special, because it’s a space within sight of where the beer is made. And stainless steel is awesome. You will be able to share in that or go out into our beer garden and enjoy the lovely outdoor area. You guys are a brew pub. When people come in, how will they be able to purchase beer? It will be just like a bar. It will be pints on site. We will have a couple different options, you can get a short pour of anything or you can get a standard serving, which will be probably a 16oz serving. We will have differentiated glassware. Since we are starting with a pale ale, a stout, and a kölsch we are going to have glassware that is actually proper for each of those styles. We will also get extra glassware depending on what we have on draft at the time. It should be very easy to open a tab and just drink 11 beers like everybody does on a normal Wednesday


evening and close out at the end of the night. Like Bryan mentioned, we will have our beer garden outside, which is tremendous and will be really, really nice. We will have food on site— there will be a permanent food truck parked on site, serving up Asian drinking food. It’s going to be awesome, the food is going to be awesome. If anybody has enjoyed time at [The] Liberty bar, for example, having food in the backyard, we are not going to be far off from that. Just better. You guys are going to offer flights, pints, and pitchers? Yeah, totally. For the time being there won’t be any packaged product, outside of the brewery? No there will not. We really don’t know what the demand on site is going to be. And like I said earlier our main focus is the St. Elmo neighborhood. We really want to adequately serve our neighbors. So we want to make sure anyone that comes in here is able to get beer and to get all the beer that we normally offer. For now that will be our focus. We’re going to strive to be able to serve other types of packages and beer on draft later on. I think any brewery will say that their ideal scenario is to sell every drop in their building, right? So they don’t have to move it anywhere. But we are scaling our brewery to actually do that. Beer is best at the source. Right. If we have done our job properly to start this company then we will have the right amount of equipment to brew the right amount of beer to serve the right amount of people in the space to have it as fresh as possible and to taste as good as possible. And that’s what we are going for, pretty much, right out of the gate. What are you guys most excited about? I am most excited to have Carl unlimited. Kölsch is like my, I don’t have a favorite beer, but if I could have Carl everyday I’d be a happy man. I probably sound like an idiot idealist, but I’m excited to have a staff that is as excited as we are about working here and that translates that or communicates that to our customers, to recognize the hard work we put into this—to have everyone be as happy to be here as possible. Was the name before the neighborhood or the neighborhood before the name? Both, kind of. Our number one focus has always been to be around St. Elmo.

South Austin broadly. Right. But down here, south of Ben White, there’s so many awesome people and some other really great brewers. And no one had used the name, which I always thought was very surprising, because it’s such a cool, quirky Austin name: St. Elmo. I mean, what the hell is that? Who is St. Elmo? Patron saint of sailors. Landlocked, somehow. So this was always our focus and we went through a bunch of other names in case we didn't get a space on the street. Because, it's not a big street. We had a two month naming experiment. We came up with a couple winners, at least one that we were almost ready to go with and we did some legal research and it wasn't going to work out. Trademarks. This was also coinciding with a real estate search. We are very happy for where we are and our name. Tell me a little bit about the Yard. What’s happening with this space around here? Sure. The Yard is the development that we are part of. We are super excited to be apart of it. It’s basically a collection of warehouses that will be home to a bunch of new, creative businesses. Some of which are going to be Spokesman Coffee and Beer, it’s going to be a roastery and beer bar with a little restaurant in building A. That is from CJ West, formerly of NXNW, the ABGB, and Uncle Billy’s. He is heading that up with a couple other partners. They’re all killer dudes and it’s going to be a lot of fun. Right next door in building F is Still Austin, which is going to be the first whiskey distillery in Austin since prohibition. They just bought their still. They just got it delivered from Scotland. They are building out their distillery right now. The front half of building A, building A1, is going to be the Austin Winery. It’s a company that is up in Northeast Austin just past Mueller. They are basically sourcing a bunch of Hill Country grapes and fermenting them, I think they do stainless steel and they also do barrel fermentations as well. They are going to be consolidating their operations down here. Lots of good creative stuff. We will probably be one of the first ones open. You will get to see it all unfold while you are drinking Carl. You are hoping for opening in fall 2016? That’s what we hope. Yeah, late summer, early fall.


BREWER’S BRAIN

From the Mind of Austin Beerworks’ Michael Graham CRAFT BEER IS DEAD. I DON’T BELIEVE that at all, but I had a writing professor in college who said to always lead with an impactful statement. Since nobody ever reads this section, I figured I’d have to cheat a little to get your attention. For instance, here is a chart that has nothing to do with what I’m going to talk about but probably caused you to start reading this:

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There’s no way a beer nerd could see that and skip to the next page. Anyhow, what I’d really like to talk about is one of my biggest daily preoccupations: growth. No, I’m not trying to become a better person, nor do I have difficulty getting aroused (especially when the Pinthouse guys are around, amirite?) - I’m referring to the production and sales growth of Austin Beerworks. By the way, I’m one of four owners of Austin Beerworks. Hi. Almost every day now, I come across an article about how well the craft beer segment is doing. Whether it’s the skyrocketing number of new breweries in planning (good luck to you!) or the

multi-million dollar expansions of existing breweries (good luck to your banks!), when it comes to craft beer, everything’s coming up Milhouse. And Austin Beerworks has been doing better than most. Approaching our 6th year of operation, we’re expecting to sell around 20,000bbl of beer in 2016. That comes out to a little over 3,500,000 cans and 20,000 kegs, over 99% of which will be self-distributed within 15 miles of our brewery. Our original business plan forecasted us selling about 6,000bbl this year, statewide. I was bragging a little bit there, but my main point is that we have grown much faster than we initially planned for. And that has caused some problems. A little over 2 years ago we realized if demand continued to grow, our existing brewery would soon be unable to accommodate it. So, we started searching for a new home. We had grand plans for a top-of-the-line German brewhouse, pristinely tiled production floors, a massive biergarten, and a lazy river. Seriously, a lazy


river. Amazingly, banks were willing to loan us the cash to make it all happen. After touring practically every industrial site in Austin, we found a few viable options and got pretty far down the road with a couple of them. But, they both fell through at the last minute. As much as it sucked at the time, in hindsight, I’m grateful they didn’t work out. The fact is, we weren’t ready to build the brewery of our dreams. To justify the cost of such a project, we’d be forced to aggressively increase sales and production many years into the future. Texas is a huge market and there’s plenty of potential to sell more beer, but if growth becomes necessary to stay in business, you’re gonna have a bad time. Growing a business is almost always considered a good thing (puppy strangling factories being a notable exception). But, growing a brewery too quickly will inevitably result in reduced quality of beer, employee morale, and customer service. We learned this from other breweries’ mistakes and have worked very hard to avoid making the same ones ourselves. So, we decided to slow down, start saving cash, and wait until we could afford to build our forever home. As a consequence, we have now run out of production space and are currently operating at maximum capacity - unable to add new retail accounts or new beers to our lineup. In the realm of problems, even 1st world problems, not being able to meet demand is a pretty good one. But it still sucks. There are some silver linings, though. Firstly, since there’s no room to buy new production equipment, we have been able to focus more on increasing efficiency and quality. I’ve always been proud of the quality and consistency of our beers, but I can honestly say they’ve gotten noticeably better lately. They’re all the same beers, just better versions of themselves. An additional benefit of staying in our existing space is that we were recently presented with the unexpected opportunity to take over our neighboring building, which we did. The new space will triple our production space and allow us to finally do some things we’ve been wanting to do for a long time. Here’s a short list: 1. Canned seasonals (yes, including Sputnik and Einhorn)

2. New Year-Round beers (no, not Sputnik or Einhorn) 3. Increased distribution area (looking at you, Leander) 4. Full scale barrel-aging program (see Figure 1) 5. Dedicated tasting room with increased hours (and bathrooms!) Our ultimate goal is still to build a brewery from the ground up, and this new expansion will allow us to do that more quickly, safely, and without cutting corners (the lazy river will happen). We couldn’t be more excited and can’t wait to show the new space off. It’s too early to give a definite opening date, but it will definitely be after 4/20. That’s really all I wanted to say, but I get paid by the word so here’s an encore. As I mentioned earlier, we’ve been very fortunate to be able to learn from other breweries’ experiences and I hope other breweries can learn from ours. So, here’s some free advice for anyone thinking about starting a brewery - which I assume is at least 50% of you: 1) UNDER PROMISE, OVER DELIVER. 2) EVERYTHING TAKES LONGER AND COSTS MORE THAN YOU’D THINK. 3) QUALITY IS AT THE CENTER OF THE DIAMOND. If you have questions about what any of that means, come find me and I’ll tell you over a beer. In closing, I’d like to say what an honor it is to be recognized by the publishers of Austin Beer Guide as the 19th most interesting person in the Austin beer scene who agreed to write one of these. I’ve been drinking Gold Fist this entire time. Here’s another chart:


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SO WE HAVE A LOT OF BEER IN THIS TOWN from a lot of breweries. And in 2015 12 new breweries and brew pubs made their home in the ATX and the greater ATX region, growing our number to 46ish (depending on how many have opened between when I started writing this and you’re reading it). And of those 46 or so, 40ish have opened in the past ten years, the majority in the past five. That’s a lot of growth. And to us consumers, it seems like we see the new names pop up on Facebook or Twitter, then the next thing we know they’re hosting a grand opening party with more beer than parking, and we begin to see them on tap and shelves around town, like no big deal. But to the brave folks behind those FB pages and Twit handles we follow years before we’re drinking their beers, it’s a craft eternity. There are a venerable myriad of monkeys with wrenches waiting in the wings to throw them just as soon as an intrepid new brewer even thinks about securing a Twitter name, much less working with our fair city. Easily, your average brewer-turned-brewery-owner Joe is looking down the barrel of two to six years. And after years, YEARS, of planning, preparing, building, testing, waiting, paying, worrying, NOT BREWING, they finally get those magical pieces of paper from the authorities declaring they are official to brew beer for our city. Next time you see them down 16oz without taking a breath or a blink then continue to stare into the empty glass, have some fucking empathy for this craft veteran. They have endured hardships we’ll never know, and come out on the other side to still tolerate our silly asses playing like we’re the same cause we know a thing or two after brewing a few batches of homebrew, or completing the online Cicerone beer server “test.” But recently, a few folks have begun to crack the code, hack the system, and found means to deliver their promised beer to our glasses months, and even years prior

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to them having an address, much less even one piece of stainless to their names. Through various means, collaborations, sub-brands, alternating proprietorships, and joint ownership ventures, these fearless brewers-to-be are pioneering paths and also following some well trodden to bring their own beers to the thirsty masses as soon as they can, physical brewery or not. According to Jack Martin, of Martin, Frost, and Hill Texas Liquor Lawyers, the TAB Code was amended in 2013 to allow for tenant brewers. Unlike an agreement for contract brewing, a Tenant Brewer is not required to own or lease its own brewing facilities elsewhere. Basically this means that there is a new avenue for enterprising brewers to bring product to market, besides traditional collaborations, in which there is a guest and a host and the beer is licensed and sold under the host’s name, or the classic contract brew, in which one party employs an existing brewery to brew a beer recipe and then sell the finished product to the first party to promote and bring to market. So, what's the difference? Martin explains it like this, “In a contract brewing arrangement, an existing brewery with its own facilities is authorized to contract with another brewery to manufacture malt beverage products to its specifications utilizing its recipes and labels. The manufacturer is producing the beverages for its own account and is subject to both the federal excise tax liability on the production. It then sells the finished product to the contracting brewery for its subsequent sale and distribution. “In an alternating proprietorship (AP) arrangement, the tenant brewery is obtaining the use of the facilities for the manufacture and storage of its products prior to removal from the brewery. It is operating for its own account and subject to all manufacturing level tax liability. The Tenant Brewer can contract with the Host Brewer to provide brewing services, but it must maintain control of those operations.”


TOP: Mike Olfers and Bill Arnold of 4th tap with Devon Pond, Nate Crane, and Ben Sabin of Friends & Allies; MIDDLE: Sarah Zomper Haney and Scott Hovey of Adelbert's with Taylor and Brett Ziebarth of Oddwood; BOTTOM: Gino Guerrero and Trevor Nearburg with Daytona and Christine Celis at Uncle Billy's


Texas Craft Brewer’s Guild Executive Director, Charles Vallhonrat puts it this way, “The understanding is both have to be licensed breweries, right? Whoever is the core or primary owner of the brewery where the production happens let’s say virtually hands over ownership of the brewery for the period of time the other brewer is coming in and brewing. I think the interpretation is that you actually take over the ownership of that brewery and those facilities for that period of time. And then you turn it back over.” That said, the Guild has difficulty defining the status of alternating proprietorship (AP) breweries, as they fall in a fuzzy limbo area. “What we struggle with is how to recognize either an AP brewery that hasn’t opened their brick and mortar part or contract brewery,” said Vallhonrat. “We still view them as breweries-in-planning because we need to see a financial commitment, and a production capability out of a brick and mortar to really call them a production brewery in Texas.” Be-it classic collaborations, contract brewing, or ventures in the new AP route, there are several intrepid breweries braving new paths to bring beer to our collective glasses. Over the past few months, we’ve spent time with a handful of young brewers and their veteran partners, allies and hosts discussing how they’ve each blazed their own trails to bring their tasty suds to market, brick and mortar be damned. It should be noted, since we’ve been digging into this, we’ve learned the trend is continuing with even younger breweries in planning: Brewtorium, with a collaboration with Adelbert’s, and Kamala Gardens with a collaboration with NXNW. With hype becoming more and more a rare commodity as the local beer scene becomes more crowded, it’s safe to predict we’ll soon see more fledgling entrepreneur breweries employing these more creative methods to break through the noise and gain market attention, and begin earning loyal patrons before acquiring physical addresses. FRIENDS & ALLIES & CO-OPS In the spring of 2011, on the eve of the third wave of the Austin brewery growth, Ben Sabin and Devon Ponds were two homebrewers living in the same apartment complex off Town Lake. They didn’t know each other at the time, but both were hungry to get into the burgeoning scene in their city, and by chance, became friends. “He lived in

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my complex and I looked in his window and I saw homebrew plastic tops that had the hole in them,” said Friends & Allies co-founder Devon Ponds. “And I was like this guy who homebrews, so I just went and knocked on his door one day and he opened up and we got to know each other a little bit and basically he got hired full time by Thirsty Planet about the same month that I got on board with South Austin [Brewing Co.].” Ponds told me their “meet-cute” while sitting next to co-founder Ben Sabin on the Hopfields’ patio. They bonded over their desire to be in the beer industry, but also to start and own a brewery in Austin. Sabin quickly became indispensable at Thirsty Planet as a jack of all trades, switching from brewing, to distribution, to sales, while Ponds had a short stint at South Austin Brewing Co. before moving out west to work at Port Brewing and Lost Abbey in California. Sabin and Ponds stayed in touch and at the Craft Brewers Conference in spring 2014 they decided to make the move. Knowing neither of them had the desire to be the brewer, Ponds reached out to Lost Abbey co-worker and friend Nate Crane to assume the head brewer position. “When it came down to it, we knew that to make a good brand, neither one of us should be brewing the beer,” said Ponds. With the initial team formed in 2014, Friends & Allies began raising funds and legitimizing Sabin and Ponds’ dreams. “So that's kind of like the foundation of how this happened. We basically got through fundraising, we got a lease nailed down, got designs figured out and that all has been coalescing over the 2015 summer/fall,” said Ponds. Their facility is located on the east side at the intersection of Airport and Springdale with a tentative opening date set for fall 2016. So far, their story isn't so different than how other breweries come about. But the neat thing is, we have all been enjoying Friends & Allies beer since early in 2016 thanks to the alternating proprietorship arrangement they have with 4th Tap Brewing Cooperative. “Devon and I actually first met in seventh grade,” said 4th Tap co-owner John Stecker. “We both went to middle school, high school, and college together. We kind of like lost touch for a very long time but I think last year, we just reconnected and discovered we were both in the same industry.” Stecker, along with Chris Hamje, Dariush Griffin, Mike Olfers, Robbie Barber, and Kamon Sams, opened 4th Tap Brewing Co-op in 2015 in a warehouse district on Rutland in north Austin.


“And after a few conversations we kind of started kicking the idea around, where he proposed to us like ‘hey would y’all be cool if we set up an AP?’ So they could start brewing beer while they were still building out their facility,” said Stecker. “It was always in the back of his head. I was always uneasy about it. I always want it to be we make it and I was always scared of this contract,” Sabin explained. “I don't want to lose face on a product. I want to follow it through with self distribution, and we found a way to do that and with the right people.” Friends & Allies started discussing the AP arrangement with 4th Tap in 2015 while 4th Tap were getting prepped to open and Friends & Allies were wrapping up fundraising. None of the parties were interested in a contract brew situation, but the unique allowance with the AP opportunity was attractive to both. “It’s not contract brewing,” said Stecker. “Their head brewer they brought in, he’s actually brewing and running the cellar program.” Ponds further explained, “So alternating proprietorship, which is what we did, you take the brewery over for a day or a couple of days a week, your staff, your brewer, your employees, one of us founders, we do the work, the packaging, the cellaring and then we always own the product.” With their AP, Friends & Allies technically takes ownership of the brewery for a few hours or days a week to conduct their operations. They brew a session IPA called Noisy Cricket on 4th Tap’s brewhouse, ferment it in a tank they purchased, then keg and cellar it in a cordoned off area of 4th Tap’s cold room. “There were a lot of forms we had to fill out, we had to adjust maps, our floor plans,

we had to sit down and draw lines, basically, in the brew house saying, ‘This is Friends & Allies once a week and this area is permanently theirs,’” said Stecker. “In our cold room, we actually have tape on the ground that shows this is where Friends & Allies can store their beer legally.” The AP only applies to the brewery, the taproom is 100% 4th Tap, and per TABC regulations they are not allowed to serve Friends & Allies beer in the taproom. “The taproom is seven days a week ours. And certain sites and part of the warehouse are seven days a week ours. But the production area we have to stay out of when they’re operating,” Stecker explained. Obviously, from Ponds and Sabin’s perspective, the main benefit is to get beer into the market as soon as possible to begin to create a brand and reputation that would carry hype and continue to build anticipation for the their own brewery while they are in the often indefinite or excessively long period of build out. But the main kicker was that they were able to brew the beer themselves. “It's always our beer,” said Ponds. “That was something that was always really important. That was the way I was able to convince Ben that this is something we can have a brand that's honest.” As far as the benefits to 4th Tap go, they’re a little less measurable. Though, Stecker points out it’s the unmeasurable elements that they actually benefit from. “They have some significant experiences from other markets that they're bringing in,” said Stecker. “That kind of stuff gets shared when they're here working, you know, I ask a lot of questions. There's a lot of knowledge sharing happening.”


Entering an AP so early in their history was never in the plans for 4th Tap, but has worked out due to the pre-existing relationships and similar ethos of the brewers. When Friends & Allies move on to the east side, 4th Tap is planning to take back 100% of their brewery, but are not taking the option for another AP off the table. “I think if the right thing came along and it made sense, that we would be willing to talk about it. One of the reasons the Friends & Allies thing works is because they're not strangers,” said Stecker.

BELGIANS, BARRELS, AND BRANDS Taylor Ziebarth, along with his older brother Brett, gave a walking tour of their property on Manor and Airport which will soon be the new home of Oddwood Ales. As we previewed their spacious building, which was previously a tejano night club, and even “blown up” in Robert Rodriguez “Machete,” Taylor explained how they got to this point thanks to the foresight and progressive thinking of his former employer, now peer, Scott Hovey, founder and owner of Adelbert’s brewery. “I guess every brewer has their own aspirations to make their own thing eventually,” Ziebarth said. “I started talking to Scott, and Scott's very forward thinking as far it comes to beer and brands and how it all works. I was like, ‘hey, if I did something like that would you be interested? I'm one of your best employees. Maybe give me a shot at it.’ And he was like yeah, totally.”

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Oddwood’s opportunity was born out of the first Gypsy beer Christine Celis brewed with Adelbert’s. At the time Ziebarth was the head brewer at Adelbert’s and was a major part of the collaboration. With the success of that venture, when Ziebarth approached Hovey, he was ready to explore these avenues with Ziebarth and a few other Adelbert’s brewers at the time. “We had guys that were new in the brewing scene, really excited about it,” said Hovey. “They had some ideas of directions they wanted to go that were a little different than what Adelbert's was doing and certainly I think there's a market for those kind of products, and I kind of let them run it under our umbrella and all the products gives them an outlet for creativity to do something maybe a little different than a one to match of what Adelbert's is doing.” Once Ziebarth and Hovey began down that path, things took a while to materialize into Oddwood as we know it now. “After that it was probably another six to eight months where we kind of dreamt up the brand, thought about the types of beers we wanted to make, and what made the most sense at Adelbert's ‘cause at that particular time, they're still pretty busy, and there wasn't a ton of extra capacity there to utilize, however they did have a big tasting room that was air conditioned and some extra barrels,” Ziebarth said. “I have kind of a lust for lambic and barrel-fermented beers and barrel-aged beers in general, so I was like okay well I think this will be a great time for me to throw my hat into that ring. And also make a type of


beer that I can still be full time at Adelbert's as the head brewer and it kind of passively can work as a side project rather than me having to stay on top of this thing the whole time. That's how it was born.” During the time it took for Ziebarth’s barrels to create their magical juice, Adelbert’s worked with another employee, James Vaello, to launch their first sub-brand into the market, Naughty Brewing. They came out first with “I Think She Hung the Moon,” a dark, tart, dry, smoky beer. Vaello was Adelbert’s San Antonio sales rep, and managed all the brand aspects for Naughty. “He [Vaello] and his wife Katie wanted to start the line, they developed the recipes, they had brands and so it was a really great partnership,” said Sarah Zomper Haney, GM at Adelbert’s. “We were in talks with Taylor about that same time or earlier for his brand but his products take about a year, year and a half in the barrel. So, his came technically to market later. He [Vaello] worked with us for about a year and a half, give or take, doing San Antonio sales and driving Naughty. He's since left the brewery.” Adelbert’s then made the program official and utilized it as a sort of think tank to allow their most talented brewers the ability to be creative, while still benefiting the brewery at large. “All of our employees have really great ideas, and Scott was trying to think of a way, how we can capitalize on all of these ideas without necessarily compromising

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our Belgian-style focus,” said Haney. “A lot of our employees are insanely talented and we knew that they wouldn't stay with the brewery forever, so we're looking for a way to empower them and engage with them, try and hold onto them a little longer. Like Taylor, specifically, we knew is going off to start his own brewery one day. So by allowing him to create a brand under us, he then had a market, a product, in the market that he could then go to investors and say, ‘Hey, here's a product that I developed, I managed, and has had success, so you can trust investing in me because I've done this before.’” Haney explained that legally, Adlebert’s had to be a little creative with how they structured their sub-brand program to comply with TABC law. “So the way that it works to comply with all the current state laws and everything, is we wholly own the brand,” she said. “So we brew them, bottle them and sell them. The employees are the brand managers for that brand, so their job is to ensure all of its marketing, promotion, success—the actual development of logos and recipes, that's where they really engage, and they really just drive through the brand itself.” In the case of Ziebarth’s Oddwood brand, he and Hovey will have to come to an arrangement in which they decide is fair for both parties to sell or transfer the brand. “So the transition basically, we're still flushing out all the details,” explained Ziebarth. “Essentially he's going to sell back to us for a reasonable price. We're buying


the brand rights back and it's totally legal, there's nothing wrong with that.” Although it seems counter intuitive for a brewery owner and main visionary to do so, Hovey opened up the sub-brand program to allow for more creativity and sharing of knowledge in the brewery. “I think in Adelbert's I took a rising tide mentality, where the more products you're making, the more innovation going on the better... but also it raises the knowledge base inside our brewery,” said Hovey. “Instead of just me dictating to everybody with my limited set of data, I try to encourage an environment where people can challenge me and ask why we're doing it this way.” Hovey comes from a technical engineering background in an industry that does not encourage collaboration or creativity, and thus he’s found this experiment beneficial in several ways. “Taylor is definitely not an engineer, he's much more an artist, and he attacks things in a very different way, which I think is good,” Hovey explained. “You don't want a bunch of mini-mes around- you want people that look at the world, the process, the beer differently than you do, because ultimately you just get a product that way.” Ziebarth agreed. “There's knowledge we can both gain from each other. He always saw the sub-brands as kind of like a knowledge pool.” When asked whether he was worried about the Oddwood barrel aged beers cannibalizing the Adelbert’s barrel aged beer program, Hovey explained he wasn’t worried due to the differences in process that produce very different beer types. “So between Oddwood and Adelbert’s we both did do barrel aged products,” said Hovey. “Oddwood was a little different because it was barrel fermented. Taylor actually wanted to put straight wort in them, in an oak barrel for the entire fermentation, where more of the technique that I like to do is get the fermentation started in stainless, get over the really crazy initial fermentation, get it nice and stable, then throw in the barrel to age.” Alternately, Ziebarth explained his struggle between his allegiance to Adelbert’s as head brewer, and also wanting to invest in and grow his brand Oddwood. “It wasn't like a conflict, it's just that all the experiments that I did on my own time and I homebrewed like a madman for like the past four years,” he said. “You keep some of your ideas to yourself and the ones that

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are the best ideas that are keeping me up at night, I'm not necessarily just going to give that away. But if I was to give that thing away, I’d want to give it to Scott. Scott's my buddy and he's been really good to me. I never really felt like, there was never a point where Scott's like shaking me down for beer ideas and stuff. He was always just like ‘If you want to do your own project go for it. You have relative autonomy to do whatever the fuck you want.’” After the last release of Adelbert’s owned Oddwood Saison this year, there will be a few barrels of Ziebarth’s beer left at Adelbert’s that the two brewers have discussed using as a base for a fruited sour saison collaboration to honor the relationship and celebrate Oddwood’s growing up and moving on. “We thought it would be fun to do like a collaboration beer and do something really special,” Ziebarth said. “Maybe it's another batch of saison that’s more or less mature so we're thinking maybe we'll fruit it or do apricots in it. A nice apricot saison for the summer, that'd be a cool way to say goodbye.” A DAUGHTER, AN UNCLE, AND A MAN FROM DETROIT In the grand showroom of an abandoned tile factory on the corner of Rutland and Metric in North Austin, Christine Celis stands in a crowd mixed of media folk, investors, PR types, and probably a few friends too for the debut property reveal for her soon to be brewery, Flemish Fox and Craftworks. She graciously gave me five minutes to pull her aside and talk about her journey. “It started with this project in 2013. Since I didn’t have a brewery at that time, the best way to get involved in the brewing was to do collaborations and the idea of collaborating with Austin brewers sounded intriguing and fun,” Christine Celis, founder of Flemish Fox and Craftworks brewery and daughter of legendary Belgium-to-Texas brewer and reviver of the popular witbier style, Pierre Celis, shouted at me over the din of the echoey tile room. She returned to the Austin scene in 2012 with plans to restore her father’s legacy brewery, which was founded in 1992 and then shuttered in 2000. She started this journey by creating a collaboration series called the “Gypsy Collaborative,” the first one being a Belgian-style IPA brewed with and at Adelbert’s. “I wanted to be transparent on calling these ‘Gypsy’ brews since I didn’t own a


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brewery yet and had to brew at someone else’s brewery,” said Celis. The original idea behind her Gypsy series was to brew a collaborative beer with a different Austin brewery until she had a brewery home of her own and could continue the series there as host. For Celis’ second Gypsy, she teamed up with the folks at Uncle Billy’s to brew a Belgian Coffee Dubbel. “I heard she was just on collaboration brew with Adelbert’s. And I had that beer and it was amazing and I said ‘You know, I would like to do something like that.’,” said Uncle Billy’s founder Rick Engel on a rainy evening at his 10-year-old brew pub on Barton Springs Road. At the time he first approached her in 2013, Uncle Billy’s hadn’t yet increased their capacity to brew enough to can and distribute beyond the brew pub. After the big legislative changes were passed allowing brew pubs the opportunity for a business model with off-site sales, Engle ramped up to increase their production and capacity, and quickly re-approached Celis to host brew her next Gypsy beer. This second collaborative effort was not only between Engel and Celis, but the new Uncle Billy’s brewer, Trevor Nearburg, a fresh export from Real Ale, and Pierre’s original apprentice brewer, Kim Clarke. “So I am getting to work with Christine’s head brewer, Kim. She was a microbiologist by trade and then trained under Pierre and his big deal was his yeast, special stuff brought all the way over from Belgium. He taught her how to manage and control and

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really get the most out of it,” Nearburg told me that same evening. “I'm finance by background and home brewing, with very little yeast management going on as a homebrewer, and coming to Real Ale I went from packaging to assistant brewing [and] didn't get to spend a lot of time in the cellar. Working with her was a huge plus, a big bonus and something I really valued.” With coffee from Austin Java, another one of Engel’s businesses and Uncle Billy’s next door neighbor, Nearburg and Clarke refined the Dubbel Coffee Porter and released it on draft and in 16oz “tallboy” cans in 2014. Celis and Engel’s collaborative relationship grew from a mere one off collaborative beer, to a more substantial partnership. “She had an amazing team of people that have been following her for years,” said Engel. “So over a year ago, she quit her job at Artisanal beverage and came on board full time for Uncle Billy's and has been head of our distribution and sales ever since, so the reason we are where we are, in my opinion, including our distribution, is because of Christine.” In addition to bringing her father’s prior head brewer, Clarke on, Celis also had a daughter in tow, ready to move from Buffalo to Texas to take up the family torch, er mash paddle. Her daughter, Daytona, moved to Austin to work as an assistant brewer at Uncle Billy’s a year and a half ago, to prepare to brew at Flemish Fox once they get up and running. Back in the tile showroom, Christine explained, “It gave me the chance to find


out that Austinites still remembered their first craft brewery in the 90s and they still remember Pierre Celis.” Flemish Fox Brewery and Craftworks will pick up where her father left off in every way but the name. “We're going to be brewing my dad's original recipes. I have also the yeast strains. We're bringing back actually Austin's very first craft brewery. Yes, it is a different location. Yes, it is a different name because I don't own my name, unfortunately, but that's just the way it is.” But to make her dream happen, Christine is once again entering another sudsy alliance. “We were looking for a southwest brewing facility, so as our expansion started going west, one thing that's important to us is we want to be closer to our customers,” said Mark Rieth, owner of Atwater brewery of Detroit, Michigan. “We want to save on shipping costs to get our price point down, cause it's expensive to ship from Detroit to Texas, for example. So we started looking at key points that would make sense. Texas is a great market. We looked at Houston, we looked at Dallas and we looked at Austin.” In another, more quiet room in the old tile showroom, Rieth told me how after a few visits to Austin they felt it was a cultural fit, with a like minded vibe. But after a few potential properties fell through, and a few years passed since their initial announcement of moving to Austin, it appeared Atwater Austin might not happen, until Rieth reached out to Christine. “I met Christine about three years ago when she was actually in Detroit. And this is when we were first looking at doing a brewery out in Austin. She expressed what she was trying to accomplish here, and I said well maybe there's something that makes sense for us down the road. And so when we reconnected it made a lot of sense, even more because our building fell through, so why build two production facilities. Let's combine and let's build one amazing one and brew our products out of there.“ Christine similarly said, “We discussed why build two breweries if we can work together and have one facility. We're going to be sharing the building, we're going to be sharing the equipment, and we're also going to be sharing, for example, my brewer... the employee's, we'll say it that way.” So in early spring of 2016, Atwater and Flemish Fox announced their partnership, and plan to brew and share a collaborative

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brewery and building located on the southeast corner of Metric and Rundberg. Unlike Christine’s relationship with Uncle Billy’s, and Adelbert’s before, where the beer they brewed collaboratively was still owned by the host brewery, under the host’s licenses, submitted for label approval by the host, and sold by the host, their new relationship with Atwater is a type of hybrid brewery partnership, wherein each brewery maintains rights and ownership of their brands and beers, but are brewed in a shared space, with shared ingredients, and staff, all owned by a larger brewery owner, of which the two partner brewers have ownership stakes. Rieth further explained, “From a day to day standpoint it, we have, you know, you have one entity, brand new entity just formed that bought the real estate and is purchasing all of the assets, so the brewing equipment and such.” He went on to explain that the collaborative, sharing environment goes beyond the mere address and equipment. “What we're gonna do is share people and process so we will have similar bulk malt that we'll share. You know Christine is going to have her brands and her yeast strains that she'll have here but we can co-exist within a facility just like you make fifteen or twenty different kinds of beers,” said Rieth. Legally, this structure closest resembles a contract brewery like North Texas Brewing Company in Grapevine, or Brewhub in Florida, which work with breweries or brands to contract brew beer for their brand, except the Atwater/Flemish Fox owner does not currently have plans to brew any other breweries or brands. “This facility is not set up that way, meaning it's not like we're trying to open up and brew beer for ten different breweries,” Rieth said. Although, he admits this does not mean there won’t be opportunities in the future for possible new relationships or partnerships. At the time of press, the parent company owning the facility and brewhouse did not have a name, but both breweries plan to brew their core beers at the shared location, Flemish Fox coming out of the gate with several of the original Celis brands, and both will share a taproom space. Source: Brewers Association, “Number of Breweries” https://www.brewersassociation. org/statistics/number-of-breweries/ sited March 30, 2016


WE KNOW WHAT YOU’RE THINKING, “SO GLAD THESE GUYS GAVE UP THEIR HIGH falutin journo dreams of packing their toilet companion rag of a mag with long form source heavy features, or insufferable self aggrandizing editorials, and are finally accepting their fate as a glorified listicle shitting machine minus the clicks.” Well, you’re welcome. But really, it was worse. This one was originally conceived as a list of “Bowling and Beer Joints.” Like so many grand ideas concocted around those two pillars of modern life, it was quickly abandoned once the lanes were in our rearview mirror. Actually, we went to three alleys and failed to hurl one ball, though we drained plenty of beers, due to the fucking masses of folks in Austin these days—all who apparently went fucking bowling the same fucking night we tried to. So as we consoled ourselves over pitchers on the Billy’s on Burnet patio, we were struck with inspiration in the form of hot ground beef. So here you have it, THE LAST BEST BEER AND BURGER JOINTS IN AUSTIN LIST. Burgers and beers go together like pizza and beer, dive bars and beer, gastropubs and craft beer, coffee shops and beers, and movies and beer (but not C-stores and beer). But unlike others, where one enhances the other, burgers and fries are, in our humble professional opinions, best enjoyed AFTER beers, as their puffier than a baby’s butt

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white bread buns and greasier than that same baby’s face 14 years later ground beef and melted cheese patty serve as the perfect vehicle to “soak up the alcohol”—which is a total science based idea [editor’s note: do not attempt to use hamburgers and fries to sober up]. At least this was our idea when we started the list. But as we began charting the burger and beer infested waters, we realized not all burgers are created equal, and some are very pleasantly enhanced by, and enhancing to, beer. So be it a white bread, greasy patty, smothered in American cheese type perfect for “soaking” up the two pitchers you just crushed, or the grass fed patty resting snug beneath aged white cheddar with a garnish of house pickles between a fresh house baked challah paired with a stem of something as farmhouse as the cow the beef came from, we’ve got you covered.

BILLY'S ON BURNET

billysonburnet.com Billy’s, for many of us, is our first beer+burger love. Perched proudly on the Burnet/Hancock corner, this stalwart of old Austin meets new Austin has been serving up cold local brews by the pitcher and tasty original burgers by the basket since 2004. Billy’s abides comfortably in that space between a dive and a restaurant—a true burger bar—as it has a deep, yet accessible food menu and a healthy sized tap selection that rotates with seasonals and specialty beers. Their burgers are solid, but their talent lies in their fried sides. The fries hold their own, but branch out with the fried okra, pickles, mushrooms, zucchini, or onion rings. And if you’re not in the market for beef, their veggie patty is #2legit2quit and can be subbed in (or added to) any burger in their lineup. #protip: Bring a pocket of quarters for the Galaga/Ms. Pac-Man combo machine in the back room. Pairing: Cobra Burger with fried okra, (512) IPA


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contigotexas.com Sure, this place made our “gastropub” list (remember when gastropubs were a thing?), but it’s got a solid burger and knows how to throw down with a slim but all solid, no bench warmer 12 tap list. Order medium rare or GTFO. This thick beef patty is best when dressed beneath melted aged cheddar and house bacon. Use the side aioli to dip the thin cut crispy fries or moisten the fresh challah bun, but enough about the burger. As an outdoor all open air restaurant, Contigo is prime for beer drinking. They load their 12 taps with a respectable selection of locals and others, with something for everyone, but mainly for outdoor drinking. #protip: Sub red for green tomatoes. You’re welcome. Pairing: Cheese and Bacon Burger with fried green beans, Live Oak HefeWeizen

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hopdoddy.com If lines and frozen goblets don’t ruffle your feathers too much, then Hopdoddy is perfect place to get your burger and beer on. With Tillamook cheddar, apple-smoked bacon, fresh vegetables and a nice selection of protein to top these with, Hopdoddy is a burger bar for everyone. That said, they are the only “chain” on our list, but being they opened their first couple beef slangin’ locations in Austin, they get a pass. From tuna to turkey and every protein in between, Hopdoddy are ready to cook it, dress it with fresh veggies and house made sauces and sandwich it between a warm bun. And with a healthy mix of national and local rotating taps, there are as many beer options as burger combinations. #protip: Request your beer in a non-frozen goblet. Pairing: Goodnight burger with avocado and bacon, Hops & Grain Zoe

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hopfieldsaustin.com This joint is fancy AF. Not really, because they have a burger and still sling some squashable lagers from their meticulously crafted tap wall of craft. Being “French inspired,” their Pascal burger doesn’t fuck around. It’s a thin-ish patty chumming around with whole grain mustard, and caramelized onions, and if ol’ Pascal is feeling generous, he’ll bring around some house cured bacon and fried egg for kicks. The frites and aioli only turn the fancy party up to 11, but it’s up to you to pick the perfect brew to fill your globe glass. To quote the dad from Fresh Off the Boat, "To quote the candlestick in Beauty and the Beast, 'be our guest' and let your inner lush shine." We suggest you go big, as their finely tuned craft wall hosts some of the city’s best beer via tap. #protip: Sit at the bar and let the bartender(s) pair your beers. Pairing: Pascal with cheese, bacon, and a fried egg, Blue Owl Dapper Devil

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hihatpublichouse.com This far east 6th watering hole is home to one of Austin’s most underrated food menus, in addition to their craft-boner-inducing beer list. Their Bar Burger consists of a Niman Ranch grass-fed beef patty on a fresh Moonlight Bakery brioche bun topped with locally sourced tomatoes and lettuce and their own “special sauce” (mix of house made mayo, mustard, and ketchup). Add sliced avocado and a side of house all grain mustard to top it off. With 20-ish taps, they’ve plenty of options to pair with their tasty burger, be-it a local mainstay lager, or some hot new barrel aged or sour side project from out of state. Go on Thursday for a $12 burger and pint special. #protip: The percussion inspired bar also has a food truck, Kick Drum, that lives at the Hops & Grain and Zilker taprooms Wednesdays through the weekend. Pairing: Bar Burger with avocado,Oasis Technicolor Motorhome

JACKALOPE jackalopebar.com

Downtown and need a beer/burger fix? The Jackalope is your solution. You know the deal, we covered the Jackalope in our dive bar feature in the summer 2012 issue and even paid them a visit in this issue’s Beer and Loathing. They’ve diversified their beer selection in the last year and continue to put out solid pub grub. Since you are on 6th Street and probably making lots of bad decisions, you might as well order the VooDoo burger. It's comprised of a beef patty, fried egg, bacon, chipotle pimento cheddar, and pickles, all not-so-neatly packed between a giant glazed donut from Voodoo Doughnut acting as a bun. This thing's a beast. Grab a sleeve of napkins and a set of utensils, because shit gets sloppy. If donuts aren't your thing choose from one of their other 7 burgers, all deserving a spin. Also, Jackalope is one of the few places on this list that has a really good veggie burger option—get it straight up or veggify any of their signature burgers. And don’t skimp and miss the crispy waffle fries.

#protip: Go on Wednesday (5pm-Close) when burgers are half price. Pairing: Voodoo Burger with waffle fries, Independence White Rabbit


SALT & TIME saltandtime.com

Leave it to a butcher shop to make the most beef-forward burger on our list. Their Butcher’s Burger is a juicy thick patty on bread with pickles. That’s it and it’s amazing. Understatement is a rare quality and Salt & Time serve it by the pound. Add cheese, bacon, and an egg if that’s your bag, but this cooked beef patty stands tall on its own. The burger is served with beef fat fries that are the rough equivalent of three to four healthy sized taters with a side of ketchup that actually tastes like fucking tomatoes for once. Beerwise, they keep a healthy rotation going on their 10 taps, with an even split between local, national, and imports, with a deep bottle and can selection to back it up.

#protip: Sit at the butcher counter side of the bar to get scraps of cuts to compliment your meal. Pairing: Butcher’s Burger with swiss, bacon, and fried egg , can of Zilker Marco IPA

CROWN & ANCHOR crownandanchorpub.com Two words: Glass pitchers. In this campus establishment, you can order a pitcher of their finest lager, a la Goodwill Hunting style, and they fucking trust you with 12 pounds of breakable glassware with the rim chip marks to prove they’ve been around since the tower shooter (too soon?). Ok, pitcher porn aside, the burger is the perfect combination of white bread, slim patties, American cheese, and sports-ball-stadium-toppings to rally your liver and rebalance your blood/beer level [Ed’s note: this is not true], so you can keep the party going. This is totally true [Ed’s note: no it’s not]. With a late night kitchen, this piece of heaven in a red plastic basket with some fries you barely recall, is the best burger you may not remember the day after. #protip: Just call it “Crown” unless you’re looking for a bunch of eye rolls from us pros. Pairing: Double cheese burger, pitcher of Real Ale Lost Gold


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The Filth and the Fury: ABG gets dirty on 6th Words by CHRIS TROUTMAN Photos by SHAWN PHILLIPS Title by AARON CHAMBERLAIN

YEAH, WE FUCKING DID IT. AND WE MEANT every moment of the ridiculous, debaucherous, scandalous, and unnecessary. We did 6th street. Three fucking miles of it on foot, from Hops & Grain to 24 Diner. The good, the bad, the ugly, the craft, the macro, the refined, the dive, the legit, the contrived, and all the steps. Gotta get those steps. So the concept was derived due to necessity, like most honest-to-goodness dips into 6th street. We needed to eat some burgers. Which I guess means, we ended up on 6th because we couldn’t go bowling (read the burger list for context). We needed to hit up Kick Drum burger truck at Hops & Grain on a Saturday, and grab a few burgers from the Jackalope and we were running out of weekends before print so we decided to make all the bad decisions in one glorious night. And we realized, we’ve never actually tackled 6th street. Sure, maybe one of us has done the birthday shot crawl when he moved here in 2005 and got super sick at Katz’s (never closes), but since the OG Gingerman moved, downtown has lost its luster. Of course there are still a handful of legit beer swilling spots beneath the shadows of our city’s skyline, but

it’s not a craft beer imbibing destination. Unless you make it one. Which we did. And we did it for you. So next time your old college buddy, recent in-law, out-of-town co-worker, or any other troglodyte in your life comes in town and suggests “Duuuuude! We should hit up 6th!,” you will have a plan to not hate yourself and everyone around you, and even have a pretty good time. We started our evening in a crowded awkward Uber heading southeast to Hops & Grain. I didn’t catch the whole story, but Josh explained after we got out of the car the awkwardness and lateness were due to the driver dealing with a road rage incident while en route to pick up Josh. And instead of canceling the ride to deal with the possibly criminal event because he didn’t want to lose his fare, he made us 10 minutes late to get our drink on while he got some angry dude’s license plate. 0 stars. It was a pleasant evening, perfect for the Hops & Grain mural adorned patio. We feared rain, but the 6th street gods shined their neon gaze upon us. Unfortunately for us, the trusty Kick Drum burger truck was in the shop, #thanksobama, so we made our way to the tap room post haste as we had time to make up. Tasty half pints of Hops & Grain would have to suffice, and they more than did so. Half our group went for a new taproom pilot called “Beer.” It was really good and aptly named. And the other half the latest “brew-to-style” series offering, the Maibock. It was hella fresh and the perfect way to kick off our 6th street crawl. We grabbed a second round and a few empty water cups, I’ll let you decide what we did with those, and started our foot journey west. We stopped at a few choice murals for Shawn to grab some pics, you know, to show our artistic sensibilities, but mainly to take advantage of the $2,000 camera lens he’d rented for the evening.


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You know, to take pics with and to carry a $2,000 rented camera lens to multiple bars down 6th street and hope it doesn’t get set down or forgotten. You know, for fun. Here’s a fun backstory; once Shawn and I were in Manhattan chasing cabs down 5th avenue, peaking in the backseat windows trying to find the camera he’d set down and left. Oh, and there’s this other time on an actual Beer and Loathing trip where we all had so much fun riding around in Ubers and Lyfts that Shawn left his camera in the backseat of one of them, and luckily was able to track it down and meet the driver to return it (#teamuber). So with our empty water cups and a $2k lens in tow, we made our way to Hi Hat for a burger. And more beers. Def more beers. In proper glassware.

The Hi Hat staff all said "hi." It was like fuckin’ Cheers up in that joint, but without the guy from True Detective behind the bar. Anyways, we all dove into tall pints of Live Oak Pilz, ‘cause lagers, and began perusing the burger menu. I went for the Bar Burger and added bacon and avocado per Woody’s recommendation. Although I just wanted another Live Oak Pilz, the new Oasis Technicolor Motorhome caught my eye and I ordered a cold one to come out with my burger. The latest Oasis TM was a sour brown and strangely, the acidity complemented the fatty bacon, avocado, grass fed beef and cheese. I Hi(Hat)ghly recommend it. Shawn put that $2k lens to work and took enough burger and beer pics to draw annoying glares from some of the locals, but whatcha gonna do? We wrapped up and Woody advised, “Remember, it’s a marathon not a sprint” as I downed the remainder of my beer while we walked out the door. We’d loosely planned out our trek to hit up an even amount of craft spots and dive spots, with some coffee sprinkled in the mix, and the East 6th Cuvee bar was the first caffeine stop on our hike, but to our dismay, they were closed. We hollered across the street to some dudes lounging on the stairs and they confirmed, yeah they were closed. Bummer. First #crowlers, now Saturday nights. Fuckin’ TABC. So sans jitters we stayed on the left side of the street and rolled into Zilker ready to throw some more sudz on top of our burgers. We ordered a round of globes filled with pales, session IPAs, and Marco IPAs and settled into a picnic table cozied up next to a stainless tank. Nothing like drinking fresh beer while your skin can touch stainless. I IG’d a pic of globes and said something about “globe trotting” and felt super clever. I still do. After the first round, we got into discussing the difference between Marco on draft and Marco in cans and did an impromptu side by side. They tasted the same. Whatever, I’m right. The cans taste better. So with my pride a little sore, and Shawn’s $2k rental lens still on his person, we crossed the street and entered The Liberty, the best bar on 6th, East or West, IMO. I charged the bar and ordered a cold round of Austin Beerworks Festbier, the emoji taco SXSW troll beer. It’s perfect af for SX and I drank both my childrens’ weight in it that week. We tossed a round of koozies on the tab and headed for the back patio. I learned from the bartender they had about 20 of those tallboys left, and I did my damndest to rally the team to drink them dry that night, but cooler heads prevailed, and I only


got away with sneaking in an order for a round of bourbon and one last Festbier while the other guys were taking a piss. We drank to “No loathing!” and took them down, chased by a slug of Festbier each and hit the streets again. Still got that lens? Check. With burgers in our rear view and bourbon pumping through our veins we were ready to start making some good choices. I’m being serious. We ad hoc slipped in Shangri-La, as Josh and I both realized it had been both our first great East 6th love and decided our loose outline wasn’t loose enough. Josh ordered a round of Hans’, and the bartender fucking pulled them out of a twelve pack box. Yeah, it was great. Aaron bummed a dollar off me and picked, in his words, ”four unbelievable songs” on the jukebox, but we’ll all just have to take his word for it as we’d disposed of our 12oz of Hans’ before his songs came up. I’m sure some young kid’s life was changed that night by his unbelievable selections, but we’ll never know. It got dark while reminiscing 2006 inside, and suddenly this crawl had legs. Being that we’d missed our previous coffee stop, we cheated on 6th and made way to Brew & Brew on 5th to caffeine up (we dads were usually getting ready for bed this time on a typical Saturday night). We ordered a few brew & brew specials (beer+espresso) with a tasty Hops & Grain Foreign Extra Stout. They didn’t serve them on the fancy wood boards, and I don’t blame them. They could tell we were up to no good and acted accordingly. Out on the patio, I drank enough of my beer to pour my espresso in it and ended up making a big foamy mess. The Brew & Brew staff are wise beyond their years. We tipped well. Also, one of us whose name rhymes with “Aaron” pooped in their bathroom. At this point we had no business being in any respectable establishment, so we headed west under I-35, still not loathing, and still in possession of that $2k lens. That shit was turning into One Ring

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ART APPRECIATION to Rule Them All at this point (#NeverForgetStayHoppy), and Shawn was feeling the burden. Or maybe it was the espresso on top of the bourbon on top of the burger underneath all the beer. Either way, he was feeling it and was not about to let that lens out of his site. We gave some bar off Waller Creek a shot, didn’t feel the vibe (everyone has an off day now and again), so we crossed the street and dove down stairs to Easy Tiger’s ping pong beer garden. I ordered a round of Oskar Blues Pinners (drink local, y'all), in those heavy mugs and we sat long enough to catch up on IG, mostly finish our mugs and then went back upstairs to grab a paper bag full of fresh croissants, beer’s sexy french bready cousin. Those were the best croissants any of us had ever eaten on 6th Street, and even beyond. Those goddamn croissants were the best thing any of us ingested the rest of the night. Next up was our second burger stop, Jackalope. And the few block stretch from Easy Tiger to it was enough to remind us why it’s been so long since any of us have visited Dirty 6th on a Saturday night. It was a spectacular display of humans, drawn to this infamous street in downtown Austin, like us, looking to party. We were out of place and in the right place at the same time, and that’s the magic of Dirty 6th. We waited in a short line to get in Jackalope, not long enough for us to reconsider our evening, but long enough for us to get thirsty. We bypassed the giant jackalope statue that Josh and I would get yelled at later for trying to sit on at the same time, then even later all pose for a $2k lens photo in front of, and headed for the bar. They had Festbier


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EASY TIGER on still, so we reloaded our koozies and headed to the back bar. That’s my usual Jackalope go to drinking spot. It’s got some trees, it’s outdoors, chill, very nice. But it’s not a place to party, and we were there just to do that. So we went back inside where it was bumpin’ bumpin’ and immediately get shit cray: we grabbed a booth and sat down with our drinks. But only after Shawn posed for some pics next to some intense grinding. That $2k lens is nice, but not nice enough that those pics I took are at all passable for print. Just as the DJ threw on some “Watch the Throne,” I looked over for Aaron to give him that knowing look, “they playing our jam!,”but he was no longer sitting to my right, he was returning from the bar with a fucking comically sized martini glass filled with only that jackalope-statueknows-what with four neon straws reaching out just begging us to come hither. It was called the “Helldorado” but might as well had been called the “Doesn’t taste like booze so drink up dummy-dorado,” and so we did. So much so that we kept riding that good decision train and threw down a few Benjamins on Jackalope hoodies and t-shirts, you know the ones we can’t wear in front of our kids, or family, or co-workers, or anywhere outside the actual Jackalope. I know I spilt a fair amount of the Helldorado on my shirt and hoodie, but we replaced that with the remainder of our Festbier (pouring it from way above the glass like a rap video), and I think we drank most

JACKALOPE of that. The hijinks with the statue went down, and we made our exit. And if you’re reading this thinking, “those guys are some grade-A jackasses,” then you obviously haven’t been to Dirty 6th on a Saturday night in a while, cause we were the least of anyone’s concern. Things went downhill from here. Er, downhill-ier. We were drawn to Buffalo Bills via the Best Wurst aroma, didn’t dig the vibe and did another about face. We panicked and walked into the closest place with loud music and visible activity inside, I think the place was called “The Vibe” or “Zone,” or some other single word that means “cool party.” Whatever, it worked on our dumb asses and we once again forfeited IDs for entry and made our ways upstairs, ‘cause it was a classy joint, obviously. Aaron went straight for the dance floor and quickly assumed his patented “bob and flow” moves (he used to be a swimmer, I think), and I ordered our first round of macros for the night; four Lone Stars. One never left the spot the bartender set it down, the second was moved for a $2k lens photo-op, but the liquid inside untouched, another was drank because “when in Rome,” and the fourth endured some “bob and flow” before being put out of its misery. At this point, the group’s general tolerance for loathing peaked, and we pulled the ripcord, but Uber was surging, so we hoofed it to our final destination: 24 Diner. Josh and Shawn, eager to leave the loathing in the past ASAP ran most of the way, where Aaron and I walked, hoping yet to still catch an Uber. After a short, but sobering 15 minute walk, we all got right with God via some breakfast, a few apologies, and then one last crowded, awkward Uber home, still in possession of that $2k lens—good job Shawn.


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Guadalupe Closed Closed Closed Closed 4–9pm 2–9pm 2–7pm Brewing Co. (p.82) Hops & Grain Brewing (p.59) 10am–10pm 10am–10pm 10am–10pm 10am–10pm 10am–10pm 10am–10pm 10am–10pm Independence Closed 1–10pm Closed Closed 2–8pm 4–10pm 4–10pm Brewing Co. (p.66) Infamous 5–9pm 1–5pm Closed Closed 5–9pm 4–9pm 1–9pm Brewing Co. (p.83)


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14. House Pizzeria 5111 Airport Boulevard 15. Easy Tiger Bake Shop and Beer Garden 709 East 6th Street 16. The Brew Exchange 706 West 6th Street 17. Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden 79 Rainey Street 18. Jackalope 404 East 6th Street 19. Star Bar 600 West 6th Street 20. Gourmands 2316 Webberville Road 21. Austin Ale House 301 West 6th Street 22. Nasty’s 606 Maiden Lane 23. Spider House 2908 Fruth Street 24. Thunderbird Coffee, Manor 2200 Manor Road 25. Violet Crown Social Club 1111 East 6th Street 26. The Grackle 1700 East 6th Street

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27. The White Horse 500 Comal Street 28. Cherrywood Coffeehouse 1400 38 1/2 Street 29. Swift’s Attic 315 Congress Avenue 30. Hi Hat Public House 2121 East 6th Street 31. Craft Pride 61 Rainey Street 32. Salt & Time 1912 East 7th Street 33. in.gredients 2610 Manor Road 34. Hole in the Wall/East Side King 2538 Guadalupe Street 35. Wright Bros. Brew & Brew G 500 San Marcos Street

BREWERIES & BREW PUBS 36. Draught House Pub & Brewery G 4112 Medical Parkway 37. Hops & Grain Brewing 507 Calles Street 38. Live Oak Brewing Co. 1615 Crozier Lane

39. Blue Owl Brewing Co. 2400 East Cesar Chavez 40. Zilker Brewing Co. 1701 East Sixth Street 41. Friends & Allies Brewing 979 Springdale Road

STORES 42. Central Market G 4001 North Lamar Boulevard 43. Hyde Park Market 4429 Duval Street 44. Whole Foods Market G 525 North Lamar Boulevard 45. Antonelli’s Cheese Shop 4220 Duval Street 46. Twin Liquors, Hancock 1000 East 41st Street 47. Rosedale Market 1309 West 45th Street 48. Quickie Pickie G 1208 East 11th Street 49. East 1st Grocery 1811 East Cesar Chavez Street 50. H-E-B, Mueller G 1801 East 51st Street


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Blue Owl Brewing INFO

BREW PUB SNAPSHOT

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . 2400 East Cesar Chavez Austin, TX 78702 DRINKING HOURS . . . . . . . . . Wed–Fri 5–10pm, Sat 12–10pm, Sun 12–6pm GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . No, samples only BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.blueowlbrewing.com

Jeff Young, former brewer of Black Star Co-op, opened Blue Owl Brewing this past fall. With a focus on keeping their beers approachable and affordable, Young and co. aim to make their canned beers the first “after-work” sour beer for the everyman.

BEER SAMPLING

WE RECOMMEND Little Boss, Van Dayum!

Little Boss . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sour Session Wheat Spirit Animal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sour Pale Ale Professor Black . . . . . . . . . . .Sour Cherry Stout Van Dayum! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sour Amber Ale

Draught House INFO

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LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . .4112 Medical Parkway Austin, TX 78756 DRINKING HOURS . . . . . . Mon–Thu 3pm–2am, Fri–Sun 1pm–2am GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes (many) BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes (growlers) BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.draughthouse.com

The Draught House brewhouse is back online with a new seven-barrel custom made, direct fired, single infusion brewhouse. Brewer and manager Josh Wilson said the new beer program will be random with the return of some old favorites plus some wood and barrelaged beers to come.

HOUSE BEER SAMPLING

Malt Ball, Red Planet (also Double Red Planet), Bombay IPA

Red Planet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Red Ale Bombay IPA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American IPA Jubal Ale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winter Warmer

WE RECOMMEND


Friends & Allies Brewing INFO

BREWERY SNAPSHOT

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . 979 Springdale Road* Austin, TX 78702 GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.friendsandallies.beer

For now the Friends & Allies crew, made up of Devon Ponds, Ben Sabin, and Nathan Crane, are brewing their beer at 4th Tap Brewing Co-Op. They are aiming to be in their new space on Springdale Road by this fall. In the space they will brew four core beers and a host of seasonals.

BEER SAMPLING

WE RECOMMEND

Noisy Cricket. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Session IPA

Noisy Cricket *Currently brewing at 4th Tap. East Austin brewery and taproom to open later this year.

Hops & Grain Brewing INFO

BREWERY SNAPSHOT

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507 Calles Street Austin, TX 78702 DRINKING HOURS . . . . . Mon–Sun 10am–10pm GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.hopsandgrain.com

Bringing his Colorado beer knowledge and inspiration to Austin, Josh Hare opened one of Austin’s east side breweries. They offer year-round and rotating beers canned for easy use during your outdoor drinking endeavors and a handful rotating series: Dispensary, Volumes of Oak, and Volumes of Funk.

BEER SAMPLING

WE RECOMMEND

A Pale Mosaic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American IPA Greenhouse IPA . . . . . . . . . .Rotating IPA Series PorterCulture. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baltic Porter The One They Call Zoe . . . . . . . . . . . Pale Lager

A Pale Mosaic, The One They Call Zoe


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Live Oak Brewing Co. INFO

BREWERY SNAPSHOT

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1615 Crozier Lane Austin, TX 78617 DRINKING HOURS . . . . . . . . . .Mon–Sun 1–8pm GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.liveoakbrewing.com

Built by hand by Chip McElroy in a small building on the east side of town, Live Oak has been an Austin staple since 1997. They use an old-world style of brewing mostly practiced throughout Germany and the Czech Republic and utilize techniques such as open fermentation and secondary lagering. They recently moved to their new brewery near the airport and started canning their beer. It is a new Austin “must visit.”

BEER SAMPLING Big Bark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amber Lager HefeWeizen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hefeweizen Liberation Ale. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American IPA Pilz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Czech Pilsner

WE RECOMMEND HefeWeizen, Pilz

Zilker Brewing Co. INFO

BREWERY SNAPSHOT

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1701 East Sixth Street Austin, TX 78702 DRINKING HOURS . . . . . . . . . Wed–Thu 4–10pm, Fri 2pm–12am, Sat 12pm–12am, Sun 12–8pm GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.zilkerbeer.com

Zilker Brewing was born of two brothers and their home brewing buddy out of a love of crisp, dynamic, drinkable beers. The three craft their brand using quality malt, fresh hops, and a Belgian Trappist yeast to create surprisingly interesting, yet easy drinking beers. Pop into their urban brewery on East 6th for the latest and freshest, and look for Zilker on draft and in cans now.

BEER SAMPLING

WE RECOMMEND

Coffee Milk Stout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Coffee Stout Extra Special Bitter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ESB Marco IPA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American IPA Session IPA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Session IPA

Coffee Milk Stout, Marco IPA


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BARS & RESTAURANTS 1. Zax Restaurant & Bar 312 Barton Springs Road 2. Hopdoddy Burger Bar, SOCO 1400 South Congress Avenue 3. Barley Swine 2024 South Lamar Boulevard 4. Black Sheep Lodge 2108 South Lamar Boulevard 5. Red’s Porch 3508 South Lamar Boulevard 6. Opal Divine’s, Penn Field 3601 South Congress Avenue 7. Draft Pick 1620 East Riverside, #1618 8. Snack Bar 1224 South Congress Avenue

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BREWERIES & BREW PUBS 11. Uncle Billy’s G 1530 Barton Springs Road 12. Pinthouse Pizza-South Lamar G 4236 South Lamar Boulevard 13. Austin Beer Garden Brewing G 1305 West Oltorf Street 14. (512) Brewing Co. 407 Radam Lane, F200 15. Independence Brewing Co. 3913 Todd Lane 16. South Austin Brewing Co. 415 East Saint Elmo Road, Suite 1D

STORES 17. Thom’s Market 1418 Barton Springs Road 18. Central Market G 4477 South Lamar Boulevard 19. Spec’s, Brodie Lane 4978 West Highway 290 20. Live Oak Market 4410 Manchaca Road 21. South Lamar Wine and Spirits 2418 South Lamar Boulevard 22. Which Craft 2418 South Lamar Boulevard 23. Whip In G 1950 South IH-35

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(512) Brewing Co. INFO

BREWERY SNAPSHOT

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .407 Radam Lane Austin, TX 78745 DRINKING HOURS. . . . . . . .Saturdays with RSVP GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . No, samples only BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.512brewing.com

Kevin Brand moved back to Austin from California in early 2008 to start the brewery and began brewing beer that summer. Brand’s initial lineup was the Wit, Pale, and IPA, but quickly added the Pecan Porter to the year round line up after the enormous reception it received as the first winter seasonal. Currently (512)’s beers are only available on draft but they have had some special releases in bottles.

BEER SAMPLING (512) IPA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American IPA (512) Pecan Porter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Porter (512) Wit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wit or white beer

WE RECOMMEND Pecan Porter, IPA

Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. INFO

BREW PUB SNAPSHOT

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . 1305 West Oltorf Street Austin, TX 78704 DRINKING HOURS . . . . . . Varied, check website Closed Mondays GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.theabgb.com

Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. (ABGB) swung wide their doors in late 2013 and have been steadily supplying their south Lamar hood and beyond with tasty brewed beverages and pies like old pros. And that’s because this establishment is run by some old stalwarts of Austin brewing lore. Amos Lowe and Brian “Swifty” Peters, co-brewers and founders, work tirelessly to keep the suds a flowing.

HOUSE BEER SAMPLING

WE RECOMMEND

Big Mama Red. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Hoppy Red Ale Day Trip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pale Ale Hell Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Helles Lager Industry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . German Pilsner

Hell Yes, Big Mama Red, Industry


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Get to Know Your Hops drink512.com


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Independence Brewing Co. INFO

BREWERY SNAPSHOT

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3913 Todd Lane Austin, TX 78744 DRINKING HOURS. . . . . . . . . .Thu & Fri 4–10pm, Sat 1–10pm, Sun 2–8pm GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . .www.independencebrewing.com

Husband and wife Rob and Amy Cartwright started Independence Brewing Co. in south Austin in 2004, but were active members of the ATX brewing community long before. Since opening, Independence has created a local niche for themselves by packaging the Oklahoma Suks bottles (NOW IN CANS!) every fall for the UT vs. OU game. They have recently expanded to a 60-barrel JV Northwest brewhouse and expanded their regular lineup to include several new beers packaged in cans.

BEER SAMPLING Red Bud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Berliner Weisse-Style Stash IPA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American IPA White Rabbit . . . . . . . . . . .Belgian-Style Witbier

WE RECOMMEND Red Bud, White Rabbit


South Austin Brewery INFO

BREWERY SNAPSHOT

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . .415 East Saint Elmo Road Austin, TX 78745 DRINKING HOURS. . Fri 5:30–10pm, Sat 2–9pm GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . .www.southaustinbrewery.com

Parked in the same neighborhood as Independence and (512) breweries, South Austin Brewery started producing Belgian-style ales in 2012. Changes have been afoot in south Austin. The brewery has recently redesigned their taproom and expanded their beer lineup beyond the original two classic Belgians to include everyday drinking beers now packaged in 16oz tallboys. Groovy.

BEER SAMPLING

WE RECOMMEND

6 String Saison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Saison Evel Ale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Blonde Ale Kol’Beer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kölsch-Style Ale TPA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . American Pale Ale

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Uncle Billy’s Brewery INFO

BREW PUB SNAPSHOT

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . 1530 Barton Springs Road Austin, TX 78704 DRINKING HOURS. . . . . .Sun–Thu 11am–12am, Fri & Sat 11am–1am GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.unclebillysaustin.com

Texas is BBQ heaven. Austin is Texas Craft Beer heaven. Put them together and you get Uncle Billy’s Brewery and Smokehouse. Uncle Billy’s is the ideal spot after a day of festivaling at Zilker Park or cooling off at the springs. Brewers keep on the Austin staple Green Room IPA while mixing in a constant rotation of beers with an emphasis on hoppy ales and sessionable lagers.

HOUSE BEER SAMPLING

WE RECOMMEND

Barton Springs Pale Ale. . . American Pale Ale Freakadella Amber. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amber Ale Lazy Day Lager. . . . . . . . . . . . . American Lager Schutzenfest. . . . . . . . . . . . Lichtenhainer-Style

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BARS & RESTAURANTS 1. Mister Tramps 8565 Research Boulevard 2. Alamo Drafthouse, Village 2700 West Anderson Lane 3. Pour House Pub 6701 Burnet Road 4. Billy’s on Burnet 2105 Hancock Drive 5. Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Anderson 2438 West Anderson Lane 6. Drink.Well. 207 East 53rd Street 7. Workhorse Bar 100 North Loop Boulevard East 8. C. Hunt’s Ice House 9611 Mcneil Road

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BREWERIES & BREW PUBS 9. Pinthouse Pizza G 4729 Burnet Road 10. North By Northwest (NXNW) G 10010 N Capital of TX Highway 11. Black Star Co-op G 7020 Easy Wind Drive 12. Circle Brewing Co. 2340 West Braker Lane 13. Austin Beerworks 3009 Industrial Terrace 14. Adelbert’s Brewery 2314 Rutland Drive, Suite 100 15. 4th Tap Brewing Co-op 10615 Metric Boulevard

STORES 16. Whole Foods Market, Gateway 9607 Research Boulevard 17. Specs, Arbor Walk 10515 N Mopac Expressway 18. Sunrise Mini Mart 1809 West Anderson Lane 19. Specs, Airport Boulevard 5775 Airport Boulevard 20. Austin Homebrew Supply 9129 Metric Boulevard 21. King Liquor 5310 Burnet Road 22. Growler Room G 6800 Burnet Road, Suite 2 23. Whole Foods Market, Domain G 11920 Domain Drive G = growler fills


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4th Tap Brewing Co-op INFO

BREWERY SNAPSHOT

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . .10615 Metric Boulevard Austin, TX 78758 DRINKING HOURS. . . . . . Mon–Thu 8am–10pm, Fri & Sat 8am–12am, Sun 12–10pm GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.4thtap.coop

Opened in 2015, 4th Tap Brewing Co-op is the first 100% worker-owned cooperative brewery in Texas. No, it is not the same as Black Star. Black Star is member-owned, 4th Tap is worker-owned. If the difference is lost on you, no worries, you can still enjoy their beers. Similar to Black Star, they started with a handful of unique beers, like the Tamarind Wheat Ale.

BEER SAMPLING

WE RECOMMEND Long Walk, Renewal

Long Walk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grapefruit IPA Renewal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tamarind Wheat Ale Sun Eater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sorghum Ale

Adelbert’s Brewery INFO

BREWERY SNAPSHOT

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . .2314 Rutland Drive #100 Austin, TX 78758 DRINKING HOURS. . . . . . . . . . Wed–Fri 5–10pm, Sat 1–10pm, Sun 1–7pm GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.adelbertsbeer.com

In 2010, Scott Hovey was ripe for a midlife career change and when he looked for inspiration, he found it in the eclectic and exciting life of his deceased older brother, Adelbert. Adelbert’s is a tribute to George Adelbert Hovey (1953–2000). Scott was introduced to the complexities and flavor possibilities in bottle conditioned aged Belgian beers at the 2010 Craft Brewers Conference. He returned and set out to start Austin’s first all Belgian-style bottle and keg conditioned brewery, aptly named after his older brother.

BEER SAMPLING Naked Nun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Belgian-Style Witbier Philosophizer . . . . . . . . . . Belgian-Style Saison Tripel B. . . . . . . . . . . . . .Belgian-Style Tripel Ale Scratchin’ Hippo . .Belgian-Style Biere de Garde

WE RECOMMEND Naked Nun, Philosophizer


BREWERIES & BREW PUBS

Austin Beerworks INFO

BREWERY SNAPSHOT

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . 3009 Industrial Terrace Austin, TX 78758 DRINKING HOURS . . . Thu 5–9pm, Fri 5–11pm, Sat & Sun 1–7pm GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.austinbeerworks.com

Austin Beerworks is a collection of four friends spanning from the East coast to Austin, united and “hell-bent on excellence” in beer making. The beerworkers, Michael, Will, Adam, and Mike, have raised an impressive production brewery and cannery in the northwest sector of town since April 2011. With their regular lineup of four beers—including 2014 GABF silver medal winner Fire Eagle IPA—the four friends have come storming out of the gates and onto the Austin beer scene.

BEER SAMPLING Black Thunder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Schwarzbier Fire Eagle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American IPA Heavy Machinery . . . . . . . . .Rotating IPA Series Pearl Snap German Pils. . . . . German Pilsner

WE RECOMMEND Fire Eagle, Heavy Machinery, Pearl Snap

Black Star Co-op INFO

BREW PUB SNAPSHOT

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . .7020 Easy Wind Drive Austin, TX 78752 DRINKING HOURS. . . . . . . . . . . Mon 4pm–12am, Tue–Thu 11am–12am Fri & Sat 11am–1am, Sun 11am–12am GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . Yes, limited draft URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.blackstar.coop

Black Star Co-op is the first known cooperatively-run/owned brew pub in the world with members from across the globe. Monthly beer socials, starting in 2006, provided an outlet for recruiting new members and grew to host up to 500 members at each gathering. Black Star Co-op encapsulates everything Austin with an emphasis on local producers and community action, all through enjoyment of local beer.

HOUSE BEER SAMPLING High Esteem . . . . . . . . . . . . . American Pale Ale Vulcan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American IPA Recalcitrant Dockhand . . . . . . . . Robust Porter

WE RECOMMEND Vulcan, Recalcitrant Dockhand


BREWERIES & BREW PUBS

Circle Brewing Co. INFO

BREWERY SNAPSHOT

LOCATION. . . . 2340 West Braker Lane, Suite B Austin, TX 78758 DRINKING HOURS. . . . Thu 5–9pm, Fri 5–10pm Sat & Sun 2–7pm GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.circlebrewing.com

Circle Brewing appeared on the internet beer rumor mill in the second half of 2008. Fast forward two years, Ben Sabel and Jud Mulherin were brewing their first batches of beer for Austin. Circle brews their beer following the Reinheitsgebot, the German purity law from 1516. Their basic philosophy to make beer “with only the best ingredients and NONE of the other stuff.” You can now find some of their year-round beer in bottles in a large circumference around Austin.

BEER SAMPLING Blur Texas Hefe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hefeweizen Envy Amber Ale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amber Ale Hop Overboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Session IPA Nightlight Irish Stout . . . . . . . . . Dry Irish Stout

WE RECOMMEND Nightlight Irish Stout, Hop Overboard

Inn and Occasions Gather and Make Memories www.TippingT.com


BREWERIES & BREW PUBS

North by Northwest INFO

BREW PUB SNAPSHOT

LOCATION #1. . . . . . 10010 Capital of TX Hwy N LOCATION #2. . . . . . . . . 5701 W Slaughter Lane DRINKING HOURS. . . . . . Varied, check website GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.nxnwbrew.com

North by Northwest is Austin’s oldest and most upscale brew pub and offers a complete menu, with the restaurant itself driving many people to the establishment. Identifiable by the grain silo out front, the feel is very “Northwest lodge,” rounded out by stone, wood and a fireplace. They have recently branched out and opened NXNW2 in south Austin with a similar food menu, atmosphere, and beer portfolio. Both locations are currently brewing a series of rotating IPAs and fruit based sour beers, in addition to the occasional new lager.

HOUSE BEER SAMPLING Bavarian Hefeweizen . . . . . . . . . . . Hefeweizen Black Hop Down . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Black IPA Duckabush Amber. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amber Ale Porch Time Pilsner . . . . German-style Pilsner Sunbreak IPA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American IPA

WE RECOMMEND Porch Time Pilsner, Sunbreak IPA

Pinthouse Pizza INFO

BREW PUB SNAPSHOT

LOCATION #1. . . . . . . . . . . . . .4729 Burnet Road LOCATION #2. . . .4236 South Lamar Boulevard DRINKING HOURS . . . . .Sun–Wed 11am–11pm, Thu–Sat 11am–12am GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.pinthousepizza.com

Pinthouse Pizza opened to much anticipation in the fall of 2012, on the cusp of Austin Beer Week. Following California’s Pizza Port model, the brew pub slings beers from the bar, and pizzas from the counter in the beer hall-esque atmosphere. Head brewer Joe Mohrfeld brews a solid line up of staple beers, along with a series of special releases and experimental IPA series. Go for the pizza, stay for the beer. Their second location on South Lamar is now open and crackin’.

HOUSE BEER SAMPLING Best Coast IPA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American IPA Blind Jake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American Porter Calma Muerta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Session Ale Electric Jellyfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American IPA Iron Genny. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pale Ale

WE RECOMMEND Best Coast IPA, Blind Jake, Electric Jellyfish


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12 13 BARS & RESTAURANTS 1. Alamo Drafthouse, Slaughter Lane 5701 West Slaughter Lane 2. The Dig Pub G 401 Cypress Creek Road, Cedar Park 3. Opal Divine’s, Marina 12709 Mopac & Parmer Lane 4. BB Rover’s Cafe & Pub 12636 Research Boulevard 5. Westside Alehouse 1500 N IH-35, Round Rock 6. Alamo Drafthouse, Lakeline / Glass Half Full Taproom 14028 U.S. 183 7. Hanover’s Draught Haus 108 East Main Street, Pflugerville 8. The Brass Tap 204 East Main Street, Round Rock 9. The Growler Bar G 1300 FM-685, Building 1, Suite 100, Pflugerville

BREWERIES & BREW PUBS 10. Double Horn Brewing Co. G 208 Avenue H, Marble Falls 11. The Barber Shop G 207 Mercer Street, Dripping Springs

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12. Wimberley Brewing Co. G 9595 Ranch Road 12, Wimberley 13. Middleton Brewing G 101 Oakwood Loop, San Marcos 14. Pecan Street Brewing G 106 East Pecan Drive, Johnson City 15. Smoke’n Hops G 3799 U.S. 290, Dripping Springs 16. Faust Brewing Co. 240 S. Seguin Ave., New Braunfels 17. Red Horn Coffee House and Brewing Co. G 13010 West Parmer Lane, Suite 800, Cedar Park 18. Solid Rock Brewing 2214 Bee Creek Road, Spicewood 19. Jester King Brewery 13005 Fitzhugh Road 20. Thirsty Planet Brewing Co. 11160 Circle Drive 21. Infamous Brewing Co. 4602 Weletka Drive 22. Twisted X Brewing Co. 23455 West RR 150, Dripping Springs 23. Rogness Brewing Co. 2400 Patterson Industrial Drive, Pflugerville 24. Real Ale Brewing Co. 231 San Saba Court, Blanco

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25. Save The World Brewing Co. 1510 Resource Pkwy., Marble Falls 26. New Braunfels Brewing Co. 180 West Mill St, New Braunfels 27. Guadalupe Brewing Co. 1580 Wald Road, New Braunfels 28. Oasis, TX Brewing Co. 6550 Comanche Trail 29. Bindlestick Brewing Co. 1309 Leander Dr, Unit 504, Leander 30. Bluebonnet Beer Co. 1700 Bryant Drive #107, Round Rock 31. Bull Creek Brewing Co. 7100 FM3405, Liberty Hill 32. Strange Land Brewery 5904 Bee Cave Road 33. Rentsch Brewery 2500 NE Inner Loop, Georgetown G = growler fills 34. Whitestone Brewery 601 E Whitestone Boulevard, Cedar Park 35. Flix Brewhouse G 2000 S IH-35, Round Rock 36. Barrow Brewing Co. 108 Royal Street, Salado

STORES 37. Hamrick’s Market 401 Cypress Creek Road, Cedar Park


BREWERIES & BREW PUBS (DISTRIBUTING)

Bindlestick Brewing Co. INFO

BREWERY SNAPSHOT

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . .1309 Leander Drive, #504 Leander, TX 78641 DRINKING HOURS . . . . . .Fri 6–8pm, Sat 5–8pm GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.bindlestickbeer.com

What the hell is a bindlestick? It’s those things hobos carried around with which to hold all of their earthly possessions. It is used as a symbol to represent a bygone era in America, primarily pre-prohibition. And that is what Bindlestick Brewing is shooting for, ales and lagers in the pre-prohibition vein. But with a bit of a modern Texas twist. At time of press they’d not started distributing, but by the time you are reading this they probably will be.

BEER SAMPLING Candy Mountain IPA . . . . . . . . . . American IPA Chimney Stack. . . . . . . . . . . American Pale Ale Monkey Wagon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amber Ale

WE RECOMMEND Candy Mountain IPA, Chimney Stack

Bluebonnet Beer Co. INFO

BREWERY SNAPSHOT

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . 1700 Bryant Drive, #107 Round Rock, TX 78664 DRINKING HOURS . . . . . .Fri 6–8pm, Sat 5–8pm GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . . . www.bluebonnetbeerco.com

Bluebonnet Beer Co., owned by David and Clare Hulama, started brewing in Round Rock in late 2014. This was after they quit their jobs at Dell. When you have homebrew cred like David and Clare do, it is a pretty safe bet to Office Space it and peace out. Like Twisted X, they built their brewery in a small industrial park. Just before the new year, they opened up their taproom on Fridays and Saturdays—serving up their four year-round beers and one or two seasonal/ special beers.

BEER SAMPLING American Amber Ale . . . . . . . . . . . . Amber Ale American IPA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American IPA Cream Ale. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cream Ale Texas Pecan Brown Ale . . . . . . . . . . .Brown Ale

WE RECOMMEND American IPA, Texas Pecan Brown Ale


Proudly distributing the finest craft brands from Texas and around the world.

Visit AustinSF.com or call 512.377.9548 for more information.


BREWERIES & BREW PUBS (DISTRIBUTING)

Bull Creek Brewing Co. INFO

BREWERY SNAPSHOT

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7100 FM 3405 Liberty Hill, TX 78642 DRINKING HOURS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Most Saturdays 12pm–10pm GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.bullcreekbrewing.com

Bull Creek has been brewing small batches since 2011 and distributing in small amounts. In 2014 they began a major brewery expansion and plan to distribute to a larger area in 2015. The are located in Liberty Hill, outside Georgetown and are currently only doing private tours and tastings via RSVP from their website and Facebook.

BEER SAMPLING

Iron Balls

WE RECOMMEND

Iron Balls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Imperial Stout Longhorn Blonde. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Blonde Ale Tommy Raj . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . American IPA

Guadalupe Brewing Co. INFO

BREWERY SNAPSHOT

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1580 Wald Road New Braunfels, TX 78132 DRINKING HOURS . . . .Fri 4–9pm, Sat 2–9pm Sun 2–7pm GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.guadalupebrew.com

After trips to Europe and the Northwest, Keith Kilker and his wife Anna were inspired to start their own brewery. The first step was studying at Siebel’s Brewing Technology program and a stint at a Colorado brew pub. They opened their brewery in 2011 with their honey ale as their flagship beer, made with locally sourced honey. More beers followed and distribution began to Austin and the rest of Central Texas.

BEER SAMPLING

WE RECOMMEND

Americano Wheat Ale. . . American Wheat Ale Rye Ale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . America Rye IPA Scotch Ale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scotch Ale Texas Honey Ale. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Honey Ale

Rye Ale, Scotch Ale


Infamous Brewing Co. INFO

BREWERY SNAPSHOT

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4602 Weletka Drive Austin, TX 78734 DRINKING HOURS. . . . . . . . . Wed & Thu 5–9pm, Fri 4–9pm, Sat 1–9pm, Sun 1–5pm GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.infamousbrewing.com

Josh Horowitz, and brewer Matt Bitsche left various career backgrounds to start Infamous Brewing Co. in Austin and got the wheels rolling for Infamous in June of 2012. In less than a they year got their brewhouse up and running. Infamous came on the scene in spring 2013 with their take on a cream ale and an IPA, with other seasonal and special releases coming soon after. They began canning their year-round beers in late 2013. In 2015 they partnered with Grapevine Craft Brewery (in Grapevine) to use excess capacity under Alternating Proprietorship.

BEER SAMPLING Bugsy’s Fire Brush . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amber Ale Hijack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cream Ale IPA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American IPA Sweep the Leg . . . . . . . . . . Peanut Butter Stout

WE RECOMMEND IPA, Sweep the Leg

Jester King Brewery INFO

BREWERY SNAPSHOT

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13187 Fitzhugh Road Austin, TX 78736 DRINKING HOURS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Fri 4–10pm, Sat 12–10pm, Sun 12–9pm GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . . . www.jesterkingbrewery.com

Ambitious from the start, the brothers made their commercial debut with a session beer, wearing the moniker Commercial Suicide. It was anything but. They have since transitioned this beer, along with their original lineup, to farmhouse versions, followed by a very popular series of sour barrel-aged creations, and most recently ventured into sour beer and fermented (and re-fermented) fruit blends starting with the raspberry Atrial Rubicite, the strawberry Omniscience & Proselytism, La Vie en Rose, Provenance, Detritivore, and the oyster mushroom and sea salt Snorkel. The tasting room at the brewery is most often the best place to find and grab their latest beers.

BEER SAMPLING Atrial Rubicite . . . . . . . . .Raspberry Sour Beer Black Metal . . . . . . . Farmhouse Imperial Stout Le Petite Prince . . . . . . Farmhouse Table Beer Noble King. . . . . . . . . . . . Hoppy Farmhouse Ale Wytchmaker . . . . . . . . . . . . Farmhouse Rye IPA

WE RECOMMEND #greenbottles, Atrial Rubicite


BREWERIES & BREW PUBS (DISTRIBUTING)

Last Stand Brewing Co. INFO

BREWERY SNAPSHOT

LOCATION. .12345 Pauls Valley Road, Building I Austin, TX 78737 DRINKING HOURS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fri 4–8pm, Sat & Sun 1–6pm GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.laststandbrewing.com

Kerry and Mandi Richardson, with partner Mignonne Gros, quit their day jobs to chase their homebrew dreams. The end of that rainbow led them to a pleasant lot in Driftwood, near Argus, Revolution Spirits, and Jester King, where they brew their clean, balanced, well made take on American style craft beers. Go for the beers, but stay for the outdoor beer garden. They recently celebrated their first anniversary with a SMaSH Citra IPA, and just recently released thier first bottled beer into the market, the Coffee Porter and the Belgian Pale Ale.

BEER SAMPLING BPA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Belgian Pale Ale Coffee Porter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Coffee Porter IPA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . American IPA Pale Ale. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . American Pale Ale

WE RECOMMEND Coffee Porter, BPA

Middleton Brewing INFO CURRENT LOCATION. . . . . . 101 Oakwood Loop San Marcos, TX 78666 DRINKING HOURS. . . . Mon & Wed–Fri 2–10pm, Sat & Sun 12–10pm GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . www.middletonbrewingtx.com

BEER SAMPLING Black Lab Porter . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robust Porter Bobcat Red . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Imperial Red Ale Easy Rider Pale Ale. . . . . . . American Pale Ale Limestone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Belgian-Style IPA Topaz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Belgian-Style Tripel

BREW PUB SNAPSHOT The Middletons hail from the sunny state of California. They brought with them, like many other West Coast brewers, a love for the HOP. In addition to hoppy monsters, they specialize in subtle Belgian-style ales. They have recently moved into their new facility in San Marcos.

WE RECOMMEND Bobcat Red, Easy Rider Pale


New Braunfels Brewing Co. INFO

BREWERY SNAPSHOT

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180 West Mill Street New Braunfels, TX 78130 DRINKING HOURS . . . . . . . . . . Thu & Fri 4–9pm, Sat & Sun 1–7pm GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.nbbrewing.com

Founded in 2011, New Braunfels Brewing Co. recently underwent changes with a new head brewer and equipment. They focus primarily on wheat beer, but throw in a sour or two when their fancy strikes. Ingrained in the local community, their facility and taproom is located in the historic downtown and open for regular “hoppy hours” as well as whenever they feel like throwing the doors open. So stop by if you’re a gambling man.

BEER SAMPLING

WE RECOMMEND

Erdeweiss. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dunkelweizen Luftweiss. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hefeweizen Shivas Tears. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Weizenbock Waserweiss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Berliner Weisse

Luftweiss, Waserweiss

Oasis, TX Brewing Co. INFO

BREWERY SNAPSHOT

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6550 Comanche Trail Austin, TX 78732 DRINKING HOURS . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Thu 4–10pm, Fri & Sat 12pm–12am, Sun 12–10pm GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . .www.oasistexasbrewingcompany.com

Oasis, TX Brewing Co. is located out in the enclave of Oasis, TX, just west of Austin overlooking Lake Travis. Brewer Spencer Telekemier brews up tasty session beers including a well-made pale ale and keller pilsner. Watch for their special Lake Monster releases throughout the year and treat your eyes and taste buds to a favor and hit up the scenic tasting room on the weekends.

BEER SAMPLING London Homesick Ale. . . . . . English-Style Ale Luchesa Lager. . . . . . German-Style Kellerbier Meta Modern. . . . . . . . . . American Session IPA Slow Ride Pale Ale. . . . . . . . American Pale Ale

WE RECOMMEND Meta Modern, Slow Ride Pale Ale


BREWERIES & BREW PUBS (DISTRIBUTING)

Real Ale Brewing Co. INFO

BREWERY SNAPSHOT

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231 San Saba Court Blanco, TX 78606 DRINKING HOURS. . . . . . Thu & Fri 11am–5pm, Sat 1–6pm, Sun 12–5pm GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.realalebrewing.com

One of the oldest breweries in central Texas, Real Ale has been in operation since 1996. The brewery originally operated out of a basement of an antique shop in Blanco (50 minutes outside Austin). In 1998, current owner Brad Farbstein took over. Real Ale moved just outside the downtown area in 2006 to a new facility, where they are currently located. In March 2015 they opened their new tasting room and extended their hours.

BEER SAMPLING 4-Squared . . . . . . . . . . . . . Blonde Ale (Squared) Fireman’s #4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Blonde Ale Full Moon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rye IPA Hans’ Pils. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . German Pilsner Rio Blanco Pale Ale . . . . . . . American Pale Ale

WE RECOMMEND Full Moon, Hans’ Pils

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House and Brewing Co. INFO

BREWERY SNAPSHOT

LOCATION. .13010 West Parmer Lane, Suite 800 Cedar Park, TX 78613 DRINKING HOURS . . . . Mon–Thu 7am–10pm, Fri–Sat 7am–11pm, Sun 8am–10pm GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . yes BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.redhornbrew.com

Opened in early 2015, Red Horn concentrates on fresh brewed beer and fresh roasted coffee. They are a full on brew pub now, brewing house made beer. Stop in for a pick me up or a knock me down. Anything you are looking for, they do it. A small menu of food is also available.

BEER SAMPLING Beach Beer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American Pale HapSlappy IPA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . American IPA TrailRunner Golden Ale . . . . . . . . . . Golden Ale

WE RECOMMEND HapSlappy IPA, TrailRunner Golden Ale


Rentsch Brewery INFO

BREWERY SNAPSHOT

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2500 NE Inner Loop Georgetown, TX 78626 DRINKING HOURS. . . . . .Fri 4–8pm, Sat 12–8pm GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.rentschbeer.com

Homebrewing is a great hobby. It’s even a better hobby when you can enjoy it with your family members. Andrew (son) and David (father) Rentschler were just hobbyist until Andrew’s travels in Europe. Imagine the number of brewery ideas that come from getting drunk in Europe.This father and son brewing company was not just some drunken dream though. They are now the first brewery in Georgetown. Stop in for a beer and to compare passport stamps.

BEER SAMPLING Hefeweizen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hefeweizen IPA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American IPA Session. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kölsch-Style Ale Weizenbock. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weizenbock

WE RECOMMEND Hefeweizen, IPA

Rogness Brewing Co. INFO

BREWERY SNAPSHOT

LOCATION. . . . . 2400 Patterson Industrial Drive Pflugerville, TX 78660 DRINKING HOURS. . . . Thu 6–10pm, Fri 4–10pm GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.rognessbrewing.com

Rogness has been pumping out beers in Pflugerville ever since this project was kickstarted in 2012. And they do it without too much concern over style guidelines or popular “safe bet” beers. With the ethos of a homebrewer, Rogness aims to change it up—and keep it interesting—while delivering high quality brewed beers. Year-round and seasonal beers are on draft or in 22oz bottles around town, but if you swing by their tours you’ll get to try out the latest small batch concoctions they’re testing.

BEER SAMPLING Beardy Guard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Biere de Garde Bella . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Belgian-Style Golden Ale Boomslang . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . India Pale Lager Titanoboa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Triple IPA Yogi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chai Spiced Amber

WE RECOMMEND Bella, Boomslang, Rattler


BREWERIES & BREW PUBS (DISTRIBUTING)

Save The World Brewing Co. INFO

BREWERY SNAPSHOT

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . 1510 Resource Parkway Marble Falls, TX 78654 DRINKING HOURS. . . . . . Fri 3–6pm, Sat 1–6pm GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . www.savetheworldbrewing.com

Save the World is nestled cozily out west in Marble Falls and brew up a unique portfolio of Belgian-inspired ales. The beer stands on its own, but the exceptional aspect to this brewery is that they are 100% philanthropic and giving away all the proceeds to international, national, and local charities. Former physicians, husband and wife owners Dave and Quynh Rathkamp hung up their stethoscopes in 2012 and donned brewers’ boots in early 2014.

BEER SAMPLING Agnus Dei. . . . . . . . . . . . . .Belgian-Style Witbier Froctum Bonum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saison Ale Humilus Filius . . . . . . . . Belgian-Style Pale Ale

WE RECOMMEND Agnus Dei, Humilus Filius

Solid Rock Brewing INFO

BREWERY SNAPSHOT

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . 2214 Bee Creek Road Spicewood, TX 78669 DRINKING HOURS . . . . . . . . . No Current Hours (check website) GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.solidrockbrewing.com

Like so many breweries, Solid Rock is born out of a passion for homebrewing. Solid Rock was established in 2013 by three homebrewing friends: Curt Webber, Steve Jones, and Stephen McCarthy. They are shooting to create beers that are drinkable, refreshing, and even familiar. As they say in their mission statement, “We brew our beers to fit like your favorite pair of jeans.”

BEER SAMPLING

WE RECOMMEND Roundhead Red, Dauntless IPA

Big Drought Stout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dry Stout Cho’Sen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Hybrid Ale Cornerstone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cream Ale Dauntless IPA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American IPA Roundhead Red . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Irish Red Ale


Strange Land Brewery INFO

BREWERY SNAPSHOT

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5904 Bee Cave Road Austin, TX 78746 DRINKING HOURS. . . . . . . . . . . .Fri & Sat 5–9pm GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . www.strangelandbrewery.com

Like most breweries, time lines for opening are always optimistic, but bureaucracy usually gets in the way. But Strange Land is finally open for business. And thank God, because the burger brewery jokes were growing a little thin. Located behind the Hat Creek in southwest Austin (Westlake), Strange Land is brewing up an eclectic mix of brews. Stop by on a Friday or Saturday to sample their year-round and specialty beers. It’s small, but quite nice.

BEER SAMPLING Alemannia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Altbier Entire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Porter Ploughshare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saison Sanctum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Belgian-Style Dubbel

WE RECOMMEND Entire, Ploughshare


BREWERIES & BREW PUBS (DISTRIBUTING)

Thirsty Planet Brewing Co. INFO

BREWERY SNAPSHOT

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11160 Circle Drive Austin, TX 78736 DRINKING HOURS . . . . . .Saturdays 11am–3pm GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.thirstyplanet.net

Following college graduation, Brian Smittle moved to Colorado where he volunteered at the Hubcap Brewery in Vail at night. He soon became a paid employee and full-time brewer. Through his work there, he met some college students who offered him an ownership piece of a brew pub in Oklahoma. They opened in 1993 and grew to include a brewery and four satellite stores. Later he decided to escape the restaurant side of things and open a full production brewery in Austin—Thirsty Planet Brewing Co.

BEER SAMPLING Buckethead IPA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American IPA Thirsty Goat Amber. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amber Ale Yellow Armadillo Wheat . . . .American Wheat

WE RECOMMEND Buckethead IPA, Thirsty Goat

Twisted X Brewing Co. INFO

BREWERY SNAPSHOT

LOCATION. . . . . . . 23455 West Ranch Road 150 Dripping Springs, TX 78620 DRINKING HOURS. . . . . . . .Thu–Sat 11am–9pm, Sun 12–8pm GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.texmexbeer.com

Established in 2011 in Cedar Park, Twisted X is now situated in Dripping Springs. With a Tex-Mex theme they are bound to quench the thirsts of a large swath of Austin beer drinkers. Austinites love Tex-Mex. Austinites love beer. Tex-Mex beer? Forget about it, a match made in heaven. Could a pico-degallo beer be in the works? Let’s hope so. Mole Porter—that’s the ticket!

BEER SAMPLING

WE RECOMMEND Fuego, Señor Viejo

Cow Creek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vienna (Dark) Lager Chupahopra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . American IPA Fuego . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jalapeño Pilsner Señor Viejo . .Barrel-aged Imperial Schwarzbier


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BREWERIES & BREW PUBS

Whitestone Brewery INFO

BREWERY SNAPSHOT

LOCATION. . . . . 601 East Whitestone Boulevard Cedar Park, TX 78613 DRINKING HOURS . . . . . . . . . Mon–Wed 3–9pm, Thu 2pm–10pm, Fri & Sat 12pm–12am, Sun 12–9pm GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER SOLD OFF-SITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . . www.whitestonebrewery.com

Whitestone opened the doors to their Cedar Park brew pub on New Years Day. Whitestone started like so many other brewing operations: a homebrewer’s dreams. Ryan Anglen was that homebrewer, with a background in software. He is fulfilling the dream with the help of Kris Gray, Whitestone’s head brewer formerly of Stone Brewing. Stop in their handsome taproom for a taste or two of their six yearround brews. They are currently distributing to a handful of spots in the area and are looking to expand that reach. Also, they have crowlers!

BEER SAMPLING Könverter Kölsch . . . . . . . . . . Kölsch-Style Ale Lovely Day IPA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American IPA Porch Daddy Baltic Porter. . . . . . Baltic Porter Siesta Saison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saison

WE RECOMMEND Könverter Kölsch, Lovely Day IPA

Barber Shop

Barrow Brewing Co.

INFO

INFO

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .207 Mercer Street Dripping Springs, TX 78620 GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.barbershopbar.com

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Royal Street Salado, TX 76571 GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.barrowbrewing.com

BREW PUB SNAPSHOT

BREW PUB SNAPSHOT

The Barber Shop is another testament to the iron will of homebrewers. With an emphasis on the “bar” in Barber Shop, they left the historical building’s name the same, while sprucing up the inside with a lush wood bar, rustic amenities and a strategically occupied tap wall. Brewer John McIntosh intends to focus on English pub ales.

Somewhere between Austin and Georgetown there is a village called Salado. In this village their is a brew pub called Barrow Brewing Co. and as of April Fools’ Day, they are open for business. This is a dream that’s been in the works since 2014, when their was a petition to have the village laws changed to allow for a brewery. That is dedication to your craft.


BREW PUBS (NON-DISTRIBUTING)

Double Horn Brewing Co.

Faust Brewing Co.

INFO

INFO

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .208 Avenue H Marble Falls, TX 78654 GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . . www.doublehornbrewing.com

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . 240 South Seguin Avenue New Braunfels, TX 78130 GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.faustbrewing.com

BREW PUB SNAPSHOT

BREW PUB SNAPSHOT

Double Horn, the first and only brew pub in Burnet County, is seated right off 281 in Marble Falls. Frustrated by the lack of quality beer, food, and atmosphere to enjoy it in, owner Dusty Knight opened Double Horn in 2011. Knight and head brewer Eric Casey have made it their mission to supply residents with quality house beers and local craft brews.

Housed in the historic Faust Hotel in New Braunfels, Faust Brewing is the perfect place to tell your designated driver to have a few with you. It’s better than your favorite stumble in, stumble out joint. No need to stumble anywhere, because you are already there. Drink Faust’s tasty house beers and go upstairs. Goodnight.

Flix Brewhouse

Pecan Street Brewing

INFO

INFO

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2200 South IH-35 Round Rock, TX 78681 GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.flixbrewhouse.com

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 East Pecan Drive Johnson City, TX 78636 BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . .www.pecanstreetbrewing.com

BREW PUB SNAPSHOT How many movie theatres have a brewhouse in their front window? Just one. You might even catch brewmaster Justin Rizza brewing up something tasty as you rush in for the latest Star Trek flick. Drink from their six year-round and four seasonal house taps or one their 30+ guest taps.

BREW PUB SNAPSHOT Pecan Street resides in a space formerly occupied by the town hardware store, in Johnson City’s historic town square. Owners Tim and Patty Elliott, with their head brewer and son Sean, aim to make the brew pub the town gathering center that the hardware store once was. Their house beers and guest taps are complimented by head chef John Yachimski’s eclectic brick oven pizza, salad, and burger menu.


BREW PUBS (NON-DISTRIBUTING)

Smoke’n Hops INFO LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3799 U.S. 290 Dripping Springs, TX 78620 GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.smokehops.com

BREW PUB SNAPSHOT Smoke’n Hops is Dripping Spring’s newest brew pub, bringing more BBQ and fresh beer to our Hill Country playground. They boast pit style BBQ, fresh craft beer, and a welcoming outdoor atmosphere complete with picnic tables and a playscape for the kids (extra points!). They currently have a pale ale and porter brewed on their onebarrel pilot system which they hope to upgrade to a seven-barrel system soon.

Wimberley Brewing Co. INFO LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9595 Ranch Road 12 Wimberley, TX 78676 GUEST TAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER SOLD ON-SITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes BEER TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes URL . . . .www.wimberleybrewingcompany.com

BREW PUB SNAPSHOT The real name for this place is Brewster’s Pizza and Wimberley Brewing Company. As you walk into Wimberley you will notice there are a lot of kids running around. Actually, they’re not running around, they’re working. This is a true family business, run by the Collies. Try the spinach pizza.


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LAST CALL

Bob Galligan of Hops & Grain FAVORITE SHIFT BEER Anyone: Shotgun? Me: Shotgun. Anyone: What'd you want? Me: Whatevs.

WEIRDEST/CRAZIEST LAST CALL EXPERIENCE The time I was over at Hi Hat and I kindly asked for another beer, but Steve was all "Sorry buddy, we're closing down." So I called an Uber. I don't think I will ever forget that night.

LAST CALL CEREMONIES The last bar I worked at had a weird closing tradition. We would all have to wear these long flowing robes and long masks (in accordance to Glithorp the Great) as we danced the dance macabre in a giant circle. In the center of the circle was a virgin goat that we would prod and tickle with feather dusters (in accordance to Gilthorp the Great) as the great unholy army beat against the drums of defense. Then the goat would be lowered into the fiery flame of destiny where his great horned soul would ascend to the clouds (in accordance to Gilthorp the Great.) I still miss the Pinthouse fellas.

LAST CALL BEER RECOMMENDATIONS One more cup of coffee for the road. One more cup of coffee before I go. To the valley below.

CLOSING TIME SONG "Streets Of Philadelphia" by Bruce Springsteen. Although no one would argue that this was Springsteen's finest, it was most certainly a turning point in the career of many fine studio musicians, as well as earning Springsteen an Oscar. The bouncing drums echoing in the beginning transport the listener to long, winding roads of Philadelphia with their towering, traditional architecture. The use of synth would have been all too familiar to an audience in 1994, but perhaps we may see it as a call back to the 1980s when the AIDS epidemic ran rampant across the country, meaning the flat notes leave the listener uneasy, much like the hysteria felt by all. All in all, we may look at the piece as a callback to a certain place of time and a certain sense of closure. A closing time.

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Austin Beer Guide - Spring/Summer 2016  

Austin Beer Guide - Spring/Summer 2016