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Circle Brewing Co. - Austin Beer Guide

FROM THE EDITORS

I know, I know, last issue was a bit “Dad” heavy. For

this issue I told the guys to take it easy on the dad stuff.

They couldn’t help themselves, they were all new dads,

brimming with love and excitement. I was the older,

wiser, bitter old pop and I only bring this up because I am

sitting in the labor and delivery room awaiting the birth

of our second child, our first daughter. And it’s almost

Father’s Day. But that’s it, that is where I will leave it.

Before going to press, I did a find and replace for a

few choice words. First: Dad. I replaced every reference

to dad, father, pop, padre, etc. with the words “Dive Bar.”

See page 14 for more on that. Next: Kid. No one wants to

read about kids, children, babies, etc. in a beer mag. So

those were replaced with “Cans,” a hot topic these days

in the beer world (p. 22). Actually it’s been a hot topic

for awhile, but we are busy dads so it takes us a while to

catch on to the trends.

Luckily, I was able to get the guys to ditch their

families to head down to New Braunfels for an afternoon

of beer drinking. Of course, to do this, we had to have a

family brunch before hand. Read all about it on page 28.

Also to lessen the dad stuff, we have a Season’s Drinking

on wheat beers (p. 6). And everyone knows wheat beers

are for moms, not dads. Don’t believe me. I had a can of

Karbach’s wheat beer for the opening photo of the can

feature and my pregnant wife said, “Don’t drink that, save

it for me for after the baby comes.” See. Mom beer.

So as you can see, we’ve successfully cut down on

the dad-ness and pumped up the beer-ness. Right here

I was trying to think of a dad joke to perfectly close this

thing out, but I got nothing. Now excuse me, I have to cut

the umbilical cord of my newborn daughter. “Hold on

doctor, just want to finish this last sentence.” —AC

Chris Troutman

Josh Spradling

Aaron Chamberlain

Shawn Phillips

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Contents

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

.......................................06

SEASON’S DRINKING

.......................................08

PODCAST

.......................................10

BREWER’S BRAIN

.......................................14

FEATURE: DIVES

.......................................22

FEATURE: CANS

............................................28

BEER & LOATHING

.......................................32

BREWERIES

.......................................58

BREW PUBS

.......................................63

BP: DAYTRIPPERS

.......................................66

MAPS

.......................................72

OVER A PINT

BONUS STAFF

PHOTOGRAPHY .................. Casey Moore

PROOFREADERS ............Sofia and Sarah


NEWS & BREWMORS

This is the News

WINNING!

Only in their first year of production, Hops

& Grain won gold at the World Beer Cup

competition this May for their Alt-eration in

the German-style brown ale/Dusseldorf-style

altbier category. Live Oak earned a silver for

Primus in the German-style weizenbock/

weissbock category. Houston’s Saint

Arnold won awards for Pumpkinator,

Endeavour, and Santo. Shiner Bock also

received honors.

MARK YOUR CALENDERS

Real Ale is hosting their 16th anniversary

party on June 30. They will also be celebrating

the arrival of their new canning line. Look

for cans of Firemans #4 to start rolling out

around then. Last issue we told you Rogness

should be hitting tap walls around the city.

And they did. So to celebrate they are throwing

a grand opening party on July 7 at their

brewery in Pflugerville. Middleton Brewing

in Wimberley is turning 1 and they are having . . . TURN PAGE, WE GOT TWO PAGES OF NEWS!—>

Austin Brewmors

(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)

● In an effort to improve their image,

Lovejoys brings on executive chef Paul Qui

(of Uchiko & East Side King) to roll out new

Japanese and tobacco fusion menu.

● Thirsty Planet expands on popular Jittery

Monk coffee dubbel with new Buzzed

Belgian line. Styles to include tripel

espresso and cappuccino quad.

Austin Beer Guide, seeing the increase

of niche dating services, launches Austin

Beer Dating. “Bearded, befuddled, drunk,

and lonely seeks hot, sexy, sweet, and

sober. Must love plaid and have a clean

driving record.”

● To determine tap space in a congested

market, Draught House introduces

Throwdown Thursdays where they will pit

two brewers against each other in a parking

lot cage match. Betting encouraged.

● In light of the Jester King Barrel Weasel

Rodeo and Whiskey Rodeo success,

(512) Brewing announces Octo Absynth

Wormwood Barrel Aged Mixed Nut Porter.

● North Central Austinites deem new

Hopdoddy Burger Bar “line-worthy,”

while area schooner fans, brimming with

excitement, hesitate to label Austin in a

schooner renaissance just yet.


NEWS CONTINUED . . .

a birthday party August 25. They will supply

the beer. Looking ahead, events are already

lining up for the annual fall onslaught of beer

events. The Austin Flying Saucer will hold its

Beerfeast on September 29. The Texas Craft

Brewers Festival, Austin Beer Guide Readers’

and Editors’ Choice for best beer event in

2011, returns on October 6 to Fiesta Gardens.

Draught House will host its 44th anniversary

party during Austin Beer Week, happening

October 20-28.

THERE’S A CIRCLE FOR THAT

Circle Brewing got all techy and released a

surprisingly solid iPhone app (for a brewery).

Looking for a Circle brew? Look no further

than your phone. It’s cheaper than Angry

Birds (free).

FARMHOUSE ORGANICS

Jester King is now a certified organic producer

under the USDA’s National Organic Program.

This makes them the first and only brewery

in Texas authorized to label their beers as

certified organic.

ON THE HORIZON

Bastrop Brewhouse has popped up on the

beer internet radar. They are planning to open

in August 2012 on the banks of the Colorado

River. Back in town, craft beer continues to

drown Austin drinkers and is making its way

to Rainey street, where two new spots, Craft

Pride and Bangers, are in the works. Opening

this summer, Bangers will have 101 taps (!)

and 101 types of sausages (not really, but they

will have a lot). Some sausages will be made in

house, others from artisans across the country.

Pint House Pizza on Burnet Road has begun

construction. Pizza and beer to follow. Darkside

Fermentation has found land for their brewery

and had a groundbreaking party June 22.

More good stuff to come from them for sure.

And finally, we present you with two words:

Infamous Brewing.

TEX MEX GOES GRANDE

Adding their name to the Highway 290 beer

crawl, Twisted X Brewing Company has secured

land in Dripping Springs to build a 7,000 square

foot destination-style brewery, including a full

scale retail bottling line, on three acres.


SEASON’S DRINKING

Summer Wheats

OK, WE WILL ADMIT, NOT EVERYONE BOUGHT

the whole IPA being the “perfect spring beer”

thing last issue. I will take the blame. I still think

it works. But this time we know we got it right.

Summer definitely equals WHEAT beers. And

the brewers had plenty to say about wheats. So

much so, we could have filled five pages. It was

quite difficult to keep it to one spread. Summer

is long, good thing there are so many good

wheat beers out there. —Aaron Chamberlain

What makes your wheat

special and/or different?

NATE SEALE

(512) Brewing

In most ways, (512) WIT is

a very traditional Belgian

Witbier. Where we break from

tradition is in adding dried

grapefruit peel, rather than

bitter orange peel, and it

gives our beer a slightly more

bracing dryness that isn’t

found in other wheat beers.

JEFF YOUNG

Black Star Co-op

Elba—American wheat ale

with lemongrass, grains of

paradise, bitter orange peel;

Cul Sec—Belgian wheat ale

with bitter orange peel; Waterloo—sour

mashed American

wheat ale with peaches.

Elba is special because it was

designed by a forum of co-op

owners. It was only supposed

to be around for a couple

months but ended up being

so popular that we keep it on

tap for half the year! Waterloo

is a very technically difficult

beer to make. Being sour,

light, and hiding nothing,

Waterloo gives peaches the

attention they deserve while

being a truly Austin inspired

beer.

JOSH WILSON

Draught House Pub & Brewery

All my beers are “special,”

haven’t you heard! I tend to

use more hops than many

current styles dictate. I try

and understand the core

of a style and why it works,

then try to riff on that. Add a

twist, subvert the meaning or

compound it.

JEFFREY STUFFINGS

Jester King Craft Brewery

Although most of our beers

have at least some wheat in

the grist, Bonnie the Rare

Berliner Weisse and Drink’in

the Sunbelt Hoppy Wheat

Beer are the two wheat beers

we make. Both are session

beers with alcohol by volume

below 4%. Bonnie the Rare

incorporates souring bacteria

to add tartness to the beer

and is not boiled in order to

preserve a starchy wheat

character.

CHIP MCELROY

Live Oak Brewing Co.

We brew a proper Bavarianstyle

Hefeweizen. In a crazy

mixed up world where

American wheat beers are

sometimes named “Hefeweizen,”

I guess that makes it

special. Though, it shouldn’t

be that way. It’s like having a

restaurant with “sauerkraut”

on the menu, but serving cole

slaw instead. Just because

they’re both 95% cabbage,

they are nonetheless two different

foods. Nomenclature

should reveal, not obscure,

identity. I’m not sure who said

that.

JAKE MADDUX

Thirsty Planet Brewing Co.

The Yellow Armadillo is an

American-style wheat. Most

peoples’ perceptions of wheat

beers generally focus on

German-style Hefeweizens

with their banana and clove

esters. I find that people that

generally don’t like hefes,

after trying our wheat come

around to the style again.

AMOS LOWE

Uncle Billy’s

Nothing, we copy the

Germans and Belgians.

What is your favorite aspect of

wheat beers? What makes a

good wheat beer?

WILL GOLDEN

Austin Beerworks

My favorite aspect of a wheat

beer is it’s effervescence,

banana, clove, and vanilla

esters. These beers also

have a great digestive quality

to them. With the correct

cell load they also appear to

glow.

BEN SABEL

Circle Brewing

It’s the perfect brew for a hot

day or not. I can’t imagine a

situation where a good wheat

beer isn’t always welcome.


JOSH WILSON

Draught House Pub & Brewery

I really like the plastic nature

of Bavarian Hefe yeast and

how versatile Belgian Wit

yeast are for a variety of wheat

and other beers. Wheat as

a grain has so much to offer

beer in terms of flavor, body,

head retention etc. Honestly,

nearly every beer I make has

some wheat in it.

CHIP MCELROY

Live Oak Brewing Co.

The tart, light refreshing

quality. Complexity without

being overwhelming.

ERIK OGERSHOK

Real Ale Brewing Co.

I’m not a fan of American

Wheat beers except Gumball

Head. I like Wits and Hefeweizens.

Their light and refreshing

nature makes them

great year round.

DAVE EBEL

Rogness Brewing

All about the yeast and fermentation

temps. Yeast can

impart such wonderful and

interesting flavors to compliment

your wheat beer.

What is your favorite food to

pair with a good wheat beer?

NATE SEALE

(512) Brewing

Beer Can Chicken. Even

better if you can find a good

canned wheat beer to stand it

on, and make sure to squeeze

some lemons into the can.

BEN SABEL

Circle Brewing

Eh, it’s all good.

CHIP MCELROY

Live Oak Brewing Co.

Interestingly, HefeWeizen can

be paired with a lot of things,

and certainly not just light

foods. We once did a pairing

with a variety of cheeses

and all of our beers. The

outstanding pairing was Hefe

with blue cheese. It can stand

up to strong flavors

but gives way to lighter

flavors too.

ERIK OGERSHOK

Real Ale Brewing Co.

I like mussels with wit and

pretzels and weisse, wurst

with hefeweizen.

JAKE MADDUX

Thirsty Planet Brewing Co.

With wheat beers, I generally

like to have them with

breakfast tacos (it’s often

the first beer I have in a day).

It’s also nice with whatever

you’re eating while on a patio

outside.

What’s your favorite commercial

wheat beer besides your

own?

JOSH WILSON

Draught House Pub & Brewery

Big fan of Live Oak Hefe,

love Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza

Blanca, am a huge fan of

Berliner Weisse, could drink

gallons of 1809, have always

been a Hacker Pschorr man

when drinking German beer,

don’t have a “favorite.”

JEFFREY STUFFINGS

Jester King Craft Brewery

The grist of authentic lambic

is typically 30% to 40%

wheat, so I’d say Cantillon

Mamouche.

CHIP MCELROY

Live Oak Brewing Co.

Schneider - just about anything,

but I like the Edelweiss.

DAVE EBEL

Rogness Brewing

Live Oak Hefeweizen. I have

traveled to Germany and still

the guys at Live Oak make the

best Hefe I have ever had.

JAKE MADDUX

Thirsty Planet Brewing Co.

My favorite wheat beers are

Anchor Summer (which was

the first American style wheat

in the US), Boulevard Unfiltered

Wheat, and Sunshine

Wheat from New Belgium.

Fruit or no fruit?

NATE SEALE

(512) Brewing

I assume this question refers

to garnishing with a lemon or

orange peel. Some brewers

get pretty snippy about

this topic, like you’re adding

ketchup to their perfectlyseasoned

steak. I say if

adding a piece of fruit adds to

your enjoyment of our beer,

then have at it. But maybe

taste it without first?

CHIP MCELROY

Live Oak Brewing Co.

No fruit. Does the lily need

gilding? Citrus, though

complementary, is unnecessary

and covers inherent

complexity. A brewer goes

to all that trouble and then it

gets covered up with fruit. It’s

kind of like the fussy chef and

salt. I side with the chef.

JAKE MADDUX

Thirsty Planet Brewing Co.

Hell no. Aroma is a big component

of the overall flavor

and wheats are somewhat

delicate and citrus fruits are

beautiful and bright flavors

of their own which as you

bring the pint in for a drink,

you don’t smell the beer I

spent a lot of time making,

you’re smelling a lemon

or orange. It bastardizes

the beer and I’m on a

mission to stop it wherever

I see it.

ERIK OGERSHOK

Real Ale Brewing Co.

NO!


ABG PODCAST

Aged on Live

Oak Podcast

The plan was to go to Live Oak Brewing, drink as much beer as our beer

bellies could hold, and record what was said. We would call it a podcast.

Good thing Chris and Nico from Live Oak were there. They had a lot to say

while we guzzled. Use the QR code to link directly to our podcast page.

This is a podcast, it’s all about words.

When does a wheat beer

become a wheat beer?

At conception.

We can’t all be friends.

Quit, don’t plug another blog!

I guaran-goddam-fuckin-tee it.

We’ve already said lots of

good things.

Brought to you by:

Imagine

Chris

Cherry’s

head

here

Nico photo: Ripped from Live Oak’s ad from last issue.


BREWER’S BRAIN

From the Mind of

Brian ‘Swifty’ Peters . . .

AS I SIT IN FRONT OF THE KEYBOARD

contemplating the subject for this edition of

Brewer’s Brain, I laugh to myself because

this brewer’s brain is older and wiser, but

definitely not as responsive as it was in

its prime. And then I realize that time is

the one thing we all have in common (and

our love for good beer). With each passing

second, we have more history and less time

on earth. This is not a Woody Allen inspired

“fear of death” monologue but rather the

realization that the craft beer renaissance

in Texas is a generation old.

It really sunk in recently when I looked

at the old Waterloo Brewing Company

equipment and determined it was made

about 20 years ago. Weird but it just doesn’t

seem that long ago when we were all

enjoying the wonderful creations of Steve

Anderson, the first brew pub brewer in the

state of Texas.

Back in 1992, the Dog & Duck was

the epicenter of my beer drinking world.

Chip McElroy (Live Oak) and I met there at

a Zealots homebrew meeting. We quaffed

many pints with Billy Forrester and Steve,

discussing the start-up plans for both

Waterloo Brewing and Live Oak. Since that

time, we helped birth the Austin craft brew

scene, nurture it through its “terrible twos”

and console it with each dying brewery.

During that time, Steve has been the

cornerstone of the Austin brew scene.

The list of Steve’s distinctions is

as impressive as any brewer I know. As

mentioned earlier, he is the state’s first

brew pub brewer. His brewing skills were

rewarded with multiple GABF medals

during his Waterloo Brewing tenure. He

commercially brewed the first of many

styles in the state, including the great Guy

Town IPA and the legendary One Ton Stout.

He has the distinction of being the longest

continuous craft brewer in the state. This

is not to be taken lightly. This industry is

both volatile and physically grueling. Having

the skills and stamina to survive that long

is astonishing. But as he has always said,

in his self-deprecating way, “It’s the only

thing I know how to do. What else would I

be doing?”

I had mixed emotions when Steve

told me about his new venture, Big Bend

Brewery. (He will be the head brewer for

this start-up production brewery in Alpine,

Texas.) I don’t want him to leave but he has

always dreamt of living out west and this

is a golden opportunity. He was like a kid

talking about Christmas as he described

the new brewing equipment he will pilot.

The sparkle in his eye was there. It was

exciting, like 1992 all over again.

With that, I would like everyone to

raise their pint glass and toast the legend

Steve Anderson. To Steve I say, “Thank you

for being my friend for twenty years. I know

this is what you want. Crush it out in Alpine.

Visit often. You will be missed.”

Swifty is brewmaster at Uncle Billy’s (Lake Travis)

and sits on the Board of Directors for the Texas Craft

Brewers Guild.


I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE THINKING: “THESE AUSTIN BEER GUIDE TURDS

better tread lightly; if they get this dive bar list wrong, I’m gonna stop reading this

whole magazine right here and now.”

In the past few weeks of planning, we’ve raised the question of which “dive bars

serve good beer?” among the various circles we run in, and we’ve learned a few things:

1. “Dive bars” are a very contentious and passionate subject

2. Everyone HAS to tell us about a bar that we’ve NEVER heard of

3. “Dive bars” are usually defined by an individual’s first dive bar experience

4. Don’t ever call someone’s favorite bar a “dive bar”

5. No one can exactly nail down a solid definition for a “dive bar”

by CHRIS TROUTMAN

Illustration by Josh Cockrell


In our “investigation” [read: going

to what we thought were dive bars and

asking people there if they were at a dive

bar] we discovered that there are two

different definitions of the term that tend to

prevail. Some folks immediately think of a

dark, dirty, shady place where you’ll just as

soon get stabbed as actually get your drink

order correct. The second is the “my dive”

definition—a bar you frequent often, feel

the most comfortable at, and where you feel

most at home. Think Cheers, sweat pants,

and not brushing your teeth on Saturdays.

Not exactly “slumming it,” but not first-datematerial.

Overall, we learned that a dive bar

is more of a feeling than a definition.

We’ve visited a handful of

establishments that could fall into either or

both camps, and discovered that Austin has

quite a few diamonds in the rough. We cast our net pretty wide, but in the end went at

it with a scalpel, not a hatchet (remember that 2008 Presidential debate?). To make

our list, a candidate had to meet the majority of the following criteria, with the “must

haves” at the top and “nice to haves” at the bottom.

1. Has that “dive bar feel”

2. A significant portion of their beer selection be defined as “craft” or “local”

3. Jukebox

4. Darker than light

5. Regulars

6. Good chance of getting thrown out or in a tussle in the parking lot

7. Darts, pool, washers, shuffle board, etc.,

8. Minimal employees

9. Ability to get a shot and a beer

10. Bathrooms

So in that context, we’ve found that Austin

is littered with bars that fit the “sweat pants”

and the “may get knifed tonight” descriptions

and have noticed that more and more of these

locations are starting to diversify their beer

selection with much tastier beers. They’re like

a dive bar hybrid that are steeped in several of

the dive bar mainstays but are also embracing

Austin’s growing craft beer appetite. These

are establishments that hang a Jolly Roger

shower curtain for a bathroom “stall” but also

serve cask conditioned Jester King wild yeast

creations, host a hip-hop mash-up DJ every

Monday along with four Austin Beerworks

taps, have a bartender with tattooed sideburns

pouring you fresh house made beers, or host

enough fucking hipsters to make you rethink

your beard but serve Real Ale Devil’s Backbone

in full pints. These may be dive bars, but they

are also a little bit more.

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THE WTF DIVE

C. Hunt’s Ice House

9611 Mcneil Road

Owner Chester Hunt operated a meat packing plant on

this North Austin property for over 50 years when suddenly

one day he said, “Fuck it, I’m ready to make the

most fucking bizarre, awesome bar this side of Mexico.”

And he did. Boasting Texas’ largest grapevine shading

their 45 plus picnic table-d bier garten, C. Hunt’s

has something for everyone. Whether your vice be dominos, too large pickup trucks, an affinity

for every fucking Budweiser swimsuit model ad since 1992, live possums, or a bar top with an

ice trough, plus a decent bottle selection to boot, C. Hunt’s gots what you need to fill your C. Hunt

shaped hole you didn’t know you had until reading this. Bring cash and no expectations, ‘cause

they don’t do credit cards or anything else any other bar you’ve ever been to does.

Mr. Tramps

8565 Research Boulevard

Looking for futbol, a convenient view of 183, and

plenty of great taps? Look no further, Mr. Tramps is

where it’s at. This place probably qualifies more as a

sports bar than a dive, but we liked it enough to get

it a spot on the list. It definitely has that “my dive”

feel to it, with plenty of regulars, near-sitcom-ish

banter between the bartenders, and if you showed

up wearing the wrong team colors during a fierce

match there’s a good chance you could find yourself in a decent brawl beneath Research’s Boulevard’s

ever present gaze. Among their peers on this list, Mr. Tramps has the greatest selection of

national breweries alongside their local taps.

THE FAMILY DIVE

Billy’s on Burnet

2105 Hancock Drive

THE FOREIGN DIVE

Billy Forrester is a legend in Texas beer history,

and his name’s sake is nothing less. Billy’s on

Burnet rides the line between the “dive” and “my

dive” camps with all the best things from both.

Painted in black and red, Billy’s is home to the

famous Cobra jalapeño bacon cheeseburger, the

best Wednesday evening trivia, a killer selection

of local and craft rotating taps, and this journalist’s

favorite Galaga/Ms Pac Man machine in town. Not a beer fan? Have a saki shot. Not so much

into meat? They have a vegetarian menu that rivals most vegetarian places. And of all the bars we

researched for this list, Billy’s was the only one to meet several criteria, while still being a place

you would take your wife and kid to for a burger and beer on a pleasant Saturday afternoon.

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Nasty’s

606 Maiden Lane (off Guadalupe)

THE CRAY DIVE

If you’ve never been to Nasty’s, fold the corner of this page so you don’t lose your place, put the

guide in your pocket, get in your car (pending your sobriety), and go to Nasty’s (if it’s after 6pm).

This is the quintessential “good beer in low places” bar. This bar inspired this whole stupid list.

Tucked just off of Guadalupe before you hit campus, Nasty’s is the blue brick building you might

not notice if you weren’t looking for it. Inside you’ll find EVERYTHING you could want from either

type of “dive” PLUS a luscious 52 taps and full bar. Last we visited, they had a (512) Bourbon Barrel

Aged Double Pecan Porter tap nestled between the PBR and Shiner Bock tap. Ball so hard, they

claim to be the first Austin draft account for Live Oak, the second for Independence, and dedicate a

significant portion of their 52 taps to local and seasonal beers. Go on a Monday for a healthy dose

of hip hop served up by DJ Mel. That shit cray.

THE DIVE’S DIVE

Jackalope

404 East 6th Street

Jackalope is one of the only bars on our list that

claim the “dive” moniker; in fact, they boast to be

the “best dive bar in Austin.” They made our list,

but just barely. They meet nearly every criteria,

except for serving a significant amount of craft

or local beers. Sans the the oasis of four Austin

Beerworks’ taps, the primary malted beverage

they sling is Lone Star. What they lack in quality,

they more than make up for with “that dive feel.”

Between the velvet topless paintings littering the

walls, plethora of pirate nicknacks, and deafening

music (remember, we’re all dads now and

getting “too old for this shit”) they set the bar

pretty high for other bars aiming to take their

title. When you go, get a jalapeño bacon honey

burger with your Fire Eagle and if you go on a

Wednesday your second burger is free.

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THE BREWERS’ DIVE

Lovejoys Taproom and Brewery

604 Neches Street

There were several “discussions” had between the

Austin Beer Guide staff concerning which locations to

include in this feature, but Lovejoys was never even

questioned. Remember that biker bar that Pee-Wee

ended up at in Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure? Lovejoys is

that place, but with great taps and house made beer.

Besides pouring several great local and national

beers, brewer Todd Henry supplies this dive with three to five unique house beers on tap at any

given time. A 100% authentic biker bar at heart, Lovejoys is probably the weirdest brew pub you’ll

ever visit, in a good way. With hand-welded bar stools, sprawling murals barely visible under the

low lights, gnarly clientele, and a jukebox with a mind of its own, Lovejoys falls unquestionably in

the “dive” category.

Any Bar Opened East of I-35 Since 2006

East Austin

You can’t throw a rock on the East side and not hit four bars that

fit our criteria. Seriously, name one East side bar that’s opened

since 2006 that shouldn’t be on this list? Exactly. You can’t. Call

us lazy, but we’re just going to lump in a handful of our favorites/

ones we can remember going to. These bars are also great for

checking in on Austin’s “what’s hip today” scene, be it music, haircuts,

proper male shorts length, the appropriateness of Adam’s

Family tattoos, hoopsters’ actual basketball cred, or summer

hats. But even as these trends come and go, the majority of the bars on the right side of I-35 are

consistently slinging lots of PBR, Lone Star, and a good amount of locally crafted beer. Check

out White Horse, Grackle, Shangri La, Yellow Jacket Social Club, or Violet Crown Social Club for a

few examples.

THE WIZARD DIVE

G&S Lounge

2420 South 1st Street

THE TOO COOL DIVES

Tommy, Jimmy Woods, Kevin Flynn, and Billy

Mitchell all have regular spots at the bar as well as

hold the house high scores at G&S. Like an unkempt,

adult Chuck E. Cheese’s, G&S is an Island of Misfit

Toys for a decent sized collection of pinball, arcade,

air hockey, and other coin operated entertainment

machines. Plus they maintain a nice selection of

bottles in the cases beside the bar that’s nothing to scoff at. They have a great jukebox, lots of security

cameras, and a solid “dive feel.” They definitely hold their own on the South side.

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DIVE BAR BATHROOM

MATCH UP

Think you know your dive bars? Are you a degenerate alcoholic? Enjoy

peeing in the dark? This is the game for you. Only men’s rooms here, sorry

ladies. It was embarrasing enough taking photos in the bathroom, like we

are getting ladies’ rooms involved too, pshaw.

A B C

D E F

____ Jackalope

G H I

____ C.Hunts

____ Nasty’s

____ Live Oak

____ Lovejoys

____ Mister Tramps

____ G&S Lounge

____ Billy’s

____ Bender Bar

ANSWERS: A-C.Hunts, B-Jackalope, C-MisterTramps, D-Bender Bar,

E-Nasty’s, F-G&S Lounge, G-Live Oak, H-Billy’s, I-Lovejoys

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We know you’ve heard the horror

stories. Residents of Austin travel into

Round Rock and never return the same.

Some don’t return at all. People say it’s a

whole different world once you cross

over that Wilco border. Well we’ve

heard those stories too. And we’re here to

prove them wrong. Come check us out.

We triple dog dare you.

TWO UNIQUE ESTABLISHMENTS MORE THAN 70 DRAFT BEERS

ON-SITE MICROBREWERYHOURS OF ENTERTAINMENT

LOCATED AT I-35 & HESTERS CROSSING.

ROUND ROCK, TX 78681

www.flixbrewhouse.com www.homefieldgrill.com


THE FUTURE OF

TX BEER IS IN THECAN

FOR YEARS, IF YOU WANTED TO DRINK FROM A CAN YOU WERE RELEGATED TO THE

lights, the Lone Stars, and the American lagers. But no more. From the originators

(Oskar Blues), to the established (Sierra Nevada), to the new kids on the local block

(Austin Beerworks, Hops & Grain), your options for drinking better from a can have

expanded in the past few years.

Talking about canned craft beer can seem a little passé at this point, but if we don’t

do it, what Austin-based print beer guide will? We actually tossed around the idea for

this feature last summer but Texan options at that point where still a little thin. But now

we can safely say the canning explosion in Texas is here (and if it comes from us, you

know it’s official).

The national trend has been taking off in the state since Conroe’s Southern Star

started putting their Pine Belt Pale in 16 ounce tall boys back in 2008. With the access to

rivers, lakes, beaches, parks and numerous sunny (albeit hot) days, Texas beer drinkers

have been thirsty for it. Now it has gotten to the point where any Texas brewery, new or

established, gets the “plan to can?” question more than they’d probably like to answer.


We’re all big fans of cans, just follow us on Instagram and you’ll see. The portability,

reduced breakage factor, added degree of coolness, and shotgun-ability are all big

pluses (ok, we only shotgunned once and it wasn’t our thing but it’s so hot right now

we’ll go along with it. See next page.). Oh, and there’s also the “green” benefits. We live

in Austin so obviously we’re into that, too.

To find out more about why more breweries are making the shift to this packaging

option (aside from the badass factor), we went straight to the source and asked two of

Austin’s canning breweries why it’s right for them. —Josh Spradling

Josh Hare of Hops & Grain

I chose to package our product in cans for a number

of reasons.

First and foremost we chose aluminum

because of it’s environmental benefits. Lighter in the

distribution chain, better space allocation and better

recycle-ability.

There is a much larger upfront cost when

purchasing cans but once you have them you don’t

have to worry with a labeling machine or an erector

for the six pack bottle holder. Less equipment

maintenance equals cost savings in packaging.

Another major factor in our decision was the

portability of cans. They can be taken to most any outdoor activity where glass is prohibited

and they weigh less once consumed and pack out smaller in a back pack. If you drop a can

it won’t shatter like glass and when the can gets wet you don’t see the paper labels peel

off and become litter.

Another aspect of the can that is very important to us is the fact that you are provided

with 360 degrees of branding real estate. If you approach the design of a can properly you

can expose your brand and your message regardless of which direction the can is facing

on the shelf. In our opinion a can creates a better visual experience for the consumer and,

we hope at least, a more lasting impression of our brand.

Last but definitely not least, it sets us apart from most other breweries in Texas that

bottle. Craft beer in a can grabs more attention on the shelf given that 95% of craft beer

in most grocery store shelves is in bottles and we feel like most craft beer consumers are

promiscuous with their purchasing and always look for something new when shopping for

beer. Might seem counterintuitive but we feel that the uniqueness and the small niche that

is canned craft beer sets us apart from most other breweries in Texas.

Michael Graham of Austin Beerworks

We package our beer in cans because we think it’s better

for the beer and better for the beer drinker.

Our beer is our baby and we want to keep it as safe

as possible. After doing the research and talking with

other canning breweries, we came to the conclusion that

cans protect beer better than glass bottles. They keep

beer from getting skunked from light striking or stale

from oxygen exposure. Cans are basically just little kegs.


We also think cans are better for

the consumer. Personally, we enjoy

drinking beer outdoors. We like bringing

it with us wherever we go and there are

quite a few places where glass bottles

aren’t allowed. With cans, you never have

to worry about broken glass. And they

have the added bonus of cooling down

much quicker than glass bottles. We

don’t have cold-activated mountains on

our cans so you’ll just have to take our

word for it.

And finally, if done right, cans look

fuckin’ cool.

Texas Cans

Austin Beerworks

Black Thunder Schwartz

Fire Eagle IPA

Peacemaker Extra Pale Ale

Pearl Snap Pils

Hops and Grain

ALT-eration Altbier

Pale Dog Pale Ale

Karbach

(Currently available only in Houston)

Hopdillo IPA

Rodeo Clown Double IPA

Sympathy for the Lager

Weisse Versa Wheat

Real Ale

Fireman’s #4

Shiner

Shiner Blonde

Shiner Bock

Shiner Light Blonde

Southern Star

Bombshell Blonde

Buried Hatchet Stout

Pine Belt Pale Ale

Seasonal

Coming Soon:

Rogness


LIFE OF A

BEER CAN

1

2 3 4 5 6

1 A beer can begins life as

a sheet of aluminum 5 feet

wide, and as thin as human

hair. “Cups,” 5.5 inches wide

are punched from the sheet.

2 Each cup is stretched

around a beer-can-shaped

mold. An iron smooths

the can tightly around

the shape of the mold.

This gives the can its

canny shape (Youtube has

some great videos on this

process).

8

The varnish

used here will

only show up

under ultraviolet

light.

In some

facilities, cans

are painted and

varnished at a rate

of 1800 cans per

minute.

9

7

3 The lip of the open can is

trimmed and smoothed.

10

Graphic: October Custom Publishing

4 The can is turned over

and its base varnished. This

allows it to move more easily

on conveyer belts.

5 The can is cleaned,

painted, then oven-dried.

The cleaning process gives

the can a shiny finish.

6 The can’s interior is

varnished to stop the can

eroding and ensures

there is no metallic taste

transferred to the beer

from can’s metal sides.

7 The cans are then

palletted and delivered to

the brewery to be filled

and “capped.”

8 Cans are filled and

“capped” at the brewery.

9 Cans are distributed

to bars, stores and other

vendors, where they are

purchased by consumers.

The lid of

the can is made

of a thicker alloy than

aluminum. When being

made, the lid is scored so

it will open easily when

the tab is pulled.

The can

is designed to

withstand

pressures of

over 90 psi.

Many cans

use aluminum

that is as thin as

human hair.

10 Recycling cans is

super cost-effective.

Cans are almost infinitely

recyclable.

11

11 The recycled material

is formed into a five foot

wide aluminum sheet, and

the process begins again.


BEER & LOATHING

Off-River Drinkin’

in New Braunfels

by CHRIS TROUTMAN

IN LATE SPRING THE FOUR OF US PLUS OUR

good friend Bryan Gutmann ditched our wives,

fiances, kids, and regular Sunday afternoon

inhibitions and piled into a Honda hybrid (at

the time we were considering theme-ing this

issue the “green issue,” yeah, it didn’t pan out)

with our sails set for New Braunfels. We were

sick and tired of drinking in boring old regular

Braunfels and we needed something new.

Being it was only mid-spring and still

a little bit chilly, we were on a mission to find

some of the best dry drinking spots in that very

wet town. Tubing was not on the agenda.

We hit I-35 right about 1pm with our

bellies full from our yummy Austin Beer Guide

family Sunday brunch at Contigo (dropping this

sentence hoping to get some extra flap jacks in

my next short stack *wink wink*). Bright-eyed

and bushy-tailed, we made quick time of the 50

odd miles whilst forcing Siri to pull up various

breweries’ and bars’ phone numbers for us as

we haphazardly called and left our “credentials”

via voicemail hoping for some free beer when

we arrived.

It worked.

Our first stop was at the brand new

Guadalupe Brewing Co. We met up with

brewer and founder Hunter Weilbacher at

the brewery after meeting him the previous

week at Whip In’s anniversary party where

he was serving his Honey Ale. Hunter was a

very gracious host and let us try nine of his

latest beers brewed on his “frankenbrew” 4

barrel brewhouse. Everything was amazing

for a brand new brewery, but the Czech-style

pilsner and Austrian-style pilsner were close

to some of the better Texas made Europeanstyle

pilsners these Austin Beer Guide palates

have ever savored. After we were satisfactorily

quaffed, he brought out samples of his Grand

Cru and bourbon oak aged scotch ale. Both

were like Venus’ Transit over our tongues. As

of press they do not offer public tours, so this

is not so much a stop that you could make


without prior arrangements, but when in New

Braunfels, seek them out. And Godspeed them

to Austin.

We blew our time budget at Guadalupe,

but luckily Hunter was buddies with the brewer

at our next stop and offered to lead the way. It

was the New Braunfels’ craft beer equivalent of

a police escort.

Our next “planned” stop was the Faust

Hotel and Brewing Co., a historic hotel that has

been restored (not renovated or updated) right

off of the main drive going into town. It’s the

classiest joint in New Braunfels and they brew

their own beer to boot. We met up with brewer

Ray Mitteldorf at Faust’s bar. We all drank the

Alt. It was pretty great. Ray gave us a tour of

his copper clad 7 barrel brewhouse and then

at some point we all ended up in a suite on

the fourth floor. It was pretty swanky. Historic

swank. The best kind. We had another beer

or two, left the Honda, and walked to our next

destination.

Still following Hunter’s lead and with

Ray in tow, we trekked a few hundred paces

deeper into New Braunfels’ gullet and found

ourselves awkwardly walking in on some type

of talent show at the Phoenix Saloon. While

effectively doubling their talent show

audience, we all found seats at the bar

and made ourselves comfortable. This

establishment fits that nouveau Hill Country

aesthetic that is becoming so hip at finer

places south and west of Austin. With about 30

taps, and several of the local usual suspects,

this was a solid stop on our trip. We ordered

a few appetizers and especially enjoyed the

sweet potato wedges. They had a yummy

whipped cream dipping sauce. So good.

Again, we dipped too deep into our time

budget here as we delved into talking about

Hawaii, getting married, having babies, how

much everyone loved the Spring guide, how

we would probably disappoint with the

Summer guide, and how much we loved the

whipped cream dipping sauce for the sweet

potato wedges.

After a group trip to the little boys’ room,

Hunter took me downstairs to the Phoenix

basement and showed me where they once

hosted illegal alligator fights and the trap door

and shoot they used during prohibition. If that

last sentence doesn’t convey it, I’ll spell it out:

this place is legitimate. A must stop when in

New Braunfels.

FAUST HOTEL ROOM


NEW BRAUNFELS ERDEWEISS

BLACK WHALE = CLASSY

At this point in our trip we are entering

the “loathing” portion of “beer and loathing.”

Still following Hunter and Ray’s lead, we

continued on foot to the Black Whale Pub.

I would like to pause our story shortly

to address our future selves: if in the next few

years time travel is an affordable option, please

convey a message to our past selves to just get

back in the Honda and head home at this point.

OK? Also, some tasty stock tips would be nice.

Back to the present past, we had heard

from more than a few sources that Black

Whale hosted several Belgian taps including

a significant number of Trappists. This was

enough to keep us going and avoiding the texts

and calls from spouses wondering when we

would return to town. So yeah, we didn’t end up

with anything Trappist. If I recall correctly we

had a few draft PBRs and Rolling Rocks, sat on

the back patio, and lamented our last beers as

we all played out the eventual repercussions

we’d face when we returned home nearly two

hours late.

On our walk of shame back to the Honda,

blame was thrown and then there was a

tense 45 minute drive when we were all pretty

close to throwing in the towel on this whole

shebang. Luckily, with clearer heads and a few

good nights’ sleep, we all made friends again

and were ready to close the book on another

successful Beer and Loathing.

Lessons learned: you’ll most likely stay

longer than you plan and that last place, no

matter how good it sounds at the time, will

most always turn into a bad idea. Overall,

New Braunfels has some worthwhile drinking

opportunities and makes for a great planned

day trip.


BREWERIES

(512) Brewing Co.

INFO

BREWER/FOUNDER . . . .Kevin Brand (Owner),

Nate Seale (Brewer)

ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Summer 2008

TOURS. . . . . . . . . . . Some Saturdays with RSVP

URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.512brewing.com

YEAR ROUND BEERS

(512) Wit

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wit or white beer

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.2%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft

QUICK SIP. . .Light, semi-tart, hint of grapefruit

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . White pizza,

light pastas, hummus,

salads, seafood

(512) IPA

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American IPA

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hoppy, citrusy, solid

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . Spicy Thai,

Tex-Mex, Italian, ALL pizza, BBQ

(512) Pale

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . American Pale Ale

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.8%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . .Drinkable, hoppy, quenching

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . Burgers,

chiles rellenos, fish and chips

(512) Pecan Porter

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Porter

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.8%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . .Full bodied, roasty, pecans

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . .Red meats,

ice cream, chocolate

CURRENT SEASONAL

(512) ALT

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Altbier

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.0%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . .Roasty, nutty, slightly sweet

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . . Grilled

sausages, fish

Note: (512) ALT is technically a spring seasonal,

but will probably be found on taps in June.

WE RECOMMEND

ALT, IPA, Wit

*See full listing of available beers at

www.austinbeerguide.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 released a limited

number of bottles of Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter (along with Wild Bear and

THREE) in the past and sprinkled them around town.

Later this summer, keep your eyes open for (512) FOUR (maybe a quad???), their fourth

anniversary release. They are also planning to re-release (512) ONE, TWO, and THREE.


BREWERIES

Adelbert’s Brewery

INFO

BREWER/FOUNDER . . . . . . . . . . . . Scott Hovey

ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winter 2011/12

TOURS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fridays, 5-8pm

URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.adelbertsbeer.com

YEAR ROUND BEERS

Rambler Ale

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Belgian Style Blonde Ale

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.3%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . Bright, semi-spicy, drinkable

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . Chicken,

cheese, grilled tilapia,

rustic bread

Scratchin’ Hippo

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . Belgian Style Biere de Garde

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.8%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . Malty, earthy, semi-sweet

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . . . . Thai,

steak, spicy Italian

Dancin’ Monks

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Belgian Style Dubbel Ale

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.2%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sweet, nutty, plum

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . . . Ribs,

brie, brownies

COMING SOON

Naked Nun

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Witbier

Philosophizer

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Saison

Black Rhino

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Belgian Dark Ale

WE RECOMMEND

Scratchin’ Hippo, Tripel B

Tripel B

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Belgian Style Tripel Ale

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9.3%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cloudy, candy, fruity

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . Spinach

salad, strawberries, lobster

In early 2010, Scott Hovey was ripe for a mid-life career change and when he looked for inspiration

he found it in the eclectic and exciting life of his deceased older brother, Adelbert. Inspired by his

brother’s willingness to chase his dreams, Scott decided to turn his homebrew hobby into a career.

Always a fan of Belgian style ales, 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. Of the six beers to be released in 2012, each one is named after an experience or story

that his brother Adelbert loved to tell.


BREWERIES

Austin Beerworks

INFO

BREWER/FOUNDER . . . . . . . . Adam DeBower,

Michael Graham, Mike McGovern

and Will Golden

ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Summer 2011

TOURS. . . . . . . .Fridays, 5-8pm (RSVP required)

URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.austinbeerworks.com

YEAR ROUND BEERS

Fire Eagle American IPA

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American IPA

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.2%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Cans

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hoppy, piney

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . . . Thai,

steak, spicy Italian

Peacemaker Extra Pale

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . American Pale Ale

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.1%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Cans

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Drinkable, crisp

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . . Vegan

hotdogs, pickles, Sidora’s

homemade Chex mix

Pearl-Snap German Pils

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . German Pilsner

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.3%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Cans

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Light, hoppy, crisp

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . .Sausage,

breads, mustard,

burgers

CURRENT SEASONAL

Missile Dropkick (Anniversary beer)

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Double IPA

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sticky, big, citric

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . Smoked fish,

aged cheddar, Hot Tamales

Note: Flying Headbutt also released as an

anniversary beer similar to Missile Dropkick but

with Belgian yeast.

COMING SOON

Einhorn

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Berliner Weisse

WE RECOMMEND

Fire Eagle, Pearl Snap

*See full listing of available beers at

www.austinbeerguide.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 GABF silver

medal winner Peacemaker Extra Pale, the four friends have come storming out of the gates

and onto the Austin beer scene. The Austin Beerworks fellows aim to make super tasty, yet

drinkable beers, perfect for our refined, but also often heat-parched Austin palates.


BREWERIES

Circle Brewing Co.

INFO

BREWER/FOUNDER . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ben Sabel

and Jud Mulherin

ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winter 2010/11

TOURS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Quarterly open houses;

check website

URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.circlebrewing.com

YEAR ROUND BEERS

Blur Texas Hefe

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hefeweizen

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.6%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . Bananas, light, gulpable

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . .Pizza, salad,

crab legs

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Roasty, dry, cocoa

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL. . . .Raw oysters,

shepherd’s pie, stew

CURRENT SEASONAL

Wryteous

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rye-Wheat-IPA hybrid

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sweet, light hops

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL. . . . . . . . . .Lobster

rolls, tostadas,

Texas Ranger games

WE RECOMMEND

Blur Texas Hefe, Alibi, Circle App

Envy Amber Ale

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amber Ale

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.8%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Light hops, spicy,

biscuity malt, crisp

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL. . . . . . . . . . .Grilled

meats, chips and salsa,

seafood

Nightlight Dry Irish Stout

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Irish Dry Stout

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.7%

Ben Sable and Jud Mulherin were childhood friends in Tennessee. As youngsters they

shared a dream to open a “shop.” Like many young friends, as they grew up, their lives took

different paths, but they never lost touch. And they never forgot their dream. As adults they

both loved beer, so it was inevitable that their dream would morph into becoming brewery

owners. Circle Brewing appeared on the internet beer rumor mill in the second half of 2008.

Fast forward two years, Ben and Jud were brewing their first batches of beer for Austin.

Envy Amber and Blur Texas Hefe were their first beers to be released. They followed those

with their Nightlight Dry Irish Stout. 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.”


BREWERIES

Hops and Grain

Brewery

INFO

BREWER/FOUNDER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Josh Hare

ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winter 2011/12

TOURS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Friday 2-6pm

Saturday 12-4pm

URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.hopsandgrain.com

WE RECOMMEND

Alt-eration, Greenhouse Beers

YEAR ROUND BEERS

Pale Dog Pale Ale

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . American Pale Ale

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.0%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Cans

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dry, hoppy, bitter

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL. . . . . . . . . . . . . .Fish

tacos, salt and vinegar chips,

gummy bears

Alt-eration Ale

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Düsseldorf-style Altbier

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.2%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Cans

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Malty, nutty, moody

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL. . . . . . . . . . . Grilled

fish, any kind of meat

on a stick

The Greenhouse

STYLE . . . . . . . Rotating series of small batches

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . .Draft/Bottles (In future)

Bringing his Colorado beer knowledge and inspiration to Austin, Josh Hare has opened

one of Austin’s latest craft breweries. They started out with two year-round beers that are

canned for easy use during your outdoor drinking endeavors. One of these, the ALT-eration,

took home gold at the 2012 World Beer Cup. Additionally, Josh has plans to brew up to 10

more experimental beers in his first year on the 3 barrel pilot system they’ve dubbed The

Greenhouse. Styles include a porter, barleywine, Belgian pale ale, schwarzbier, and Indian

brown lager. Expect these to show up (and move quickly) on draft and (eventually) in 22 ounce

bottles. They even collaborated on a beer with us called Night RYE-der. If that isn’t enough,

Hops and Grain is an environmentally sustainable operation that uses up- cycled malted barley

from brewing to make natural and wheat free dog treats called Brew Biscuits.


BREWERIES

Independence

Brewing Co.

INFO

BREWER/FOUNDER. . . .Rob & Amy Cartwright

ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Fall 2004

TOURS. . . . . . . . . . . First Saturday of the month

URL . . . . . . . . .www.independencebrewing.com

YEAR ROUND BEERS

Bootlegger Brown Ale

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . American Brown Ale

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Big roasty malt flavor,

caramel, nutty

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . . Steak,

roasted pork, Chinese takeout

Independence Pale Ale

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . American Pale Ale

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.5%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . Piney, hoppy, light malt

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . Reubens,

sausage and peppers

Stash IPA

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American IPA

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle

QUICK SIP. . . . . Very hoppy, balanced malt body

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . Greasy-fatty

Mexican, pizza

Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oatmeal Stout

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.5%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cacao, licorice, roast

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . . . . . Ice

cream, chocolate, toffee

CURRENT SEASONAL

Saison

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Saison

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Light, drinkable,

refreshing, semi-yeasty

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . Salads,

sandwiches, breads, poultry

WE RECOMMEND

Stash IPA, Saison

*See full listing of available beers at

www.austinbeerguide.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. Rob

began brewing at Austin’s Copper Tank (RIP) in 1994 and after meeting Amy decided to open

the brewery. Prior to opening the brewery the couple embedded themselves in the Austin beer

community by putting on the Texas Craft Brewers Festival in 2004 and 2005.

Since opening, Independence has created a local niche for themselves by packaging the

OU Suks bottles every fall for the UT vs. OU game, supplying the Alamo Drafthouse house

beer from 2004-2009, and hosting the largest monthly beer gathering at their first Saturday

tasting and tours.

This year they have been releasing one-off beers in their Brewluminati series. For latest

info on this series stay tuned here: www.independencebrewing.com/our-beers/brewluminat


BREWERIES

Jester King

Craft Brewery

INFO

BREWER/FOUNDER . . . . . . . . Jeffrey Stuffings

and Michael Steffing

ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Fall 2010

TOURS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Most Saturdays, 1-4pm

URL . . . . . . . . . . . . www.jesterkingbrewery.com

YEAR ROUND BEERS

Black Metal

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . Farmhouse Imperial Stout

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Big roast,

coffee, chocolate

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL. . .Cheesecake,

roast beef and other bloody meats

Le Petit Prince

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Farmhouse Table Beer

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.9%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Subtle hop spininess,

yeast esters, wild flowers

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . .Crackers and

light cheeses, pears, grilled

flaky white fish

Mad Meg

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . .Provisional Farmhouse Ale

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9.6%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spicy, earthy, dry

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . Tomato

salad, soft cheeses, sardines

Wytchmaker

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Farmhouse Rye IPA

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.3%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Drinkable,

hoppy, quenching

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . Burgers,

pizza, chips and salsa

WE RECOMMEND

Le Petit Prince, Wytchmaker

*See full listing of available beers at

austinbeerguide.com

Conceived in the fire of a homebrewer’s heart, Jester King was birthed by brothers Jeff

Stuffings and Michael Steffing in the early fall of 2010 amongst the hills in Southwest Austin.

Ambitious from the start, the brothers made their commercial debut with a session beer, wearing

the moniker Commercial Suicide. It was anything but. They followed this shortly with the wildly

popular Rye IPA Wytchmaker, a beer that bars could rarely keep on tap. The brothers could

not fail. Recently, they have moved their original lineup to farmhouse versions (Farmhouse

Wytchmaker, Farmhouse Black Metal, etc.), in part won a court ruling against the Texas Alcoholic

Beverage Commission, and brewed a second collaboration beer with gypsy brewer, Mikkeller,

called Beer Geek Rodeo / Whiskey Rodeo / Weasel Rodeo. Also, they are now a certified organic

producer under the USDA’s National Organic Program.


BREWERIES

Live Oak

Brewing Co.

INFO

BREWER/FOUNDER . . . .Chip McElroy (owner,

founder), Dusan Kwiatkowski (Brewer)

ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1997

TOURS. . . . Saturdays at Noon (RSVP required)

URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.liveoakbrewing.com

YEAR ROUND BEERS

HefeWeizen

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hefeweizen

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.1%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bananas, cloves, hazy,

super refreshing

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL. . .Blue cheese!

CURRENT SEASONAL

Roggenbier

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Roggenbier

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.8%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . Draft (Early Summer)

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . Smooth, fruity, drinkable

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . Pastries,

mild cheeses, melon

WE RECOMMEND

Pilz, HefeWeizen, Schwarzbier

*See full listing of available beers at

www.austinbeerguide.com

Pilz

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Czech Pilsner

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.7%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hoppy, dry, refreshing

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . .Sausage,

pizza, burgers,

anything really

Liberation Ale

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American IPA

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.3%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . Hoppy, great malt balance

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . Tobacco,

foie gras or other duck dishes

Built by hand by Chip McElroy and Brian Peters (now of Uncle Billy’s fame) in a small (and

now worn) 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 use techniques such as open fermentation and secondary lagering on some of

their styles to give their beers a very distinct Live Oak taste. This is best reflected in their Pilz

and much beloved HefeWeizen.


BREWERIES

Real Ale

Brewing Co.

INFO

BREWER/FOUNDER . . . . . . . . . . Philip & Diane

Conner (Founders), Brad Farbstein (Owner),

Tim Schwartz, Erik Ogershok (Head Brewers)

ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1996

TOURS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Fridays 2-5pm

URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.realalebrewing.com

YEAR ROUND BEERS

Devil’s Backbone

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Belgian-Style Tripel

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.1%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sweet, boozey, honey

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . . . Tuna

salad, grilled cheese, tomato soup

Firemans #4 Blonde Ale

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Blonde Ale

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.1%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle/Can

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Light, bready malts

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . .Poultry,

pizza, whatever’s on the grill

Lost Gold IPA

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American IPA

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.6%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle

QUICK SIP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Citrusy hops,

strong malt background

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . . . Fried

chicken, gorgonzola,

gumbo (spicy or otherwise)

Rio Blanco Pale Ale

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . English Pale Ale

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.3%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Light hops, spicy,

biscuity malt, crisp

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . .Seafood

grilled chicken,

chips and salsa

CURRENT SEASONAL

Hans’ Pils

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . German Pilsner

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.3%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle

QUICK SIP . . . . . . .Crisp, toasty, assertive hops

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . Smoked fish,

pickles, schnitzel

WE RECOMMEND

Lost Gold IPA, Hans’ Pils

*See full listing of available beers at

www.austinbeerguide.com

One of the longer running 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. Maxed out at 5,500

barrels a year, Real Ale moved just outside the downtown area in 2006 to a new facility that

allowed them to produce 10-12 times that amount.

In 2009 they started bottling their seasonal beers, with the most recent edition being

Hans’ Pils this summer. In 2010, they began turning out a series of experimental Mysterium

Verum (Real Mystery) beers, including seasonals aged in oak barrels or entirely new brews.

They are celebrating their 16th anniversary this summer. The anniversary party is set for June

30. Look for their 16th Anniversary Ale after that.


BREWERIES

Rogness

Brewing Co.

INFO

FOUNDERS . . . . . . Forrest and Diane Rogness

ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring 2012

TOURS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Check website

URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.rognessbrewing.com

RECENT RELEASES

Beardy Guard

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Biere de Garde

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft

(Cans/Bottles Soon)

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Slight spice, earthy,

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . . . .HEB

rotisserie chicken (you know, the kind you get

when you are too lazy to cook, but want

something somewhat tasty)

Ost

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Porter

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft

(Cans/Bottles Soon)

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Smooth, cocoa, malty

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . . Veggie

burger, fried anything

Vinton

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Blonde Ale

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft

(Cans/Bottles Soon)

QUICK SIP . . . . Quaffable, nontraditional, tasty

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . .Poultry,

artisan bread, asparagus

Gigantophis

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Imperial IPA

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft

(Cans/Bottles Soon)

Note: Gigantophis unavailable for tasting at

press time.

WE RECOMMEND

Ost, Vinton

Rook

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scotch Ale

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft

(Cans/Bottles Soon)

QUICK SIP . . . . . . . . . . . . . Smoky, sweet, toffee

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . Smoked

gouda, pork chop, brisket

Founders Forrest and Diane Rogness, along with Dave Ebel, Dave Heath, and Dan Wheeler,

their three brewer-sales-label approval-other-jack of all trades, collectively brew and

conjure up recipes that they enjoy and hope others will too. All done 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. As of Summer 2012, they are still defining their regular lineup and trying out new

recipes. They plan to begin canning their more popular beers as early as late Summer 2012,

and soon after begin packaging “bigger” beers in large format bottles for aging and sharing.


BREWERIES

South Austin

Brewing Co.

INFO

BREWER/FOUNDER . . . . . . . . . . Jordan Weeks

ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winter 2012

TOURS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Check website

URL . . . . . . . . . . .www.southaustinbrewing.com

YEAR ROUND BEERS

Belgian Style Golden Ale

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Belgian Golden Ale

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.8%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . .Fruity esters, quaffable,

brite, smooth

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . . . .Fish,

fruits and honey, soft cheeses, frites

Saison D’Austin

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Belgian Saison

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle

QUICK SIP . . . . . . . . . . . . Sweet, spicy, peppery

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . Salads,

chicken, pheasant, fruit

WE RECOMMEND

Belgian Style Golden Ale, Saison D’Austin

SOUTH AUSTIN’S

GRAND OPENING

Parked in the same neighborhood as Independence and (512) breweries, South Austin

Brewing Co. have been chomping at the bit (Yeah we use that phrase. We’re dad’s now,

remember?) to get to brewing since the 2010. Founder Jordan Weeks has a rich brewing

history in Austin, and with his trusty 50-barrel Newlands brewhouse plans to supply the fine

folks of South Austin and beyond with yummy Belgian inspired beers. Out of the gates, SABC

are slinging beers both on draft and in 750 ml cork and cage bottles to be found at finer

locations.


BREWERIES

Thirsty Planet

Brewing Co.

INFO

BREWER/FOUNDER . . .Brian & Tammy Smittle

ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Summer 2010

TOURS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Saturdays, 11am-3pm

URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.thirstyplanet.net

YEAR ROUND BEERS

Buckethead IPA

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American IPA

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft

QUICK SIP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Slightly sweet,

bitter finish, hoppy nose

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . .Pâté, pizza,

fish and chips

QUICK SIP . . . . . . . Crisp, refreshing, drinkable

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . .Sausage,

crawfish

CURRENT SEASONAL

Franklin Smoked Porter*

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Smoked Porter

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft

WE RECOMMEND

Buckethead IPA, Thirsty Goat Amber

*Unavailable for tasting at press time

Thirsty Goat Amber

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amber Ale

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.8%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft

QUICK SIP . . . . . . . . . . . .Malty, clean, drinkable

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL. . . Sandwiches,

chips and queso

Yellow Armadillo Wheat

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American Wheat

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.1%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft

Everyone remembers when they first really started falling in love with beer. For Brian

Smittle it was while he was living in England studying British politics and experiencing true

“real ale.” Following college graduation, Brian made the move to Colorado where he took

his affection for beer one step further and volunteered at a brewery in Vail. He soon became

a paid employee and full-time brewer (a.k.a. “living the dream”). 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. While successful,

Brian wanted to get back to the brewing operations so he and his wife Tammy looked for

a location to set up their own operation. They chose Austin and started putting their beers

on the market in the summer of 2010 beginning with the Buckethead IPA. They celebrated

their two year anniversary this summer with the release of Franklin Smoked Porter, a beer

containing malts smoked in the famous Franklin BBQ pits.


BREWERIES

Twisted X

Brewing Co.

INFO

BREWER/FOUNDER. . . . . . . . . . . .Jim Sampson

and Shane Bordeau

ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring 2011

TOURS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Check website

URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.texmexbeer.com

YEAR ROUND BEERS

Cow Creek Premium Tex Mex Dark Lager

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vienna (Dark) Lager

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.4%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft

QUICK SIP . . . . . . . . . .Drinkable, slightly sweet

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . Gorditas,

tostadas, tamales

QUICK SIP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sweet, agave, oak

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . . . . Mole

or by itself after a big

meal of mole

Twisted X Premium Tex Mex Lager

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Light Lager

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.2%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft

QUICK SIP . . . . . . . .Light, very drinkable, clean

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . . . Elote,

nachos, enchiladas

WE RECOMMEND

Fuego, Señor Viejo

Fuego Jalapeño Infused Tex Mex Pilsner

STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chile Beer/Pilsner

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.2%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft

QUICK SIP . . . . . . . . . . . . Crisp, slightly dry, hot

FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . . Steak,

roasted pork, Chinese takeout

Señor Viejo Tex Mex Imperial Black Lager

STYLE . . . . . Barrel Aged Imperial Schwarzbier

ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.2%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft

Since our first issue in April 2011, Austin’s beer scene has changed (it seems to change

and grow each month). One of those changes: Twisted X. Started by Jim Sampson and Shane

Bordeau in Cedar Park, they are one of three breweries that has opened since then. They held

their initial release party on Cinco de Mayo, where they introduced beer fans to the Fuego

Jalapeño Infused Tex Mex Pilsner, Twisted X Premium Tex Mex Lager and the then unnamed

Premium Tex Mex Dark Lager. The dark lager has now been blessed with the moniker: Cow

Creek. Also be on the look out for Siesta, a prickly pear lager. It is a summer seasonal that

proved to be quite popular and could still pop up around town. 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!


More TX Breweries *

ALAMO BEER COMPANY

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . San Antonio

URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.alamobeer.com

DEEP ELLUM BREWING COMPANY

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dallas

ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2011

URL . . . . . . . . . . . .www.deepellumbrewing.com

FRANCONIA BREWING COMPANY

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . McKinney

ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2008

URL . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.franconiabrewing.com

NO LABEL BREWING COMPANY

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Katy

ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2011

URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.nolabelbrew.com

RAHR & SONS BREWING COMPANY

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fort Worth

ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2004

URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.rahrbrewing.com

RANGER CREEK BREWING & DISTILLING

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . San Antonio

ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2010

URL . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.drinkrangercreek.com

SAINT ARNOLD BREWING COMPANY

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Houston

ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1994

URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.saintarnold.com

SOUTHERN STAR BREWING COMPANY

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Conroe

ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2008

URL . . . . . . . . . .www.southernstarbrewery.com

SPOETZL BREWERY (SHINER)

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shiner

ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1909

URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.shiner.com

*Texas breweries with beer currently available in Austin


BREW PUBS

Black Star Co-op

INFO

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . .7020 Easy Wind Drive

Midtown Commons, Suite 100

Austin, TX 78752

PHONE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 512-452-BEER

HOURS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4pm-12am

URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.blackstar.coop

HOUSE BEER SAMPLING

High Esteem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pale Ale

Double Dee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amber Ale

Vulcan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rye IPA

Waterloo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sour Wheat

Elba. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Wheat Ale

BREW PUB SNAPSHOT

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.

WE RECOMMEND

Vulcan, Waterloo

Draught House

INFO

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4112 Medical Pkwy

Austin, TX 78756

PHONE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .512-452-MALT

HOURS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mon-Thu 5pm-2am,

Fri-Sun 1pm-2am

URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.draughthouse.com

HOUSE BEER SAMPLING

Red Planet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Red Ale

Bombay IPA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American IPA

Jubal Ale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winter Warmer

Big Tex . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . American Strong Ale

Malt Ball. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American Porter

BREW PUB SNAPSHOT

Brewer Josh Wilson likes to keep his beers

moving. Josh doesn’t adhere to the general

brew pub rules that say you have to develop four

solid recipes and keep those on year long while

only reserving a few taps for experimentation

and seasonals. After visiting Draught House for

a few years, you may notice that Josh keeps a

loose yearly brewing schedule with styles and

specific brews mirroring the seasonal calender.

WE RECOMMEND

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

Bombay IPA


BREW PUBS

Lovejoys

INFO

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 604 Neches Street

Austin, TX 78701

PHONE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 512-477-1268

HOURS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4pm-2am

URL . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.myspace.com/lovejoys

HOUSE BEER SAMPLING

Samson’s Best . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pale Ale

Sad Family Somber Ale . . . . . . . English Bitter

AJ Porter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American Porter

Oktober Lovefest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oktoberfest

Dr. Shock IPA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American IPA

BREW PUB SNAPSHOT

Located off 6th Street, but a world away.

Lovejoys is unlike the frat-packed-shot-bars

that surround it, hosting an eclectic mix of

patrons and beer styles. With Todd Henry

at the helm of the four barrel system, the

beers have greatly improved over the past

three years. Now with a solid lineup and the

gnarliest jukebox in Austin, this is the place

to drink freshly brewed beer downtown.

WE RECOMMEND

Samson’s Best, AJ Porter

North by Northwest

INFO

BREW PUB SNAPSHOT

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . 10010 Capital of TX Hwy N

Austin, TX 78759

PHONE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 512-467-6969

HOURS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Varied, check website

URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.nxnwbrew.com

HOUSE BEER SAMPLING

Northern Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pilsner

Duckabush Amber. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amber Ale

Pyjingo Pale Ale . . . . . . . . . . American Pale Ale

Okanagan Black Ale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Black Ale

Barton Kriek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sour/Lambic

North by Northwest is Austin’s 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. The

beers are solid and their monthly cask nights

have a dedicated following.

WE RECOMMEND

Pyjingo Pale Ale, Barton Kriek


BREW PUBS

Uncle Billy’s

INFO

LOCATION #1. . . . . . 1530 Barton Springs Road

Austin, TX 78704

PHONE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 512-476-0100

LOCATION #2. . . . . . . . . . . 6550 Comanche Trail

Unit B - Suite 201

Austin, TX 78732

PHONE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 512-266-0111

HOURS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Varied, check website

URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.unclebillysaustin.com

HOUSE BEER SAMPLING

Back 40 Blonde. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Blonde

Hill Country Organic Amber . . . . . . Amber Ale

Agave Wit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Witbier

Ax Handle Pale Ale . . . . . . . American Pale Ale

BREW PUB SNAPSHOT

Texas is BBQ heaven. Austin is Texas Craft

Beer heaven. Put them together and you get

Uncle Billy’s Brew and Que. Brian Peters and

Amos Lowe have been crafting beer in Austin

for years and it shows in their solid house

beers. Now with two locations, Uncle Billy’s

is the ideal spot after boating on the lake or a

day of festival-ing at Zilker Park. Along with

their regular lineup of four beers, you’ll find

2-3 rotating house beers and a handful of Texas

guest taps.

WE RECOMMEND

Agave Wit, Ax Handle






Specialty

beers also

available!

Visit us at our Barton Springs Rd. & Lake Travis locations!

unclebillys.com


BREW PUBS: DAYTRIPPERS

Barber

Shop

INFO

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .207 Mercer Street

Dripping Springs, TX 78620

PHONE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 512-829-4636

HOURS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Varied, check website

URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.barbershopbar.com

BREW PUB SNAPSHOT

Barber Shop is another testament to the iron

will of homebrewers. With an emphasis on the

“bar” in Barber Shop, they left the historical

buildings 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.


BREW PUBS: DAYTRIPPERS

Double Horn

Brewing Co.

INFO

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .208 Avenue H

Marble Falls, TX 78654

PHONE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 830-693-5165

HOURS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Varied, check website

URL . . . . . . . . . . .www.doublehornbrewing.com

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 last May. Knight

and head brewer Eric Casey have made it their

mission to supply residents with quality house

beers and local craft brews.

Middleton

Brewing

INFO

LOCATION. . . . . . . 9595 Ranch Road 12, Suite 4

Wimberley, TX 78676

PHONE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 512-847-3435

HOURS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Varied, check website

URL . . . . . . . . . . www.middletonbrewingllc.com

BREW PUB SNAPSHOT

The owners, the Middletons, hale 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 are housed in the same

complex as Wimberley Brewing Company, a

one stop pub crawl!


Flix

Brewhouse

INFO

BREW PUBS: DAYTRIPPERS

Pecan Street

Brewing

INFO

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . 2200 South IH-35, Suite B1

Round Rock, TX 78681

PHONE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 512-244-3549

HOURS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lobby opens one hour

before first show time

(See website for show times)

URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.flixbrewhouse.com

BREW PUB SNAPSHOT

How many movie theatres have a brewhouse in

their front window? Not many. You might even

catch brewmaster Justin Rizza, formerly of

Independence Brewing, brewing up something

tasty as you rush in for the latest Hunger Games

flick. Drink from their four regular and two

seasonal house taps or one of many guest taps.

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 East Pecan Drive

Johnson City, TX 78636

PHONE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 830-868-2500

HOURS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Varied, check website

URL . . . . . . . . . . .www.pecanstreetbrewing.com

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.

Wimberley

Brewing Co.

INFO

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9595 Ranch Road 12

Wimberley, TX 78676

PHONE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 512-847-3435

HOURS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Varied, check website

URL . . . . . . . . . . . .www.wimberleybrewing.com

BREW PUB SNAPSHOT

Wimberley Brewing is housed in the same

complex as Middleton Brewing (Wimberley

was there first). As you walk into Wimberley

you will notice there are a lot of kids running

around. Actually, they are not running

around, they are working. This is a true family

business. The beers are good here and the

pizza is surprisingly fantastic. Try the spinach

pizza.


19th ST. / MLK

CENTRAL AUSTIN

BURNE

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51st ST.

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MEDICAL PKWY.

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GUADALUPE ST.

45th ST.

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W

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38th ST.

DUVAL ST.

S

N. MOPAC EXPY. / RT. 1

W. 30th ST.

DEAN KEATON ST.

B

M

University of

Texas

Z

MANOR RD.

15th ST.

C

E. 19th ST.

D

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N. LAMAR BLVD.

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12th ST.

G

RIO GRANDE ST.

6th ST.

GUADALUPE ST.

LAVACA ST.

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Texas

Capitol

COLORADO ST.

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SAN JACINTO BLVD.

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INTERSTATE 35

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BARS &

RESTAURANTS

A. Flying Saucer

815 West 47th Street

B. Crown and Anchor Pub

2911 San Jacinto Blvd

C. Dog and Duck Pub

406 West 17th Street

D. Scholz Garten

1607 San Jacinto Blvd

E. 24 Diner

600 North Lamar Blvd

F. Opal Divine’s Freehouse

700 West 6th Street

G. Little Woodrow’s

520 West 6th Street

H. Kung Fu Saloon

510 Rio Grande

I. Alamo Drafthouse-Ritz

320 East 6th Street

J. The Ginger Man

301 Lavaca Street

K. Frank

407 Colorado Street

L. Hopfields

3110 Guadalupe Street

M. Contigo

2027 Anchor Lane

N. House Pizzeria

5111 Airport Blvd

O. Easy Tiger Bake Shop

and Beer Garden

709 East Sixth Street

P. The Brew Exchange

706 West 6th Street

BREW PUBS

Q. Draught House Pub &

Brewery

4112 Medical Parkway

R. Lovejoys Tap Room &

Brewery

604 Neches Street

S. Double Horn Brewing Co.

208 Avenue H,

Marble Falls

BREWERIES

T. Hops & Grain Brewery

507 Calles Street

U. Live Oak Brewing Co.

3301-B East Fifth Street

STORES

V. Central Market

4001 North Lamar Blvd

W. Hyde Park Market

4429 Duval Street

X. Whole Foods Market

525 North Lamar Blvd

Y. Antonelli’s Cheese Shop

4220 Duval Street

Z. in.gredients

(Opening Soon)

2610 Manor Road


Hamrick's Market


SOUTH AUSTIN

S. MOPAC EXPY. / RT. 1

J

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BARTON SPRINGS RD.

CESAR CHAVEZ ST.

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RIVERSIDE DR.

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S. LAMAR BLVD.

OLTORF ST.

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MANCHACA RD.

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S. 1st ST.

H

BEN WHITE BLVD. / 71 /290

RADAM LN.

S. CONGRESS AVE.

WOODWARD ST.

INTERSTATE 35

STASSNEY LN.

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L

M

N

ST. ELMO RD.

S

BARS &

RESTAURANTS

A. Zax Restaurant & Bar

312 Barton Springs Road

B. Alamo Drafthouse /

Highball

1120 South Lamar Blvd

C. Hopdoddy Burger Bar -

SOCO

1400 South Congress Ave

D. Barley Swine

2024 South Lamar Blvd

E. Black Sheep Lodge

2108 South Lamar Blvd

F. Whip In

1950 South Interstate 35

G. Red’s Porch

3508 South Lamar Blvd

H. Opal Divine’s, Penn Field

3601 South Congress Ave

I. Draft Pick

1620 East Riverside, #1618

BREW PUBS

J. Uncle Billy’s, Barton

Springs

1530 Barton Springs Road

K. The Barber Shop

207 Mercer Street,

Dripping Springs

L. Faust Hotel & Brewery

240 South Seguin Avenue,

New Braunfels

M. Wimberley Brewing Co.

9595 Ranch Road 12,

Wimberley

N. Middleton Brewing

9595 Ranch Road 12,

Wimberley

O. Pecan Street Brewing

106 East Pecan Drive,

Johnson City

BREWERIES

P. Jester King Craft Brewery

13005 Fitzhugh Road

Q. Thirsty Planet

Brewing Co.

11160 Circle Drive

R. (512) Brewing Co.

407 Radam Lane, F200

S. Independence Brewing Co.

3913 Todd Lane

T. South Austin Brewing Co.

415 E Saint Elmo Rd, Ste 1D

STORES

U. Thom’s Market

1418 Barton Springs Road

V. Central Market

4477 South Lamar Blvd

W. Spec’s-Brodie Lane

4978 West HWY 290

X. Live Oak Market

4410 Manchaca Road


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BRAKER LN.

KRAMER LN.

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BURNET RD.

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ANDERSON LN.

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183 / RESEARCH BLVD.

INTERSTATE 35

F

W. KOENIG LN.

LAMAR BLVD.

AIRPORT BLV D.

R

US 290

BARS &

RESTAURANTS

A. The Dig Pub

401 Cypress Creek Road,

Cedar Park

B. Alamo Drafthouse-

Lake Creek

13729 Research Boulevard

C. Mister Tramps

8565 Research Boulevard

D. Alamo Drafthouse-

Village

2700 West Anderson Lane

E. Pour House Pub

6701 Burnet Road

F. Billy’s on Burnet

2105 Hancock Drive

G. Hopdoddy Burger Bar -

Anderson

2438 West Anderson Lane

BREW PUBS

H. North By Northwest

(NXNW)

10010 N Capital of TX Hwy

I. Black Star Co-op

7020 Easy Wind Drive

J. Flix Brewhouse /

HomeField Grill

2000 S I-35, Round Rock

BREWERIES

K. Circle Brewing Co.

2340 West Braker Lane

L. Austin Beerworks

3009 Industrial Terrace

M. Adelbert’s Brewery

2314 Rutland Dr, Ste 100

N. Twisted X Brewing Co.

3200 W. Whitestone Blvd,

Cedar Park

STORES

O. Whole Foods Market

9607 Research Boulevard

P. Specs-Arbor Walk

10515 N Mo Pac Expwy

Q. Sunrise Mini Mart

1809 West Anderson Lane

R. Specs-Airport

5775 Airport Boulevard

S. Austin Homebrew Supply

9129 Metric Boulevard


OVER A PINT

Rogness Brewing Co.

IN THE NOT TOO DISTANT PAST WE

SPENT AN EVENING WITH THE ROGNESS

FAMILY AT THEIR NEW BREWERY IN

PFLUGERVILLE, TOURING THEIR NEW

FACILITIES, SAMPLING SOME FINE BREWS,

AND DISCUSSING HOW BREWING WHAT

EVERYBODY ELSE ALREADY DOES IS SO

PASSÉ.

ABG: I’m drinking the Beardy Guard. Tell me

about this, it’s a pretty interesting beer.

Rogness: Thank you. It’s a French style amber,

known for its toffee notes, and just overall

spiciness at the end. It’s a real popular variety.

Yeah, it’s real yummy. And it’s “beardy” like “my

face is beardy,” right?

Well we know there’re a lot of people that when

they see a foreign word, they don’t even want to

try to pronounce it, so we phonetically made the

name pronounceable.

That’s thoughtful, thank you... So this is your

fifth beer so far? So before what are the

predecessors?

We have Ost robust porter, Bella it’s Belgian

golden, we have Rook which is a peat malt Scotch

ale, we have Yogi which is a chai spiced amber,

and we have Vinton coming up which is our

blonde ale.

Tell me where is Rogness today?

Right now we’re doing 7 barrel batches, just

something to get us out there, get us started

while we finish the construction on the

brewhouse. Hopefully by mid to early summer,

we’ll be on a 30 barrel system. We’ll be able to

up our production and get more beers out there

and more different styles out there. Our plans

are, probably by mid to late summer to be both

canning as well as bottling, depending on the

beer style. I’ve always had the philosophy that

those beers that are the lower alcohol, the 5, 6, 6

and a half percent beers, that would be fun to go

take down the river, go to the park with, would be

cans and the higher alcohol beers that you really

want to sit at home and share with some friends,

we’re going to put in some nice bottles and have

some fun with.

Tell me a little bit about your brewing

philosophy.

We’re trying really hard not to be a niche brewery.

We’re trying to come up with something new

almost every month. We’re trying not to stick with

any one style. For example we have a 103 IBU

Imperial IPA coming out soon to complement

these other beers. We’re just trying to make as

many styles as we can.

So what’s something people can look forward to

the rest of the Summer from Rogness?

We have, like I said, the Imperial IPA, we have

a blonde called Vinton that’s coming out soon.

Were working on an old ale and a holiday ale for

Christmas that will require some aging. We also

have some other Summer beers that we’ll be

releasing.

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