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Cedar Park Gets a New Brewery Amid a Global Pandemic

By Pam Catoe | Sep 24, 2020

Southpaw Brewing Co. located at 2415 S. Bell Blvd., Cedar Park In mid-August, Southpaw Brewing Co. quietly opened their doors. After years of planning, husband and wife team Rod and Tori Beavan did not expect to open to an empty taproom amid a global pandemic. But that’s exactly what happened and they quickly pivoted to a beer-to-go model. We stopped by on their second day open to the public and chatted with them briefly (at […]

Oddwood Ales Brewing | A Texas Craft Brewery Profile

By Melanie Ross | Sep 23, 2020

Oddwood Ales Brewing | Texas Craft Brewery Profile Location: 3108 Manor Road, Austin, TX 78723 Open: Wednesday – Saturday 12pm – 10pm, Sunday 12pm – 9pm If you find yourself keeping it weird in funky East Austin a must-stop is Oddwood Ales. This cozy neighborhood bar has provided fantastic beer, food, atmosphere, and service for coming up on 2 years now. Pre pandemic Oddwood hosted weekly video game competitions, live jazz happy hours, wine down […]

Vista Breweing is Popping Up in Bee Cave This Fall!

By Dani Schwab | Sep 22, 2020

Vista Brewing is Popping Up in Bee Cave This Fall! Great News! Vista is hosting a pop-up beer garden in the Hill Country Galleria for the weekends this fall, starting this Thursday, September 24th in the space previously occupied by the Gingerman. They will have nine taps that include signature draft beers and wine-barrel aged beers along with local wines and ciders, and a farm-to-table food menu. Seating will be outdoor only on the patio […]

What Does the Governor’s Latest Announcement Mean for Breweries?

By Pam Catoe | Sep 20, 2020

This week the Governor announced he was relaxing more restrictions on a variety of businesses including restaurants. However, he stated that bars must remain closed. So what does this mean for Texas breweries? If the business is a brewpub that was already operating as a restaurant (with the blue sign), not much changed except their ability to open indoor spaces to 75% capacity. A few weeks ago, TABC announced a path for all other breweries […]

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Craft Beer Austin Staff Picks | September 2020

Craft Beer Austin Staff Picks | September 2020   It appears (fingers crossed) that we are now entering the end of one of the hottest summers on record.  It is raining right now as I type which is definitely a welcome sight.  So, this seems like a good time to bring you an updated set of Craft Beer Austin Staff Picks for September 2020.  You ...

Texas Brewery Update | January 2020

Texas Brewery Update | January 2020 I got around to running the numbers for the number of breweries/brewpubs in the state of Texas. Before we go into the data, here are the a couple of notes on the numbers: All data is coming from the TABC licenses Duplicate entries have been removed (meaning, if a place has two licenses for the same location, it counts ...

Vista Breweing is Popping Up in Bee Cave This Fall!

Vista Brewing is Popping Up in Bee Cave This Fall! Photo courtesy of Vista Brewing Great News! Vista is hosting a pop-up beer garden in the Hill Country Galleria for the weekends this fall, starting this Thursday, September 24th in the space previously occupied by the Gingerman. They will have nine taps that include signature draft beers and wine-barrel aged beers along with local wines ...

Austin Weekly Beer Releases Sept. 18th

By Dani Schwab | Sep 18, 2020

Austin Weekly Beer Releases Check out Austin craft beer releases that are happening around town this week. Austin Area Brewery Map New Beer Releases New offerings from breweries that are releasing this week, or offerings that are now returning to the menu after a hiatus. We cannot promise they will still be in stock by the time the weekend comes around, so check the online ordering systems first! As always, check their hours as well. Austin […]

All Austin Breweries and Brewpubs Currently Open For Onsite Consumption

By Pam Catoe | Sep 15, 2020

UPDATE: TABC has relaxed more rules allowing breweries and even bars to start to reopen, Eliminate the requirement for commercial-grade cooking equipment Allow premade food brought in from other locations and partner with food trucks and count those sales toward the 51% minimum Governor Abbot’s executive order affecting bars and taprooms is still in place; however, after changing the guidelines more than once some breweries and brewpubs have started to slowly reopen for on-site consumption […]

Austin Weekly Beer Releases Sept. 11th

By Dani Schwab | Sep 11, 2020

Austin Weekly Beer Releases Check out Austin craft beer releases that are happening around town this week. Austin Area Brewery Map No one really knows all of the current rules for taprooms, but pretty much every one of them is open for beer to go. If you are lucky, you may be able to have a beer on the patio to go along with it. As always, check their hours. New Beer Releases New offerings from […]

Central Machine Works Releases Cans

By Dani Schwab | Sep 11, 2020

Central Machine Works Releases Cans  You may have visited Central Machine Works for their beers recently, now you will be able to enjoy them on the comfort of your own patio. Starting on September 10th, they are  offering cans TO GO and cans for dine-in service! Their favorite house beers, the Lager, Citrus Pale Ale and Kolsch, are currently being offered. Read the highlights of their press release below: If you haven’t been to Central Machine […]

Downtown Pflugerville Gets it’s First Brewery | Prost Alehouse Coming Soon

By Pam Catoe | Sep 9, 2020

A new German-inspired brewpub is headed to downtown Pflugerville later this year. Prost Alehouse is opening in the historic downtown square occupying a two-story building that dates back to 1905. Husband and wife team Troy and Iven Dudley searched for several years to find the perfect location to build their vision of a destination, community-focused brewery when they settled on the perfect spot in Old Town Pflugerville. “We hope Prost Alehouse to be a catalyst […]

Austin Weekly Beer Releases Sept. 4th

By Dani Schwab | Sep 4, 2020

Austin Weekly Beer Releases Check out Austin craft beer releases that are happening around town this week. Austin Area Brewery Map No one really knows all of the current rules for taprooms, but pretty much every one of them is open for beer to go. If you are lucky, you may be able to have a beer on the patio to go along with it. As always, check their hours. New Beer Releases New offerings from […]

Craft Beer Austin Staff Picks | September 2020

By David Kulczar | Sep 4, 2020

Craft Beer Austin Staff Picks | September 2020   It appears (fingers crossed) that we are now entering the end of one of the hottest summers on record.  It is raining right now as I type which is definitely a welcome sight.  So, this seems like a good time to bring you an updated set of Craft Beer Austin Staff Picks for September 2020.  You will see that this edition is influenced by the summer […]

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BREAKING NEWS | Two Wheel Brewing Co. Closed Permanently

By Pam Catoe | Sep 2, 2020

Update as of 9/2: Two Wheel Brewing Co. announced on social media they have decided to close permanently. From their Facebook post: “Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us over the last 4 years! We have decided to close our doors. We hope to see you all out and about sometime soon. Stay safe, take care of each other, and drink local beer!! “   Update 3/13: The brewery is still open […]

Beer with Gin | The History of Taprooms

By Feature Blogger | Sep 2, 2020

The History of Taprooms By Feature Writer Gin Benevidez I know it’s been a while since my last article. Maybe it’s just me, but the thought of writing cheery pieces on beer history that are mostly just excuses to make terrible puns hasn’t been all too appealing during a time when so many of our local breweries are struggling. It seems like it’s almost a daily occurrence that TABC throws a new curveball their way. […]

Austin Weekly Beer Releases Aug. 28th

By Dani Schwab | Aug 28, 2020

Austin Weekly Beer Releases Check out Austin craft beer releases that are happening around town this week. Austin Area Brewery Map No one really knows all of the current rules for taprooms, but pretty much every one of them is open for beer to go. If you are lucky, you may be able to have a beer on the patio to go along with it. As always, check their hours. New Beer Releases New offerings from […]

Beer Necessities Austin Chapter’s 6th Anniversary

By Melanie Ross | Aug 28, 2020

“Beer is what brings us together, but the relationships are what make us stay.” | Sarah Eshelman, Beer Necessities Austin Founder Beer Necessities is a very casual group of Austin women and those that identify as such who get together to drink & discuss craft beer, making wonderful connections along the way. Established in September 2014, the group typically meets several times a month at various bars & breweries around Austin. Remember pre-COVID when meeting […]

Urban Jungle Brewing | Austin’s First Black Owned Brewery, Coming Soon!

By Melanie Ross | Aug 25, 2020

Austin’s proudly adopted West Coast transplant, Shannon Harris is on a trailblazing mission to bring the first Black owned brewery to the city of Austin. I had the pleasure of sharing some pints with him to learn about his impressive efforts to make the brewing world a more diverse & inclusive community. As a true advocate for BIPOC, he is leading by example in creating his own cultivated space, Urban Jungle Brewing. See how you […]

Austin Weekly Beer Releases Aug. 21st

By Dani Schwab | Aug 21, 2020

Austin Weekly Beer Releases Check out Austin craft beer releases that are happening around town this week. Austin Area Brewery Map No one really knows all of the current rules for taprooms, but pretty much every one of them is open for beer to go. If you are lucky, you may be able to have a beer on the patio to go along with it. As always, check their hours. New Beer Releases New offerings from […]

Women in Beer | Pink Boots Society Austin

By Pam Catoe | Aug 20, 2020

To Donate to Pink Boots Society – Click here! Women work in all aspects of the beer industry from brewery owners, to packaging, cellaring, sales and taproom management. The Pink Boots Society was established for female beer professionals to assist, inspire, and encourage women to advance their careers through education. Recently, Pink Boots Society extended its membership to include all women in the fermented / alcohol beverage industry. Austin’s PBS chapter was established back in 2014 […]

An Interview with the Black Pumas & 4th Tap Co-op

By Pam Catoe | Aug 19, 2020

On Friday, August 7th,  4th Tap Brewing Co-op released their newest beer Stay Gold, a collaboration with 2020 Grammy Nominated Black Pumas that features can artwork by Austin’s own Rory Blank. In addition to its release, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Austin Justice Coalition, AAYHF and Austin NAACP. CraftBeerAustin.com caught up with the Black Pumas Eric Burton and Adrian Quesada and 4th Tap Brewing co-owner, John Stecker to learn more about this unique collaboration […]

Beerburg Brewing’s Wildcraft Series

By Melanie Ross | Aug 15, 2020

Our friends at Beerburg Brewing have continued to overcome the hurdles of opening during a pandemic and have even released an exciting new beer series they are calling the Wildcraft Series. Not only that, but they are also excited to stay ahead of the curve with some innovative technology as well!  Beerburg was founded on the love for the great outdoors & connecting with the natural beauty that the Texas Hill Country offers. This series […]

Austin Weekly Beer Releases Aug. 14th

By Dani Schwab | Aug 14, 2020

Austin Weekly Beer Releases Check out Austin craft beer releases that are happening around town this week. Austin Area Brewery Map No one really knows all of the current rules for taprooms, but pretty much every one of them is open for beer to go. If you are lucky, you may be able to have a beer on the patio to go along with it. As always, check their hours. New Beer Releases New offerings from […]

Find & Visit Over 200 Texas Breweries with the New Texas Brewery Explorer App

By Pam Catoe | Aug 13, 2020

The Texas Craft Brewers Guild announced the release of a new app that will help beer lovers across the state find & visit more than 200 independent breweries. Texas Brewery Explorer allows beer enthusiasts to create their own brewery trails, find deals and earn rewards – including free merch! Focused on over 200 small and independent TCBG members across Texas, the app features include maps, a digital passport, badges, and a point program that includes […]

Women in Beer | Elle Thomas

By Melanie Ross | Aug 13, 2020

Our lovely editor & badass owner here at CraftBeerAustin.com, Pam Catoe, has written the inspirational Women in Beer series since 2015. She has so graciously allowed me to write a guest article focused on an Austin woman in beer that inspires me every day.  Elle Thomas is the owner of AirBrewNB. She offers tours of up to 10 attendees or private sessions for up to 30. She & her topnotch Lady Brew Crew provide a […]

Hold Out Brewery | A Texas Craft Brewery Profile

By Melanie Ross | Aug 11, 2020

Hold Out Brewing | Texas Craft Brewery Profile Location: 1208 W 4th, Austin, TX 78703 Open: Thursday – Saturday 11am – 10pm, Sunday 12pm – 8pm Hold Out Brewing is the newest spot to hit the Downtown West Austin neighborhood. Nestled behind their sister restaurant, Better Half Coffee & Cocktails, Hold Out is a fun surprise off the beaten path…or 4th Street, that is. The space comes to life after living its former days as […]

Black Pumas & 4th Tap Brewing Beer for Justice

By Melanie Ross | Aug 4, 2020

While 2020 has been overshadowed by plight and uncertainty it has also brought creativity and innovation. Watching as the brewery world consistently collaborates using their position to bring awareness to meaningful causes is truly inspiring. Breweries and artists alike are fighting to survive and many are doing their best to also make the world a better place in the process. Supporting our local artists and creators is crucial. A world without music, beer, good food, […]

Austin Weekly Beer Releases July 31st

By Dani Schwab | Jul 31, 2020

Austin Weekly Beer Releases Check out Austin craft beer releases and openings that are happening around town this week. Austin Area Brewery Map No one really knows all of the current rules for taprooms, but pretty much every one of them is open for beer to go. If you are lucky, you may be able to have a beer on the patio to go along with it. As always, check their hours. It seems to change […]

Black is Beautiful, Support Marvis Dixon & the Virtual 5k

By Melanie Ross | Jul 30, 2020

The Black is Beautiful worldwide beer collaboration has been lovingly embraced by many Austinites & local breweries. For those that are not familiar with the initiative, Weathered Souls has asked breweries globally (over 1k now worldwide participating) to come together to help bridge the gap for equality, to raise awareness & funds for the injustices people of color face daily. Weathered Souls provided the stout recipe as well as artwork, provided by Austin artist, KD […]

Women in Beer | Sheila Garcia

By Pam Catoe | Jul 29, 2020

When I started writing for CraftBeerAustin.com back in 2015, my first series of articles was about Women in Beer. I am happy to announce that thanks to the ladies of the Austin chapter of the Pink Boots Society, I am bringing back the Women in Beer series. This edition features Sheila Garcia, Marketing & Hospitality Manager at Hold Out Brewing and Austin Chapter Co-Leader for Pink Boots Society. Describe your average week. What are you responsible for?   […]

Banger’s 8th Anniversary Party, Pandemic Edition

By Melanie Ross | Jul 28, 2020

Although Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden has been closed since March 16th due to that pesky pandemic, they are not letting it spoil their anniversary fun! Krissy Carter, Director of Event Operations, shared, “During this time, we have worked diligently to plan and prepare for when we might reopen. Though we don’t have a date in mind just yet, we did know one thing- we want to celebrate Banger’s 8 Year Anniversary (even if […]

Skull Mechanix is Permanently Closed

By Pam Catoe | Jul 27, 2020

Another victim of the COVID-19 pandemic, Skull Mechanix announced on social media they are permanently closed. Rumors of the popular music venue and brewery’s closure have been swirling around since the start of the pandemic and after their brewing equipment showed up for sale on a few websites. We reached out for confirmation but didn’t have the chance to speak with them prior to their social media post. From their heartfelt social media post: “As […]

Did More Texas Breweries Just Get the Green Light to Reopen? Maybe…

By Pam Catoe | Jul 26, 2020

In yet another reversal, some breweries are now presumably allowed to open for onsite consumption. In mid-July, the TABC advised Saint Arnold Brewing Company to abruptly shut down its beer garden and restaurant operations because the Governor’s office advised them that their distribution sales counted as part of the 51% revenue calculation. Further, there was no advanced warning, (which is no surprise at this point). This past Friday, the TABC posted new guidance about the […]

Austin Weekly Beer Releases July 24th

By Dani Schwab | Jul 24, 2020

Austin Weekly Beer Releases Check out Austin craft beer releases and openings that are happening around town this week. Austin Area Brewery Map Breweries will need our support on ordering beer to go as most have been ordered to shut their doors once again to drinking on site. There are still some exceptions to this rule (if they sell more food than beer). Those that cannot have people on site, please do support, some will not […]

Black is Beautiful Austin Brewery Releases, Part 2

By Melanie Ross | Jul 23, 2020

Below is Part 2 of a 2 Part Series that will announce the Austin area Black is Beautiful releases.  What is the Black is Beautiful project? It is the creation of San Antonio’s Weathered Souls Head Brewer & Co-Owner, Marcus Baskerville raising awareness of the injustices people of color face. “With the current tensions that are rising we thought that it was of grave importance to start the Black Is Beautiful initiative. We took a […]

Another Day, Another TABC Ruling that Hurts the Texas Craft Beer Industry

By Andrew Schwab | Jul 23, 2020

The TABC announced on Wednesday that they were going back on another press release that they put out the Friday before. That release was simply allowing brewpubs and breweries, who sold beer to go, to rezone their patios and allow people to drink their to-go beer on the patios. It was, what seemed like, a simple gesture to give some breathing room to the already struggling brewery industry. Over the last 5 days that this […]

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