Barber Shop Announces New Brewery & Taproom in Dripping Springs

Founders of popular Dripping Springs brewpub announce new brewery and taproom

We spoke to the owners of Barber Shop, John and Dave to find out more information regarding their announcement of the new brewery and taproom.

What will be different in the new space?

Interior will be similar with the bar and community tables. We will be adding some entertainment options for our guests.

Will you serve food? If yes what kind?

Not planning on having food other than snacks.

What kind of beers do you plan on brewing?

English style beers will be our focus (bitters, dark mild, porters and stouts) but also plan on American IPAs and other seasonal offerings.

Will you have beer pairing dinners?

We plan on doing those in the future, but couldn’t offer any details yet.

Is the expected debut in February 2017 still?

We are still hoping on late February or early March.

See the official press release below.

DRIPPING SPRINGS, TX – NOVEMBER 30, 2016 – Barber Shop owners and brewers, John McIntosh and Dave Niemeyer, today announced the relocation of their brewing operations to a new space just two doors down from the popular Barber Shop, which will remain in its current location on Mercer Street in downtown Dripping Springs. What will be their new brewery and taproom is taking over the space currently occupied by The Mercantile Wine & Tapas. McIntosh and Niemeyer, who also own and operate The Mercantile, anticipate the final food service to be December 17th so construction can begin on the space to accommodate the new venture. The brewery and taproom, with its to-be-announced moniker, is expected to debut in February 2017.

“Thanks to the support of our Dripping Springs and beer communities, the Barber Shop and our house beer have been more successful than Dave and I would have dreamed almost six years ago when we opened,” said McIntosh. “We are both passionate about beer and brewing and could not be more excited by this opportunity to bring our house beer into its own space and brand.”

The Mercantile, which quickly became a local favorite for well-executed small plates and a thoughtful wine list, is expected to continue with its regular hours until December 17th so regulars have time for a final farewell and savored bites.

“Closing The Mercantile is certainly bittersweet,” said McIntosh. “Again, thanks to the support of the Dripping Springs community, we have experienced greater than expected success, but beer’s siren call cannot be denied.”

About The Barber Shop
Located at 207 Mercer Street in historic downtown Dripping Springs, Texas, the Barber Shop (named for a prior building occupant) has established itself as a fine purveyor of unique but accessible beers, including its own house beer, as well as a warm and welcoming hub for the community. For more on the Barber Shop, visit

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