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Vista Breweing is Popping Up in Bee Cave This Fall!

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 …

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

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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All Austin Breweries and Brewpubs Currently Open For Onsite Consumption

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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Skull Mechanix is Permanently Closed

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 …

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

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 …

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

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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Want Beer Delivery During the COVID-19 Crisis? Act Now!

Austin rejoiced when we heard local restaurants can now add alcohol to the line up of delivery and to-go options with a food order. Governor Abbott signed the waiver earlier this week as a temporary measure to help business affected by the statewide mandate to close dining rooms and bars. However, the measure only allows relief to businesses holding a mixed beverage license; therefore, does not apply to breweries, who can currently only sell beer-to-go …

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Save Texas Breweries! 2 Out of 3 Members May Close by 2021

According to a survey of members by the Texas Craft Brewers Guild, two out of every three Texas craft breweries will be forced to permanently close by the end of 2021 due to the public health crisis brought on by COVID-19 and back-to-back shutdowns of on-premise business at “51% establishments.” Key Survey Takeaways: One in three Texas craft breweries says they’ll be forced to close in the next three months without some change to the …

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Breweries Are Not Bars | One Brewery’s Unique Fight to Reopen

When the Governor decided to yet again close bars in order to slow the spread of the pandemic, he did so by lumping breweries that were operating safely in with bars that clearly were not. Local Austin area breweries went out of their way to safely open, most only opening their outdoor patios. They required masks, distanced tables, provided contactless payments, and some even created outdoor spaces that didn’t exist before the pandemic. While breweries …

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