With all that is happening in the Austin area beer scene, it is hard to keep track of what the upcoming Austin breweries are in the process of opening around town. Needless to say, the Austin scene is exploding. This article is mainly focusing on the breweries that are not far from opening, most of which are already under construction or about to release their beers.
Blue Owl Brewing – This is probably the most known brewery on this list. For those who do not know, Blue Owl is focusing on sour mash beers and canning them. They will be located in East Austin and it looks like they should be opening by the end of the year. To begin with, they will be canning a Sour Session Wheat, Black Sour Cherry Stout, Sour Pale Ale and Sour Amber Ale. The head brewer recently left Black Star Co-op to start Blue Owl.
Last Stand Brewing – Located off of Fitzhugh Rd, just down from Jester King, Last Stand is in the final stages before opening. They have a fully built out their taproom, beer garden and their brewing system is being completed. The brewery will consist of a 15bbl system for their mainstays, while utilizing their two-20 gallon pilot systems for more experimental batches in their taproom. As of this week, they should start brewing their first beers on their smaller pilot system while the build out for the main system finishes. Expect them to be open in mid-December.
Strange Land Brewing – Located in Westlake, Strange Land Brewing is currently in their final stages of the building process. Strange Land will be focused on “old-world” style of brewing, which basically means a lot of styles from English, Belgian and German influences. You can follow their process on their facebook page. One of the first chances to try their beer will be at the Untapped Festival in Dallas on November 1st.
Bluebonnet Beer Company – Another brewery that is nearing completion is Bluebonnet Beer Company. Located in Round Rock, their first beers include an IPA, Amber, Cream Ale and a Texas Pecan Brown Ale. This brewery already has TABC label approval for some of their beers. One of the first chances to try their beer will be at Flix Brewhouse’s Firkin Fest on November 9th.
Bull Creek Brewing Company – This brewery has been in the works for some time now. They have been receiving label approvals for their beers since April, which range from Imperial IPAs to Farmhouse Saisons. They will be located in Liberty Hill, which currently has no breweries. Their brewery and taproom is already built and they should be opening in the near future. They will be bottling their beers.
Ironsight Brewers – Located in Cedar Park, they are aiming to open in early 2015. Ironsight’s goal is to create great beer and not creating obscure beer for novelty or name sake. They do plan having a menu of traditional beer while still branching out and trying different unique styles in the taproom.
Bindlestick Brewing – Bindlestick is a brewery focused on bringing back pre-prohibition style lagers and ales. Their first two beers will likely be a Pale Ale and an Amber. While they do have a location, they are still in the process of receiving equipment into the brewery.
Oddwood Ales – While, technically, this may not be considered a new brewery, I figured it was worth mentioning. Oddwood is a side project from Adelbert’s brewer using barrel aged and fermented beers to create American Wild Ales. Oddwood will be brewing at Adelbert’s under Adelbert’s TABC license, They will also be bottling their beers which should hit the market in late November. Their current lineup includes sour wheats, tart farmhouses and tart Belgian golden ales. The official release party is November 8th at Adelbert’s, but it is already sold out.
Zilker Brewing Company – Zilker is another brewery that is being built in East Austin. They will be focused on American Belgo styled beers. Like a lot of newer craft breweries, they will be canning their beer. The brewery is currently receiving all of the equipment and is building out their taproom.
Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing Company – With a focus on fresh house roasted coffees and brewing their own beer, Red Horn will be opening in Cedar Park late this year or early next year. They have already hired their head brewer and have a location off of Parmer and Whitestone Ave. Expect them to have many other locally sourced products available including cheeses, baked goods, and sodas.