Cheers to Beer

Popular Austin brewery opening new taproom and headquarters to satisfy thirsty fans

Austin brewery opening new taproom and headquarters to satisfy fans

Thirsty Planet Brewing Company sign brewery Hill Country Circle Drive
Thirsty Planet is heading to South Congress — with a new taproom. Thirsty Planet Brewing Company/Facebook
Thirsty Planet Brewing Company South Austin location rendering March 2016
The design of the new location will be handled by V Three Studios, LLC. Rendering courtesy of V Three Studios, LLC.
Thirsty Planet Brewing Company sign brewery Hill Country Circle Drive
Thirsty Planet Brewing Company South Austin location rendering March 2016

There's so much brewing in Austin's craft beer scene. Jester King bought a whole bunch of land, Live Oak moved east, the heir to Celis announced her return, and now Thirsty Planet has big news.

On Monday, the brewery revealed plans to move to a new brewing facility — with tasting room — in South Austin. Later this year, Thirsty Planet Brewing Company will take over the former Capital Area Food Bank space at 8201 S. Congress Ave, south of Highway 71.

"The overwhelming local demand for our beer is very humbling, and we're thrilled to keep contributing to the increasing enthusiasm for craft brewing here in Austin," said owner and founder Brian Smittle in a press release. "We are deeply invested in the unique culture of this community and want to continue bringing people together over quality beer."

The new 60,000-square-foot brewery will allow Thirsty Planet to triple its current output of 10,000 barrels per year. But perhaps more exciting to local beer drinkers is the new Austin taproom. 

Thirsty Planet plans to lure Austinites to its new South Congress headquarters with a bar-like atmosphere as well as expanded hours, tours, and events. Think of it like the Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company, says Allison Kelly, communications manager. 

The new facility is slated to open by the end of 2016. With the move, Thirsty Planet fans should anticipate more bottled beers, specialty offerings, and expanded distribution across Texas.