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New family-friendly beer garden and taproom cranks into East Austin

New family-friendly beer garden and taproom cranks into East Austin

Central Machine Works Brewery Austin
Central Machine Works is now open in Govalle. Courtesy photo

An expansive East Austin beer hall and taproom is now in full gear. The anticipated Central Machine Works made its debut at 4824 E. Cesar Chavez St. on November 15.

The concept’s name and branding comes from the building’s original occupants, a 1940 warehouse originally used to build airplane parts and transport trailers for World War II. According to a releas, partners John Scott, Rosa and Pete Santis, Andrew Ashmore, and Aaron Ashmore worked with David Clark of Kartwheel to revive the space’s historical character, including restoring the facade and reusing original fixtures and metal working machines in the decor.

The industrial theme is echoed in the brewing operations, which are in full view of guests. Scott Rynbrandt and Jordan Bremer lead the brewing team, focusing on small batches made in approachable styles.

“Our range of beers start with classic lighter styles such as American lagers, Kolsches, and pilsners, while moving up through more robust ales and IPAs, as well as an English Brown,” explains Rynbrandt in the release. “Our goal is to create and serve drinkable beers that people enjoy.” In addition to serving housemade brews, Central Machine Works also has a full bar with cocktails and wine. 

An in-house kitchen serves easygoing fare like burgers, brats, pizzas, and pretzels. Eventually, an outdoor beer garden will offer even more food in the upcoming weeks courtesy of food trucks. The area also includes a stage for live music and yard games in keeping with its family-friendly mission.

Central Machine Works will be open seven days a week from 11 am-midnight.