Cheers to Beers

Sneak peek at beloved Austin brewery's highly anticipated taproom

Sneak peek at beloved Austin brewery's highly anticipated taproom

Austin Beerworks taproom patio
Sneak a peek at Austin Beerworks' new taproom. Photo by Nicole Raney
Austin Beerworks brewery front sign
The brewery expanded from its original location to the space next door. Photo by Nicole Raney
Austin Beerworks tank
The new tank is visible from the flyover at the intersection of Mopac and 183. Photo by Nicole Raney
Austin Beerworks taproom bar
The Helms Workshop-designed sign above the taproom's bar reflects the Austin Beerworks mantra. Photo by Nicole Raney
Austin Beerworks brewery
Most of the brewing tanks are brand-new; a few came from Odell Brewing Company. Photo by Nicole Raney
Austin Beerworks brewery barrels
Fans can look forward to more barrel-aged brews from Austin Beerworks. Photo by Nicole Raney
Austin Beerworks break room mural
The expansion includes dedicated office space for the team; this mural decorates the break room. Photo by Nicole Raney
Austin Beerworks Michael Graham Mike McGovern
Co-founders Michael Graham and Mike McGovern. Photo by Nicole Raney
Austin Beerworks brewery exterior sign
The new taproom is expected to open in early 2017. Photo by Nicole Raney
Austin Beerworks taproom patio
Austin Beerworks brewery front sign
Austin Beerworks tank
Austin Beerworks taproom bar
Austin Beerworks brewery
Austin Beerworks brewery barrels
Austin Beerworks break room mural
Austin Beerworks Michael Graham Mike McGovern
Austin Beerworks brewery exterior sign

Update: Austin Beerworks is hosting a grand opening party on Saturday, February 4, to celebrate the public debut of the new taproom. Check out the brewery on Facebook for more info.

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We're giving you a sneak peek at a top Austin brewery's next phase. In early 2017, Austin Beerworks will debut an awesome new tasting room and brewing space.

In April, the team revealed plans to expand into a recently vacated adjoining space in North Austin. The expansion includes a 5,000-square-foot, Michael Hsu-designed taproom, plus more seasonal beers and greater distribution. Not only will the expansion increase production by more than 5,000 barrels per year — the brewery is currently on track to produce more than 17,000 this year — but the team will also be experimenting with new barrel-aged, sour, and seasonal beers.

Austin Beerworks celebrated its fifth birthday in 2016. The fearsome foursome of founders, Adam DeBower, Will Golden, Michael Graham, and Mike McGovern, set out to create an Austin brewery that focuses on "quality of beer and quality of life," DeBower told CultureMap earlier this year. This mantra is reflected by a sign designed by Christian Helms of Helms Workshop that is located above the taproom bar.

The new taproom will serve the brewery's four core beers — Peacemaker Anytime Ale, Pearl-Snap German-style Pils, Black Thunder German-style Schwarz, and Fire Eagle American IPA — alongside exclusive creations. Slated for an early 2017 debut, it will be open seven days a week. 

Can't wait for the new space? Austin Beerworks will tap its new Sputnik (a Russian imperial coffee oatmeal stout) on Sunday, December 11, at the current taproom, open Wednesday through Sunday. Other standouts available now include two collaborations with New Belgium Brewing.

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