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East Austin's newest brewery and taproom goes wild

East Austin's newest brewery and taproom goes wild

Oddwood Ales Tame the Savage Heart bottle
Oddwood Ales is a new brew haven on Manor Road. Photo courtesy of Oddwood Ales

Wild ales are heading to East Austin via Oddwood Ales, a new brewery and taproom opening this summer on Manor Road.

Oddwood Ales began as a side project for Taylor Ziebarth, then the head brewer at Adelbert's Brewery, who was experimenting with wine-barrel aging to create more sour and hoppy brews. Taylor parted ways with Adelbert's and teamed up with brother and illustrator/filmmaker, Brett Ziebarth, to found Oddwood Ales.

The brewery specializes in American-style wild ales, aged in American White Oak foeders, or wood barrels. The first beers, a saison and the Taming the Savage Heart ale, were brewed at Adelbert's; the two bottled beers are on shelves now.

From the new brewery, folks should expect "lots of nice hoppy beers, wood fermented sour beers, zippy 'American saisons,' hazy pilsners, dry stouts," Taylor tells CultureMap.

"We have a lot of different beers planned and will be constantly changing things up. We are aiming to keep six to eight of our beers on tap at all times with a couple of guest taps to fill out our selection. There will also be a nice little selection of our own and other Texas beers to-go."

The brewery will be accompanied by a 2,500-square-foot taproom complete with a patio. An in-house kitchen will serve "bar-style" pizzas.

"We were looking for food that serves our complex beers, that we could pull off in a small space, and that we could make affordable. Bar-style pizzas fit that bill. They are really light, thin, crispy, and zesty little pizzas. They also jive with our idea of being a cozy, neighborhood brewery," says Taylor. "Plus pizza-making is really fun!"

Oddwood Ales will be brewing at 3108 Manor Rd., in a former nightclub space near the intersection of Airport Boulevard.