For all the squabbling over the city's identity, old and new Austinites can all agree on our collective love of beer. No wonder craft breweries keep appearing on the scene to take advantage of temperate winter days, Hill County terroir, and locals’ seemingly unquenchable thirst.
While some plans for upcoming projects are as murky as a hazy IPA, details have emerged about several promising newcomers. Rinse out that pint glass. Plenty of new concepts are pouring into the Capital City in the months to come.
In April, Austin’s kolache king announced it was working on a brewery at 3218 Manor Rd., a stone’s throw from the original shop. The taproom will be split between visiting breweries and housemade concoctions like a hazy IPA and a Cabernet barrel-aged saison. There’s still no word if there will be any culinary offerings, but patrons will find out soon. A rep says that a November opening is looking likely.
Founder Trevor Nearburg is working with another Uncle Billy’s alum, brewer Gino Guerrero, to bring this Fitzhugh Road project to life. The beer list will include something for almost every palate. Traditionalists can throw back crisp pilsner and other classic styles, while more adventurous drinkers can try experimental batches. The team is also taking full advantage of their Hill Country home by foraging ingredients like prickly ash berries. It’s unclear whether it will arrive before the end of the year; frequent progress updates show there’s still a lot of work to be done.
Central Machine Works Brewery & Beer Hall
Borrowing its name and aesthetic from the long-running machine shop that once occupied its Govalle space, this ambitious development will be a family-friendly compound with food trucks, a beer garden, and a taproom. Originally, it was supposed to open in October, but that seems unlikely now. Instagram posts (photographed in ’40s-era black and white) show ongoing construction, and the last kettles shipped from Portland, Oregon, at the end of September.
The wait is almost over for this hoppy new brewery, located in the heart of North Austin’s brewing district at the corner of Kramer and Braker Lanes. A September Facebook post shows the tap wall fully installed and ready for the city’s final approval. The full lineup of beers has not been divulged, but it served a pair of beers at the September Texas Craft Brewers Festival at Fiesta Gardens — Professor Pleasant Pale Ale and Comtesse de Duval Saison
Pint House Pizza Brewery
Details are slim about this new brewpub from one of the Capital City’s most popular mini chains. In August, co-owner and marketing director Nic Van Biene told CultureMap that the Southeast Austin compound will be open to the public for tasting and tours, but the facility will primarily focus on beer production. Pizza, however, will not be on the menu, replaced by an assortment of small plates, appetizers, and salads. Next year will be the earliest that Austin will be able to see what the team has in store.
Family Business Beer Company
It’s anyone’s guess when St. Elmo Public Market, South Austin’s massive food wonderland, will finally arrive on the scene. But when it does, the development will include a second location of Supernatural star Jensen Ackles’ brewery. According to an earlier release, it will not be a carbon copy of the Hill Country original. Guests can expect small-batch limited release beers, one-offs of existing core brews, and a new barrel program.
Ghost Note Brewing
The unconventional name of this upcoming Dripping Springs brewery comes from a musical term for a note that has rhythmic value bit no discernible pitch — a concept the team finds resonant in all the intangible components in making beer. The brewery probably won’t make music until 2020, but in the meantime, hopheads can swell with emotion while watching a recently produced sizzle reel.
Hold Out Brewing
Matthew Bolick, Matt Wright, and Grady Wright, the owners of next door West Austin cafe Better Half, have been working on this gastropub since 2017. Housed in a converted Quonset hut, the concept will feature approachable fare, taps from local breweries, and original brews. Head brewer Brent Sapstead tells CultureMap that the brewery is holding out until the end of the year for the official debut, but will be holding a preview party at Better Half on December 7 with collaboration beers, wine, and spirits; live music; and a teaser of the food menu. Proceeds will be shared with local nonprofits.