Austin's newest brewery and taproom opens with 3 of our favorite things
Tacos, coffee, and beer are the cornerstone of Austin life. Lazarus Brewing Company is giving us all three. Austin's newest brewery will open on Saturday, December 24, with fresh coffee, street tacos, and delicious beers.
Lazarus rides in on the new urban brewery wave, joining Blue Owl Brewing and Zilker Brewing Company in the East Austin entertainment district. However, the latest addition claims to be a little different from the rest.
"I think we're going to do something that we haven't seen or experienced in Austin yet. There are a lot of great breweries, and there are a lot of things I enjoy at different breweries, but I think we are going to have a different 'flavor' than other breweries here," founder Christian Cryder said in a previous CultureMap interview.
Lazarus will make and sell everything onsite, including the beers. While there will be a few mainstays, head brewer Matt Couch — who comes by way of Victory Brewing in Pennsylvania — and his team will constantly be developing new beer to fill Lazarus' 16 taps. With the opening you can expect a dry stout (Achilles' Heel), English IPA (Nottingham), double IPA (Double Predestination), and Belgian strong golden ale (Amandus).
"I think it's very important to demonstrate that we can brew classic styles really well," says Cryder. "I feel like you have to earn the right to experiment."
Even more new brews will be launched in the coming weeks. A second building attached to the main brewery and taproom will eventually be used for crafting sour and barrel-aged beers.
Lazarus' patronage program, an interesting crowdfunding platform that helped launch the brewery, is still open to new fans. For $1,000, you'll become a "patron saint" and receive a custom handmade glass for one free pour every time you visit.
After its Christmas Eve debut, Lazarus will open again on Tuesday, December 27. Hours are Tuesday and Wednesday, 7:30 am to 10 pm, Thursday and Friday, 7:30 am to midnight, Saturday,10 am to midnight, and Sunday, 10 am to 8 pm. Look for details about a grand opening celebration in early January.