East Austin craft brewer and kolache spot announces new food trailer and beer program
There's a new batch of food and drink options brewing at Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches. Owners Noah and Josh Lit announced the expansion of the East Austin neighborhood spot's new food trailer, LOTE, plus a new beer program led by Ryan Monahan.
Located in the open-air beer garden, LOTE offers a selection of Tortas made with Batch's kolache dough, burritos, tacos, nachos and bulitas. Everything is made in-house with locally sourced ingredients, and highlights of the menu include a grilled fish taco; tortas on kolache bun; an achiote pork taco; and a beef suadero taco.
Chef Javier Montesinos helms the new project: A native Austinite, he brings years of experience from local restaurants ranging from high-end fine dining to Texas BBQ. He served most recently as the co-owner of Taco Bronco, the smoked meat taco branch of Micklethwait Craft Meats, which originally opened in the backyard of Batch pre-Covid.
“LOTE brings the best of Batch together. We wanted to create a food element that was extremely different from kolaches but that still made sense for the space,” said Montesinos in a release. “Tacos, kolaches and beer, what more could you want in Texas?”
In addition to the new food trailer, Batch will debut a new beer program from brewer Ryan Monahan. Also an Austin local, Monahan spent a decade at Live Oak Brewing and came to Batch to take the beer program to the next level. Monahan's new beers will complement Batch’s gourmet kolaches and the new menu at LOTE.
“Leading this program at Batch gives me the creative freedom I’ve wanted to brew and highlight even more traditional and non-traditional beer styles that I haven’t been able to brew yet in my career," Monahan said in a release. "My main focus is to make sure the beers at Batch are always highly drinkable, balanced, beer-flavored beers. We can’t wait to share our beers with guests who want to enjoy them in the beer garden or at home; they’re great just about anywhere.”
New Batch beers will be available for purchase on tap and to-go in cans at Batch, which is located at 3220 Manor Road. Batch is open Monday through Wednesday from 8 am to 10 pm; Thursday through Friday 8 am to 11 pm; Saturday from 9 am to 11 pm; and Sunday from 9 am to 9 pm. LOTE is open Thursday through Saturday from 3-9 pm and Sunday from 2-8 pm.