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7 New Austin Breweries to Watch in 2015

Published On 02/11/2015 Published On 02/11/2015
Mike Cortez/Thrillist

Austin has long been the epicenter of the craft beer explosion in Texas, and shows no sign of growing less... explosive, even as one begins to wonder, "Can there possibly be room for more?" The answer is yes! So much room. People are always on the hunt for something new, and they're in luck, because these seven just-opened (and soon-to-open) breweries are looking to make your 2015 even more beer-filled.

Bluebonnet Beer Company LLC

Bluebonnet Beer Co.

Round Rock
Bluebonnet Beer Co. is the oldest craft brewery in the neighboring city of Round Rock. Actually, it isn’t even old -- it opened at the end of 2014, but it is the only brewery in the city. Founded by David Hulama, a Hawaiian native who ended up in the town of Round Rock, Bluebonnet Beer Co. is brewing some solid beers, such as the Texas Pecan Brown Ale or the easy-drinking Cream Ale. The beers can be found at bars and restaurants around Round Rock and North Austin, but if you want to get it straight from the source, the taproom is open Fridays and Saturdays from 5-8pm.

Bindlestick Brewing Co.

Bindlestick Brewing Co.

Leander
Named after those old hobo suitcases (aka bags-on-a-stick), Bindlestick Brewing Company is located in the small town of Leander. Currently, they have two beers announced: the Chimney Stack (a pale ale) and Monkey Wagon (an amber), whose names come from old locomotives. They are expecting to be brewing full-steam by spring, so be on the lookout and hitchhike your way to the brewery when the doors open.


Blue Owl Brewing East Austin
Get ready to pucker up for this new brewery (no, not to kiss any brewery employees). Blue Owl was founded by Jeff Young and Suzy Shaffer, who got their start at Austin’s Black Star Co-Op. They are going the extra mile to set themselves apart with Blue Owl, because all of their beers will be sour-mashed. Be ready to try some of your favorite styles, such as a red ale, a stout, and a pale ale with a sour tart finish that should prove refreshing when summer comes around.

Last Stand Brewing Company

Last Stand Brewing Company

Bee Cave
Last Stand Brewing Company launched at the end of 2014, and is looking to really get its beers out to the market in 2015. It's located just up the road from Jester King Brewery, which is becoming a popular area for many to start up. Last Stand is brewing some interesting beers, such as the Coffee Porter (cold-brew coffee is added to the batch to give it a nice coffee flavor that pairs with the chocolate flavors from the roasted malts) or the BPA, which is a 8.9% ABV Belgian-inspired strong pale ale. Expect the beer garden to be a busy place come spring.
 

Rentsch Brewery

Georgetown         
This father-and-son duo is looking to make big things happen in the town of Georgetown this year with the launch of Rentsch Brewery. They are expecting to be open by the end of February, and have the beers hitting bars and restaurants soon after. Andrew Rentschler found his love for beer while studying abroad in Germany, and plans to bring that love to the beers he will be brewing for Rentsch. While not all of the beers will be German styles, he does plan to stick with the German Purity Laws for brewing.

Strange Land Brewing Company

Strange Land Brewing Company

Westlake
Some breweries have food trucks selling food, others have a pizzeria on site, but Strange Land Brewing Company is in a warehouse located behind a burger joint. Located on the West side of town behind Hat Creek Burgers, Strange Land Brewing is adding a little strange to the city of the weird. Its beers are currently flowing around town, but the taproom will be opening soon. While Strange Land's core beers sound great, it's the small-batch reserve brews that are particularly intriguing. You'll want to get your hands on selections like Bishopsgate Barley Wine, Last Gentleman Bourbon Porter, and Dewi Sant Braggot (an old-style herbed and spiced beer blended with mead).

Zilker Brewing

Zilker Brewing Co.

East Austin       
This brewery has been in the works for quite a while, but they finally found the perfect location to set up shop on the East side of town. Named after Andrew Jackson Zilker (where Zilker Park got its name), the brewery will make American-Belgo-style beers that are sessionable and easy to drink. Sounds like the perfect kind of beer for an afternoon on your favorite patio.

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1. Austin Beer Company 1700 Bryant Dr, Round Rock, TX 78664

Founded by David Hulama, a Hawaiian native who ended up in the town of Round Rock, Bluebonnet Beer Co. is brewing some solid beers, such as the Texas Pecan Brown Ale or the easy-drinking Cream Ale. The beers can be found at bars and restaurants around Round Rock and North Austin, but if you want to get it straight from the source, the taproom is open Fridays and Saturdays from 5-8pm.

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2. Bindlestick Brewing Co. 1309 Leander Drive , Austin, TX 78641

Named after those old hobo suitcases (aka bags-on-a-stick), Bindlestick Brewing Company is located in the small town of Leander, offering up unique beers like the Chimney Stack (a pale ale) and Monkey Wagon (an amber), whose names come from old locomotives.

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3. Blue Owl Brewing 2400 E Caesar Chavez #300 , Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)

This brewery's game is sour-mashing, the process of biologically acidifying beer to give it a tart flavor. As such, every beer on Blue Owl's roster is sour-mashed, and the brews are categorized by their tartness and your familiarity to sours -- there's Little Boss wheat for beginners, Spirit Animal IPA for intermediates, and Professor Black stout for advanced drinkers. The tasting room includes a selection of limited release brews.

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4. Last Stand Brewing Company 12345 Pauls Valley Rd, Austin, TX 78737

Located just up the road from Jester King Brewery, Last Stand is brewing some interesting beers, such as the Coffee Porter (for which cold-brew coffee is added to the batch to give it a nice coffee flavor that pairs with the chocolate flavors from the roasted malts) and the BPA, which is a 8.9% ABV Belgian-inspired strong pale ale. They also have a nice beer garden to enjoy your brews in.

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5. Rentsch Brewery 2500 NE Inner Loop Unit 3105, Georgetown, TX 78626

This father-and-son duo is looking to make big things happen in the town of Georgetown with Rentsch Brewery. Andrew Rentschler found his love for beer while studying abroad in Germany, and brings that love to the beers he brews for Rentsch. While not all of the beers will be German styles, he will stick with the German Purity Laws for brewing.

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6. Strange Land Brewing Company 5904 Bee Cave Rd, Austin, TX 78746

Strange Land Brewing Company is located on the West side of town behind Hat Creek Burgers, and is adding a little strange to the city of the weird. Strange Land's core beers are great, but it's the small-batch reserve brews that are particularly intriguing. You'll want to get your hands on selections like Bishopsgate Barley Wine, Last Gentleman Bourbon Porter, and Dewi Sant Braggot (an old-style herbed and spiced beer blended with mead).

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7. Zilker Brewing Co. 1701 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)

Zilker Brewing Company, just a few blocks from Austin's 6th Street district, is a refreshingly laid-back alternative to the usual nightlife bar scene. The craft brewery focuses on American Belgo style brewing that's light, malty, and fruity. Zilker's selection includes a golden-hued pale ale, a crisp and light honey blonde ale, and seasonal brews. It doesn't have a kitchen but a varying roster of food trailers will take your order from the taproom, and you can bring your own food, too.

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