Food & Drink

Barn-burning pies next to a brewery

Published On 01/09/2013 Published On 01/09/2013

Located a not-particularly-large stones throw from Dripping Springs and within hopscotching distance of Jester King Brewery, Stanley's is a family operation that's only open on Saturdays in order to pad the stomachs of beer-tasting patrons with wood-fired, bubbly-crusted pies topped with heaps of local ingredients. This is an open-air 1920s farmhouse. If you were a nesting bird, you'd be freaking out right about now. Should you opt out of a tasting next door (or you just want a bonus beer), Stanley's pouring JK drafts like Commercial Suicide and Le Petite Prince, a light beer that ceases to be a light beer and becomes a cathedral the moment a man contemplates it. The crust and sauce were developed under the guidance of farmer's market sensation Bola Pizza, if that wasn't clear from the Penelope topped with smoked speck (go back to the year named for that John Cusack movie about the apocalypse, bacon), fresh mozz, caramelized onion, and truffle oil. The Beatrice comes with Bechamel white sauce, fresh mozz, goat cheese, mushrooms, arugula, and extra-virgin olive oil. And finally, here lie the remains of Stanley, the family bull who met his maker after sneaking into the brewery and consuming 150lbs of spent grain -- a Jester-like move, but at least he died like a King.

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1. Stanley's Farmhouse Pizza 13187 Fitzhugh Rd, Austin, TX 78736 (West Austin)

Stanley's Farmhouse Pizza in Dripping Springs boasts some of the best brewery food, including handcrafted pizza. This spot uses produce grown on-site whenever possible (like Logro's oyster mushrooms on their bechamel sauced Beatrice), the thin Neapolitan-style crust is hand-tossed with care, and the pies come with a great selection of toppings.