A new and modern brewpub and restaurant on the north side of town which, according to its menu, tries to bring a bit of the Pacific Northwest to Texas. Nothing earth-shattering about it but, overall, not a bad place.
The restaurant is really more the star here than the beers with the menu selections sometimes experimental but always great (oh! those garlic fries). Atmosphere is brewpub modern, lots of wood and exposed steel with the brew tanks visible behind the bar. Full bar service, also, and what appears to be a quite extensive wine selection.
Beers are typical styles -- not experimental like Bitter End -- and are good but not terribly memorable. Five taps and a rotating offering, their Octoberfest was pretty good. Growlers available, no outside brands, which I respect in a brewpub. Worthy of repeat visits.
Parking is an f*****g joke. I spent more time driving in circles waiting for someone to leave than I did at the resteraunt. Crowded, but I was still able to get a spot at the bar. The food was way above average, but the beers were not. They had 6 beers on tap and all of them were without note, save for one, the PY Jingo Pale Ale. Worth a visit, if only for the food. Looses major points for that sad parking situation.
New brewer Ty has greatly improved the beers offered in 2005. There are now hops in the pale ale and some bourbon-barrel aged beers on some weekends. Look for some cask nights, too. Nice outdoor patio (covered). Nice nook to the left of the bar. The food is not real cheap, but it’s fairly upscale. Now the beer exceeds it.
Walt (189) Austin, Texas | June 11, 2005| Updated December 23, 2006
Eclectic food and decor...good modern bistro type feel...beer leaves a lot to be desired though...but the house beers are solid and the seasonals are pretty damn good. Parking is a bitch.
KAggie97 (220) Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas | March 4, 2005| Updated July 18, 2005
Some of the most putrid crap I’ve ever tasted. Don’t waste your time (or money) at this place.
Flashy building inside and out. Trying to be hip with a night club type bar and a brick and stone dining area. I’m not into the vibe at this place. The beer was well made but lacked depth. Things should be improving as the new brewer from Bitter End gets things going. Pale ale was the highlight.
Visited here in early December ’04. Nice, stylish, polished Scandinavian-like decor with a large open hearthed fireplace. Have at least six on tap at all times with one being a rotating seasonal - was a barley wine - "Holiday Ale" when I was there. Beer is about averge for a brewpub - no real leaps or boundary stretchers here. The food is a bit pricey, but very good. Worth a visit if in Austin, but if you had to choose one - hit Bitter End instead.
Very impressive building, but obviously the emphasis is on sports and yuppie-dom. Sat at the bar for lunch and the food was good. Bartender had no interest in telling me about the beers, and maybe that was because he was ashamed of them. I did sorta like one of their seasonals and asked about growlers. Sure they offer them, but the growler costs $25 and its $12 to fill it. $37 for a growler of barely above average beer? FUCK YOU! This indicates a desire by ownership to not be friendly to beer lover by making their to go beer prohibitely expensive. That is why I gave them an overall rating of 1.
fly (273) austin, Tejas, Texas | February 24, 2004
Have to agree that I have been underimpressed with the beers. But I have had one or two good ones. And think that with the proximity of it being close to both where I work & live that I should try more often to see if a good one is slipped in more frequently than I suspect. And the times I've had food it has been excellent.