Just when you thought Manor Road was fit to burst with local food and drink options, there’s now a brewery joining the quirky stretch of bars and restaurants in East Austin: the long-awaited Oddwood Ales.
The brewpub, inspired by one of the co-owners’ time at Adelbert’s, will have funky house beers and a range of guest beers, as well as bar-style snacks and pizzas, served in a 2,500 sq. ft. "taproom that has a look and feel of a mountain cabin," according to a press release.
Co-owners and brothers Taylor and Brett Ziebarth wanted the design of the space to nod to its name, teaming up with local firm OPA Design Studio (also behind Live Oak Brewing, Twisted X Brewing and Still Austin Whiskey Co.) to produce the wood-accented taproom.
And it sounds pretty rad.
"Channeling their name, Oddwood’s space will feature ten different (odd)wood species — from the huge wooden bartop to the tables — an upside-down tree chandelier, indigenous branches transformed into tap handles, as well as some ‘80s, inspired artwork and games," according to the release.
Austinites will get to see this cabin-like place for themselves in the spring, once Oddwood is officially open just off Airport Boulevard, at 3108 Manor Rd. For now, Taylor Ziebarth, the head brewer, is getting ready the 4 to 5 beers that will comprise the opening menu.
We’ve already had a couple Oddwood beers, you might remember: Ziebarth started the project by brewing up a couple at Adelbert’s that exemplified his brewing philosophy. The Oddwood Saison and the Taming of the Savage Heart, a sour table beer, were both fermented in oak wine barrels using wild yeast strains.
Oddwood will continue to brew up funky ales, as well as Ziebarth’s interpretation of pale ales, stouts and more, according to the release. He’s not abandoning the focus on wood, as the brewery will have multiple foeders — large wooden barrels designed for long-term fermentation.
"The entire brewery is built around the idea of experimentation and versatility in pursuit of our perfect beer," the brothers said in the release.
In 2016, I provided a glimpse into the early plans of Oddwood Ales, as provided by Taylor Ziebarth, who decided he wanted to take the wood-focused projects at Adelbert’s up a notch with his own brewery. I’ll soon have a more extensive look at Oddwood and what it has become.
In the meantime, there’s more information at oddwoodales.com.
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