When Brian Peters, Amos Lowe and crew left Uncle Billy’s in mid-2012, the craft beer scene started to anticipate the opening of the group’s own place.
At 3 p.m. Friday, Peters’ and Lowe’s new venture will be fully realized when the Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company opens for regular business.
Lowe said that people can expect to see the same philosophy the duo practiced at Uncle Billy’s, but with a slight edge. "We’ve added some things, like the ability to use whole hop flowers in the brewhouse, so that’s very exciting," Lowe said. "The IPA’s and the lagers, if people loved them at Uncle Billy’s, they will love them here. Maybe a little more."
The brewpub will serve five "always" beers, including the "Hell Yes," a Bavarian-style lager; "Industry," an assertive Pilsner; "Day Trip," a Pale Ale; "Superliner," a "sleek and powerful" IPA; and "Big Mama Red," a hoppy red. They’ll also have up to five rotating experimental brews on tap. An Oktoberfest and Pale Ale with Belgian yeast has been put on tap for this week’s opening.
The food menu focuses on pizza, but they also will serve sandwiches, and plan to work with some local vendors to supply charcuterie and cheese plates as well. "We’ll be getting fresh produce every day, so whatever is growing, we will incorporate that into the menu," Lowe said. "Everything will be very fresh and very good."
Between the large beer garden style tables and bar stools, approximately 200 people will be able to fill the space, with room for about another 99 between an intended lounge space and outdoor beer garden area. I really dug the fun, open vibe of the indoor space, which is complete with an area for foozeball tables and a small stage for bands to play. Lowe says live music won’t be an everyday occurrence, but they want to highlight quality acts when they can.
Usual operating hours will be from 11 a.m. to midnight Tuesday through Sunday, but they will make an exception and open on Labor Day for thirsty patrons. The building is at 1305 W. Oltorf St. The brewpub’s website is theabgb.com.
Coming up: Austin Pride
Austin Pride Week is Sept. 1-8. Among the events are a 5k and festival and the Austin Pride Parade on Saturday, Sept. 7. More than 70,000 spectators are expected to fill the streets of downtown Austin for the parade, which is the largest event of Austin Pride Week. The parade starts at 8 p.m. Sept. 7. See the full lineup of events and entertainers, which includes Andy Bell of Erasure and Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Go’s, at www.austinpride.org.
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