Thirsty Planet moved into its massive new facility on South Congress Avenue in spring of last year, but so far, Austinites haven’t seen much of it as the brewery focuses primarily on production.
That’s about to change with the eighth anniversary party on June 30, when the doors will open to the public for the first time.
The South Austin brewery moved into the former Central Texas Food Bank building on South Congress Avenue, a little north of Slaughter Lane, with the plan to nearly quadruple production from 11,000 barrels to 40,000 and still have considerable room to grow from there.
It’s evident from the anniversary party beer list that Thirsty Planet has been able to make good on those plans — not only increasing the amount of mainstay beers it produces, like Thirsty Goat Amber, but also introducing and bringing back small-batch options.
Check out these special brews and the new facility at 8201 S. Congress Ave. from 4 to 8 p.m. on June 30. The $35.08 tickets, which you can purchase online, get you a handmade ceramic beer tumbler, food, music and, of course, all that beer.
Thirsty Planet’s anniversary beer list includes both popular year-round ales like Thirsty Goat and Buckethead IPA and small-batch suds like Turbo Sloth Espresso Ale, Cosmic Butterfly Kettle Sour and the Snake Bite Pale Rye Ale. The full lineup is listed on the Facebook event page.
And if you participated in the Barks for Beers fundraiser this year or last and were disappointed that you didn’t get to stamp Thirsty Planet on your "pawsport," next month will be your chance. The brewery is hosting a Barks for Beers meet-up on July 21; just bring the pawsport or your receipt and receive a free beer.
"We found ourselves moving from the original location right as (Barks for Beers) 2017 was underway, and 2018 has us focused on making beer (new concoctions and old favorites!). While our tasting room isn’t finished, we wanted you to be one of the first to see our new brewery," according to the Facebook event page.
There’s no word yet on when the tasting room will be ready for regular hours, so these are the two set opportunities to visit in the near future.
Thirsty Planet’s old facility in Southwest Austin is now the headquarters of the brand-new Hitmaker Brewing, which has debuted its first beer to the local market but isn’t opening its own tasting room until later this year.
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