Strange Land Brewery became West Lake Hills’ first and only brewery when it opened in late 2014. Now, the Westlake area is once again without a brewery — Strange Land moved last year to a very different part of town.
The beer brand, founded by entrepreneurs Adam Blumenshein and Tim Klatt, has been working out of the large Rentsch Brewery facility in Georgetown. Both local beer producers saw great growth in 2016, but only Rentsch was able to expand into new space as part of a $1.5 million project that tripled the size of its facility, put some of its beers into cans and added an outdoor beer garden.
Rentsch and Strange Land reached an agreement to share all that extra space, which closed Strange Land’s location behind the Hat Creek Burger Co. in West Lake Hills in May but allowed Klatt and Blumenshein to "fully realize our vision of craft beer," according to the brewery.
But it’s not just the production side that Rentsch and Strange Land share. Visitors to the Georgetown taproom at 2500 NE Inner Loop can enjoy beers from both breweries — such as Rentsch’s full-bodied Weizenbock and Strange Land’s easy-drinking Austinite Pilz. And it’s a favorable arrangement for each brewery.
"There’s a chance (Strange Land) could look for a new location in the future, but it’s a great situation they’re in now for both brands," according to a Strange Land rep.
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Strange Land has welcomed its new state-of-the-art digs with a new beer: No Collusion, a bourbon barrel-aged Russian imperial stout. No Collusion is in a limited number of cans and out on the local market now but expected to sell out fast.
"Peter the Great's most prized Russian imperial stout recipe may or may not have been traded to Strange Land Brewery in exchange for one of our famed original plastic pink flamingos," according to the brewery’s description of the beer. "A base of roasted barley offers a profound malty flavor highlighted by dark fruit and complemented by caramel, toffee, and oak tannins from a nine-month aging process in American bourbon barrels."
The shared Rentsch and Strange Land taproom is open 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursday, 12 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 12 to 8 p.m. Sundays in Georgetown.
For more information, visit strangelandbrewery.com.