There must be something in the water along Fitzhugh Road — people who buy or lease property along the winding Hill Country thoroughfare keep becoming brewers, distillers and cider makers.
The latest brewery to open on Fitzhugh (also the location of Jester King Brewery, Treaty Oak Distilling and Argus Cidery, to name just a few booze businesses there) is Beerburg Brewing. The picturesque site is the long-fermented vision of founder Trevor Nearburg, previously the head brewer at now-shuttered Uncle Billy‘s.
So far, three house beers are on tap, including a West Coast IPA, a pale ale and an amber, but more are being brewed. In the meantime, there are more guest taps available, such as St. Elmo‘s Carl Kolsch and the Real Ale Coffee Porter. (Nearburg’s brother, Ross, is a Real Ale employee.) In addition to mainstays and seasonals, Beerburg will have one-offs that sound particularly exciting.
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"Our limited small-batch brews will use non-traditional ingredients sourced locally and on our own property, and hopefully innovate styles that allow us to experiment, explore, and really have fun challenging ourselves and our customers with new experiences," according to the Beerburg website.
Sip these in an open beer hall or outside at picnic tables. (Dog owners, take note: The property has an enclosed area for your dogs to run around in while you enjoy your pints.) Beerburg also has a full food menu with street tacos, sliders, sandwiches and campfire skewers, among other items including a kids‘ menu.
But beer isn‘t Beerburg’s only focus. On 15 acres total, the brewpub aims to be a steward of the land, sourcing plants from the property for upcoming beers, growing permaculture gardens and establishing an on-site apiary, among other goals, according to the website. Beerburg is on the opposite of the road from Jester King and at a walkable distance from the farmhouse brewery, which has a similar sustainable philosophy.
Beerburg is located at 13476 Fitzhugh Road and open 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 12 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit beerburgbrewing.com.