There are a seemingly endless number of beers to choose from at East Austin's Batch Craft Beers & Kolaches, and that amount is only going to grow in a couple months when the kolache shop and beer garden launches a brewing operation called Batch Brewery.
Owners and brothers Noah and Josh Lit expect Batch Brewery — which will make beers available both on draft and in cans and bottles at their shop — to be officially up and running in June, about a month after brewing production will have started. The Lits announced the brewery in March of last year, once they had secured a building just south of Batch as a brewing facility. But the two Batch co-founders won't be the masterminds behind the beers.
“It was always a distant dream to brew our own beer until we met John Snyder,” they said in a news release. “His beers inspired us to take the plunge. We added our good friend Heath Shuford to head up the IPA program and never looked back. We went with a smaller brewhouse to always keep the beers fresh, rotating, and only available in-house.”
Batch Brewery will make particular beer styles, according to the release, with a focus on table beers, IPAs, barrel-aged sours, culinary beers and, well, a combination of all of them: sour IPA culinary table beers. (We are curious to see what this combination ultimately entails.) The first two beers that will launch are a hazy IPA and a cabernet barrel-aged saison with honey and pink peppercorn.
The brewery is calling its barrel room — the place where the funky beers are made — the BugRoom and is stocking it with "barrels, puncheons, old stainless steel drums, and any other cool containers they can age beer in," according to the release.
Already excited about the prospect of your favorite kolache bakery making its own beers, too? Batch recently launched an all-or-nothing Kickstarter campaign to pre-sell beer, merchandise and brewery memberships. The project seeks $10,000 and has raised $2,256 so far, with perks that range from custom Batch glassware to being able to design and brew your own beer on-site. (That one is yours for $2,500.)
With the arrival of Batch Brewery, Manor Road has the beginnings of a brewery row: Oddwood Ales, which focuses on fresh IPAs and more experimental, barrel-fermented brews, is just down the road. Batch is located at 3220 Manor Rd.
To follow along on the progress of the brewery, visit instagram.com/batchbrewhouse.