The Infinite Monkey Theorem has grown out of its old South Austin location, but one thing hasn't changed in the urban winery's new east side space: the eclectic, art-covered interior.
More than 20 local artists have contributed their talents to the walls of the 11,000-square-foot warehouse that used to be the site of the Pump Project Art Complex, where a mix of galleries and studios had been housed. Now, the artists' brightly colored designs are the first thing you see when walking into the massive, high-ceiling building — from the simple "Cheers, Austin" lettering by the entrance to the black-and-white chimpanzee on a perpendicular wall.
But that's not the main reason you're there, of course.
The move means that the Infinite Monkey Theorem, which was initially founded in Denver and opened an Austin outpost in 2015, can produce a whole lot more wine — up to 10,000 more cases of its bottles, in fact. That number includes all of the Texas-grown varietals the winery has made since its arrival here.
Winemaking equipment is still being set up in the back of the facility at 702 Shady Lane, but soon enough, Infinite Monkey Theorem will return to producing both canned and bottled options made from 100 percent Texas grapes, including a chenin blanc, a tempranillo and a merlot.
Taste these in the mismatched chairs at the bar or at the blue couches and other seating options spread out around the winery's expansive tasting room. The crowds are starting to return to their pre-move size, winery manager Shana Landry said, although customers still go to the old site off South Congress Avenue that is now closed. She's hoping more Austinites will know about the new location in time for the June 7 grand opening party.
"I thought it would be good to time the grand opening with our regular Friday silent disco event, which has become really popular," she said.
Other things that are returning to Infinite Monkey Theorem following the move? Well, a new season of "The Bachelorette" is airing on ABC, and the winery hosts watch parties for the reality show. In the old space, Landry said, they had been fairly well-attended.
You can also order a wine slushy, which is literally what it sounds like — frozen wine. The current iteration is a mix of Infinite Monkey Theorem's canned rosé, canned reisling, canned red and the Camp Cider, a collaboration with the Buzz Mill, and it tastes like rainbows, unicorns and other good things. The fun drinks, coupled with the graffiti art and quirky vintage decor, serve as a reminder of Infinite Monkey Theorem's philosophy: that wine can be both casual and unpretentious.
During certain hours, there won't be a need to go anywhere else for food. On-site food truck Austin Rotisserie, focusing on French comfort food with a local twist, will serve dinner from 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday.
Infinite Monkey Theorem is open 4 to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 2 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit theinfinitemonkeytheorem.com.