Austinites may have noticed a new beer on the scene last week. Branchline Brewing is San Antonio’s hottest new brewery and we are getting a taste of the action in Austin, too. I was lucky enough to attend the soft opening party several weeks ago and sampled the offerings and enjoyed the sunshine.
Located at 3633 Metro Parkway, the operation is in a warehouse, giving the brewers lots of space to work, while affording drinkers the room and privacy to party and relax without much traffic in the way. Many brought chairs and chose to set up camp outside. Meanwhile, inside, we had a tour of the facility and met owner Jason Ard.
The Evil Owl Amber was popular in the tasting room and my personal favorite. Well, until I tried the seasonal Eggnog Stout. I feel confident in predicting that it will be the holiday craze of 2013 a la Cabbage Patch Kids or Tickle Me Elmo. There was also an oyster stout, which I didn’t get to try, but was described as unconventional and amazing. I can dig it. The Shady Oak Honey Blonde was light, mild and refreshing, and featured local Texas honey. Yum.
Local food truck Mars’ Mobile Kitchen fed the party. Mr. Betty and I shared a burger and fries which were inspired by the event with beer caramelized onions.
Here’s some inside scoop: The Austin market has ordered mostly Woodcutter Rye IPA, while San Antonio’s favorite seems to be the amber. Interesting. You’ll see the top bars in Austin as early adopters of Branchline, but I imagine it’s only a matter of time before you see it everywhere. Tweet me @blogmadbetty and let me know where you are finding Branchline beer.