Rock Rose District is uptown’s destination brings the best of Austin’s weird all on one street. Featuring an art-infused streetscape surrounded by unexpected discoveries and bustling with visitors, Rock Rose offers the charm and energy of South Congress, East Austin, or the Warehouse District, with the added benefits of easy access and plentiful parking.
Rock Rose is the place to be every third Thursday of the month. Whether you’re a fan of live music, lover of a sweet deal or just in desperate need of a cocktail, 3rd Thursdays on Rock Rose was made for you.
Each month, your favorite Rock Rose retailers, restaurants, and bars will feature exclusive specials and deals from 6-9pm. While you sip and shop, enjoy live music from locally-loved Austin musicians.
The Domain Northside’s Rock Rose is Austin’s next hot spot, with a flurry of new restaurants and bars within the upscale mall’s entertainment district. There’s East Side King Thai Kun first brick and mortar, Velvet Taco, MAD Greens, Apanas Coffee & Beer, Tarka, and much more.
Already in the general Domain area are Whole Foods, Punch Bowl Social, and others. Then there is the newly-opened Second Bar + Kitchen, helmed by David Bull, as part of the Archer Hotel. The area also includes a 24/7 cupcake vending machine Sprinkles, Culinary Dropout and Flower Child.
Also for Union Venture Group is the Austin location of the organization’s shuttered Houston restaurant and cocktail lounge. Find wine, shared plates, Sunday brunch, and a lounge DJ.
The downtown sports bar decided on the Domain for its second location for its New Orleans-styled Turf N’ Surf Kitchen along for the ride, dishing out po-boys, oysters, and fish tacos.
The California-based ramen chain brings tonkotsu varieties to Austin, including assai, black, and white, with a wide array of ingredients for the perfect bowl.
General T’so Boy
The New York City food pop-up opened its first brick and mortar within Rock Rose, with Chinese-American po-boys, dumplings, vegetables and desserts like soft serve ice cream.
This is the first brick and mortar for East Side King’s Thai Kun, and the second for the overall brand. Fans can expect favorite truck dishes along with new ones.
New Waterloo’s Sway expansion means the Domain has modern Thai for lunch and dinner.
Boasting of New Haven-styled Neapolitan pizza, Salvation’s third location brings white clam pies to the Domain. This spot has a full bar and 20 taps featuring local breweries.
Mia Tapas Bar
The Italian take on tapas from Crimson Scorsonelli leads to small plates of dates, pork belly, meatballs, manchego. Other menu items include steak and salmon to share, pasta, and pizza.
With all of the drinking and heavy eating, the Colorado salad and juice chain is a nice antidote for the area.
The fifth location of the fast casual Indian chain from the Claypit owners serves the same fresh menu.
The essential Dallas mini-chain is coming to the taco capital, with late night hours, untraditional fillings, and very sweet red velvet cake.
The family-friend burger chain is coming into the Domain, bringing along playscapes and kids’ menus.
Expect all-hours comfort food at 24 Diner’s second location. We eat here a few times a week, since the ingredients are mostly locally sourced, the menu is constantly changing.
One of the four bar and restaurant projects from Union Venture Group includes the Irish sports bar with a focus on beer, whiskey, and soccer. Over 82 different beers can be found on the tap. The kitchen serves Irish American comfort food, including breakfast.
The three-story nightclub The Rose Room has table reservations, DJs, and lots of dancing.
Carmack Concepts owners and brothers Brad and Chad Womack, along with Jason Carrier brought Austin’s second outpost of The Dogwood to Rock Rose this month. The two-story building features indoor and outdoor bars, including on the rooftop.
Kung Fu Saloon’s second Austin location (and one of five spots slated, along with an impending Nashville one) brings arcade games, pickle shots, karaoke, and more booze to the district.
The high-end men’s boutique opted for Rock Rose for its first brick and mortar. They are a coffee and whiskey bar, plus wifi lounge and barbershop.
Then there is the patio wonderland at 77 Degrees. The rooftop cocktail bar serves rum drinks, shareable plates, and hookah with many available flavors.
This area is not only for hiking. As one of the city’s most prized attractions, the Barton Creek Greenbelt is filled with mountain biking trails and beautiful limestone bluffs for rock climbing, and several swimming holes to enjoy.
Unfortunately for newcomers, figuring out the Barton Creek Greenbelt can be a little confusing. To help, here is a complete guide to all the public access points to the trails, climbs, and swimming holes.
1601 Spyglass Dr.
Tacos and hiking. Need we say more? Spyglass has been one of our favorite access points, mainly because there is a Taco Deli right at the trailhead. Grab some breakfast tacos and head either north or south on the trail.
If you head north (left) on the trail, you’ll get to Campbell’s Hole, a popular swimming spot. If you head south (right), you’ll catch the first of many climbing walls and great bouldering areas. If climbing is your thing, continue south and you’ll hit Seismic Wall. You can walk the creek bed when there’s no water in Barton Creek.
Barton Hills Access
2010 Homedale Dr.
If you want to reach Campbell’s Hole from the east side of the creek, you can find an access point at Barton Hills Elementary School. The street parking is located in a residential neighborhood, then head north to arrive at Campbell’s Hole.
Gus Fruh Access
2642 Barton Hills Dr.
Gus Fruh access point is another popular swimming hole and it can get quite deep, unlike Campbell’s Hole. You’ll also find several great limestone climbing walls, such as Urban Assault, as you head south. If you continue south for roughly 1.4 miles and you’ll arrive at the main access point for the Barton Creek Greenbelt.
The entrance point is located in a residential neighborhood, where street parking is limited. It’s an incredibly popular spot and parking is very limited on the weekends.
Loop 360 Access
3755-B Capital of Texas Hwy (Loop 360)
The only con to this section of the greenbelt is the noise from the highway. So if you’re heading to the Barton Creek Greenbelt for meditation, you may want to start at a different access point.
Once on the trail, the fork to the left offers some magnificent rock structures, beautiful landscapes and tiny swimming spots along the way. The fork to the right brings you to the Seismic Wall or Maggy’s Wall, the prime locations for rock climbing.
Gaines/Twin Falls Access
3918 S. Mopac Expy
This entrance is the hardest to find. From Capital of Texas Highway, turn as if you’re heading south on Mopac. But instead of taking the on-ramp, remain on the frontage road. Just past the ramp, you’ll find the next Barton Creek Greenbelt access point. Look for parked cars on the right side of the road, and you’ll find the entrance near the U-turn.
There is no parking lot, either, so you have to park on the side of the road. Be extra careful of traffic when walking along the road as you enter the access point.
Why access the greenbelt from here if it’s so tricky? Because from here you can quickly reach another swimming hole, Twin Falls.
This access point is great for hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers, since the terrain is a little more diverse. Plus, it becomes less crowded from here to the last access point, which is about 2.8 miles west.
1710 Camp Craft Road
This is where you can find the famous Hill of Life and Sculpture Falls. Sculpture Falls, is another swimming hole. And the Hill of Life is…well…a challenge! It’s about a 1.5 mile downhill hike, or uphill depending on the direction you’re going. It’s great on a mountain bike and perfect for trail runners who want an extra challenge.
The western entry point is technically the ‘end’ of the trail, but it should come with a warning label. Its the most strenuous hike of the Greenbelt and is not for the faint of heart. The steep slope has a 300-foot change in elevation in less than half a mile. There are loose rocks, concrete ledges, and no overhanging trees for shade. If you’re not in tip-top shape, avoid this spot.
Violet Crown Trail
4970 West Highway 290
The Violet Crown Trail follows the Greenbelt trail from Barton Springs, and continues south and onto the Gaines Creek Greenbelt. The new section features a spectacular view of a cave, but you’ll have to hike 4.5 miles with some steep, rocky areas to get there. There are several creek bed crossings so make sure to pay attention to the trail.
Now that you know where you are going, here are a few things to keep in mind.
- You are in a dog-friendly city, it’s important to note that dogs are welcome on the trail. However, they must be kept them on a leash at all times.
- There are no restrooms on the trials
- There are no water fountains on the trail, so plan on bringing water.
- Dispose of trash and doggy waste at the access points.
Now, go explore!
Not long after we moved to Austin from Los Angeles, we wanted to explore the nearby small towns and sites. Georgetown was at the top of our list, and only 45 minutes North of Austin. We visited for a weekend and put a guide together in case you want to do the same.
Things To Do
Go see and swim in The Blue Hole, a scenic lagoon on the South San Gabriel River. The entrance to Blue Hole Park is located at Second Street and Rock Street, one block west of N. Austin Avenue. This scenic park lined by limestone bluffs is a good wading spot to cool down a little bit in the summer.
Visit the Williamson Museum, which features interactive tours and educational exhibits designed to give visitors a look at the area’s past (and its FREE). The museum presents many programs outside of its historic walls, offering weekly tours of the Williamson County Courthouse and taking part in monthly events like First Friday. Annual and periodic special events like the Chisholm Trail Days and Civil War cemetery tours, though held off-site, are hosted by the museum; tickets to such events can be purchased for a nominal fee from the museum.
Check out the Fountainwood Observatory (also FREE) and see what the sky has for you to behold on a clear Georgetown evening! See a beautiful crescent moon or brilliant planets. The S.U. Physics Department faculty is on-site to guide you along with talented observers from the Williamson County Astronomy Club.
Where to Stay
We decided to stay at the newly built Sheraton Georgetown, and were not disappointed. Close to downtown, and highway access, the Sheraton is in an ideal location. When we went the hotel was only around 5 months old! It has a beautiful pool and a path system that allows you to walk or bike into the town of Georgetown.
Where to Eat Breakfast
Stay in! We enjoyed a full self-serve breakfast at the Sheraton and it was delicious!
Where to Eat Lunch
Stop by El Monumento for some modern Mexican food. The outdoor seating area is beautiful and the food is devine!
Where to Eat Dinner
Back to the Sheraton! We ate at their restaurant, Brix and Ale. Part wine bar, part local pub, they serve classic comfort cuisine accompanied by a boutique wine, beer, and cocktail menu. You can’t beat the combination of good food and a beautiful view.
Austin folks, please put your pitchforks down. We come in peace.
Mention to an Austinite that you moved here from California or are thinking of moving here and you will get a death stare. Our rebuttal? Don’t advertise your amazing city, music, outdoor lifestyle, food, and then tell us NOT to move here!
Over the past 4 years we have spent several weekends in Austin, a short 3 hour flight from Los Angeles. Our good friends made the leap and left Los Angeles 2 years prior and each time we visited, we asked them if they had any regrets.
“Our only regret is not moving here sooner”, was the answer we were always met with. Each visit we would explore a new area, spend a day or two with a realtor showing us houses, canoeing down Ladybird Lake, and of course eating everything in sight.
Rent in our area of LA (near UCLA /Santa Monica) averages to $4,400 per month for a 2 bedroom apartment. These are not newly remodeled, beautiful apartments. We are talking 1988, shag green carpet, pink elevator, yellow refrigerator, apartments. To buy a home, the minimum price is about $600k. For your $600k you are getting a 1960’s, 1200 sq. ft. home that needs major renovation. That is considered a “good deal”.
Without a $200k down payment, there is little chance of buying a home in Los Angeles. Sure, you can move to the outskirts, Palmdale, Temecula (not really L.A.) and then drive 2-3 hours each way into LA for work. But WHY?
After 4 years of seeing the Austin home prices rise, and planning to buy a home, we pulled the trigger. When we first started looking at houses in 2013, you could find a great house that would be about $600k in Los Angeles for about $150k. In 2014 we returned on 4th of July weekend and noticed that you had to spend about $180k to $200k to get that same type of home. In 2015 we again returned for 4th of July weekend and $230k seemed like the median home price. In March of 2016 we decided to get serious, and spent hours online looking for homes, doing “open houses” with our realtor via Skype, and then flying in on weekends to see our top choices in person.
We looked everywhere from very South (Buda) to very North (Georgetown) to the Hill Country (Spicewood and Dripping Springs).
Looking at so many homes, we were torn in between having an acre or more of land and living further out in an older home, versus living in a planned development in a brand new house on a smaller lot.
We looked at a 1970’s Spanish style home with a creek in the backyard on 1 acre, but it happened to be in Onion Creek, and area that was prone to flooding. After hearing the horror stories about the recent floods over the past few years, we reluctantly changed our mind.
Eventually, our dream of having over an acre and a farm style home faded. The commute from most of the houses to downtown was over 45 minutes. Our friends lived in Pflugerville, just outside Austin, north of the city. They seemed to love it, and since it was such a new area, it was developing rapidly, and prices were great but rising fast. There was an appeal being a quick drive from downtown, but still having space and green country side to enjoy.
We looked at over 600 homes online. Yes, 600. We flew in and saw about 30 in person. Having a good realtor is SO important. Sometimes we would see what looked like a dream home, and our realtor would tell us important things like, there is a middle school across the street or there is a dump site one block away. Things you cannot tell by looking at photos.
We saw the above home online and fell in love right away. The same home would be over a million easily in Los Angeles. A house we never dreamed of of being able to afford. On 3/4 acre, 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, 14 foot ceilings throughout, a huge open kitchen……we were sold. We put an offer in before even seeing it in person. We learned from experience how quickly the houses sell, and once you have an accepted offer, you still have time to back-out if needed, and do your inspections. We flew out the next weekend and it was even better in person.
The community was brand new, the houses around it are still being built. 4 ponds, a community center, basketball and volleyball courts, walking trails, playgrounds and a swimming pool all within walking distance from our front door.
We expected a bit of a bidding war, which we experienced with other homes we liked, but since it was being sold by the builder, our offer was accepted in less than 24 hours. Reality set it.
WE JUST BOUGHT A HOUSE IN AUSTIN!
We used the builder’s preferred lender for our loan and we closed within 20 days. Everything moved quickly and we found U-Pack moving who helped us immensely. We told them we had a lot of stuff, but not sure how much, we told them we needed it picked up in 1 week and delivered on a certain date and they made it such an no-stress experience.
The trailer was dropped off in front of our apartment building, we loaded it, and called them to pickup and transport it to Austin. You only pay for the space in the truck you use. So simple! They also go by ABF Moving, which SO many people recommended. You pack, load and unload, and U-Pack does the driving.
They had online tracking so we could see where our truck was and coordinate the delivery date.
We decided to drive to Austin in our car with our dog and the last of little things we didn’t put in the moving truck. The drive was LONG. We aren’t big road trip people, our longest drive was from LA to Phoenix which was 6 hours and seemed never ending. We were so happy to see our truck waiting for us at our new home.
July 1st marked our first full month living in Austin. We even wrote a blog about the best food trucks in Austin, attended the X Games, and checked out the best breweries. Next step? Turning this house into a smart home!
So far these are some things we learned in the short time we’ve lived here:
- Traffic is bad around downtown, but if you have ever driven in NYC or LA, its not bad in comparison.
- There is such a great work/life balance. People are laid back, and enjoy their time off outdoors.
- Its very family oriented and yes, its in the “bible belt” aka: churches everywhere.
- Its diverse for Texas. Its not diverse like NYC or LA, but its the melting pot of Texas.
- Fried food and chain restaurants are everywhere, but there are plenty of healthy restaurants, organic, and vegan and vegetarian places.
- Barbecue is a religion. You will be judged based on what barbeque you say you like best.
- There is no Uber or Lyft in Austin currently, and not much public transportation.
- Aside from all of the aforementioned fooding, Austin was ranked one of the fittest cities in America by Shape Magazine. Austin has over 220 parks, filled with running and biking trails, lakes for water sports, over 250 gyms, yoga studios, healthy restaurants, and health food stores.
- Recently ranked the No. 1 city in the U.S. for dogs and dog owners, Austin is home to 12 off-leash parks, lots of swimming holes, and tons of restaurants and bars that will not only allow your four-legged friend, but welcome them with water bowls and biscuits.
- Companies like AMD, Apple, AT&T, Dell, Google, Intel, Facebook, 3M, and PayPal are just some of the bigger name tech companies in the city.
Thinking about moving to Austin? Ask us anything in the comments below!
This blog post was sponsored by AT&T but the opinions are completely our own based on our experience.
This past weekend, we had a once in a lifetime experience at the X Games. Neither of us can stand on a skateboard, let alone do any tricks, but we have always watched the X Games on TV and wished we could be a part of the fun. The adrenaline starts pumping when you watch on TV, all the flips, tricks and jumps really seem to defy gravity. We got a new AT&T GoPhone and decided to take it with us for the day to test out how well it works, before we set off on our next travel adventure with it. We decided on GoPhone because we wanted the flexibility to choose a plan that fits our needs and change our plan whenever we want. Plus, we upgraded from our old device to a sweet Samsung. So if you end up switching, GoPhone is compatible with most phones, including iPhones!
So on Saturday we left home ready for some excitement. Before the first event, we stopped by the AT&T GoPhone booth to score some free sunglasses, t-shirts, and to try out their virtual reality game.
The X Games were even MORE amazing in person than we ever imagined. The action, the sounds, the energy was in the air. Being close to the competitors and getting to go in the VIP section was so incredible. Some of these guys and girls are so young and talented! The ramps and jumps you see on TV are 100 times bigger in real life. Have you ever thought to yourself, Hey I could do that? Trust us, it’s MUCH scarier and takes a lot more talent when you see it in person!
Having our AT&T GoPhone at the X games let us get out this summer and have some fun (motocross lessons anyone?). We focused on making memories and living in the moment instead of worrying about our bill and data overages. Follow AT&T GoPhone as they hit all of summer 2016’s best music, sports and family-friendly festivals to raise awareness of AT&T’s prepaid wireless service, GoPhone.
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Everyone has heard of Franklin BBQ, but is it really worth the wait? Hours of waiting, and unless you were there since 8am, they will probably sell out before you put your order in. Nope, not worth it. Sure, it was on No Reservations and Best BBQ Ever, and On The Road Eats, but to us, its a lot of hype.
The Austin Passbook works with most of these places. What does that mean? 2-for-1 deals on listings in the Austin Passbook, including food, activities and more.
La BBQ ( 902 E Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78702) – In this case, “La” is not a definite article referring to “Tex-Mex”, it’s an abbreviation referring to the first name of the co-owner LeAnn Mueller, granddaughter of the founder of Louie Mueller Barbecue. The brisket here is cooked for 12 to 15 hours at about 275 degrees, and has a smoke ring of perfection.
Like most BBQ trucks in Texas, they are open til they sell out. Get there at 11am when they open to guarantee yourself some lunch. Come on the weekend and there is free beer Friday through Sunday! The BBQ is amazing just the way it is, but try a little of their vinegar based sauce as well, icing on the cake!
What did we order? 1 pound of lean brisket, beef ribs, The buttermilk bacon potato salad.
Gordough’s (1503 S 1st St., Austin, TX 78704) – They specialize in made to order, decadent, donuts with wild toppings. They have three locations now, but the trailer is our favorite. The line gets long after 10am so get there early. If you perfer a sitdown, indoor location, their other 2 nearby spots have full bars and bigger menus. Head to the location on South Lamar and have a Country Clucker, thank us later.
What did we order? The Mother Clucker and Granny’s Pie are our top 2 choices. They all look delicious and it is hard to choose. The Mother Clucker is a glazed donut, topped with chicken strips and honey butter. Granny’s Pie is a glazed donut topped with caramel, pecans, bananas & graham cracker crumbs.
Torchy’s Tacos ( 1311 s. 1st Street, Austin, TX 78704) – Owner, Michael Rypka left his fancy executive chef job to chase his dreams and in 2006, Torchy’s Tacos opened on Bouldin Creek at South 1st.
The menu was designed by the customers. Whenever Mike heard his customers holler “damn these tacos are good!” they were added to the menu. Today Torchy’s Tacos operate over 30 stores and a trailer park.
What did we order? The taco of the month, which happened to be The Tipsy Chick : Grilled chicken and corn, green chiles, baby spinach, homemade maple bacon and burbon marmalade, cheddar cheese and chipotle ranch sauce served on a flour tortilla. The Democrat is also a favorite of ours.
Don’t forget the queso and chips, recently voted #1 by locals.
Hey!.. You Gonna Eat That Or What? (1720 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704) – Order from the 2013 Truck by Truckwest winner and get some snarky attitude on the side, but that’s all part of the experience.
What did we order? The Shiner Bock Monte Cristo, a Shiner Bock beer-battered monte cristo, with pit-smoked ham, mesquite-smoked turkey, cheddar and provalone cheese with a side of homemade cherry and fig jelly.
Ms P’s Electric Cock (1101 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704) – Stop giggling at the name and keep reading. This place is cooking up the best fried chicken in Austin. Open at noon daily, they close when they are out of farm fresh chicken. Ms Ps Electric Cock cooks with sustainable, top quality products locally sourced. The fried chicken is fresh (never frozen) and is antibiotic free, hormone free with no additives or preservatives. You might have seen them on Restaurant Startup Season 2, or Food Network’s Eat Street Season 3.
What did we order? The Hen Scratch Slider, boneless tenders with slaw on a sweet roll, and a 2 piece of fried chicken, spicy & juicy,served with roll & jalapeño.
Bananarchy (603 W Live Oak Street, Austin, TX 78704) – Going here reminds us of hot days at the fair, waiting for a hand dipped, chocolate covered, frozen banana. The only choices then were nuts or no nuts? (PS: Always nuts). At Bananarchy, there are endless topping choices on their menu, or you can create your own
What did we order? Double dip chocolate with M&M’s and chocolate dip with nuts and oreos.
Cow Tipping Creamery (2512 Rio Grande Street, Austin, TX 78705) – The menu is huge, and the possiblities are endless. Soft serve goes to another level with the ice cream trailer’s stackers, which layer everything that makes sundaes delicious, including housemade ingredients, including fresh fruit purees.
What did we order? The cara-nutella popcorn stacker.
40⁰ North (1502 S 1st Street, Austin, TX 78704) – Clint, a New York lawyer-turned-chef opened this wood-fired pizza trailer specializing in Neapolitan-style pizza after moving to Austin in 2011. He left the law behind to study the craft of pizza making in Naples, Italy. They were also just listed on Thrillist’s 10 Best Pizza Spots in Austin.
What did we order? The Margherita Pizza, although they are famous for their Hot Honey pizza which has San Marzano Tomatoes, Hot Coppa, Ricotta, Parmigiano Reggiano, and Mike’s Hot Honey.
Chi’Lantro is one of the only trucks on this list that actually changes locations. Click HERE for their schedule of locations. their truck is the orignal home of the Kimchi Fries, although now they also have 2 restaurant locations. Their food is an Korean-Mexican fusion truck with some crazy combinations that are delicious. They serve hybrid tacos, burritos, and bowls that meld Korean tastes and tradition with Texas’ rich Hispanic culture.
What did we order? The Kimchi Fries of course! Who could resist a tower of crispy fries topped with caramelized kimchi, cheddar, monterey jack, cilantro, onions, magic sauce, sriracha, and sesame seeds
Luke’s Inside Out (1109 S Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78704) – Luke Bibby and his wife Tracy run this French inspired food trailer located next to the Gibson Bar. Everyday there are three daily specials on the menu in addition to the regular menu items. Head over on a Sunday from 11:30am-3pm for an all you can eat, buffet brunch ($12) featuring all sorts of goodies.
What did we order? The Chicken, a grilled sandwich filled with spciy, Schezuan fried chicken topped with sesame slaw.
Now that you are well fed, make sure you check out Austin’s best breweries.
We had to update this active post as a lot has changed since our first visit over two years ago. Now, we have the input as locals to help you seek and drink some of the best beers available in Austin, TX today. Please keep in mind that depending on the date and time you have read this post from us some beers may have rotated (no longer available at this time) or have clearly sold out if it’s referring to a limited release. Don’t worry we’ll make the limited stuff very clear. We have made a spreadsheet to help assist you with visiting the best breweries, their addresses, websites, tasting room hours and tour schedules. It came in handy during our visits prior to relocating to Austin as some breweries were listed on sites but not all of their info (that we provide) was available. So, I will be your online guide to finding good beer in Austin. There are way too many to review and name individually so I, Shannon as a huge craft beer connoisseur and homebrewer, will share our thoughts on a few of our favporiets and share a detailed spreadsheet that will point you in the right directions. Save this to your phone or portable device, tap the address of the brewery or bar that interests you and it’ll open up in your GPS to guide your way to beer.
Here is the spreadsheet below if you just want to view or print it, OR go HERE and download the .xls file so you can edit it to your liking.
Lets start with our personal favorite, Jester King Brewery. We have agreed that Jester King is one of the best, if not the best, breweries in Austin. Focusing on wild fermentation style beers, JK has produced some of the finest sours in the country over the years. Their seasonal fruited sours such as Atrial Rubicite, Fen Tao and MvB (Montmorency Vs Balaton) have been holding the summers in ATX down for years. With low bottle counts and year long waits for each of these to drop once a year they do tend to sell out pretty fast. Keep in mind that Jester King is pretty far from downtown Austin, it will almost encourage one not to go. I’m SO glad we did the first time we’v e visited this awesome city. Its a beautiful location on a family-friendly farm founded by Jeffrey Stuffings and Michael Steffing with an amazing atmosphere, delicious pizza from the on-site Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza bar that offers a huge variety of pies and just lots of fun period. It’s an outdoor brewery for the most part but has an inside bar, covered patio and the tour is inside their temperature controlled barrel house which will offer a nice cool break from the Texas heat if visiting in the summer. If you have been to any breweries you know they are mostly industrial, warehouse or retail spaces that are sometimes modern but rarely outdoor space like this.
Lets move on to our next personal favorite, Hops and Grain. Located in East Austin, H&G make some really good brews from IPAs to porters and lagers. Some of their flagship beers would be The One They Call Zoe a pale german lager, Mosaic which is a dry hopped IPA and the new addiction 78702 which is their Kolsch ale. H&G CEO and Founder Josh Hare plans to open their second location in San Marcos, TX in which they are allowing the general public to become investors with the new project. Over $1,000,000,000 has been invested into the San Marcos facility to date The new location will allow H&G to up their production with an additional 20,000 barrels.
Originally the East Austin brewery didn’t have a license to serve alcohol so you would have to buy one of their cool signature glasses that came with five pours, thankfully, that has no changed and you can drink with ease. They do can their brews at this location so you may be lucky enough to score their cans right off the line. Doesn’t get any fresher than that!
Leave a comment or contact us if you have any questions about a planned trip for food recommendations, best beers to try or the breweries in general. Hey, you may just run into us at one!