Craft Pride Tapped for Thursday Grand Opening

555226_184345101685164_1606223176_nBy now, you’ve probably heard the buzz on Craft Pride, a new Rainey St. bar focusing exclusively on Texas craft beer. And, if you’re really in the know you may have already swung by in the past week during the bar’s soft opening period to sneak a peek for yourself. Well, whether you’ve experienced the sheer splendor of 54 Lonestar-bred taps staring you in the mouth or not, you’re invited to celebrate Craft Pride’s Grand Opening tomorrow.

In addition to their tap lineup (listed below) opening night will feature a gravity keg from Jester King and a Real Ale firkin (both to be tapped at 6 p.m.), as well as live screen printing from Sanctuary Print Shop, the company behind Craft Pride’s logo and branding. The doors open at 4 p.m.

So what can you expect from Craft Pride? We swung by last week (okay… maybe we swung by a couple times, and maybe it wasn’t so much swinging by as it was a couple of leisurely drinking sessions) to experience the joint for ourselves, and found the craft beer bar housed in your quintessential Rainey St. reno, a beautiful wood exterior painted in a deep red hue. Inside, the large tap wall sits in a dark, cozy room, accented with gorgeous reclaimed wood and one-of-a-kind fixtures reflecting a level of craftmanship truly fitting of the bar’s name. Outside, a spacious patio features octagonal picnic tables that encourage conversations to flow just as easy as the beer itself…see what I did there…

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Craft Pride will offer specially curated beer flights, served on slices of a tree trunk cut from the property.

Bacon serves...bacon.

Bacon serves…bacon.


Also taking up real estate on the back patio is the Bacon Bus, a mobile off-shoot of Bacon. They’ll be serving up some staples from the brick & mortar restaurant, as well as trailer exclusives, all including the namesake ingredient. Also, don’t want to be in the rumor mongering business, but there has been talk about offering a Sunday brunch at some point.

Besides the Texas taps, another thing that sets Craft Pride apart is the fact that it houses a small bottle shop with a separate entrance. While perfect for condo dwellers looking for quality bottled beer within walking distance, and bar patrons who want to bring home a bottle of something great they tried on draft, customers will also be able to order single serve beers from the bottle shop for on-premise consumption for a $1-2 opening fee.

Craft Pride is the product of years of hard work from husband and wife team JT and Brandy Egli. The beer program is helmed by Operations Manager “Beer Guru” Chris Booth (formerly of Banger’s and Black Star Co-Op).

Finally, to save you from making hasty beer decisions while clamoring for a view of the tap wall tomorrow night, here’s a list of Craft Pride’s starting tap lineup:

512 Cascabel Cream Stout
512 IPA
512 Pecan Porter
512 Tripel
512 Wit
Adelbert’s Naked Nun Wit
Adelbert’s Scratchin’ Hippo Biere de Garde
Austin Beerworks Black Thunder Schwarz
Austin Beerworks Fire Eagle IPA
Austin Beerworks Peacemaker EPA
Austin Beerworks Pearl Snap Pils
Branchline Woodcutter Rye IPA
Cedar Creek Scruffy’s Smoked Alt
Circle Envy Amber
Circle Hooligan Hoppy Irish Red
Deep Ellum Cherry Chocolate Double Brown Stout
Deep Ellum Dallas Blonde
Deep Ellum Darkest Hour Rye Imperial Stout
Deep Ellum IPA
Deep Ellum Rye Pils
Guadalupe Scotch Ale
Hops & Grain Alt-eration
Hops & Grain Pale Dog Pale Ale
Hops & Grain Pale Mosiac (Greenhouse series)
Independence All Together Ale (English Ale)
Independence Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout
Independence Stash IPA
Jester King El Cedro Hoppy Cedar-Aged Farmhouse Ale w/ Brett.
Live Oak Big Bark
Live Oak HefeWeizen
Live Oak Pils
Live Oak Schwarzbier
Lone Pint 667 Neighbor of the Beast IPA
No Label Elda M. Milk Stout
Pedernales Lobo Negro
Rahr Iron Thistle Scotch Ale
Ranger Creek Lucky Ol’ Sun
Ranger Creel Mesquite Smoked Porter
Real Ale Devil’s Backbone Tripel
Real Ale Highlander Wine Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale (MV series)
Real Ale Imperium Barrel-Aged Wild IPA (MV series)
Real Ale Phoenixx ESB
Real Ale Sisyphus Barleywine
Rogness Beardy Guard
Rogness Ost Porter
Rogness Yogi Chai-Spiced Amber
Saint Arnold Icon Belgian Pale Ale
Saint Arnold Spring Bock
Southern Star Bombshell Blonde
Southern Star Buried Hatchet Stout (Nitro)
Southern Star Rauchbier
Thirsty Planet Buckethead IPA
Thirsty Planet Franklin Smoked Porter
Thirsty Planet Thirsty Goat Amber

Craft Pride is located at 61 Rainey St. (on the corner next to Javelina.) Follow them on Twitter at @craftpride. To RSVP for tomorrow’s Grand Opening, check out the Facebook event page (RSVP not required, but hey, maybe you just want to Facebook stalk other potential attendees or something.)


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