After a week of sporadic soft openings, Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. will officially be open for business this afternoon.
Like most beer obsessed Austinites, we’ve been eagerly awaiting the launch of the brewpub helmed by former Uncle Billy’s Brewers Amos Lowe and Brian “Swifty” Peters for what definitely seems like eons, and our numerous visits in the past week certainly did not disappoint.
Located at “Oltorf & The Tracks,” aka 1305 W. Oltorf, The ABGB will open just in time for Labor Day Weekend with eight beers on tap–Hell Yes Helles, Day Trip Pale Ale, Superliner IPA, Big Mama Red, Oktoberfest, Field Trip Belgian Pale Ale, Gretchen’s Brown and Hop Dead Gorgeous Cascadian Dark. The pizza selection is also something to
write blog home about, with a delectable array of pies topped with fixin’s ranging from margherita topping to clams. Hell, even the plain cheese pizza is cooked with such a balance of fresh ingredients and culinary finesse that it’s anything but boring.
But let’s get back to the beer–if you’re familiar with Peters and Lowe’s past work, the brews here certainly don’t disappoint. The lineup is helmed by some solid, sessionable lagers and pale ales–clean flavorful beers that seem to disappear from your glass with shocking ease. (Seriously….who drank my beer?) And, at only $2.50 for a 10 oz pour (affectionately dubbed a “Swifty”) and $4.50 for a mug, attendees can sling back a few brews without breaking the bank.
While still not totally finished upon our last visit, the brewpub’s already gorgeous interior has an industrial tone, befitting of the converted building it’s housed in, but with enough beautiful woodwork on the large bar and new tables to still make it feel warm and cozy. An outdoor beer garden perfectly encapsulates a laid back “beers in the backyard” type vibe. Dare we say, perfect for Labor Day Weekend.
The ABGB’s Labor Day Weekend Hours: