Filed Under: Buy the first time for their nifty duds; buy again for their tasty suds.
Overview: Refreshing, flavorful and unforgettable craft beer in four distinct styles: an American IPA, a German Schwarz, a German style Pils, and a Pale Ale, produced with passion by four guys whose knowledge of beer is rivaled only by the amount of fun they seem to have in making it. Founding brewers Michael, Will, Adam, and Mike say they are "hell-bent on excellence;" we say you'll be hell-bent on finishing the one style so you can move on and try the next one
Appreciate: That a brewery with only a year (barely, as of this writing) under its belt has already produced such an impressive offering of craft beers. Austin Beerworks' Fire Eagle (the IPA), Black Thunder (the Schwarz), Pearl Snap (the Pils), and Peacemaker (the Pale Ale) are each impressive in their own right, and together offer an opportunity to satisfy the palette of everyone at your barbeque. IPA lovers will really enjoy the Fire Eagle; favorites at the The Diego Files are Black Thunder, just for the rarity of being able to enjoy a German style Schwarzbier (seriously when was the last time you had a Schwarz? Oh that's right, never) and the Peacemaker, which Austin Beerworks understandably characterizes as a "gateway" choice to craft brewing, but which we characterize as approachable and refreshing and delightful and we'll enjoy one at the gate and on the other side of it, thank you. We're not the only ones who enjoy a nice Peacemaker: just months following it's release, it was deemed award-worthy at the Great American Beer Festival
Know: Beer by Austin Beerworks only come in cans (like little kegs!), or flow from local taps in and around Texas. It's a fast-growing brewery, so we expect that with time these beers will come your way, if they're not there already. Also look for special seasonal releases; Austin Beerworks' Sputnik (no longer available) is a Russian imperial oatmeal stout that is equal parts a coffee stout, and reflects the creativity and complexity they're willing to pursue in order to create exceptional craft beer. As of this writing, expect a soon-to-be announced seasonal release celebrating their first anniversary
Special Comments: One of the initial attractions to Austin Beerworks' products is their unmistakable branding personality. Admit it: these cans look great. If you're as happy holding one as you are drinking one, you can thank Austin's Christian Helms of Helms Workshop, an award-winning design firm that somehow managed to express something entirely new on the otherwise old and tired canvas known as the beer can. Helms also had a hand in the Austin Beerworks website, which includes a smart and informative illustration called Brewing 101. If you want to learn about craft brewing in person (and you're in Austin), keep an eye out for Friday night tours of the Austin Beerworks brewery. These seem to be announced randomly and always sell out quickly. Tickets are free, but you'll want to spend $10 for the shiny pint glass, which you can fill up a few times from your tap of choice, and also grab a little Austin Beerworks bumper sticker. You'll then get a friendly tour from Adam or one of the other founders, which will make you want to quit your job and make beer all day
Cost: Around $8-9 for six of 'em
See them: Here.