Yesterday, Live Oak Brewing Company, one of Austin’s first craft breweries, broke ground on their new facility. The space is located in Del Valle at 1615 Crozier Lane, along the Colorado River north of Austin Bergstrom International Airport.
The 22,000 square foot brewery will include a tasting room, beer garden, custom German-built brewhouse, millroom, lab, and spaces for cold storage and distribution. The new digs will also allow the brewery to start canning beers, too. After the brewery is up and running, Live Oak would like to create a disc golf course, nature trail, and perhaps a boathouse in the future, but no plans have been set yet.
The goal is to open the brewery sometime in the late summer or early fall of next year. Live Oak founder Chip McElroy bought the land in 2008 and received approval for construction this October. According to a press release, he said:
"I fell in love with the land the minute I saw it. Beautiful motts of live oaks all over the land, directly on the Colorado – it is a dream property. We want to make this a destination for natives and visitors alike, especially since it is so close to the airport. It will be the perfect place for tourists to start off and end their visit to Austin – observing native Austinites in their natural habitat – under shade, next to water, with a beer in their hand."