Infinite Monkey Theorem’s next winery is opening tomorrow, Friday, November 13, with kegged and canned wine. The owner of the Denver-based operation, Ben Parsons, chose Austin for Theorem’s first out-of-state location because "Texas is another exciting emerging wine region," which appealed to the winemaker. The Austin location will focus on producing Lone Star wines, starting with the Texas rose.
The winery’s tasting room will offer glasses of kegged, canned, and bottled wine, which will also be available for take-home purchase. Meredith Berman, the director of Austin operations, sees the room as a wine lab where people can try out new things. Scheduled tours of the winery will be available, along with private ones. In March, the winery will allow people to muddle their own grapes and bottle wine as part of the tour.
While no food will be made within the winery, across the way will be Buzz Mill Coffee’s second outpost, which will include food trucks. Berman said they’re toying with the idea of having an iPad set up in the winery so people can place orders with a dedicated server running back and forth.
The 80-person eclectic room, designed by Vagabond Designs’ Kim Lewis, is filled with scavenged Craigslist furniture, including a Chevy car seat, vintage radios and typewriters, and old books. The walls feature art from local artists, including the giant monkey logo. The idea is to explore the nooks and crannies of the space. Random activities include classic board games and the collaborative crossword puzzle that will be projected onto a screen.
Berman wants the space to be used as a hang-out spot (yes, there’s wifi), as well as an events venue for pop-up dinners, cooking demos from Kitchen Underground, yoga, and more. There are plans for wine cocktails in the future, along with outdoor seating. Hours are from 4 to 10 p.m. on weekdays, 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday.