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Detroit’s Atwater Brewery Hooks Up With Flemish Fox From Celis Beer Family

With special and new Texas beers

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Atwater Brewery and Flemish Fox Brewery's rendering
Atwater Brewery and Flemish Fox Brewery's rendering
Rendering: Flemish Fox Brewery/Official
Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Detroit brewery Atwater Brewery is collaborating with brand new Flemish Fox Brewery in Austin for a new beer retreat in northwest Austin. Flemish stems from the late Belgian brewer Pierre Celis’ Austin brewery, now helmed by his daughter Christine. The entire shebang will debut on 2013 Rutland Drive sometime in early 2017.

This will be Christine Celis' revival of her family's brewery, focusing on the same Belgian-style wheat beer her father started, as well as introducing newer styles. She is also seeking funds to restore old equipment.

"Austin deserves to get their first brewery back," Celis told Eater. The new beer facility will build "a sense of community and a focal point for beer lovers to converge."

Atwater owner Mark Rieth decided on Austin for the brewery’s first out-of-state spot because it "shares our passion for the craft beer culture." Special Texas-only beers will be brewed, too.

Along with producing beer for both breweries, the three acre space will feature a tasting room, beer garden, stages, retail shop, and brewery museum. Musical events and festivals will be in the works, too.

Northwest Austin is becoming the city’s next beer hub, with Austin Beerworks, Adelbert's Brewery, Circle Brewing Company, and 4th Tap Brewing Cooperative, with impending Oskar Blues Brewery from Colorado, coming in May.