Oskar Blues Brewery is making progress with its Austin location, set to open in late May or early June. Eater got to tour the anticipated brewery, still very much under construction, and here’s what we learned.
The taproom will become the brewery’s biggest one of the three locations, including Denver and North Carolina. Garage doors will open onto the outdoor deck, where undetermined food trucks will feed guests. Inside, there will be a big bar and music stage, which is an important component for the brewery, and part of the reason why Oskar decided to come to the city. Hours will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.
Marketing director Chad Melis said that there will be a "glorified home brew-type scenario" for experimental beers. Michael Harris, formerly a brewer at Saint Arnold Brewing Company in Houston, will guide Oskar Blues as head brewery. The North Burnet location will become the Texas base for the state’s beer production. The brewers described Austin’s water as "harder" than Colorado’s and North Carolina’s.
Oskar is joining the city’s booming beer region in North Austin, along with Austin Beerworks, Adelbert's Brewery, Circle Brewing, and much more.