The Longmont brewery Oskar Blues finally launched in Austin over the weekend, with a new taproom. This is the brewery’s third location, including one in North Carolina.
Music will be a strong component (it's one of the main reasons the founders wanted to come to Austin) so there will be stages for live musical performances. The outdoor patio will eventually host rotating food trucks, but those haven’t been lined up just yet.
Eater photographer Robert J. Lerma took a tour of the former recycling center-turned-brewery, with lots of industrial and salvaged details, like the wall lined with vintage speakers, bar canopy made with glass from an old church, and curtains rescued from a performing arts center. The room also features a giant graffiti mural homage to one of its iconic beers done by SprATX.
The taproom hours are from 4 to 8 p.m. daily. Food will be served courtesy of a variety of trucks, but those haven’t been lined up yet. For now, only cans of Oskar’s will be available for $4 until it receives its draft approval. This includes Dale's Pale Ale, Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Oskar Blues IPA, and Pinner. When drafts are open, hours will be from noon to 10 p.m.
There's also a peek at where the beer magic happens, including a full canning production line. The Austin location serves as the company’s Texas headquarters, producing beers for the entirety of the state.
Nearby breweries in the booming beer corridor include 4th Tap Brewing Co-op, Adelbert's Brewery, Austin Beerworks, and Circle Brewing Company.