When Batch Craft Beer and Kolaches opened in August, lines were out the door to sample two of Austin’s favorite things in one place. Batch soon sold out of kolaches and klobasniky, but with a spacious, shaded patio and ample beer selection, patrons found other reasons to hang out. Read on for the early word on the chill Manor hangout from brothers Noah and Josh Lit.
The food — As the name implies, kolaches are king here, with 13 sweet and savory flavors averaging $3 apiece. Chef Jasmine Jones gets kudos from Yelp for her pillowy soft kolaches. In her review for Time Out Austin, Veronica Meewes noted this is due to a dough of King Arthur flour, organic sugar, and local honey. Chronicle’s Jessi Devenyns pointed to the Micklethwait Craft Meats brisket, Swiss cheese, and pickle klobasnek, which “tempts you into thinking you're eating a New York Reuben,” as well as the peanut butter and jelly variety.
The beer — In addition to over 400 varieties of bottled and canned beer in a massive beer fridge, Batch also has 12 rotating beers on tap and serves coffee drinks as well. Devenyns noted “somehow the beers have perfect pours and the espressos have a respectable crema” There’s a $2 corkage fee on the beer in the fridge (which is waved during happy hour), and most Yelpers seemed happy with the price points.
The overall experience — Zagat said Batch’s open space gives off “a homey stay-awhile vibe.” Devenyns claimed that by combining beer, coffee, breakfast, barbecue, and live music, Batch “unifies the critical components of an Austin lifestyle.”