Govalle is getting a new brewery with the arrival of Central Machine Works Brewery and Beer Hall. The brewery takes its name from the industrial space’s former tenant, the Central Machine Works shop, found at 4824 East Cesar Chavez Street. The brewery is now open as of Friday, November 15.
Central Machine promises “beers for the working man and woman,” which means a range of beers from American lagers, ales, and IPAs, as well as some international styles like kolsch, pilsners and English brown ales. There will also be seasonal beers and guest taps. The beers will be available on-site and for limited distribution, and the taproom will also have a full bar.
Central Machine’s historic space, which dates back to the 1940s when the workshop welded everything from airplane parts during World War II to custom fabrications to local businesses, will feature a beer garden with family-friendly areas, food trucks, and a stage for live music. The brewery will also serve its own food: burgers, brats, pizza, and pretzels.
Leading the brewery are Scott Rynbrandt (lead brewer, formerly of Oasis Texas Brewing Company) and Jordan Bremer. Jamie Wagner and Dhal Smith, both of whom have worked at restaurants like Uchi, Perla’s, and others, are running the operations. The rest of the Central team includes John Scott, Rosa Santis, Pete Santis, Andrew Ashmore, and Aaron Ashmore.
The brewery came about after the group fell in love with the space. The brewery project has been in the works since 2016, according to an article by Tribeza, which lists commercial real estate firm Viceroy Realty Partners as being involved. According to an Instagram post, Kartwheel Studio is working on brewery’s interior design.
Update, June 21: This article has been updated to reflect the new projected opening date of October.
Update, November 18: This article has been updated to reflect the current open status of the brewery, the food menu, as well as the names of the people involved with the brewery.