North Burnet Belgian-style brewery Celis Brewery is expanding with a new beer garden and live music venue on its space at 10001 Metric Boulevard. The alfresco area is expected to open by the end of 2018.
The family-friendly outdoor beer garden will feature a second bar with Celis’ beers, plus options from Uncle Billy’s Brewery and Pedernales Brewing Co., as well as a dog-friendly patio. There are plans to include food trucks and pop-up retail shops too.
The focal point of the new space is the stage on wheels, which will host concerts and events. Music non-profit Black Fret will use the garden as its home base too.
Celis’ current owner Christine Celis sees the expansion as a callback to the brewery’s original years back in the 1990s under her father, Celis founder Pierre Celis, when it hosted a ton of concerts.
Christine rebooted Celis Brewery, what is considered as Austin’s first craft brewery, back in 2017. Her father Pierre learned how to brew beer in Hoegaarden, Belgium, and came to Austin, where he started the brewery in 1992. Miller Brewing Company purchased the brewery, but then shuttered it in 2001. Pierre died in 2011, and Christine wanted to bring back his brewery.