Vista Brewing, the newcomer alcohol-maker in Driftwood, has now set an opening date. Located at 13551 Farm to Market 150 West, the 21-acre, multi-purpose property (with a brewery, tasting room, restaurant, event space, farm, and apiary) will open on Friday, April 20.
The brewery is helmed by Josh Watterson, who won a number of awards while at Belgian-inspired brewpub Brasserie St. James in Reno, Nevada, including the 2014 Brewer of the Year award at the Great American Beer festival. The beers will make use of ingredients on the property, and promise to be low-ABV. The brewery is also planning to offer crowlers to-go and collaborate with other local artisans. (For example, Vista partnered with Two Hives honey to host a beekeeping class.)
Chef Andrew Stiver will be in charge of Vista’s culinary program, which puts a focus on pairing with beer and sustainable agriculture practices. Stiver is an alum of shuttered Austin institution restaurant Jezebel. An early taste of his menu can be found at Austin Food & Wine Alliance’s Live Fire event this week, where he will be serving barbacoa with poblanos mole.
There are also plans to build tiny houses on the Vista property at a later date so guests to stay overnight.
Other alcohol crafters in Driftwood include the vineyards Salt Lick Cellars, Fall Creek Vineyards, and Duchman Family Winery, as well as sotol distillery Desert Door.