Central District Brewing, the women-led downtown brewery found on the ground floor of the Austin Convention Center parking garage, is now open. It’s located at 417 Red River Street.
Currently, the brewery is serving options from local breweries who don’t often export their beers, including Brewtorium, Pinthouse Pizza, and Southern Heights Brewery. Central District also serves cider, coffee, and non-local wines, to be conscious of its neighbor the locally-minded Texas Reds and Whites.
Central District will start serving its own beers on Saturday, May 18 as part of its two-day opening party. On deck will be the Belgian wit, Belgian pale ale, French saison, and Ultra Limited Hazy IPA.
As for food, Central District is only offering kolaches from Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches.
Behind the brewery are husband and wife teams Julie and Joe Ballato (who manage operations) and Angela and Adam Duley (who are in charge of the beer), as well as general manager Trent Relles, formerly of Mexican restaurant Suerte and East Austin brewery Lazarus.
Angela shared that Adam is working on a pale ale and a saison for the warm season. The brewery also has plans to make small-batch brews to showcase variations in yeast, and host classes on sensory training.
Central District is open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 2 p.m. to midnight on Fridays, from 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturdays, and from noon to 8 p.m. on Sundays (and is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays).
This article has been updated to clarify The Bitter End was not previously in this space. It has also been updated to reflect when the brewery will start serving its own beers.