Another Austin brewery is closing this year. This time, it is Friends & Allies Brewing in the Govalle neighborhood. Its last day of service at 979 Springdale Road, Suite 124 will be on Saturday, December 9.
The brewery announced the shutter on its Instagram on December 4. While no specific reason was given for the closure, it wrote that “it’s a sad occasion” and that the team is “honored to have been part of the community for almost eight years.” Eater has reached out for more information.
Co-owners Ben Sabin opened the brewery and tasting room with then-co-founder Devon Ponds in March 2017. Before that, it had been brewing the beers at since-closed brewery 4th Tap Brewing Co-op. Ponds left the brewery in 2019, and the current head brewer is Jerry Coreas, who had previously been with Independence Brewing Co.
Friends & Allies’s beer lineup varies in style. There’s the first beer, the ubiquitous Noisy Cricket session IPA; the Pink Guava berliner weisse; the Bat Wing stout, and the Sportsball pilsner.
This is the fourth brewery shutter of the year in Austin so far. Thirsty Planet closed in August, microbrewery Circle Brewing closed in September, and the Austin location of Oskar Blues closed without any notice in November. There’s also the still-temporary closure of East Austin brewery and beer garden Koko’s.
In related neighboring news at the 979 Springdale Road address, L’Oca d’Oro is opening a new pizzeria in the same block. Bambino will be found in suite 153 starting in early 2024.