As an Austin-based company that lives and breathes tacos, music, craft breweries and all things ATX – there’s no doubt we’re celebrating our recent ranking as the World’s #1 Beer Destination of 2019.
Drink publication, Vinepair, sought out the World’s Top 10 Beer Destinations for 2019 – listing Paris, Berlin and Tokyo as top contenders. With some of the country’s best lager brewers, we can’t say we’re surprised that Austin was dubbed the #1 spot for your next beercation. Thankfully, our team at RealMassive doesn’t have to go far to indulge in some of the world’s tastiest brews.
In honor of our recent designation (and because we love seeing vacant commercial buildings being put to good use), we wanted to share a few CRE developments and transformations where you’ll eventually be able to grab a cold one in 2019.
Hopsquad Brewing Co.
Former Retail Space, Texas Office Products & Supply
2307 Kramer Lane
Est. Opening: Spring 2019
Goodbye Tops, Hello Hops! 👋🏼 pic.twitter.com/04rbrCIkGK
— Hopsquad Brewing Co. (@HopsquadBrewing) May 22, 2018
Inspired by the founder’s Mexican background, Hopsquad has five core beers that will be available year round. Additionally, the brewery will offer a selection of experimental taproom exclusive brews. “We will have a large taproom for patrons to enjoy our brews and will offer growlers to-go so they can also enjoy them at home,” founder Alex Limon said.
According to Community Impact, Limon plans to create innovative brews inspired by the places he’s lived, and hopes to incorporate flavors such as mezcal, mole sauce and tiramisu (yumm!)
To get insight on choosing the perfect brewery location, we asked Hopsquad what factors determined their choice in commercial real estate space for their new business venture.
“There were three determining factors,” said Limon. “The most important was zoning, because of necessity. The area was another big factor. There are lots of other breweries in the area and it is now known as the “Brewery District” so we really wanted to be a part of that. The third factor was size of the building and parking availability.” The founders viewed over 15 commercial spaces before landing on their North Austin location.
Hopsquad ‘s beer menu (core squad members) will include: the Doctor Montopolis Pilsner, Comtesse de Duval Saison, Dutchess of Oltorf Roggenbier and Professor Pleasant Pale Ale.
The former office space is currently undergoing renovations and is estimated to open its doors as Hopsquad Brewing Company in the Spring of 2019.
Former Fitness Gym, CrossFit & Fearless
3804 Woodbury Drive
Est. Opening: Spring 2019
TTB ✅ and TABC ✅ permits have been received! We’re ready to start pouring beer as soon as construction completes! pic.twitter.com/LckgESTHXi
— Nomadic Beerworks (@nomadicbeer) September 29, 2018
Nomadic Beerworks was founded by brothers Dan and Bryce Tyranski. “It’s our first business, so we’ve been self-performing a lot of the renovations ourselves in addition to building fixtures and seating,” said Dan. The brothers are self-described “modern nomads,” with a passion for beer, traveling and seeking out new experiences. “We plan to bring that excitement of discovery into the beers we create and the taproom we serve them in.”
The entrepreneurs chose their location in South Austin because of its close proximity to the city center and relative affordability in comparison to properties on the East Side. “We saw a lot of development potential in the small industrial district we are located in, and the St Elmo district just South of us. This a funky pocket of industrial properties with some fun stuff going on. I can’t wait to see how it evolves in the future.”
🚧 Let the construction begin! 🚧 Our building permit has been approved 🍻 pic.twitter.com/RjWHILdIrf
— Nomadic Beerworks (@nomadicbeer) November 29, 2018
In addition to proper zoning, the available water and power utilities in the space were already equipped to run their production brewing equipment. “Both of these meant big cost and time savings which were essential to make this dream of ours a reality,” said Dan. The space also offered unique structural features and design elements that enhanced the industrial ambiance of the old warehouse. “You can really feel the industrial history of this space. It’s the perfect vibe for making and serving beer.”
The team at Nomadic also performs sustainable building practices that reflect the brewery’s identity. “As a business inspired by traveling to experience the world, we are also inspired to help preserve our world,” Dan told us. “The [materials] we did not plan on using were donated to the Habitat for Humanity Restore on 1st street.”
Nomadic’s line of travel-inspired brews will feature a diverse assortment of styles, anchored strongly by American ales and IPA’s. While the Tyranski brothers’ main focus is launching their South Austin taproom, they may distribute their crafts to some of their favorite beer bars in the city.
Join us in following the progress of this space’s transformation via the owner’s social media pages.
Central Machine Works Brewing & Beer Hall
Historic Industrial Space
4824 East Cesar Chavez Street
Est. Opening – Spring 2019
This East Austin brewery and beer hall got its name from the former tenant of the preserved industrial space, the Central Machine Works shop. According to Eater Austin, the historic building dates back to the 1940s when it served as a welding workshop for projects such as World War II airplane parts. Central Machine Works Brewery is estimated to open in the spring, offering a family-friendly environment, live music and taps serving up seasonal flavors and guest brews.
Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches
3218 Manor Road
Former Dentist Office, Copulos & Associates
Est. Opening: March 2019
“Batch Craft Beer and Kolaches will make your wildest dreams come true, assuming your wildest dreams involve craft beer and gourmet kolaches.” – Batch Craft Beer and Kolaches
Beer & Kolaches – a match made in foodie heaven. Batch initially opened their hip East Austin location last August, serving up gourmet kolaches, coffee and 12 rotating beer taps. The family-owned and operated brewery, taproom, kolache bakery and retail craft beer shop will be expanding their business this spring, adding 4-8 rotating home-brewed beers to their menu.
LeadCommercial is currently leasing creative office spaces located inside of Batch’s new brewery location. Tenants can enjoy an open, collaborative work environment in one of Austin’s trendiest neighborhoods, while enjoying all of the kolaches and post-work day brews their hearts desire.
Check out Batch’s full line-up of January events, including Jazz with Batch Beertet and Holodeck Happy Hour.
Need more spots to add to your 2019 brewery tour? Take a look at Eater Austin’s interactive brewery map.