Gold-Medal-Winning Texas Brewer: America Is The Craft-Brewing Melting Pot Of The World

“We take a little bit from each culture and blend it together to achieve and yield the style of beer we like to drink,” he says. American brewers, he says, also use fermentation techniques of spirits makers and winemakers and “are incredibly experimental.” All is “inspired and derived from other cultures,” Watterson says. The influences of foreign brewing experts may have paid dividends for the 34-year-old Texas brewmaster. This week, his Dark Skies schwarzbier, a German-style black beer, won a gold medal at the 2018 U.S. Open Beer Championship. More than 6,300 beers representing more than 110 styles competed before judges [...]
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Austin’s craft brew market is booming: Here are 5 breweries to try

For beer lovers, long holiday weekends can be an ideal time to visit Austin, Texas. Owing to Austin’s status as both a home for young professionals and an entrepreneurial city, the craft beer scene is booming, with new breweries and tasting rooms appearing on a regular basis. With the summer in full swing after the July 4 holiday, pub-crawlers have a plethora of choices in and around Austin to sample high quality craft beer, including the following four relatively new establishments. Vista Brewing: The beer, the view, the experience Hidden away on several shady acres on Route 150 in Driftwood, […]

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A Brew With a View: Pull up a seat at Vista Brewing, the newest destination pub in Driftwood, Texas.

Balmy Sundays and strolls along the River Thames: These are just a couple fond memories engineer turned marketer Karen Killough treasures from her years spent living in England. But her most vivid recollections are of the destination brewpubs. It’s this idyll that Killough and her husband, Kent, wanted to replicate with Vista Brewing, an experience that’s as much about the atmosphere as it is about the brew, a place where families and friends can gather and enjoy the outdoors. When the couple returned to Austin in 2014, they saw the development of wineries and the untapped potential of burgeoning tourism. [...]
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Craft Beer Austin

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Eater Austin

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The Wall: Built by Early Farmers

We are the proud caretakers of a meandering dry-stacked limestone wall that greets our Vista guests. We didn’t build it, but we sure have worked hard to preserve it. Other than being very old, there isn’t a lot that is known for sure about the history of this interesting artifact. However, walking through what we know about Texas history and Vista’s land, we can piece together a pretty good idea of why and when it was built. Let’s start with likely ideas on why it was built: There are about 2,500 linear feet of wall that are still standing. If [...]
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Preserving the Sentries of the Texas Hill Country

We believe trees hold so much history and wisdom that we made a point to preserve every tree on our property.

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Keeping the Bees: A Family Legacy

Growing up, one of our founders, Karen, watched her grandfather keep bees on their family cattle farm in Virginia and sell honey and beeswax candles at the local farmer’s market. She had not been up close and personal with a beehive in many years, and was excited about learning a new hobby as a part of building Vista. Karen read beekeeping books cover to cover and took several classes at the Sustainable Food Center with the knowledgeable local beekeeper extraordinaire Tara from Two Hives Honey. It was in the “Hive Inspection 101” class, where she held a buzzing frame, that Karen [...]
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