The newer Driftwood brewery and restaurant offers up plenty of room for weddings and receptions, as well as beers and food.
9) VISTA | Laissez Faire Wild Brett Ale (Winter) Vista makes bangers up and down their menu, but Laissez Faire is a modern miracle. Aged for over four months in freshly emptied Montepulciano wine barrels, this pink-hued wild ale takes on a bubbly tropical fruit profile with additional dabs to rose and pear, making this beer our brunch replacement for Topo Chico. And tacos. We just drink this beer for brunch. READ MORE
In Texas, a brewery can call itself a brewpub even if it doesn’t serve grub. This has been happening since 2013, when the Legislature overhauled the state’s beer laws to allow brewpubs to distribute to retailers in addition to selling beer to go—in cans, bottles, growlers, or crowlers. Some beloved craft breweries, which had only been permitted to sell beer to be consumed in their taprooms, began switching out their manufacturer’s licenses for brewpub licenses. A number of places have since opened up as brewpubs, with taprooms but no kitchens, although many often have food trucks nearby. We’re glad we can […]
Snag a seat at the hottest (and longest) table around. There’s almost nothing more perfectly Instagrammable than Outstanding in the Field’s outdoor lunch series, which plops an extra-long (as in, 1,000-seat-long) table into a stunning location for a family-style meal. Yes, admission is pricey: a ticket for the Austin event, which will be held February 12 at The Farm at Vista Brewing, about 40 minutes west of the city, will run you about $235. But with beer (brewed on site) and wine included, plus a four-hour lunch that includes produce from the farm’s garden and honey from its apiary, it’s well worth it. Book […]
The so-called “beer garden beers” are dry and drinkable, made to be enjoyed outside on a warm fall afternoon—try the Belgian-style tripel, the brewery’s “tribute to the Trappist monks and to Vista’s pure, limestone-filtered water.” But it’s the barrel-aged beer program that sets Vista apart from the rest. Featuring brews made with Hill Country ingredients—like honey, persimmons, agarita, and juniper—and fermented in freshly emptied red wine barrels, these beers offer a wine-like complexity and depth. The Rosanna Barrel-Aged Brett Ale is a Lambic-style beer brewed with a Brettanomyces strain of yeast called Lambicus and aged in barrels from Bending Branch […]
These drinks could well be a way to bring in new audiences. Crafting a product like wine with unexpected elements can change preconceived notions about what the base beverage is or has to be. On the flip side, an increasing amount of beer is being made with wine components. Take Vista Brewing, a new Texas brewery located between Austin and the Hill Country wine region. Owners Kent and Karen Killough and brewmaster Josh Watterson are repurposing local wineries’ barrels to age their beer. But while barrel-aged everything is on-trend nowadays, the team at Vista is using freshly dumped barrels, getting […]
Opened in spring of this year by wedded duo Kent and Karen Killough, Vista Brewing is a 21-acre fairy tale of high-end architectural composition pressed into the folksy ambience of oak-scattered Hill Country. Walking up the wide pathway of crushed granite through the split between Vista’s brewhouse and its tasting room is a classic Central Texas welcome, with an open-air stage, picnic tables, and musicians intoning something festive, like bluegrass, gospel, or a Glen Campbell cover. There is a farm on-site, and an orchard, and an apiary, and anything else foragable and interesting that serve as supporting actors to Vista’s […]