We brew traditional styles which pay homage to European origins, while highlighting our own Texas Hill Country terroir.  All of our beers are made with water sourced directly from the limestone-filtered water well on the property, 450 feet below the surface in the Middle Trinity aquifer.

We don’t alter this water in any way, and let our beers showcase this beautiful, mineral-rich natural resource.  The end product is an elegant and dry beer, made to be enjoyed under the shade of a Live Oak.

The Tasting Room draft list shown here is subject to change, as we rotate beers often.  Be sure to check our retail cooler for barrel program beers no longer on draft.

We offer a curated list of wines and local ciders, as well as non-alcoholic beverages.

Collaboration Series

We celebrate lifelong craftsmen and organizations who share our ethos through developing a recipe and brewing together. We highlight local Texas artisans and non-profits in our community who are working hard for their passion each and every day.

Collaboration Series

We celebrate lifelong craftsmen and organizations who share our ethos through developing a recipe and brewing together. We highlight local Texas artisans and non-profits in our community who are working hard for their passion each and every day.

Barton Creek Gold — Blonde Ale

COLLAB WITH BARTON CREEK COUNTRY CLUB
BREADY / CRISP / PINE / 4.2% ABV
0.5L pour / Pitcher / Crowler / 6x12oz cans

This classic American blonde ale pours a rich golden hue with a fluffy white head and aromas of freshly baked bread, pine, grapefruit and melon. This drinkable ale delivers a full mouthfeel and slight acidity from Vista’s mineral-rich well water. This recipe was designed in collaboration with our friend’s over at Barton Creek Country Club as the perfect brew for a day on the golf course!

Bee Cave — Honey Wheat Ale

Crisp / orange / light honey sweetness / 4.8% abv
0.5L Pour / Pitcher / Crowler / 4x16oz cans

This collaboration brew with the Bee Cave Arts Foundation was made in honor of our new Tasting Room in the Hill Country Galleria! Coming in at a crushable 4.8% abv, with a slight sweetness from over 100 pounds of honey, you’ll find flavors of freshly baked bread, orange and of course, honey.  Can design by contest winner, artist Terry Hahn. A portion of proceeds donated to The Bee Cave Arts Foundation.

Barrel Program (draft)

Vista’s barrel program is built around freshly emptied wine barrels sourced from our neighbors here in Central Texas. We currently have barrels aging with brettanomyces ales, Belgian-style lambics (some with local fruit, such as Fredericksburg peaches) and small batch variations of our beer garden recipes.

Barrel Program (draft)

Vista’s barrel program is built around freshly emptied wine barrels sourced from our neighbors here in Central Texas. We currently have barrels aging with brettanomyces ales, Belgian-style lambics (some with local fruit, such as Fredericksburg peaches) and small batch variations of our beer garden recipes.

Hye — Texas Wild Ale

Savory / Apple / Honeysuckle / 6.9% abv
500 ml bottle

Hye is a savory and dry ale created with 100% wild yeast found in the freshly-dumped William Chris zinfandel barrels where it aged for over 12 months. The wild yeast and time in barrel gives flavors of white grape, honeysuckle and peach with a lingering tannic and funky finish.

Hye is an ongoing collaboration started in summer of 2019 with William Chris Vineyards, located down the road in Hye, TX. Our goal is to find wild Texas yeasts from Hill Country vineyards we can isolate and brew with Texas grains and age in Texas wine barrels.

Rosanna — Wine Barrel Aged Brett Ale

tart / earthy / stone fruit / 7.1% abv
8 oz pour / 0.5 L Carafe

The star of this beer is a strain of Brettanomyces called Lambicus, lending cherry-pie like flavors which complement earthy Brett and vanilla. Rosanna aged 12 months in freshly emptied Aglianico, Alicante Bouschet, Charbono and Souzão barrels from Bending Branch Winery. We’ve created single varietal bottlings exclusively for our Barrel Club, and a blend which draws unique flavors from from each of the wine varietals.  Named after the wife of William Barrett Travis, this beer pays homage to Texas history and honors mothers, wives and better halves everywhere.

Flanders Fields — Oude Bruin

This barrel aged sour brown ale is our Texas tribute to a traditional style of the Flemish region of Belgium. We began with Texas grown pilsner, munich and chocolate malts. Vista’s well water and house-aged hops mingle nicely with a strain of  Brettanomyces isolated from a small Belgian brewery. Fifteen months in a neutral oak give us a balanced sour brown ale which pays tribute to the style.

Named in honor of the poem by John McCrae written as a tribute to fallen soldiers on WWI.
“Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.”

Beer Garden

We’re brewing beer perfect for enjoying in shade of an old oak tree.  Our recipes are influenced by European traditions, with our own signature interpretation. We’ll have a range of styles, all balanced, approachable, low abv. Crisp and dry on the palate, but at the same time, soft and drinkable.

Beer Garden

We’re brewing beer perfect for enjoying in shade of an old oak tree.  Our recipes are influenced by European traditions, with our own signature interpretation. We’ll have a range of styles, all balanced, approachable, low abv. Crisp and dry on the palate, but at the same time, soft and drinkable.

Silver Linings — California Common

Fruity / Caramel / Cedar / Biscuit / 5.1% abv
0.5L Pour / Pitcher / Crowler

Our newest release, Silver Linings, honors a message of positivity during this unprecedented pandemic.   We are focused on finding gratitude and sharing a little bit of joy through craft beer.  We’re opening up our walking paths for you to enjoy the fresh air and beauty of the spring wildflowers and the Hill Country.

This California Common is our brewmaster Pat’s tribute to the first modern American craft beer: Anchor Steam.  Growing up in California, Pat has fond memories of this brew and the beer industry revolution inspired by Fritz Maytag.

The classic beer is marked by the use of crystal malt and Northern Brewer hops.  We follow suit, with the malt giving the beer a rich, amber color and caramel flavor, the Nugget and Northern Brewer hops giving an austere woody bitterness and the warm-fermented lager yeast lending biscuit and toast flavors.

Adair — Kölsch

Crisp / DRY / Effervescent / 4.5% abv
0.5L pour / pitcher / Crowler

An ale-lager hybrid with an easy-drinking mouthfeel and a touch of fruit notes from the ale yeast. An exceedingly drinkable beer which we make with 100% German Noble hops and malts. Named for an old Texas family name, passed down for generations in the Vista Brewing family.

Middle Trinity — Belgian-Style Tripel

Clove / banana / ester / 9.5% abv
8oz pour / 750ml bottle

This Belgian-style, strong golden ale is our tribute to the Trappist monks and to Vista’s pure, limestone filtered water from the Middle Trinity aquifer. Pours with a faint haze and a snow-white head. Floral and mellow spiciness and clean vanilla malty notes make way for traditional banana and clove.

Destination — American IPA

FLORAL / CITRUS / BALANCED / 6.5% abv / 45 IBU
0.5L pour / pitcher / Crowler

Vista’s mainstay classic American IPA, a rotating hop brew which is always highly drinkable and dry, right at 6.5%.  This batch is super crisp, citrusy with a hint of mango.   Named for: travels to destinations near and far that have inspired our dreams!

Le Saison — French-Style Saison

Fruity / Dry / Spice / 6.5% abv
0.5L Pour / 750 ml Bottle

Vista’s house saison is a French-style modelled after the classic ales of Wallonia.  This brew pours a rich golden color with a frothy white head and a slight haze.  The aroma is tropical fruit, banana, clove, white pepper and honey.

The first sip gives you classic saison flavors of bready malt, honey and white pepper.  The beer is dry with a full mouthfeel, with a good amount of ester and spiciness.  Pair this elegant beer with any of our grilled meats, or take a pint on our walking trail and explore it’s delicate layers.

Dark Skies — Black Pilsner

BALANCED / DRY / COOKIE-LIKE / 4.9% abv
0.5L pour / pitcher / Crowler / 6 x 12oz cans to-go
GOLD MEDAL – 2018 US OPEN BEER CHAMPIONSHIPS

A black lager with hints of coffee and roasted marshmallow.  European hops are used to balance the body alongside the German specialty malts and German yeast which imparts fruitcake and fresh dough flavors and aromas. Named for: the big, bright stars over Driftwood and the International Dark Sky Association.

Positivity — New Zealand-Style Pale Ale

Lychee / Grapefruit / Fresh Bread / 5.7% abv
0.5L POUR / PITCHER / CROWLER

Couldn’t we all use a hefty dose of positivity these days? Here at Vista, we are inspired to slow down, take a moment to enjoy a beer and make a mental note of all that we are grateful for….even in this wild & crazy year of 2020!

We started with the grain bill of a classic American Pale Ale and used 100% New Zealand hops to transform it into a crisp, dry and vinous Southern Hemisphere brew you’ll come back to again and again.

Pours a lovely golden color with a full white head and aromas of white grape, grapefruit and melon. Maris Otter adds a malty backbone to the beer, giving a pleasant fresh bread aroma as it warms.

Hoppy yet not overly bitter, generous amounts of Nelson and Motueka hops give you flavors of lychee, mango, white pepper and rose water.

Lorenzo — Mexican Hot Chocolate Imperial Stout

Rich / Chocolate / Spice / 9.1% abv
8oz pour / 500ml bottle

We took inspiration from traditional South-of-the-border hot chocolate, combining the dark chocolate malt base with Ceylon cinnamon, Madagascar vanilla beans and touch of heat and smoke from guajillo and ancho chili peppers.  We’re honoring Lorenzo de Zavala, who dedicated his life to fighting oppression and building democracy. He helped author both the first Mexican and first Republic of Texas constitutions, and was the first Vice President of Texas!

Bottles

Available in bottles to enjoy at Vista, at home or to store in your cellar.

Bottles

Available in bottles to enjoy at Vista, at home or to store in your cellar.

Hye — Texas Wild Ale

Savory / Apple / Honeysuckle / 6.9% abv
500 ml bottle

Hye is a savory and dry ale created with 100% wild yeast found in the freshly-dumped William Chris zinfandel barrels where it aged for over 12 months. The wild yeast and time in barrel gives flavors of white grape, honeysuckle and peach with a lingering tannic and funky finish.

Hye is an ongoing collaboration started in summer of 2019 with William Chris Vineyards, located down the road in Hye, TX. Our goal is to find wild Texas yeasts from Hill Country vineyards we can isolate and brew with Texas grains and age in Texas wine barrels.

Shapeshifter — Little Saison

Collaboration with Funkwerks
Earthy / White Grape / Mango / Pepper / 3.8% abv
0.5L draft / 750ml BTL

We joined forces with one of our favorite Colorado breweries, Funkwerks, to brew this “little saison”, a style-defying ale with the funkiness of saisons we love, without adding brettanomyces. Our two brewmasters Pat and Gordon — longtime friends — were up to the challenge. They started with a unique grain bill: pilsner malt, malted wheat and acidulated malt, along with raw spelt berries from our neighbors at Barton Springs Mill added for mouthfeel and a slight haze.

Classic Tettnang & Hersbrucker hops, along with Vista’s mineral- rich well water, were the perfect compliment for a wild Texas saccharomyces strain. Our friends at Community Cultures isolated this yeast from a prickly pear cactus in Big Bend Park in West Texas. The result is like a saison, a wit and an earthy farmhouse in one, all at an easy-drinking 3.8%.

Pours a hazy straw color with a thin head. The initial aroma is white grape, mango and coconut shell. As the beer warms, you’ll find biscuit, bread and earthy aromas come out. The first sip gives a spritzy mouthfeel, slight acidity and a dry finish. You’ll discover flavors of mango, lychee, kiwi, white pepper and clove.

Middle Trinity — Belgian-Style Tripel

Clove / banana / ester / 9.5% abv
8oz pour / 750ml bottle

This Belgian-style, strong golden ale is our tribute to the Trappist monks and to Vista’s pure, limestone filtered water from the Middle Trinity aquifer. Pours with a faint haze and a snow-white head. Floral and mellow spiciness and clean vanilla malty notes make way for traditional banana and clove.

Laissez Faire — Wine Barrel-Aged Brett Ale

Tart / Red Grape / Mineral / 7.4% abv
500 ml bottle

Full-bodied with a beautiful pink hue. Big fruit notes of red grape, berry and apple with a slight acidity and minerality. Brett forward with beautiful vanilla and tannins from the red wine barrels.

This beer began with Vista’s aquifer filtered well water, house-aged hops and 100% Texas-grown grains: two-row pilsner malt and wheat from Blacklands Malt. It spent 12 months in freshly-emptied, 100% Touriga Nacional red wine barrels from our neighbors Lewis Wines with a Brettanomyces Trois yeast strain.  Laissez Faire is a French phrase meaning “let things take their own course, without interfering.” We proudly take that approach in our barrel program.

Desert Skies — Sotol Barrel-Aged Farmhouse Ale

Vanilla / Bourbon / Botanical / 8.9% abv
500ml bottle

The second release in our Desert Skies series, where we team up with our Driftwood neighbors Desert Door Texas Sotol to explore ageing beer in the freshly emptied barrels of this unique spirit.

Our house Le Saison transforms into an even more complex beer over a year spent in the sotol barrel, which adds layers of botanical, vanilla and bourbon-like notes.  The flavors of both the mixed-culture saison and the sotol have married and concentrated, yielding a beer that is smooth, even at 8.9% abv.

Cuvée Cerise — Mixed Culture Wild Ale with Tart Cherries

Cherry / Blackberry / Leather / 7.8% abv
500ml bottle

The aroma and flavor are first and foremost cherry, then warming to blackberry, leather and tobacco. Tart and dry with a vinous finish.  This small-batch blend began with two of Vista’s most popular beers: Laissez Faire Brett Ale and our house mixed culture saison. After three months in stainless, the blend was racked into local wine barrels with star of the show: a heavy  dose of tart red cherries. The mixed cultures refermenting on cherries, along with a subtle layer of tannin and wood character, creates a unique synergy of beer and fruit fermentations. The result is a vibrant crimson blend of fruit and earthy Brett that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Oenobeer Series: Hye - Texas Wild Ale with Picpoul Blanc

APRICOT / VANILLA / HONEYSUCKLE / 8.3% ABV
8 oz pour / 500 ML BOTTLE

We’ve created a series of unique barrel-aged beers, each pairing a single cask of beer with a single varietal of freshly pressed Texas wine grape juice.  We add the juice to our existing aged beer in barrel within 24 hours of harvest, and then allow the yeast and microflora from both the beer and the grape juice to co-ferment in the barrel for about 12 months. A truly unique Texas product, created with Texas grains, Vista’s well water and Texas-grown grape juice.

Hye is a savory and dry ale created with 100% wild yeast found in the freshly-dumped William Chris zinfandel barrels.  The Picpoul Blanc juice in this version of the oenobeer is from William Chris Vineyards Timmons Ranch, Texas High Plains.  Light golden color with aromas of apricot & vanilla. Soft mouthfeel with fruity esters and balanced acidity.

Oenobeer Series: Glen Rose — Lambic-Style Ale with Roussanne

White grape / Mineral / Kiwi / 8.7% ABV
8 oz pour / 500 ML BOTTLE

We’ve created a series of unique barrel-aged beers, each pairing a single cask of beer with a single varietal of freshly pressed Texas wine grape juice.  We add the juice to our existing aged beer in barrel within 24 hours of harvest, and then allow the yeast and microflora from both the beer and the grape juice to co-ferment in the barrel for about 12 months. A truly unique Texas product, created with Texas grains, Vista’s well water and Texas-grown grape juice.

Glen Rose has a blend of six cultures which produces a mildly tart ale.  The Roussanne juice in this version of the oenobeer is from William Chris Vineyards La Pradera Vineyard, Texas High Plains. Deep amber color with aromas of white grape, pineapple, kiwi. Dry & sour with subtle minerality.

Oenobeer Series: Travis — Brett Ale with Cabernet Sauvignon

RED GRAPE / PLUM / LEATHER / 9.2% ABV
8 OZ POUR / 500 ML BOTTLE

We’ve created a series of unique barrel-aged beers, each pairing a single cask of beer with a single varietal of freshly pressed Texas wine grape juice.  We add the juice to our existing aged beer in barrel within 24 hours of harvest, and then allow the yeast and microflora from both the beer and the grape juice to co-ferment in the barrel for about 12 months. A truly unique Texas product, created with Texas grains, Vista’s well water and Texas-grown grape juice.

Travis began as a delicate, mildly tart single-strain Brett ale. The Cabernet Sauvignon juice is from Lewis Wines, Tallent Vineyards, Mason County, TX.   Rich crimson color with aromas of red grape, plum, and blackberry. Sour & dry with cherry, leather, vanilla.

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Middle Trinity Tripel

TOFFEE / VANILLA / BOURBON / 13.8 %abv
8 oz pour / 0.5 L carafe / 500 ml bottle

We’ve transformed our original Belgian-style Tripel through almost a year in freshly-dumped Ghost Hill Bourbon barrels from our neighbors Treaty Oak.

Over the course of the seasons, the variations in temperature allowed the beer to expand and contract in barrel, which concentrated the vanilla and honey-like flavors. This time also softened the alcohol and infused fresh bourbon undertones. The result is a remarkably smooth, big beer with all of the vanilla, floral, and spicy notes of Middle Trinity married with toffee, caramel, vanilla and of course, bourbon.

Lorenzo — Mexican Hot Chocolate Imperial Stout

Rich / Chocolate / Spice / 9.1% abv
8oz pour / 500ml bottle

We took inspiration from traditional South-of-the-border hot chocolate, combining the dark chocolate malt base with Ceylon cinnamon, Madagascar vanilla beans and touch of heat and smoke from guajillo and ancho chili peppers.  We’re honoring Lorenzo de Zavala, who dedicated his life to fighting oppression and building democracy. He helped author both the first Mexican and first Republic of Texas constitutions, and was the first Vice President of Texas!

Flanders Fields — Oude Bruin

This barrel aged sour brown ale is our Texas tribute to a traditional style of the Flemish region of Belgium. We began with Texas grown pilsner, munich and chocolate malts. Vista’s well water and house-aged hops mingle nicely with a strain of  Brettanomyces isolated from a small Belgian brewery. Fifteen months in a neutral oak give us a balanced sour brown ale which pays tribute to the style.

Named in honor of the poem by John McCrae written as a tribute to fallen soldiers on WWI.
“Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.”

Wine-barrel-aged beers made for sharing over a meal or storing in your cellar.  Check out our Tasting Room menu for the latest limited-release bottle list, or join our Barrel Club for exclusive releases.

Pick up a can of 32 oz of fresh beer straight from our taps, always 3 for $25.   Grab a 36oz Vista YETI Rambler, with your first beer fill included, or bring any size growler to fill.

Take home our most popular beer garden beers in a 12oz can!  Look for Adair Kolsch and Dark Skies Black Pilsner, along with limited runs of seasonal brews.

Email us to check beer availability and to pick up a 5.15 or 15.5 gallon keg for your event or kegerator.  Note, we do not provide taps, tubs or serving equipment.  Please give three days advance notice.