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 dazzling farm-to-table menu.
Vista features two discernible beer gardens – one for the adults and the other for the adults who are allied with their progeny, observing the ways of responsible drinking and enjoying an atmosphere that genuinely caters to families looking for pizza joint respite. Around the beer garden hover at least a half-dozen tree swings that make the outdoor stretch feel like some sort of Pulitzer-winning set design from a William Faulkner novel. And just a bit further is their custom-built playscape, ground zero for the moms and dads who actually like to be active with their kids.