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Edible Explores: Road Trip To Driftwood

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Ultimate 6er | Six New Breweries to Try in the Austin Area

Austin’s burgeoning beer scene continues to grow despite naysayers touting a looming burst in the craft beer bubble. Recently, the city was even recognized by VinePair as the top beer destination in the world. Several new breweries opened their doors over the past year, with several more getting ready for their 2019 debut. Here are six must-try new breweries in the metro area and just beyond the city. Vista Brewing is situated just outside of Austin on 21-acres in picturesque Driftwood, Texas. The expansive property features a brewery, tasting room, restaurant, apiary, farm and will eventually include accommodations for overnight […]

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Travel the Dripping With Taste Trail

Texas Hill Country hot spots Dripping Springs and Driftwood are partnering with local distilleries, wineries, and breweries for a sampling of area whistle wetters. Official food trails are a popular way for a city, state, or organization to promote itself or its product. There are trails for Santa Fe’s margaritas, New Mexico’s green chile cheeseburgers, Kentucky whiskey, Texas wine, and, now, for the libations of Texas Hill Country hotspots Dripping Springs and Driftwood, the Dripping With Taste Trail. Read More

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Austin’s best restaurant and top chef crowned at Tastemaker Awards 2019

Over the past six weeks, we have been celebrating Austin’s restaurant and bar scene as part of our 2019 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards. After much deliberation from our expert panel of judges (and a heated reader tournament), the list of nominees has now been slimmed down to the best of the best. On April 10, emcee and local television personality Taylor Ellison revealed the winners during a lavish party at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Please join us in saluting this year’s winners.   Read More

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9 best breweries in Austin are tapping the next generation of craft beer

Vista’s beers can certainly be enjoyed outside its Driftwood home. The Adair kolsch is a worthy sip while you binge Game of Thrones and the Laissez Faire barrel-aged Brett is as affable a dinner party companion as a dry rosé. Still, there’s just something about enjoying it out in the Texas Hill Country, with the buzz of bees in the background and a gentle breeze darting between the oaks. Even though they use techniques that were born long ago in Europe, each of the taps have a sense of place. Vista may be a destination brewery, but it feels like home. Read […]

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Hill Country Escape: Vista Brewing is a land of beer and honey

I’m at a brewery, which I admit is a fairly common occurrence. But what’s new this time is that I’m standing a couple yards from a just-sprouted garden, eating a leaf of arugula that was freshly plucked from the hand-tilled earth. It’s the start of the second year for Vista Brewing and its on-site garden, which supplies many of the vegetables for the seasonal-focused kitchen on-site and the flower arrangements for the taproom’s tables. Eventually, the organic farm will also provide ingredients like figs and pomegranates for the 21-acre Hill Country brewery’s European-leaning beers. For now, Vista’s co-owners, Kent and […]

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The 2019 “Best of Craft Beer” Award Winners

Held privately each winter in Bend, Oregon, one of the nation’s most vibrant beer destinations, the Best of Craft Beer Awards, is a “for profit” competition that has been growing at an incredible clip. 262 medals in 90 different categories were awarded by 96 judges this year, a team comprised of BJCP experts, vetted brewers and industry professionals. And more than 162 breweries from 33 states took home Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in 2019’s competition.   Read More

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16 Best Things to do in Austin

In Austin you’re in “The Live Music Capital of the World,” (apologies to Nashville) but there is plenty to fill your itinerary in between sets. Lace up your sneakers, because much the best of Austin happens outside. Stroll public art installations, and visit revitalized waterside parks, natural swimming holes, and a pride of peacocks by day; then watch the famous Austin bat colony fly as the sun sets (everyone has to do it once) by night, preferably with a good drink in hand. You’ll still have time to shop for a pair of cowboy boots before a two-stepping dance lesson […]

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Imbibe 75: Destinations

Vista included in January/Febuary 19′  Print of Imbibe Magazine 75: Destinations

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How Austin’s best new breweries barreled their way to the top

There’s little chance you could confuse Austin’s newest breweries with one another, despite the sheer number of breweries our city and the surrounding Hill Country have gained over the past few years. But there is one major thing the three best ones that opened this year have in common. Oddwood Ales found a rustic home in East Austin for its zippy pale ales and mixed-culture blends in February. Two months later, the sprawling Driftwood brewery Vista Brewing and the sophisticated East Austin restaurant the Brewer’s Table opened their doors within days of each other. A significant component of each beer […]

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A Texas Snacker’s Guide to the Holidays

Relish the Laissez Faire Life Laissez-faire economics might be a heavy subject these days, but the latest release from Vista Brewing’s brewmaster Josh Watterson – Laissez Faire Brett Ale – is light and bright, dry and delightful, with notes of pear and rose. It’s like champagne and craft beer had a lovechild, which obviously means if you bring some to share, you’ll forever be known as the very best holiday party guest. Conveniently for you, sweet starved-for-attention friend, right now it’s available at select Specs around town. And for the less social among us, feel free to give the gift […]

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Top 15 Austin Breweries

Vista makes every effort to remind you of the fact that their aesthetically top-shelf Hill Country brewery and taproom, along with their 21-acre agricultural showpiece, is truly a sight to behold. IT’S RIGHT THERE IN THE NAME, MAN! Recently, we called Vista less a brewpub and more of a spontaneous food and beer festival, where revelers participate in classic Texas-isms like dancing to really good Old 97’s cover bands and drinking heat-slaying lagers near a big tree. It’s a real party over there. Josh Watterson, Vista’s head brewer, curates a beer program featuring three branches of his kickassery: Beer Garden […]

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Cooking with FOX 7: Vista Brewery

Chef Andrew Stiver and brewmaster Josh Watterson provide a lesson on how to pair tasty fall dishes with seasonal beer. Read More

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Not into ACL Fest? Outside the City Limits, at a scenic Hill Country brewery, is your alternative

There’s no doubt Austin City Limits Festival has become an indelible piece of our music-loving city’s identity, but for people who would prefer a more low-key day of tunes away from the hubbub coming to Zilker Park, one Driftwood brewery is offering an alternative. Vista Brewing has teamed up with Sun Radio for Outside the City Limits, an event boasting a lineup of country, western swing and bluegrass bands — all locally based. The day-long fest on Oct. 6 will have two stages of live music, as well as Vista’s beers, multiple food vendors including Salt Lick BBQ, and lawn […]

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At Vista Brewing, Local Ingredients Find Their Way Into Food and Beer

Driftwood, Texas, is known for a particular barbecue hot spot. But the town, just 25 miles outside of Austin, has itself another gastronomic destination — Vista Brewing. Opened April of this year by husband and wife Kent and Karen Killough, the 21-acre Vista Brewing is the whole package. There’s a brewery (it’s in the name), a tasting room, an apiary, a concert venue, an event space, a farm, and a verifiable farm-to-table restaurant. It also happens to sit in the center of the original 1830s land grant to the William Barrett Travis, a founding father of Texas who died at The […]

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