Cedar Park, Leander residents develop a taste for craft beer

Chad Misner and Jon Lamb own Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing Co. in Cedar Park, which roasts coffee in-house and brews its own beer.

Chad Misner and Jon Lamb own Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing Co. in Cedar Park, which roasts coffee in-house and brews its own beer.

Austin’s thriving craft beer scene is no secret. But over the past year, a number of brewpubs and microbreweries have expanded into the Cedar Park and Leander area, and at least one more is coming in 2017.

Austin native Grady Reynolds said when he signed the lease at 3200 Woodwall Drive, Ste. C-1, Cedar Park, in 2013, local beer haunts, such as Whitestone Brewery and Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing Co., had not yet been conceptualized.


Reynolds and his former business partner, Robert Chaney, opened IronSight Brewers at the Woodwall location in September 2015.


Reynolds said the site formerly housed Twisted X Brewing Co.


Chaney parted ways with IronSight, but Reynolds remained in the Woodwall space and opened Thousand Oaks Brewing in late August with Head Brewer Dave Heath. The brewery crafts traditional-style beers, including its flagship brew, a rye blonde. Thousand Oaks’ taproom is open to the public Fridays from 5-9:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 2-8 p.m.


Reynolds said over the past three years, he has seen both the population and the beer scene in Cedar Park grow.


“It’s blowing up,” he said. “It’s unreal.”




Cedar Park, Leander residents develop a taste for craft beer Thousand Oaks Brewing Head Brewer Dave Heath (left) and owner Grady Reynolds have a laugh at the Cedar Park brewery, which formerly housed Twisted X Brewing Co.[/caption]

Ryan Anglen, owner and founder of Whitestone Brewery in The Railyard, celebrated his business’s one-year anniversary Jan. 1.


“The vibe of the city was really good for a brewery, I felt,” he said. “The community has been extremely responsive.”


Whitestone brews a variety of beer, and at first it only distributed within a 15-mile radius of its taproom, which is open daily, Anglen said.


“It feels like a lot of our crowd is the hyperlocal,” he said. “We know them; they know us.”


But the brewery is starting to see customers drive from Austin to visit the taproom, which Anglen said is likely because he recently started distributing to some of the bars on Sixth Street in Austin. He said he hopes to use the increased visibility in 2017 to ramp up distribution and build an in-house kitchen.


In Leander, the city welcomed its latest brewpub by awarding a $75,000 Old Town business grant on Nov. 3 to Ponyfoot Public House owners Michael and Jamie Nelson.


“To get that kind of support from a city, it’s really not something you’d expect to find,” Michael said. “It’s going to be an immense help.”


The Nelsons purchased the property at 216 N. Gabriel St., Leander, in 2014. Michael said they hope to open Ponyfoot as a family-friendly brewpub and beer garden with a full kitchen by the summer or fall.


Michael said they chose Leander because they found the city to be accommodating to small businesses and supportive of the brewpub idea.


Michael said the population in Leander is growing rapidly, but Leander Beer Market on Willis Street was the only brewpub in town.


“There’s not a whole lot else if you’re a big craft beer fan,” he said.


The Nelsons are working to finalize a design for Ponyfoot that incorporates the old house that currently sits on the future site of the brewpub.



MOST RECENT

Williamson County added 54 confirmed cases of the coronavirus Sept. 18. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County adds 54 confirmed cases of coronavirus Sept. 18

As of Sept. 18, eight patients are hospitalized, four are in intensive care units and seven are on a ventilator.

leander
Leander adopts $199M budget, lowered tax rate

The new tax rate would cost the average homeowner $0.41 more than last year in city property taxes.

Central Health administrative building in Austin
Central Health finalizes budget with increased tax rate, more health care services for low-income residents

Local health care district Central Health is budgeting a nearly $20 million increase in health care delivery services for Austin’s low-income residents.

"This season is a big, black box, and there are a lot of unknowns, as far as what the season's going to look like," said Dr. Bradley Berg, a BSW pediatrics doctor in Round Rock. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Baylor Scott & White Health to host 9 Austin-area drive-thru flu shot clinics

"This season is a big, black box, and there are a lot of unknowns, as far as what the season's going to look like," said Dr. Bradley Berg, a BSW pediatrics doctor in Round Rock.

leander
Leander City Council denies proposal for diversity, inclusion council

After over 200 public comments and council discussion, the Leander City Council denied the proposal in a 6-1 vote.

Dr. Sam Rolon is a physician for Baylor St. Luke's Medical Group Creekside Family Medicine in The Woodlands. (Courtesy St. Luke's Health)
Q&A: St. Luke's physician shares advice on flu season, vaccine and prevention

The influenza vaccine is recommended for nearly all patients of all ages ahead of this year's flu season, Dr. Sam Rolon said.

student in mask
TEA launches statewide COVID-19 dashboard for public schools

The Texas Education Agency, in collaboration with the Texas Department of State Health Services, has launched its latest COVID-19 dashboard for positive cases in Texas public schools.

Williamson County added 35 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and two new deaths Sept. 17. (Community Impact staff)
Williamson County adds 35 confirmed cases, 2 deaths to coronavirus count Sept. 17

Of the total cases reported, 8,187 are estimated to have recovered.

Austin City Limits Music Festival will present a free virtual broadcast from Oct. 9-11. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Free virtual broadcast of ACL Music Festival to be held Oct. 9-11 and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Austin area.

Gov. Greg Abbott said Sept. 17 that data from Texas' 22 hospital regions will dictate when certain businesses can reopen at 75% capacity. (Screenshot of Sept. 17 press conference)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott: Retail stores, restaurants, office buildings, gyms can reopen at 75% capacity as early as Sept. 21

Nursing home and long-term care facilities will also be allowed to reopen for visitation as early as Sept. 24.

Free COVID-19 testing is taking place in Hutto on Sept. 22-24. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Free COVID-19 testing taking place in Hutto on Sept. 22-24

The testing is open to all Texans regardless of county of residence.

See how data compares among Lake Travis-Westlake school districts. (Community Impact staff)
See how enrollment, superintendent salaries and more compare among Lake Travis-Westlake school districts

Each academic year, the Texas Education Agency compiles enrollment data for each public school district, including information on enrollment and demographics.