The 14th largest craft beer producer in the U.S., Oskar Blues Brewery, has opened its newest facility in North Austin.
The Colorado-based brewer is still waiting on label approval from the Texas Alcoholic and Beverage Commission for several of its beers but is able to serve its four core beers in cans: Dale’s Pale Ale, Pinner Throwback IPA, Oskar Blues IPA and Momma’s Little Yella Pils.
Oskar Blues hosted a soft opening Porch Party on July 30 in which hundreds of people showed up. The taproom is now open daily from 4-8 p.m. at 10420 Metric Blvd., Austin.
“We’re excited to be here in Austin and putting out our brand of beer,” said Dan Wiersema, Texas marketing manager and national digital media manager for Oskar Blues, on July 30. “We’re overwhelmed with the interest today.”
The facility originally was slated to open in the spring, but Wiersema said it has taken longer for the TABC to approve its labels and to serve beer on draft. He said it also took longer to finish the taproom and indoor stage with a mural and wall of speakers.
The goal is to have live music playing Thursday through Sunday, Wiersema said. The 5,000-square-foot facility also has an outdoor patio where the brewery plans to have games, such as cornhole and ladder toss.
“We wanted a space for our fans, and looking at [the turnout]today, we may have underestimated it,” he said.
Besides serving beer produced in Austin in the taproom, Wiersema said it will also be distributed to area H-E-B, Central Market and corner stores.
“It’s going to be fresher than ever before,” he said.
This post has been updated.
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