After years of brewing beer together at home, Jimmy and Brandi Calhoun wanted a business where they could do what they enjoy and bring their kids, Dylan and Emmett, along for the journey.

In April of 2023, the couple opened Rockabilly Brewing in Hutto, with the goal of providing the community a place for beer lovers and their families to gather.

“We figured why not? Let’s do something that we love to do, that we can do as a family and actually enjoy going to work,” Brandi said. “As long as we can pay our bills doing something we love, that’s the dream.”

Respecting the craft

Homebrewers turned professionals, the Calhouns started Rockabilly Brewing with a tangerine cream ale on tap. Dubbed the Tangerine King, the couple has worked with Texas Beer Company to brew the product while they work to build their own brewhouse.

Along with the Tangerine King, the couple have four other beers in the works they plan to make their mainstays, including an amber, blonde, hazy and lager option. They’re currently collaborating with 3rd Level Brewing to bring the 8-second Amber to the bar in July.

“Finding that balance is where the fun comes in for Jimmy and I,” Brandi said. “Of course we like to taste test to see what works best.”

The setup

After operating over last summer and fall, the Calhouns decided to give their business a facelift. With the help of two new business partners, Eli and Sonya Alborn, the pair closed the brewery in December to start on renovations.

Rockabilly Brewing officially reopened again in April of this year.

The brewery is tucked away on the south side of Hutto, right off 1133 CR 137. The covered patio and bar is surrounded by a canopy of live oak trees, offering patrons a view out over the hills leading into the city, while fans keep a breeze flowing through the open-aired watering hole.

The brewery includes two playscapes and a bouncy house. It also features a stage to one day house live music and two TVs give sports fans a place to catch a game. A food truck, BBQ Fiends, sits outside with brisket, ribs, sausage and more on the menu.

“We found this place and it just spoke to us,” Brandi said. “We wanted it to be a space; not just a brewery.”

What’s next

As Rockabilly Brewing continues to expand, the Calhouns hope to in-grain themselves within the community.

They plan to host regular events throughout the year, such as game nights, mom meetups, concerts, food festivals and other gatherings. They also hope to be able to provide scholarships and other charitable donations to the area.

“We want to keep it local and be good to the community,” Brandi said.

Rockabilly Brewing

1133 CR 137, Hutto