South Austin Brewery owner takes big risks, finds big reward

Suds Monkey Brewing Co. owner Greg Plummer
Owner Greg Plummer dreamed of operating his own brewery for most of his life, starting with his foray into brewing in his late teens. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Owner Greg Plummer dreamed of operating his own brewery for most of his life, starting with his foray into brewing in his late teens. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Suds Monkey Brewing Co.’s flavors are inspired by Michigan style brewing.
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Owner Greg Plummer and Operations Manager Jennifer Carter cheers at Suds Monkey Brewing Co. (Photos by Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)
In 2009, Greg Plummer decided to take a leap of faith after more than ten years in brewing and leave his California home for Texas.

“It’s like trapeze,” Plummer said. “There’s that moment where you have to let go of one part to grab onto the other.”

Plummer, originally from the Detroit area, and his wife, Susan Plummer, decided to head to Central Texas in their RV.

For six months, the pair looked for a place to plant roots before landing in Dripping Springs. They settled down, and Greg took a stable job in marketing.

After seven years, he quit his job to start their dream business, Suds Monkey Brewing Co., with the help of his wife.


The brewery opened at 1032 Canyon Bend Drive, Dripping Springs. In April, they moved into a larger space at 12024 W. Hwy. 290, Austin. The brewery features six signature brews, which Greg said have a “malty Michigan character.”

Greg attributes some of his brewery’s success to two lucky moves that helped him weather the COVID-19 crisis.

In November 2019, about four months before businesses shut down over COVID-19, Greg invested in a special permit that allowed them to deliver alcohol. He also converted an office into a kitchen, which later proved to be a lifeline by allowing him to stay open when beverage-only bars and breweries were forced to shut down.

“That saved us,” Plummer said.

By February 2022, Plummer expects to complete the transformation of a horse barn on the property into an indoor and outdoor bar and stage. He also plans to turn a large storage area into a replica of the original space opened in 2017.



Suds Monkey Brewing Co.

12024 W. Hwy. 290, Austin

512-222-3893

www.sudsmonkeybrew.com

Hours: Wed.-Thu. 4-9 p.m.,

Fri. 2-10 p.m., Sat. noon-10 p.m.,

Sun. 2-8 p.m., Mon. 5-10 p.m.,

Tue. closed.
By Maggie Quinlan

Reporter, Southwest Austin/Dripping Springs

Maggie joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July 2021 after a year spent covering crime, courts and politics at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, near the border with Idaho. In Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs, Maggie covers education, business, healthcare, transportation, real estate development and nonprofits. Prior to CI, she graduated from Washington State University, where she was managing editor of the student newspaper and a section editor at her hometown newspaper based in Moscow, Idaho. Maggie dreamed of living in the Austin area for years and feels honored to serve the communities of Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs.