IMPACT ROUNDUP: New Austin brewery now open

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American and English-style ales are now available at Zilker Brewing Company.

Co-founders Patrick Clark, Forrest Clark and Marco Rodriguez started the business out of the desire to create beer they enjoyed. The three started brewing together seven years ago and planned to open the brewery and tap room by end of 2014, but after some delays the business debuted April 10.

The team brews their beer using a Belgian trappist yeast to add complexity and depth to each batch, according to the ownership team. Zilker Brewing Company currently have four beers on tap: a session ale, a pale ale, an extra-special bitter and a Belgian pale ale.

The tap room is open from Wednesday through Sunday at 1701 E. Sixth St.

NOW OPEN—The third Austin location for frozen yogurt shop Menchie's opened April 27. The store has 14 flavors and more than 50 toppings at any given time with sugar-free and dairy-free options regularly available. 512-614-4255

NOW OPEN—Small plates influenced by American, French and Spanish cuisines are now being served at VOX Table. The restaurant opened April 29 in the new Lamar Union shopping center at 1100 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. 2140, with dinner and bar service seven days a week. There are plans to serve lunch and brunch in the coming months. 512-375-4869.

NOW OPEN—Burgers made using hand-smashed Texas raised beef are now available at Twisted Root Burger Co., which opened April 27. The eatery at 7211 Burnet Road includes a large outdoor patio with full bar and a nine-hole miniature golf course, which patrons can play for free with purchase of a milkshake. Patrons can build their own burger or order one from the menu. 512-925-2161.

COMING SOON—New food truck Bandwagon TX will open at noon May 8 at 902 E. Cesar Chavez St. The menu offers dishes blending Latin and Asian flavors made with fresh, free-range meat and organic produce. The business also offers catering services.

COMING SOON—A new showroom for Petrified Design will open May 9 in conjunction with the WEST Austin Studio Tour. The opening at 6601 Shirley Ave. marks the first time Petrified Design's products can be purchased in a retail setting. Most products incorporate wood and metal materials to create items such as chairs, tables, benches and more.


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