Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery

7020 Easy Wind Drive, Suite 100
Austin, TX 78752

I didn't know what to expect from the world's first co-op owned and worker managed brewery, but this blossoming pub in Austin Texas did not disappoint.  Jonah and I are visiting his uncle in Texas and Chris suggested this brewery within a bike ride distance of his house.  We visit a lot of breweries and it's always a plus when you get the thumbs up from a local.  After only getting a little lost on our bike ride over, we met up with long-time friend Tyler, a transplant from Oregon, and his lovely girlfriend Katherine.  

The inside decor was very modern and the beers held up to the recommendation.  I started with the High-Esteem, a rye pale ale which turned out to be my favorite of the evening. Jonah had the Recalcitrant Dockhand, a poster with a lot of flavor. Although they only has three of their own beers on tap, they had 20 guest taps and most of them were Texan brews.  I was confused by the names of the beers, they lacked a relationship with the brewery and each other.  Also, there was no music playing, an odd decision for such a music-centric city. 

All in all, it is fun to experience a brewery that is just starting out.  I would like to come back in a few years and see how they evolved.  If you live in Austin, head down there and purchase a share; haven't you always wanted to own your own brewery?  If you're visiting, stop by for a beer and maybe dinner, the food is locally focused and delicious.  Also they are super nice to their employees.  

Thank you Austin.  We had a blast!


  1. Ah! that sounds awesome! And the shirt you got from there is kickass. I like their logo.

  2. The only weird thing is the logo is from the Ghana flag, random?



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