Live Oak Brewing Company recently opened its highly anticipated taproom and biergarten on 23 acres near the airport.
One of the most intriguing developments in Austin’s super-hot craft brewery scene comes from one of its oldest players. Live Oak Brewing Company, founded in 1997, has moved to 23 acres of previously undeveloped land in Del Valle so that it cannot only double production (cans of Live Oak Hefeweizen and Pils are finally available at local retailers and bars), but it also offers a shiny new taproom and outdoor biergarten with a rural vibe—and plenty of actual live oak trees. “It really is all about creating a space in which people can enjoy a little bit of wildlife within 10 minutes of downtown Austin,” says Live Oak sales manager Colin Ferguson. Guests can play on a disc golf course and enjoy food truck offerings to accompany a fresh Big Bark, Liberation, or seasonal special. “Taprooms are still a relatively new thing to Austin and to Texas; you tend to find them in more mature beer markets like California, Colorado, and Oregon,” says Ferguson. “You can basically leave the airport, come across the street, and enjoy quality beer in an Austin environment.” And now that Live Oak beers come in cans, you can take home a six-pack or case. 1615 Crozier Lane, Del Valle