Beer kitchen: The Craft Beer Bar at The Beer Kitchen, a new brewery in a beer bar

Beer Kitchen has opened a new restaurant in downtown Austin and is the latest to join a growing number of Austin craft breweries that have opened their doors to the public.

The Austin-based beer bar, with a menu featuring seasonal beers from Austin-area breweries like Sierra Nevada, Dogfish Head, Ballast Point and others, has a space in the old Hose, a popular Austin watering hole.

It opened in February and has plans to expand to a larger space in a couple of months.

Owner Josh Kincaid says the concept has been around for a while, but it took some time to get a license.

“When you start something new and you’re a small-time brewer, it’s not easy,” Kincaw told The Associated Press.

“We’ve been doing this for two years now, and we had to take a little time to figure out how we’re going to get there.”

Austin brewers are increasingly getting their hands on licenses to sell beer at bars, restaurants and retail outlets in the U.S.

Beer Kitchen has been operating as a bar and restaurant in the same location for about a year, Kincay said.

It opened on Jan. 3, and it was one of only a handful of Austin bars that had a full bar.

Beer Kitchens, which is owned by a partnership between Austin-born brewers and the city, has already had a few successes in the Austin area.

Last year, the bar had a grand opening, with guests dining in a restaurant inside the bar and drinking from taps inside.

A second location opened in a vacant space next to a Starbucks in the Old Town neighborhood.

“The craft beer scene has exploded in the past few years, and Austin is the city of beer, so it’s a great place to be,” Kancaid said.

“There’s a lot of opportunities for small breweries to start.”

Italian beer maker will open its first U.S. factory

Italian beer company Suntory Brewing Co. will open a new facility in North Carolina to produce its flagship beer in the state.

The company, which has operations in California, will produce 100,000 barrels of beer a year, said CEO Kevin Trombetta.

The brewery’s expansion is part of the company’s plan to expand to the Southeast in 2018.

The brewery also will start a pilot program to expand production to the region.

Suntory will be headquartered in a former auto parts plant in the city of Mantua in Sicily, where it has been producing beer for decades.

Trombiattes son and namesake, Mario Trombo, founded the company in 1955.