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.”