AUSTIN | Hops & Grain is a brewery in East Austin with a focus on quality beer and sustainability. It’s a simple warehouse space with large communal tables in the middle, surrounded by barrels full of ageing beer. Sometimes there’s a band playing live music from the brewery’s loading dock and there are always board games on hand. It makes for a fun, people focused atmosphere.
There are four core range beers on offer, along with any number of one-off and seasonal brews, including some really experimental flavours that change on a weekly basis. The staff undergo weekly “sensory training” which helps them stay on their toes when it comes to identifying flavours and the effects of various processes on the beer. For punters, $10.00 gets you six drink tickets and a glass to take home, which is a good way to try a few things that tickle your fancy.
When it comes to sustainability, Hops & Grain take things seriously. The tanks are cleaned using re-purposed “water liquor”, while used grain is given to local cattle farmers for their cows to eat. They even sell dog crackers made using spent grain. If an employee commutes to work using a “green” method, they get the price of a gallon of gas in cash as a daily bonus.
A part of the offering at Hops & Grain that’s a bit different than most brewery taprooms is that they are open from 10:00am every day of the week and serve coffee using beans from local roasters Flat Track and Houndstooth Coffee’s Tweed Coffee Roasters from Dallas. A brewery taproom that we can justify being at before midday? We’ll take that.
Hops & Grain
507 Calles Street
Mon – Sun: 10:00am to 10:00pm