Bike and Brew Showcase: Blue Owl Brewing
Welcome to the first Bike and Brew Showcase! With this series of blogs, we intend to showcase breweries from our tours so riders can get a personal feel for what they’re in for. We also hope to inform readers and locals of breweries they might not know about yet. The brewery scene is growing at a rapid pace and we want to help you keep up with it!
Austin’s Blue Owl
Nestled in an east Austin community is a unique, new(ish) brewery that locals have come to love.
Blue Owl Brewing, located at 2400 E Cesar Chavez St., No. 300, is famous for their mastered art of sour-mashing beer. They’ve been open for a little under a year and have a made a splash in Austin’s brewery scene. Their quaint tasting room is warm and inviting; the quintessential Austin spot.
Another selling point is that the friendly staff really knows their beer. When they explain the process of sour-mashing, or describe the difference between an IPA and a pale ale, you can really feel the passion they have for what they do.
For $15, visitors will get a Blue Owl glass and four, generous pours. And don’t let the mention of sour-mash fool you. While they are sours, they come in various intensities so that even non sour drinkers will find something they can enjoy. Each beer has an SU (sour unit) measurement to inform drinkers how sour their beer will be. They offer three standard beers and seasonals and tap room exclusives. Two seasonals they are currently offering are the Saison Puede - Farmhouse Style Ale and the Czech Czech - Sour Czech Pilsner. When describing the new Czech Pilsner, owner Jeff Young wrote in a blog, “It’s like opening up the fourth dimension, when for so long, you’ve been told there were only three dimensions. Sweetness, bitterness, saltiness, and now sourness.”
Blue Owl Brewing has also joined with the Alamo Drafthouse to present Six Pack Stories, a six-part monthly series of panel discussions discussing the evolution of craft beer, the industry, and its impact on the community. An inaugural meet-and-greet happy hour was held on July 14 and was a huge success. If you’re interested in joining one of the next Six Pack Stories, you can find a list of dates here.
Their tasting room hours are from 3 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays; noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays; and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.
If you’re interested in taking the tour that includes this brewery as a stop, book the Heart of Austin Loop tour now!