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Uncle Billy's Brew & Que

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Uncle Billy's Brew & QueUncle Billy's Brew & Que
BEER AVG
3.65/5
Based on:
58 Beers
241 Ratings
Place Score: 89
Ratings: 47
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: n/a
Taps: 10
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1530 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, Texas, 78704
United States
phone: (512) 476-0100

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Place added by: HumuloneRed on 06-02-2007

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Reviews by HardTarget:
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Atmosphere: New place, everything is looking good. Inside isn’t huge, standard bar and tables with glass walls letting you see into the brewing area, which are pretty tight quarters. Outside has at least, if not more seating, much of it covered. Very cool silo water feature with folk art chickens. Great music in that it was mainstream rock but at the perfect level that let you hear it without having to work at a conversation.

Quality: Beers were well cared for and fresh.

Service: Our server was very good taking good care of us. After we ate he hung out and talked a bit. Turns out he had his first brew in the fermenter and was happy to talk beer. The GM stopped by and upon request gave us a tour of the brewing facilities; can’t really ask for much more.

Selection: Nice taps available. They had 6 of their own (and given the sampler board they serve with, that’s the expected number), A blonde, Hefe, APA, EPA, IPA, and a smoked porter. In addition, they had Real Ale’s Lost Gold and Coffee Porter, Live Oak’s Big Bark and Pilz, Independence’s IPA, and St. Arnold’s Elissa. It’s really an all star lineup of Texas craft brew.

Food: It’s a BBQ place, meat by the ½ pound, sides to order, stuffed potatoes, salads, sandwiches. Most comes family style that let’s you get a good selection. The fried pickles were pretty good. In general the food was tasty, if not Texas-Class BBQ. Brisket was probably the pick of the litter for me. Writing this up is actually making me hungry, so that’s a good sign.

Value: Reasonable.

I plan on going back.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Fabiand
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Dicers
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of LXIXME
3.29/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of ColSanders
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Realbeerguy
2.5/5  rDev -37%

BBQ is nasty but the beer is ok it's hit or miss

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of nneighb33
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of JDV
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Uncle Billy's used to be my favorite brewpub in town when it opened, but it has definitely experienced a change since its first days. The head brewer leaving was a strike against it, even though the current brewer does a good job and makes some great beers, it was a step down compared to what it was. The food though has taken the biggest hit, as the menu and quality has changed for the worse. Don't get me wrong; it's not a terrible place, but I loved their chili cheese fries, and while the bbq wasn't anywhere near the best in town, it still was pretty tasty and went great with the beers here.

It's got a great location and patio on Barton Springs Road and is a nice place to hang out and grab some beers. Still definitely worth a visit.

Photo of Jame515
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of zonker17
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Stopped here for dinner and a beer. Found true Texas style BBQ, a small but very well rounded selection of brews, and some of the most down-to-earth guys behind the bar that exemplified hospitality.

I lean toward Belgian styles and IPAs, which were both available and brewed in-house. The dark strong holiday Belgian at 10% carried the types of charateristics one might find in a N'Ice Chouffe. The Hop Zombie IPA delivered what one would expect. A full flavored hopped-up beer. If I brewed either one myself, I'd be quite proud.

Whether you are looking for a beer or some good ole BBQ, consider this a best of both world's stop.

Photo of psujmatt
2.7/5  rDev -32%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 1.5

Definitely go to Uncle Billy's for the Brew, not the Que, and or head to the lake for the View. They have some nice brews of their own, which are also a good value. Look for the special brews more than their standards, as some of the specialties really shine.

I been about 5 times for food and beer, and 2-3 other times just for beer. If you need something solid to go with your food, aim for the fried food. Fried pickles or fried okra are definitely tasty, and the potato chips out at the lake location were great too (not sure if they are offered at Barton Spring Road location or not).

For a place with 'Que in the name, I would expect much better. Definitely skip the brisket--the worst I ever had. The pulled pork should be skipped, too. Pork ribs were very disappointing. The sausage...well, its sausage! Try it fried.

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped in for some lunch with my buddy the other day and some beers of course! Not really a huge selection, however I did really enjoy Hop Zombie, and it pains me to say so but their version of HB660 was way better then my favorite brewing company down here in San Antonio. They also had a few selections from Real Ale, and Live Oak, which are always excellent offerings! For a slow Saturday afternoon the service was not really as attentive as it could have been, however I will say that out food came out extremely fast which was really nice! I thought the BBQ was very good and especially enjoyed the sauces that were provided. So all in all, really good beer and food, can't go wrong with that combination!

Photo of thatlongname
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Decent barbecue. They have a few good beers here which they apparently brew themselves. The combination of beer and bbq is probably what makes me like this place. I can't remember how great the beer was but when combined with bbq it's most certainly better. The portions could probably be a bit larger for a Texas bbq place.

They have their brewing equipment viewable from the dining area. It's behind a glass. I wish I could see them using it. It's strange just watching it sit there. Overall a pretty good place if you're looking to try some new draft beers and eat bbq.

Photo of dragonWhale
3.93/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

A little hard to say what the true atmosphere of this place is having been here at 11 in the morning for a bit of brisket and beer, but it is a cool little place with a nice patio. Had some 6 or so of their own beers on tap and a few others including the Live Oak Hefeweizen. Chatted with the bartender about the HB 660 law that is being debated about TX brewpubs self-distributing. The IPA was good, their agave wheat was pretty tasty as well. Actually went with a pint of it over the pint of the Live Oak. The brisket rueben thing was excellent. Would've liked a few more beer choices on the menu but their brew space didn't look that big so capacity may be an issue. All in all, a very enjoyable experience that kicked the day off right.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.13/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

The first thing you notice about the place is the atmosphere, which is awesome! It was a nice 70 degrees, the cool garage doors surrounding the place were open letting in the sites and sounds of the area. The layout was appealing, as was the bar setup and outside patio area. Overall, an exceptionally welcoming place. Maybe being from Louisiana is making be over-appreciate things, but oh well!

No complaints about the service. Was politely tended to quickly and my cup never ran dry.

Selection was good too. Majority was house brews, but the guest taps they had were great stuff such as Live Oak and Real Ale. The house brews were no slouches either; all were solid and enjoyable (had the sampler).

The food was the only average thing about the visit. Nothing was bad at all...but it's definitely not the food that is going to bring me back...at least not the burger. lol

Food prices were right there with most every other place with comparable options, but the beer was very well priced. Again, expensive Louisiana bars may be skewing my thoughts a bit, but <$5 for a big tasty local pour is awesome.

Overall, awesome place and a must if visiting Austin! I know I'll be back...

Photo of champ103
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I really enjoyed my time here. As you walk in there is a large Icehouse like patio/deck outside. Wood tables and some covered seating from the trees coming through the deck. There is an outside bar as well. Inside is a large room with high and low top tables scattered around. The main bar is a made of wood, and the tanks can be seen at the far end. When the weather is nice, all the doors are open, which is awesome. A great breeze was blowing through, and it was just a great relaxing time.

The bar staff is well informed, and passionate about their beer. It was funny listening to them talk about the new Black Star Co Op Brewpub. Nothing bad, but they just have a different perspective than some other people it seems. The quality of everything was fine as well. All the taps were very clean and fresh. The food left something to be desired. I was not expecting world class BBQ, but it really was not all that good.

The beer they have is very good. Mostly simple styles, but all are enjoyable and well crafted. Styles rang from a Kolsch to an imperial stout. My favorites are the Kolsch (very flavorful) and the pale ale. They also have several other local beers on tap. Live Oak, and Franconia. Very nice.

Overall and excellent place to relax and have a beer. I could have stayed here all day.

Photo of SSW117
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I like the place and often go out of my way to take people there that have never been. They have had their parking garage finished for some time, so disregard the other stuff about having to park blocks away. They have great BBQ at a good price (the ribs can get expensive, but i don't really know of any cheap rib joints) and best of all the brew their own beer. Not only do I think their beer is good, but the judges at GABF in 2009 gave them a GOLD medal for their Hell in Keller, which is similar to a pilsner, but falls in the kellerbier/zwickelbier category. My personal favorites are the Insomniac Coffee Stout and Hop Zombie IPA. They do growler fills and keg fills on their house brews only (some weird liquor law because they also sell the hard stuff) but they have a handful of other Texas brewed beers on tap for on-premise consumption. They have a good wide bar top, so you can eat at the bar and not feel like everything is going to fall in your lap. They have a rediculously hot hot sauce that is not for the faint of heart. You cant miss it, its the bottle with the skull and cross bones. Go check this place out and drink something they make.

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Uncle Billy's Brew & Que in Austin, TX
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