Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery
Active Beers: 39
Beer Ratings: 194
Beer Avg: 3.92
Taps: 26 / Bottles: 30
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by videofrog:
3.83/5 rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5 | $$
A: Went on a mid-Saturday afternoon (7/27/13) with family, baby included. Nice mix of people; wasn't loud, but wasn't dead either. Good, mid-level din and exactly what you would expect for the time we visited. Decor was very modern brewpub-y, if that's a word. Clean look with good foot traffic flow.
Q: I had two draft beers and both were served at a what I guessed was upper 30's temp. Perfect. Food was freshly prepared and not frozen. Seating was comfortable.
Serv: This would be one of the few times I didn't chat up the "beer dudes" like a big nerd, but they were friendly taking orders and our food came out quickly. Usually, one line is for food and drink and the other is for beer only, which is clearly indicated by multiple signs. But, since there wasn't much of a line forming, the guys in either line would take a complete order of food and beer.
Sel: I'm guessing around 30 taps were available. They had about 6 or so house offerings, one of which is always a rotating cask selection. They also have a great mix of locals and other U.S. offerings. Didn't notice any macro or international offerings on draught. Growlers and bottles of house beers are available to go. Not sure if other beers are growler-filled.
F: We originally ordered the fried jalapenos, and our tongues like to have fell off. Seeds poured out of it, which I guess would be the culprit. However, the breading was great and they weren't greasy, just too much heat (which was on par with what an Indian restaurant would put 4 peppers next to on their menu). We then decided to get the mixed nuts and caramel bacon popcorn, both of which were much more palate friendly and $5 each. The others in our party ordered a cheese plate and were very impressed.
V: On par with what you would expect from the area and a brewpub. Most draught beers are $5-$6 and the food is reasonable.
Overall: Will be going again during non-peak hours, as it is family friendly and a mellow, but lively atmosphere. Prices are reasonable and selection is of great quality. Clean glassware and speedy service make this place another great brewpub in Austin. Didn't try any house beers this time, but look forward to doing so in the future.
07-29-2013 14:12:38 | More by videofrog
More User Reviews:
4.38/5 rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
Came with the wife a couple weeks ago, and we had a great time here. The house beers were better than expected, and I enjoyed every one of them that I had on the sampler. Everything was clean, fresh and very drinkable and they have a very nice list of guest beers on tap as well.
My wife ordered the grilled cheese sandwich made with fresh baked bread from Easy Tiger bakery in town and served with homemade fries which were awesome! Overall, a cool and inviting environment with a smallish menu with well prepared food and great beers. Definitely worth a visit!
06-12-2014 17:54:45 | More by JDV
3.88/5 rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $
I like the vibe of Black Star. I used to ride the commuter rail and would pop in for a pint between trains.
The beer is great. I love Vulcan IPA and several others. Growler fills are available too.
The atmosphere is Austin-industrial. The staff and vibe remind me of a communist commune a little; the staff doesn't accept tips and the place is closed on May 1, International Labor Day. The food is decent, but the last time I had a burger it was really overcooked and dry. The service is a bit slow, but what do you expect from employees who don't care about tips.
06-08-2014 16:03:16 | More by utfiero
Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery in Austin, TX
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