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Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery

YOUR RATING = None |
BEER AVG
3.62/5
BEER STATS
Beers:
33
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
268
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
91
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
63
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
8.5%
 
 
Taps:
26
Bottles/Cans:
30
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
Black Star Co-op Pub & BreweryBlack Star Co-op Pub & Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

7020 Easy Wind Drive, Suite 100
Austin, Texas, 78752
United States

(512) 452-2337 | map
www.blackstar.coop

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Added by MEsquandoles on 12-09-2010

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 63
Reviews by wagenvolks:
Photo of wagenvolks
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Black Star Co-op was in the planning stages for what seemed like forever. And, needless to say, it has been worth the wait.

The pub itself opens up with a modern/industrial look, high-ceilings and clean lines around the bar area. Great lighting, too, and while the voices can get loud when the Co-op is packed, it never reaches an intolerable level. Quality is top-notch, and I have a feeling the kegs and tap-lines are regularly monitored for freshness.

The service is a tricky category to rate, as Black Star has its ordering procedure set up similar to the Draught House in which you wait in a (often long) line, order, then take a seat with a number. If you want another beer while you're eating, you usually have to get back in line while your food gets cold. Plus, the cooked-to-order food comes out at different times which can make things awkward for larger parties. Still, I tend to prefer my food that way--piping hot and served when it's ready. And the food at Black Star is nothing short of spectacular for 'pub grub' (if you can call it that). Great variety of high quality snacks (cheese/meat plates, beer-nut toffee, etc.) and the food I've had has been excellent (try the fish and chips!).

Selection is a well thought-out lineup of mostly Texas taps, and Black Star currently is rotating through their house-made beers (only had the Vulcan at this point, which was pretty good). They also have several bottles you can buy.

The prices are somewhat steep for food, and beer is more expensive than other places, but for good reason: the workers are paid well enough that Black Star does not accept tips. So if you factor in ~$1 tip for beer, it all works out.

Bottom line: one of my favorite new places to get a pint in Austin. Kind of wish I had become a member earlier on in the founding of this place...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Junichi
3.42/5  rDev -17%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of NealioATX
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Boy oh boy. The food here is *kisses lips* delicious! The beers are also quite tasty! Reasonably priced too! Service is pretty good most of the time. It's an interesting set up. It's a Co-OP so the employees are paid a living wage so no tips are accepted. Also, it's counter service with two lines. One for beer only and one for food. The wait usually isn't terrible and the wait to receive your food isn't that bad either. Fair warning, parking BLOWS.

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Photo of puck1225
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Stopped here on our way to a Texas Stars hockey game. Had a flight of their beers. I recommend their Vulcan rye IPA and the Epsilan scotch ale. The food was great. Service is walk up which threw us for a loop at first, but turned out fine. Recommended when near the airport in Austin.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.49/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Photo of BGsWo22
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of SergeLowpz
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of smb
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of ranger7
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Patrick_Redbeard
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of ebreitch
4.53/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of MLDucky
4.41/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of mschantz
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Yes Black Star is a coop in a sometime tragically hip town - but it is a very welcoming stop for a decidedly middle aged beer geek. 8 solid in-house beers and 18 quality guest taps means anyone can find a worthwhile beer on draft. In addition the kitchen cranks out high value high quality food. The only non-positive thing I can come up with is that the servers have a decent amount of beer knowledge but may not stand up to the geekiest BA folks and frankly I am not sure if that is on BS or the BA folks. There is an outdoor patio for nice days and a decent amount of indoor seating for hot Austin nights. Craziest thing - as a coop they won't take tips. A definite must have stop of beer lovers while in Austin.

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Photo of Fabiand
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of CheChe
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Realbeerguy
2/5  rDev -51.5%

Before I start let me say this is place was high on my list and I have been here several time and loved it however the last 3 times I have been here I have notice a decline in customer service, food quality, and beer selection. I live by the 3 strike rule and that is why I will not be coming back to Blackstar.

I went on a date recently and we decided to stop in and eat and it was a Thursday night not very crowed and the first thing I noticed was a limited beer selection alomst half of the taps were empty and when I asked about it the cashier replied with a rude "this is all we have" so I had a beer that was clearly marked as a full pour but only received a half pour so again I questioned the cashier and she replied "the sign is wrong". Then we get our cold food and my chicken tasted burnt or like they don't clean their grill very often it was so bad I could not finish nor could I have had something else because it ruined my appetite and when I finally found someone to complain to the guy said "nobody else is complaining" and that pretty much did it for me with this place

I really hoped they could turn it around but I think their pay scale living wage thing is starting to wear on the employees because they don't get tips which they probably make less money working here because of that and it seems like nobody gives a shit anymore.

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Photo of DerekSmigelski
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of cfrobrew
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Texsuds
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of kbaer77
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of nneighb33
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of Texas_T
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of n00blar
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery in Austin, TX
91 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.