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Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery

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Black Star Co-op Pub & BreweryBlack Star Co-op Pub & Brewery
BEER AVG
3.84/5
Based on:
35 Beers
209 Ratings
Place Score: 93
Ratings: 54
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: n/a
Taps: 26
Bottles: 30
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

7020 Easy Wind Drive, Suite 100
Austin, Texas, 78752
United States
phone: (512) 452-2337

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @blackstarcoop

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Place added by: MEsquandoles on 12-09-2010

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Photo of JamLand
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

I really want this place to succeed. I love the concept behind the place. However, every time I go I am continually disappointed. The atmosphere and service are always good. The beer selection can be hit or miss. It depends largely on how many local brews they are selling. We have a booming beer scene in Austin, unfortunately, not all of our breweries make great beer. I've tried most of their house beers and nothing has been special, so far. The biggest problem I have with this place is the food. Everything I/my wife/my friends have tried has been below average.

Overall, I will still keep trying this place because I want the concept to work. However, for someone visiting Austin, if you are in the area, stop in for a beer, but eat some where else.

Photo of mwgroove23
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Other than there being nowhere to sit, this place was great. I had the Narcissus, Waterloo, & one of their wild sours, and, wow, they were amazing! The beers were great, the food was great, and I liked the overall atmosphere. Will visit again and recommend to my friends.

Photo of Beertroop
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Great place and concept. It's a Coop with a great following due to great beer in a newer developed part of Austin. If I lived in Austin this is where I would like to live. it's in the outskirt of Austin and is the future area to be. Service is great even on a busy day, food is cutting edge with the feel of great pub fare. Over all a great place. One on my favorite in Austin Texas second to Jester King.

Photo of videofrog
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of LittleDon
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

West Coast/Colorado tasting room atmosphere with decent tap selection and simple but good pub food.

Visited on a Friday for lunch. The crowds had not yet arrived, so it was easy to find a table. Very open industrial feel. Lots of glass and steel. Reminded me of some of the places I've been to in Colorado and So. Cal. Counter service only. I had a (house made) veggie burger with fries, both of which were much better than average. I am reluctant to rate the food higher, since what they offer is very simple pub fare. Same goes with the service, which was quick, friendly, and knowledgeable, but counter service nonetheless. Prices were very reasonable.

What I liked the most:
*Nice selection of on-site brews plus guest taps. Maybe twenty-five to thirty taps in all with 1/3 devoted to house beers.
*The atmosphere was inviting. When I lived in Longmont, I would regularly go to the Lefthand tasting room. This place gave me the same vibe (and has much better food).
*The coop business model.

What I liked the least:
*Parking was surprisingly hard to find for a Friday lunch. It's located in a mixed use development with most of the parking garage dedicated to residents. On while there were only about a dozen people at the Coop, and fewer people walking around the retail shops, I wound up on the third floor of the garage.
*The location. I live in South Austin.

What would get me to return?:
I'd love to return, but I'd have to do so at a time of day where it wouldn't take me an hour to get there. If it was in my neighborhood, I'd be there often.

Photo of Locapour
4.6/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

We have shot a few episode of Locapour at Black Star. If you would like to see what it is like to get your beer on there you can check out http://locapour.tv/austin/blackstarcoopvulcan or http://locapour.tv/austin/blackstarcoopelba

Black Star Co-op is a leader in the Austin craft beer scene. The cooperative ownership means that the members and patrons really care a lot about the quality of the beer brewed at "their pub."

I love the fact that the people who work at Black Star are so passionate about the beer and being a part of something special to the Austin beer community. It really comes across in their service.

Workers are paid well and there is NO TIPPING so reviewers should consider that when evaluating the price/value score.

Pro Tip:

There's no table service, you order at the counter. When you get there it might be best to order a pitcher or two beers to make sure you minimize time spent standing in line.

Photo of AAG
3.49/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Went to Black Star on a beautiful spring-like day in January. As soon as you walk in you notice that this place is pretty unique - emphasized by the fact that it is the only brewery co-op in America. There are two lines when you walk in - the line to the left is for food; the line to the right is for beer.

We ordered a burger/fries and a cheese/snack plate. Both were very good. Bread was slightly stale on the snack plate but the burger was cooked and prepared nicely and the large fries were great. There are no waiters which is actually kind of nice b/c no one bothers you for anything. When you want another beer you walk back to the line at the front and order it.

A very nice beer choice with a lot of very good imports. I enjoyed a SixPoint Diesel stout and a Live Oaks Hefe; both were very enjoyable. I did not see a consolidated beer menu anywhere. It would have been helpful to see the menu. But, the beers were listed on chalkboards at the front in an easy-to-read format. They have a number of house brews but I didn't get a chance to try them.

This place has a outdoor picnic table area which is nice to drink/eat on. Only down side - it's next to a fairly busy street. There are two dart-boards inside which made the place pretty fun.

I definitely recommend this place. It is north of Austin so you don't have to deal with the crowds that are normally down on 6th street. Enjoy it!

Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery in Austin, TX
93 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.