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:
3.84/5 rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3 | $$
I really want this place to succeed. I love the concept behind the place. However, every time I go I am continually disappointed. The atmosphere and service are always good. The beer selection can be hit or miss. It depends largely on how many local brews they are selling. We have a booming beer scene in Austin, unfortunately, not all of our breweries make great beer. I've tried most of their house beers and nothing has been special, so far. The biggest problem I have with this place is the food. Everything I/my wife/my friends have tried has been below average.
Overall, I will still keep trying this place because I want the concept to work. However, for someone visiting Austin, if you are in the area, stop in for a beer, but eat some where else.
10-08-2013 16:22:26 | More by JamLand
4.06/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25 | $$
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.
08-24-2013 16:46:08 | More by mwgroove23
4.38/5 rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
Great place and concept. It's a Coop with a great following due to great beer in a newer developed part of Austin. If I lived in Austin this is where I would like to live. it's in the outskirt of Austin and is the future area to be. Service is great even on a busy day, food is cutting edge with the feel of great pub fare. Over all a great place. One on my favorite in Austin Texas second to Jester King.
08-06-2013 19:40:01 | More by Beertroop
3.83/5 rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5 | $$
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
Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery in Austin, TX
93 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.