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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
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

51 Ratings
Ratings: 51
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.51%
Active Beers: 32
Beer Ratings: 182
Beer Avg: 3.77
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

Notes:
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(Place added by: MEsquandoles on 12-09-2010)
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Photo of Realbeerguy
2/5  rDev -52%

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.

Realbeerguy, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of champ103
3.18/5  rDev -23.7%

I love the idea of a Co-op brewpub, but the execution needs some work. As I walk in there is a line out the door, and every table was full. No big deal, it is a Friday night. The building has that sterile, or industrial kind of feel to it. I think it is intentional, kind of a hip thing I guess. All the tables, chairs, and stools look like they were bought at Pier One though. There is a concrete patio outside as well. I was lucky to find a seat at the bar. Though it was right by the cash register, and I had to share elbow space with everyone else trying to order.

There is no table service, just get in line and order. They do not wait, so you better know what beers you want and what you want to eat the moment your turn comes. It seems like they try to shuffle as many people in and out as quick as possible. Which is annoying to me.

I had a pulled pork sandwich. I enjoyed it. Nothing special, but filling and good.

The beers are mostly standard. A pale ale (that was out), amber, IPA, and stout. After trying the house beers, I think I would be happier with the other local options they have instead. I do like that they have a bunch of other local Texas beers as well. I was just unimpressed with their beers. Nothing bad, just bland. The quality was not very good for me. They need to get some of the yeast out of the beer. Literally, I could of scooped the chunky yeast out of some of the beers with a spoon. The one other non house beer I had (the new Circle Brewery) just tasted off as well.

I get that a Co-op is going to be run a little different. Though this place was just to much of a hassle for me to go back.

champ103, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of AAG
3.49/5  rDev -16.3%

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!

AAG, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of CheChe
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

CheChe, Oct 31, 2014
Photo of remdawg007
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

remdawg007, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of Heretic42
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Heretic42, May 16, 2014
Photo of thereal_adam
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

thereal_adam, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of videofrog
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

videofrog, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of JamLand
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

JamLand, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of utfiero
3.88/5  rDev -7%

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.

utfiero, Jun 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

cfrobrew, Aug 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Gagnonsux, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Kurmaraja, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of snansel
4/5  rDev -4.1%

snansel, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Texasfan549, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of blue_eyed_fury
4/5  rDev -4.1%

blue_eyed_fury, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of tdawgydog
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Last night in Austin this was one of the last places we wanted to visit. It was a little difficult to find but once there everything else was great.

It's a co-op so it's run a litlte different than your typical resto. When you walk in, you have to find a seat for yourself. It was pretty full on the night we were there so we ended up sitting at the bar which was just fine with us. There is no table service so you place your order at the bar and they bring your food out to you. Food was excellent, my buddy had the chili burger which looked great, I went with the bar steak which was a little undercooked (asked for it medium - well, I explained I'm from the North and don't like my meat still moo-ing) but the fries were awesome and they more than made up for the slightly pink steak.

As for the beer, this was a mixed bag. I'll cut them some slack since they just opened. I had 3 of their home brewed offerings, one of them (the High-Esteem) was quite a bit off. The bar tender explained to us that the PH was a little off in the initial brew so they tried to compensate after the fact. Not sure I would serve this stuff to customers but the honesty was more than welcome. They did provide a sample of the Double Dee to compensate and the other home brews that we had were very well done. To complement their own brew offerings they have a well versed tap list (at least 20 micro's) with plenty of great brews to be had.

At the end of the night we got our check and there was no place for us to leave a tip. The waitress informed us that since they are a co-op they don't accept tips. Their loss I guess. I would def frequent a place like this if I lived in the area.

tdawgydog, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Overall I really liked this place, I visited it for the first time while here in Austin, TX on business as a chance to socialize with my co-workers. The place had a cool vibe and there was music playing but not so loud as to effect conversation.

I found the staff/servers to be knowledgeable about the different beer offerings they had and helpful with a suggestion to some of my co-workers that are not as into craft beers. I like the process of going up to the counter to order and get beers whenever you are ready and not having to wait for a server to come by. I also can appreciate the no tipping policy.

I think the prices were pretty reasonable, we had a round of 5 beers for about $22.

We only tried a bit of the food but what we sampled was really good.

dbrauneis, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Texsuds
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Texsuds, Aug 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

matthewbc, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of mwgroove23
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

mwgroove23, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of LittleDon
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

LittleDon, Jul 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

kjkinsey, Jan 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Todd, Dec 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Texas_T, Jul 22, 2014
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Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery in Austin, TX
93 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.