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Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery

Not Rated.
Black Star Co-op Pub & BreweryBlack Star Co-op Pub & Brewery
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

47 Ratings
Ratings: 47
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.77%
Active Beers: 40
Beer Ratings: 196
Beer Avg: 3.89
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:
None, yet.

(Place added by: MEsquandoles on 12-09-2010)
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Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Jason, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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 champ103
3.18/5  rDev -24.6%

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 Todd
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Todd, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of cfrobrew
4/5  rDev -5.2%

cfrobrew, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of LittleDon
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

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
Photo of Dicers
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Dicers, May 28, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Texasfan549, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Gagnonsux, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

kjkinsey, Jan 24, 2014
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Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery in Austin, TX
93 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.