North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
Active Beers: 36
Beer Ratings: 326
Beer Avg: 3.79
Taps: 6 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
3.86/5 rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Abbreviated "NXNW", it was located at the intersection of North Capital of Texas Highway and Stone Lake. Nothing like drinking in opulence! The entry was center of the building and the blonde wood m.d.s. was right at the entryway. High tables and chairs fronted the concrete and stone bar which overlooked six FVs behind glass aft of the back bar. The lavs were to the left of the entry, past a couple of curtains. To the extreme left of the bar and up a couple of steps was a semi-private meeting area with white-leather upholstered benches fronted by low tables and brown leather foot stools. Off to the right, past the m.d.s., was the copper-jacketed brewhouse, staggered on two levels. Further right was the extensive restaurant area. Lots of light granite and blonde brick throughout. Growlers, but only of the German swing-top variety.
Beers: Duckabish Amber Ale; Northern Light; Py Jingo Pale Ale; Okan Ogan Black; Bavarian Hefeweizen.
Seasonals: Belgian Wit; Tu Helen Bock.
Mom Test: No problem here. They were very family-friendly.
12-21-2009 22:31:01 | More by woodychandler
3.46/5 rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | $$
I happened to book a cheap motel right next to this brewery, so close we were able to walk to it after checking in.
Bland/new/shiny/cookie-cuter/chain-y looking, but good alright. Lively on Valentine's Day night, albeit not super busy- the dining room was rather full, but the bar had some seats and we sat at a little lounge area to the left of the bar.
They had nine house taps: Amber, Jingo Pale, Light, Okanogan Black, Dunkelweizen, Helen Bock, Excalibur ESB and Blackjack Ale (bourbon-barrel aged).
We tried the Jingo (4/5), Okanogan (3/5), Black Jack (2.5/5) and Dunkelweizen (3.5/5). The barrel-aged Black Jack was incredibly lacking, with no bourbon aroma or flavor. The Jingo Pale was a remarkable APA and my favorite of the bunch.
Service was OK but not great and prices are fine ($4.75 per pint on average).
The food menu is big and has some interesting items, including Texas quail and duck breast, but by the time I decided to order the kitchen had closed.
Not the best beer joint ever, but a serviceable one nonetheless.
03-11-2013 04:07:25 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.2/5 rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
NXNW is a beautifully, somewhat upscale, very well put together restaurant/brewpub that seems almost like a chain restaurant. There's a small bar area as you enter, and then the main dining area to the right with a very nice deck behind.
The food is very good, fairly well-varied and inventive, and reasonably priced. They also offer a gluten-free menu which is unusual. I can vouch for the calamari, onion rings, crab and shrimpo cakes (!!!), and Lemon Shrimp Linguine - all great!
The beers are fairly mainstream as indicated by the style of the restaurant, but very well made. The hefeweizen and schwarzbier stand out in my mind, but I believe the pale ale was very good as well.
I had a great time and a great meal there, and this is a great place for family meals. I'm planning a trip back to Austin right now, and I know that my brother and his wife would really enjoy this place! Worth trying. Unlike any other brewpub you'll find.
12-26-2007 03:57:11 | More by NeroFiddled
3.65/5 rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$
I stopped in the NXNW Restaurant & Brewery on a Sunday evening for dinner and beers. I sat in the dining area, which was primarily one large room with a high ceiling and a mountain lodge type feel. I started with a sampler that included NXNW's:
Irish Stout - Not bad. I thought it was a little thin, but very drinkable.
Northern Light - Crystal clear, pale straw colored, easy drinking lager.
Jingo Pale Ale - Described as a Pacific NW style pale ale w/Cascade hops and combo of malts. This would probably be my choice if I were to order a pint.
Duckabish Amber - Tasted like a red with a dry spicy finish.
Okanogan Black Ale - Described as a NW German style (Weltenberg), rich, malty dark ale. This beer just didn't make a strong impression on me.
Bavarian Hefeweizen - Great banana and clove nose with a very dry finish.
The beers were all solid but not anything exceptional. For dinner I had ordered the stuffed trout with a small spinach salad. The salad was fresh, light and delicious, while the stuffed trout was probably one of the better trout dishes that I've had. The sides (mashed potatoes and mixed veggies) were also decent.
Sampler of 6 three ounce pours - $4.95
Stuffed trout -$16.95
When in Austin, NXNW is certainly a worthwhile stop for good food and decent beer.
03-26-2008 21:00:31 | More by 86sportster883
3.88/5 rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped in for drinks after work, and ended up staying for a while to watch the football game. Bar is by the entrance, with a couple patios and a large restaurant area. Design is modern lodge, the brewing equipment was behind glass towards the front. The whole place seemed upscale, but also felt a bit sterile. The beers were all good, especially the APA special they had on tap. Didn't try any food, but did check out the menu .. looked interesting but a bit pricey.
Good quality beer, but the atmosphere didn't appeal to me - a bit too sterile, with a bit of a corporate feel. That said if you are in the area its a nice place to stop for a beer or three, and it worked well with a work crowd.
10-28-2010 23:52:55 | More by rowew
4.4/5 rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5
Only one experience to draw on, but WOW, this is one great place. It has a great Northwestern US decor and inspired menu, and great beer. Had the sampler as an appetizer (with 3 cloves of roasted garlic) and loved every beer (ok, the 'Northern Light' beer was a touch watery, but I understand we have to educate the unwashed somehow). Food was exceptional, best meal I've had in quite some time, at a reasonable (about $22 for the special; cedar plank salmon with bleu cheese mashed potatoes on bed of greens) price. Got a growler ($20, but very nice quality, $15 full of seasonal beer). Good service, good selection, I was impressed. To quote the current governor of Calf: "I'll be back".
10-11-2003 23:48:17 | More by HardTarget
North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery in Austin, TX
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