Pinthouse Pizza Craft Brewpub
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Active Beers: 27
Beer Ratings: 191
Beer Avg: 3.96
Taps: 40 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
3.93/5 rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$
With a mix of college age kids, 20's and 30's techie types and over-the-hill hipsters, this place, upon first glance, looks a bit of a trendy enclave for the cool folks, but don't judge a book by its cover because the atmosphere is quite welcoming and the staff I encountered were knowledgeable and eager to chat about beer, especially if you show an interest in the house brews.
The tap list is nothing to go bonkers over, but it's strong and should satisfy most beer geeks, unless you're looking for the rare stuff (they don't sell bottles). The house brew IPA I had was tasty and a fine start to the evening. I followed that up with a Sculpin IPA and topped it all off with a Gulden Drak (served properly), along with the "supreme" pizza which was right-on. I noticed a couple of experimental house beers that looked promising, but didn't have time to try any of them. Maybe next time.
There's plenty of picnic-style/communal seating here, and while it was pretty packed, I didn't have a hard time finding a place to squeeze in. There are a few picnic table outside as well if you want to brave the Texas heat. Being that the floor is open it can be a bit noisy at times, but who can fault people for chatting it up over good beer and pizza.
A good place to start a night of Austin pub-hopping, and I will definitely return here to see what's being offered the next time I"m in town.
08-15-2013 23:56:01 | More by stephens101
4.14/5 rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
I really enjoyed my time here. An excellent beer bar along with excellent house made beers as well. I walk in and the lay out is wide open, beer garden, communal style seating. Wood picnic tables, and a long bar on the left. Order beer at the bar, and there is a counter in the back to order food. If the bar is not busy, they will take food orders, though usually you have to go to the counter for food. Chill and relaxed.
The service is very friendly and personable. They mean well, but can sometimes be absent minded. No bother, a little wait is not a problem for me.
40 taps of guest beers, and one of the best selections in a city. Firestone Walker, Jester King, lots of other Austin breweries. Plus their house beers, with about 8 to choose from. You can do flights as well. Only behind Bangers, Wip In, and Draught House for selection. I particularly liked their house beers. Calma Muerta is an excellent low ABV pale ale. The two barleywines they had were excellent as well.
On to the food. I did the lunch special which is a salad, small pizza, and a pint. About $10. Not a bad deal. The house salad was excellent. Fresh spinach, cranberries, blue cheese, nuts, and house made dressing. I had the Hill Country pizza. Bacon, spinach, mushrooms, ricotta. The toppings were excellent and fresh. My problem was the crust. I am not sure, but it seemed pre made, possibly frozen crust? I might be wrong , but it just did not taste right. It reminded me of Pizza Hut crust. A shame because everything else was obviously freshly made and well prepared.
There is so much to like here. I can over look the sub par crust. Excellent house made beers and a great guest selection. Add to that a very welcoming atmosphere, and approachable service. A good spot.
03-23-2013 03:31:14 | More by champ103
Pinthouse Pizza Craft Brewpub in Austin, TX
95 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.