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Craft Pride

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13 Reviews
Reviews: 13
Visits: 88
Avg: 4.44
pDev: n/a
Taps: 56
Bottles: 100
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

61 Rainey St
Austin, Texas, 78701-4308
United States
phone: (512) 428-5547

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @craftpride

Place added by: MEsquandoles on 03-08-2013

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Reviews: 13 | Visits: 88
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.03/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Down the street from Banger's in the Rainey District is Craft Pride, a newish beer bar with All-Texas beer, all the time.

Inside it looks like a log cabin deep in the Wisconsin woods, or a newly-built sauna somewhere in Scandinavia and filled with sweaty, bearded hipsters. Lots of space to roam and a super-chill atmosphere on a Friday night.

Among the drafts: Devil's Backbone, Convict Hill, 667 IPA, 512 DIPA and a ton more. Affable staff and a great garden/patio outside.

Love this place!

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Photo of Gavage
4.97/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is a small little place that has plenty of outdoor seating. The bar only had 4 stools, and a few hi-tops were inside, but it was mostly standing room space. Lots of wood and black wallpaper. Nice wooden decoration of state of Texas hangs from the ceiling. A large blackboard lists the beers on draft. A bottle and souvenir shop is in a room off the back of the bar.

Only Texas beers are served here which is an interesting concept. The bartenders are some of the most beer knowledgable folks I have experienced across the country. Plenty of people walked in not understanding the beers and the bartenders walked through a bunch of questions followed by a complete decription of the beer - which usually meant the customer knew what he was getting and appreciated the help.

The beers were all very good, and were a bit more of a unique offerings than other bars in Austin. Glasses were of correct style and were each checked for cleanliness before filling. These are the small things that show high quality of the place.

In my short 3 day visit of Austin, this was by far the best bar for service, quality, and beer offerings. This is a must visit by anyone coming to town. Simply outstanding.

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Photo of orangesol
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Stopped in here after stoping at Banger's, figured it was so close I might as well hit both. Atmosphere was a little dead compared to Banger's but that is fine with me. Beers are all listed up on the wall. Really enjoyed the awesome patio area out back, especially the food truck... Service was great. Bartender helped me order and then stuck around to talk about the local beer scene, even gave me a tip on where to get some bottles I was after. The food is truly world class. VIA 313 is one of the best pies in the country for a very good reason, one of the best things I ate on the whole trip. Quality and Selection were both awesome across the board. Tons of local beers on-tap and some world class pizza sitting out back. I had no problem finding something to try at both the bar and trailer. Overall I thought this was one of the best bars I visited on the whole trip. I will definitely return the next time I am in town.

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Photo of champ103
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

A great new beer bar that opened opened a few weeks ago. Just down the street from Bangers, and all the seemingly new places on this street. Well at least, I don't remember this part being so busy in years past. Take that with a grain of salt, beside two weeks ago, and now this week, it has been years since I was in Austin...

Anyway, a small area out front, a tiny wood bar in front of the tap wall. Some couches, and a wide open area to mingle inside. Out back is a great patio that will have some food trucks. The service is very friendly, and knowledgeable. Also fun to talk to. I remember one guy that use to work at the Gingerman in Houston, awesome.

I love the beer selection. 100% Texas breweries. 50 taps, plus two casks. That might be the most Texas beers available at one time anywhere in the state. That is saying something. Rogness, Real Ale, Austin Beer Works, Saint Arnold, 512, Jester King, and on and on...The quality is pretty damn good as well. The two casks are in great condition, Real Ale Blonde Barleywine, and 512 Black IPA.

Austin has always had a great beer culture. Though recently, there have been a mass of excellent beer bars opening up. This is one of them.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.93/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Dipped in here for a beer with my wife and daughter.

The selection is extensive but as an out-of-towner looking to find gems like "Yellow Rose," "Divine Reserve" and other sought after stuff, I was a bit disappointed that none of these were available (despite me finding them at other places around Austin the same week). Still, there's a beer here for every taste bud and all the beers are Texas brews, which should serve as a reminder just how much damn beer Texas has to offer.

The vibe was nice and relaxed and probably would have been even more so if we'd elected to sit out in the back, eaten some pizza and caught some live music. It was early on a Wednesday so there wasn't much going though.

Overall, a nice place to drop in and if I hadn't been with the family I'd have probably hung a while longer. Also, the mini-bottleshop is a nice touch and if I remember correctly the bottles for sale can be consumed onsite.

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Photo of shigg85
4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Went in on a Thursday night from 5-8pm and wasn't crowded at all sitting at the bar. Two great bartenders helped me out through the night offering recommendations of the many Texas beers I hadn't seen before. Their selection is ONLY Texas beer, but that does not make it limited -- I'm going back again tonight because I couldn't try half of everything I wanted! Great pizza food truck outside that will deliver to your seat inside the bar. I had a prosciutto and fig glaze pizza that was delicious! Overall, this is one the cleanest, friendliest, quietest bars I've been to -- and I mean that in a good way. No big TVs, no gimmicks -- just great beer and company!

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Photo of holmesmi
4.84/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Texas has some great breweries and this place always has their great seasonal and special brews. Great little store in the back. Via 313 trailer in the back is fantastic. Get the cadillac. They should really consider opening one up in Denver and Portland.

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Photo of Schultz
4.14/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

At end of Rainey street, nice open place reminded me of a cabin with lots of wood an a large map of Texas on ceiling. Plenty of chairs, tables, sofas inside as well as outside seating. All 3 of my visits there were no chairs at the bar. Everyone ordered drinks and took to tables. Bartenders extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and made suggestions. All taps are Texas beers with all varieties represented. I enjoyed all of the beers I was able to try here. Bottle shop in rear as well as a pizza truck which after you order delivers to the tables. Out of the 6 bars I visited in Austin this ranks only behind Bangers and is a definite must stop while in Austin.

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Photo of RuckusDu
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Great list of beers. Nice space. Very hippie. I had a Imperium, St. Arnold Fresh Hop and Highlander. 2 of the 3 were recommended and were great. I would recommend for the list and staff recommendations. Nice wood plank tables outside.

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Photo of OriginalHopHead
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I LOVE Craft Pride. I love the location, the atmosphere, the staff who is really proud to be Craft Priders, the beer selection. Craft Pride serves Texas beers only and you may think it's a limiting factor but on the contrary. I love the fact that they still manage to keep the menu really exciting. Luckily TX has great breweries to offer; Deep Ellum, Thirsty Planet, 512...they all have great stuff and you can find it all at Craft Pride.

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Photo of Locapour
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

We shot several episodes of Locapour at Craft Pride. The first is live on the site now at http://locapour.tv/austin/512ipa

Craft Pride is everything you would want a craft beer bar to be and more. The owners, JT & Brandy Egli are beyond passionate about the beer and have created the most welcoming atmosphere I have ever experienced.

As JT told me "I hate beer snobs!" There's a difference between being a fan, enthusiast or even a craft beer zealot and being a snob. JT, Brandy and the staff at Craft Pride greet every customer with a big smile and see their role as to help you enjoy beer.

If you are coming to Austin, Craft Pride must be on your list of places to visit. They have the most complete menu of Texas brewed craft beers I have seen. In fact, their tap wall is exclusively Texas craft beer which means you will really get to experience super fresh local craft beer.

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Photo of Men_of_the_Beer
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

CraftPride is as close to a perfect craft beer bar as you can get. The look from the outside, dark wood cabin feel, but inviting. Same inside, its dark, but strangely well light and welcoming. The way the seating is, the way the layout of the large back patio, its just comfortable. The beer selection is all local Texas beer. And not just the "off the shelf" stuff. They get the best of the best, the rare releases, and they get single one time releases. Last year I remember they had a Hops & Grain Alteration on Nitro, which I have never seen since. The staff knows their beers, and will work with you to find your pour. A number of times I have sat at the bar, listening to the bartenders asking questions to the patrons, giving samples, working for the perfect fit.

Food... good lord... they have a food truck in the back called 313 Detroit Style Pizza. If you like thick crust pizza, then you are done here. This maybe the best thick crust pizza. Garlic, buttery soft thick crust, the sauce is alive, and they have fresh toppings. And the choices are excellent.

If I had to pick a negative, it would be location. But thats a reach. It can get a little D-Bag on the weekends. Its more of a warning then a negative.

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Photo of Robb_in_Austin
4.74/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

A: I love it. Outdoor seating, porch seating, some nice areas for small groups.

Q: Great pours from knowledgeable beer people.

S: Great folks working there.

S: A metric crap ton of Texas beers. What more do you need?

F: There is a pizza truck in the back but I've never had it.

V: Good pricing. No complaints.

The only downsides: crap parking and gets busy on the weekends. Typical Rainey St. Go anyways.

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Craft Pride in Austin, TX
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