Draught House Pub & Brewery
Active Beers: 39
Beer Ratings: 117
Beer Avg: 3.94
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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by coldmeat23:
4.6/5 rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Why did this wind up being the last bar stop of our visit? Probably because if it had been the first, we never would have gone anywhere else!
If I lived in Austin this would be my number one favorite bar.
The exterior of the building looks like a bavarian cottage, or a swiss chalet, or something. Which is pretty cool. When you walk through the doors, you walk right into a room that spreads out to your right and left. The room just feels very conducive to beer drinking. I can't explain that, I just know it to be true.
Directly in front of you is the middle of the bar, which also spreads out to the right and left. There are a few tables set around and about a dozen or so barstools at the bar. My buddy and I set at the bar, naturally.
When we walked up, there were quite a few people standing around outside the front door, and in the parking lot, drinking their pints. This was a pretty cool concept to us, so we did wind up coming outside, at one point, to consume one of our pints. (It is against the law to do this in Oklahoma.) There is also an outdoor patio that has some picnic bench type seating. It's okay to be outside drinking sometimes, but most of the time, I prefer to be closer to the taps, so I'll mostly stay inside, thank you.
They have about 70 taps and almost every one of them is awesome. They are all about the craft beers here, and this should become a beer geek mecca. I saw about 20 or so bottles as well. Seems like it's all about the taps, but with a name like Draught House, that only makes sense.
They offer several of their own, house brewed, beers. Also, a good representation of Texas beers. Jester King, (512) Brewing, Southern Star, Ranger Creek, Live Oak, Saint Arnold, Real Ale, Rahr, Independence, etc. They also have beers from Dogfish Head, Stone, Great Divide, Deschutes, Anchor, Boulevard, Green Flash, Lagunitas, Victory, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, etc.
They have a couple of cask engines, as well. I had Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti on cask while we were there. Awesome.
They only offer a few food choices, like pizzas and nachos. The first good point though is that it is made right there in front of you (if you're sitting at the bar, anyway). The second point is that it's dirt cheap, based on the portions they give you, anyway.
My advice to you: Don't order the nachos unless you have a couple of people with you and you're all hungry!
The staff was quite friendly and helpful. Even when the line started going out the front door, they would stop by every few minutes to make sure that we were doing alright. One of them even came over and talked beers with us, during a lull in the crowd.
I definitely had a good time at Ginger Man and Flying Saucer, but next time I'm in town, Draught House will be my first stop....and perhaps my only stop!
06-01-2011 14:38:51 | More by coldmeat23
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