Draught House Pub & Brewery
Active Beers: 39
Beer Ratings: 117
Beer Avg: 3.94
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4.28/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Spent most of 10/19 at the Draught House. This is my #1 pick while in Austin - Ginger Man would rate as #2. St Bernardus Alt 12 on tap and served in proper glassware. Abbey des Rocs Grand Cru also in appropriate glass. A reasonable pizza helped temper the beer. Definite british pub atmosphere to the place. I could spent all day drinking St Bernardus 12 in this cozy place - and come to think of it that is exactly what we did. Never did work our way over to the beer brewed on premises. Definitely recommended while in Austin.
10-28-2007 03:46:13 | More by JJFlash
4.5/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I really love this place. It is far away from downtown, so you don't have to deal with a touristy crowd. The crowd that drinks here are all really nice people. The beer selection is fantastic - it doesn't tout the sheer number of beers on tap as the Gingerman, but it is hard to complain at 60+. The atmosphere is great. It has great indoor and outdoor seating, and you can tailgate in the parking lot. The bartenders speak their minds and are not afraid to steer you away from a beer that they may feel is subpar. Everything is reasonably priced - I have never paid more than $4.75 for a beer, even for the most expensive beer they have. If you go, search out brewer and manager, Josh Wilson. He is a really cool dude and really knows his stuff. This is hands-down my favorite bar in Austin.
09-24-2007 04:48:05 | More by MiguelMandingo
4.18/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This bar is a gem in Austin. Tucked away a couple miles from downtown, It avoids a lot of the tourists and fratboys. People sit out in the parking lot and tailgate and drink. I don't know how it's legal, but there's a lot of people who do it. The selection is awesome, over 60 beers on tap, including some rare ones. The bartenders are cool and treat you with courtesy and respect. The food is pretty good, considering it's a bar. All sorts of beer decor on the walls and the dim lighting makes is very cozy. The prices high, but are not outlandish, which is usually what you get when you're dealing with this kind of selection.
07-25-2007 22:15:48 | More by chadspivey
4.58/5 rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
First of all i need to start by saying that this is my "bar". Not that i own it, but when i refer to the bar i am talking about the Draught House.
The atmosphere is fantastic. It is secluded and away from busy streets. It has indoor and outdoor seating. It has a huge wooden bar and all the indoor furniture is wood. Living in Austin, the best part of this bar is there is no live music. A lot of other bars make the mistake of having local artist preform at there bar, but if you go to the Draught House you are guaranteed no live music.
They have a lot of outdoor seating, they also have a long "bar" outside that you can stand up next to and rest your drink on. You can also bring your own seating if you desire or sit on the back of a pickup truck.
The quality of the beer is great. It is always as fresh as it should be. I have yet to have a beer that has bad lines.
The Home brews (House Brews) have a large range of styles. A year ago most of the beers seemed to be more belgium based, i think that perhaps they were using the same yeast. Recently, their selection has widened, and they almost always have a strong House Beer available.
Besides house beers they have a huge selection of commercial beers on draught. I don't know the exact number but the range of 70. Tons of styles ranging from Double IPAs to Lambics. you will always be able to find something.
The bar tenders there are great and will let you know what is up with a beer or will give you a sample.
When you go to the Draught house always bee prepared for a line out the door. The line is nice though because it is a "line". Its not like a lot of bars that have a "plane" where if your not standing in the right place you may not get served before the dudes that pushed themselves to the front. The line will go quickly.
The Draught house does have food. I don't eat there too much so i don't have much to say. They have some great spicy assorted nuts but they will ruin your palette and they don't go with hoppy beers.
The price for the beers are reasonable. $4 for most beers, a few are $4.75. They have specials all they time if your ballin' on a budget. Tuesdays almost every beer is $2.75, thursday is $2.25 House beer night. (check the website)
I hope this didn't read like a commercial. But if you are in Austin or are going to Austin and you made it all the way through this review, you should go.
05-26-2007 03:46:51 | More by nickl
4.45/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Place is hidden among commercial offices, not visible from main roads--part of its appeal. Also, a great outside area.
Selection is almost as good as the GingerMan downtown, 75 to 80 drafts, but cheaper. Usually have 3 or 4 IPA's, a rotating Great Divide tap (Yeti or Hercules!), 3 or 4 from Live Oak, 3 from Real Ale; pretty much every style is represented, including some lighter stuff like Shiner Light, a lambic, ciders, wine, and lots of wheat beers (stuff for chicks to drink who aren't really into beer).
It has great specials for every day of the week (check the website), but even if you get something not on special, it's still very reasonably priced for a bar, especially for what they offer.
They had 2 dart boards and a fun selection of board games. While they have some benches and patio tables outside, a unique aspect is that you can also drink in their parking lot. I recommend taking a padded picnic-type blanket or fold out chairs so you can enjoy your brew outside.
They change up their homebrews week-to-week, always offering new brews and a variety of styles, about 7 different at a time. I recommend going with a group on Thursdays ($2.25 for a 20oz. glass!) to sample them all. They generally do about 1/3 or 1/2 that mimic a particular beer or style, and try new things with the rest. Some I have liked, some seem to have something a little off.
I highly recommend the Draught House, and the name is highly indicative of the place because it looks like an old Europen house or pub, and the most important thing is their draft beers. Check out their website, but note that the draft selection listed their, excluding the homebrews on the entry page, is not kept up to date.
While it's not advertised, they do let you do beer to go if you bring your own container.
My favorite place to get a beer (or few) in Austin!
08-08-2006 22:24:55 | More by MEsquandoles
4.14/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I liked this place.
There is sort of an ad-hoc tailgate seen in the parking lot due to the Austin Smoking ban. You can take your brew (in their glasses no less) out to the parking lot, open a folding chair if you have it, and drink your beer. I don't smoke myself anymore, but it was kind of a neat eccentricity.
Service was friendly and the beer they had was great. They had St. Bard 12 and Maredsous 8 on tap, which I have never had the pleasure of drinking that way before. Unfortunately, these big Belgians jumped on me before I could really sample their house brews. I did have a sip of the house Dunkelweiz and Porter, both of which were tasty. I plan on exploring there home creations further next trip.
The atmosphere was nice, though there was a beer snob element to some of people. My roommate was corrected for pronouncing Duvel with a bit of a southern twang for instance (by a drunk in the parking lot though, not the staff). It was comfortable enough though, nice pub feel. I prefer Lovejoy's atmosphere a little bit more I guess, but the Draft House makes up for it in selection. You can chalk a lot of they difference in clientel to location in the two places I'm sure.
I'll be back up there I am sure. A good alternative to the downtown bar scene here is a nice thing to have.
07-22-2006 21:04:08 | More by jasonguit
3.9/5 rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $
First time there was the friday night Texas BA gathering, 2006. I don't know if this was here when I lived in Austin in the 80s... it's got a feeling of age, but I never went to it back then. Lots of old dark wood: chairs and benches that are none-too-comfortable yet still just perfect for the decor. A lot of people sat outside on truck tail-gates or just hung around in the parking lot. Not much parking, unfortunately. As for service, there really wasn't any, except at the bar. No waitstaff taking orders. You have to stand in line to get anything. However, the line moved pretty quickly and they were quick to pour. Fabulous selection of beers, with about 6 locally-made beers, which they call "Homebrews": an accurate description. I tried several, and all were quirky, not very attentitive to proper style (an extremely hoppy edelweiss wheat, a very clovy/medicinal hefeweizen, a pale ale that was so resinously hoppy it smelled like pine-sol). On the other hand, last year at the craft brewer's festival, I had some excellent Belgian-style beers they brought along. I hear they rarely brew the same exact recipe twice. The commercial beers I had were fresh and tasty. All were priced reasonable.
It really suffers on food, though. There's a short list of food items the kitchen prepares (nachos, a pizza), but the kitchen closes very early. At around 8:30, we got a bowl of Goldfish crackers ("the snack the smiles back").
An interesting place to drop by: I recommend eating elsewhere before going, though.
06-25-2006 22:55:02 | More by allengarvin
4.13/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Now THIS is how a pub should be. This place is underneath a dentists office in a mostly residential area of Austin, but its located in a converted old house thats absolutely perfect for a British style pub. A lot of people complain about the crowding as it is a very small area, but its set up to encourage mingling, most of the tables being huge and the crowds on any given night ensuring that youll have at least a few strangers sitting at your table. Also, the staff doesnt seem to care too much if you bring your glassware outside, so no matter how crowded the interior gets theres always the great outdoors. The Draught House is one of the few places in town that not only brews its own beers but has a good selection of micro/imports on tap as well. They boast about 75 taps, with about 4 being used for the house brews. The house brews rotate out, meaning theres something new every week, and its the only brewpub in Austin that comes close to matching the Bitter End in terms of adventurous concoctions. The only real downside to the place is the staff - the place is small enough that they dont bother with waitresses, and often there is only one person behind the bar trying to take care of an endless line of patrons looking for a refill. Still, this is an out-of-the-way must for all beer fiends visiting Austin.
05-24-2006 21:08:52 | More by BAbaracus
4.2/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Its like a british pub in england was magically transported to Ausin. Very fine details. Very nice english decor on the inside and out with lots of brewnernia. It was a weird scene when we got there though, there weren't many people sitting inside, but there are some benches and tables, but there were also a lot of people who had brought lawn chairs just sitting around in the parking lot and talking.
Inside were a plethora of taps and a blackboard with a list of beers over the bar. I had left before 1am and there were a lot of beers that were out. The staff provides good and fast service, provided that you tell them what you want. If you don't know what you want, they just walk away until you decide. They don't try hard enough to help you make a selection, though they are knowledgable about the beers.
Overall, all the beers were good and fresh. Its a nice little spot with a lot of draught beers. I would definitely come back.
3/30/2006 update: I was in town and decided to stop there for a beer. It was a thursday night and pretty crowded. I saw that they had Live Oak Hefeweizen on tap and ordered it because I haven't had it in a while. I told the bartender "no fruit", and he repeated "no fruit" so he did hear me. I guess by force of habit he put a slice of lemon in the glass anyways. By then I had the "what the hell?!?" look on my face. He took out the lemon, dumped the glass, got me a fresh glass, and poured me another one. That was awesome.
06-12-2005 16:18:28 | More by dauss
4/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5
Had some beers in the Draught House with Pegasus last night, and a good time was had by all. The décor is English Pub with wood paneling and beer signage and stuff everywhere. As has been said, they serve some of their homebrewed beer (looks like a small operation) but thats just 4 taps out of close to 80 or so offerings. The other beers they have are impressive in scope. We had Rogue I2PA, St. Bernardus Abt 12, Salvator, and their own Orange Cream Ale. Staff was nice enough to split most of our beers into 3 glasses so we all could sample multiple beers. They were giving out free brats, but I didnt include this in the food ranking because they arent always served, think just Saturday nights. Quality was good and selection was impressive. As has been noted, its a bit of a hunt to find the place, but worth it. Check it out!
06-27-2004 19:57:32 | More by HardTarget
Draught House Pub & Brewery in Austin, TX
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