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Draught House Pub & Brewery

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Draught House Pub & BreweryDraught House Pub & Brewery
BA SCORE
95
world-class

101 Ratings
Ratings: 101
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.32%
Active Beers: 39
Beer Ratings: 117
Beer Avg: 3.94
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

4112 Medical Parkway
Austin, Texas, 78741
United States
phone: (512) 452-6258

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(Place added by: Pegasus)
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Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%

The crowded parking lot indicated that this was a popular place. The vestibule opened onto the pub with a pair of doors with stained glass in their center featuring mugs of beer. The long, straight, dark wood bar was about six paces straight ahead. The interior had an old world European feel with the rough hewn table tops and the straight-backed wooden chairs throughout. The bar was a sea of about 70 taps, five of which were their own, plus a cask of their Weizenheimer. Lots of exposed wood beams, spinning ceiling fans, vintage signage, soft lighting, the brewhouse to the extreme right. A small humidor of cigars sat on the bar. Women's lavs left, men's lavs right. Great curious, friendly clientele. Huge outdoor patio left.

woodychandler, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4/5  rDev -6.8%

The rather authentic feeling of this English themed tavern brought me back to the pubs I visited on a trip to Tintagel a few years back to hike the Cornwall coast and visit King Arthur's castle. The exterior is Tudor style half-timber with a large beer garden and a small parking lot that rapidly filled with tailgaters after I arrived.

This was odd since the large biergarten wasn't even full yet. People seemed to prefer a lawn chair in the parking lot to a picnic table in the biergarten. It was odd but only added to the character of the place.

The interior was dark both in lighting and in wood. Tables and chairs contained carvings of the names of those who had visited earlier. My table already had my name, my initials, and my nickname carved into it so I didn't feel a need to whip out a knife.

A long bar stands opposite the doorway and proudly boasts a few dozen taps. 4 home brews, a few local brews from Independence, Live Oak, and Real Ale, and numerous high quality Belgians, imports, and craft brews were available. I settled on a Live Oak Hefe followed by the house porter on cask.

Service was great but ordering was odd. I had to wait in a polite, orderly line. It didn't make any sense. Nobody went up to the bar to order. Everyone just patiently waited in a single file line. I've never seen anything like it.

Food options were minimal and I did not partake.

Overall I really enjoy the Draught House. It seemed to serve an older, eclectic crowd that I could really dig. Like the atmosphere a ton and the beer selection is great, especially for this state.

DaPeculierDane, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Jason, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of greenspointexas
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

greenspointexas, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of champ103
3.64/5  rDev -15.2%

I have mixed feeling about this place. On one hand, excellent house made beers, and high quality crafts. Though on the other, nothing flows right here. The bar is directly in front of the entrance, and seats about 10. Though there really is no point in sitting there. You will not get served at all. All the tap handle towers basically make a barrier between you and the bartenders. Everyone has to congregate and make a line in the middle of the bar area. Which takes a long time to get anything. The line is always out the door. Wood tables and booths are scattered about inside. Which gives it a a worn in old pub feel. There is an area outside, but all metal yard tables that gives it a cheep kind of feeling.

The servers do know the beer to a T, but like I said above it all takes forever. Even on a slow early afternoon.

They always have a handful of their own beers which are good. The Wilson ESB on cask was one of the best American version I have had. Lots of Texas micros and other US micros

Overall, I like the place. I am just not going to spend all day here, like I could with the Gingerman or Uncle Billy's.

champ103, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of mltobin
3.74/5  rDev -12.8%

Located near some hospitals and other medical facilities, northwest of center city is Draught House. It was the only spot that I ended up taking a cab to get to while in Austin a few weeks ago. Although it was fairly early in the evening on a Thursday, a line out the door was already formed. This as other reviewers have noted, is the line to order a beer...kinda strange. Although the bar itself is not very long, a couple other employees could be hired. It would be likely to help their bottom line as a business.
Anyhow, their beer was nice, a couple IPAs were my selections. The quality of the beer was better than a lot of other tiny brewpubs in the USA. And if you want to try something else, say Live Oak, Bear Republic or Stone, they have a great selection of "guest taps". If you find yourself in Austin this is worth checking out, just be prepared for their infamous beer line and the locals, who essentially tail-gate in the parking lot.

mltobin, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of 86sportster883
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%

The Draught House Pub is a funky little place that is as good as it is unique. When I arrived in the early evening, on what was a beautiful late March day, there was a line out the door waiting to be served. This was at first, discouraging, but the line did move quickly and its length varied with the ebb and flow of the thirsty.

Once in the door, you'll find the bar directly in front of you, and wooden tables and chairs to either the right or left. I ordered a Duchess (served in its proper glassware) and sat at the bar behind a long line of tap handles, like a picket fence separating me from the bartenders. Behind the bar were even more taps, about 65 or so in total. Since it was a nice day, I headed out to the bier garden, but found it too smoky and sunny, so I wound up sitting in the shade on a bench by the front door. As you might expect, the atmosphere was very casual and there were folks of all ages that arrived in groups, alone, on their bicycles, or with their dogs.

I got back on line for a Mothership Wit, served with a lemon that I quickly ditched. Back inside, the small, dark wooden interior the Draught House offers free Wi-Fi and there were a few folks sitting about with laptops alongside their beers. There was limited pub grub available, and what I saw of it, didn't look too appetizing (pizza, nachos, chips & salsa, quesadilla). There were no TVs but there was a digital jukebox. Unfortunately, few songs were played since the volume was turned way down and was barely audible from anywhere except if you stood directly in front of a speaker.

The Draught House Pub & Brewery offered five of there own brews that included a Red, Brown, Blond, Pale and English Ale. I tried none of them since the guest beer selection was so enticing. In addition to several draft offerings from local TX brewers like St. Arnold, Independence, Live Oak and Real Ale, the DHB&P had a very nice selection of American micros (Avery, Anchor, Bear Republic, Dogfish Head, New Belgium, North Coast, Stone, Victory and others) and a good representation of UK, German and Belgian brews. As far as I could tell, they did not offer bottled beers.

86sportster883, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of Todd
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Todd, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of cfrobrew
4/5  rDev -6.8%

cfrobrew, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%

I visited Draught House with a friend of mine who is an Austin resident during my last visit to Austin on a Tuesday night. I really enjoyed it; it doesn't have the more cosmopolitan feel of the Gingerman downtown, but it does have a wide selection, a local feel, and provides a very pleasant experience.

Selection is wide, and there's a number of locally brewed beers. The bar's a bit strange in that you seem to order from one spot at the beer and a long line forms in front of it which is more orderly and more fair than the normal bar mob scene (waving money at the bartender and trying to get his attention).

Decor is simple, but the crowd seemed earnestly interested in the bar and the selection. A good beer place that is beloved by its clientèle. I'd recommend.

BeerBelcher, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of Durge
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%

My first visit to the Draught House and it was worth the excursion beyond the inner city bar scene. Having read some of the previous reviews I was expecting more complications than I actually encountered. True, the "beer line" is a very unusual concept. Not sure I like it but it sort of works with the general atmosphere where folks are walking all around the joint, inside and outside, including the parking lot, with beers in hand. So you stand in the line for a while to get your next beer. It seems the regulars don't mind it a bit. As for sitting at the bar, which is not very large but not impossible to access, we found the service was very solid. Not perfect, especially when they got busier as the Tuesday evening crowd grew, but the bartenders seemed to be working very hard to keep folks filled. I also found the bartenders very reasonably responsive and knowledgeable regarding the beer selection, which is really excellent with many Texas breweries represented and plenty of other highly credible micros available along with their own brews. And I tried one of their own IPA's and have to say it was up there with Hop Stoopid, really well done. We had a couple pizzas which were decent enough. The food selection is quite limited but the pies tasted just fine and really hit the spot. The decor of the place is classic German pub style. Lots of wood, dark, with big wooden tables inside and a large beer garden outside. It has a real nice feel the moment you walk inside. We met a couple of regulars at the bar that were extremely friendly and helped us out with selecting some local brews. The place was busy and at one point the line was well out into the parking lot for beer, but nobody seemed put off and the line moved along. The tenders really do hustle. I'm a big fan of Lovejoys from previous visits, but now that I've experienced this place I have to say I'll want to stop by both places on all future visits to Austin. Highly recommended!

Durge, Mar 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Gatordaddy, Dec 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Dicers, May 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Texasfan549, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of gixxerman
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Very cool place, get your beer and wander outside to the patio, one of the many benches, the curb, anywhere you want to go is encouraged. It was a bit crowded and some even were sitting in lawn chairs they brought, or on their pickups tailgate.
There was plenty of seating inside, but with the temperature being a perfect 70 degrees, everyone opted for the outdoor venue.

I was lucky enough to sample their Century Stout serverd in 10 ounce increments (coming in at 8.1 ABV). That is one excellant beer! Their guest beer list was exceptional. They had offerings from across the US and abroad. Check their website because everything is in rotation.

This place is very laid back and has a good Austin vibe, definitely a place to want to check out.

gixxerman, Mar 14, 2010
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

CraigTravor, Jun 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Gagnonsux, Oct 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

kjkinsey, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of HardTarget
4/5  rDev -6.8%

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 that’s 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 didn’t include this in the food ranking because they aren’t always served, think just Saturday nights. Quality was good and selection was impressive. As has been noted, it’s a bit of a hunt to find the place, but worth it. Check it out!

HardTarget, Jun 27, 2004
Photo of wagenvolks
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%

Swung by the Draught House after a busy Friday; met up with fellow UT grad students and BA screach for a local trade.

Excellent atmosphere to this joint--very rustic, German bier garden feel with dim lighting, big oak tables and chairs, and lots of beer paraphernalia. Outside were lots of people occupying tables, tailgaiting, standing, and generally enjoying the weather and location. The service could use a kick in the pants, though, as there were only TWO bartenders to service the massive crowd...took a good 20 minutes of standing in line to get my first beer!

Selection was impressive, with at least 40+ taps of local and regional brews (plus Stone, Deschutes, Oskar Blues, and more). Check out the list on their website if you don't believe me. PLUS they had 4 of their own "homebrews" on-tap, and the two I sampled were excellent. Although I had a pepperoni calzone (which hit grease-spot), I decided not to rate the food, as it's little more than pub fare. Either way, the Draught House is a cheap place to have more than a few excellent beers. Highly recommended.

wagenvolks, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of ckeegan04
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%

I've been a few times now and it is certainly my favorite place I have found so far in Austin. Traditional bier house feel inside. Dimly lit with dark wood and it just has the feel of a place that has been around for a while. Outside beer garden is very nice, especially now that the weather is finally cooling off. Tailgating in the parking lot is a fun change of pace as well.

Beer list is substantial and very nice. 4-6 of their own beers at least along with at least 20+ other beers on tap. Great selection of local beers and some of the harder to find US crafts. Racer X on tap on my first visit was certainly a favorite. They seem to do a good job of getting special releases and have beer-centric events.

Services is good enough. Order at the bar and even when the line sticks out the front door it doesnt take long to get to the front. Prices range from fair enough to stupid cheap. House beers and locals for $2.50 or so is tough to beat.

ckeegan04, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of assurbanipaul
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%

The only bad thing I can think of to say about the Draught House is its location, tucked away in a difficult-to-find medical and residential district, miles away from other Austin social scenes.

Great pub atmosphere and decor with walls lined with brewerania, brewery signage and an old coaster collection. Lots of well-worn wood, a little compact but people have no trouble spilling out into the parking lot with folding chairs, almost in tailgating fashion. No bar-space to speak of and no table service, either.

But the selection is well worth the trip. This establishment falls into a sorta hybrid category of Beer Bar / Brewpub, with around 80 taps lined up at the bar and 3 or 4 in-house rotating brews offered, 2 or 3 casks also. (They brought six house brews to the festival the next day, so they seem to have a good selection, range and quality.) No bottles or food that I saw.

A bit noisier and active than a traditional British pub but very well done.

assurbanipaul, May 16, 2004
Photo of harpus
2.4/5  rDev -44.1%

I stopped by this place one night while I was in Austin. The parking lot was full of cars and people were standing in the parking lot drinking pints of beer. I was thinking to my self this place looks pretty good. I walk in and they ahve a good selection of beers on tap. I went to try the beers that they made. They do not offer a sampler of the beers that they make. They will let oyu try the beers, but want you to buy a oint. I tried three and pick the best of the three evils. I felt bad if I did not purchase a beer. The pint I bought was bad enough that I drank about half of it and left. I would not suggest going to this place to try the beers that they make, but to get the other beers that they offer on tap.

harpus, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of wolffman17
4.16/5  rDev -3%

The Draught House is an institution in Austin's beer scene. Old UK pub feel. Honestly, it reminds me a lot of Horse Brass in Portland. DH is much smaller, but the layout, old breweriana eye candy, dim lighting, and dark wood all remind me of Horse Brass. Feels like it has been around for a while.

Upon entering, you see the small bar centered in the room. There is not much space from the entryway to the bar where the "order here" line forms, so if busy, the line can easily stretch outside or wind through tables inside. This seems to happen because the actual bar is tiny and only has enough spots for a few people to sit at. Most people are drinking at tables inside or on the large patio outside. Other than the lack of bar spots, I enjoy the beery vibe here. Triple tap towers are lined up along the front of the bar rather than behind the bartender. Glassware is a nonic shaped pint glass (16oz, not 20oz).

Large, American focused draft selection along with several unique house beers. The seasonal Sunshade Gose is a stand out. Three, count 'em, three cask engines available. Numerous locals and relatively difficult beers to find can be found here. Racer X and cask GF Hop Head Read on this most recent visit. Cheap growler fills.

Good service, though for some reason standing in line at a bar feels odd to me. Those getting growlers filled (me) can slow it down easily. Number of bartenders (1 or 2) seems low considering the number of pints being poured. Now open at 1pm on the weekends.

Pub grub and snacky food available on the cheap.

Great hangout. Good place to relax with friends over a few pints.

wolffman17, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of Getalegup
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Getalegup, Mar 18, 2014
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Draught House Pub & Brewery in Austin, TX
95 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.