Uncle Billy's Brew & Que

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BEER AVG
3.67/5
Uncle Billy's Brew & QueUncle Billy's Brew & Que
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1530 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, Texas, 78704
United States

(512) 476-0100 | map
www.unclebillysaustin.com

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Added by HumuloneRed on 06-02-2007

BEER STATS
Beers:
79
Reviews:
148
Ratings:
343
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
89
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
57
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
8.29%
 
 
Taps:
10
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 57
Reviews by woodychandler:
Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +25.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Barton Fink Road at Kinney Avenue: You have got to love a place that has its own free shuttle service. They also offered valet parking, but we were having none of it. The exterior was long with a good deal of outdoor patio seating on the left facing side. Glass framed garage doors constituted he right facing side with a fenced-in series of picnic tables along the sidewalk center. The entry was left and the m.d.s. looked like a "Programs" kiosk at hockey and football games, except that the marquee read "Hostess". The laminated dark wood bar was in the shape of 5/8 of an octagon. The 10-barrel brewhouse was visible behind glass past the right of the bar beyond the kitchen. The restaurant area was right, overlooking Barton Fink Road through the garage doors. Panning around while seated at the bar, the women's was extreme right past the brewhouse and the men's was in the extreme left corner, past the hooks for farrior's puzzles. They were constructing an outdoor band stage. I also realized that the garage doors ringed the bulk of the exterior facing part of the building. Growlers!

Food: I went with the BBQ Tray, choosing smoked ½ chicken, glazed carrots, and green beans. The meat was so tender as to be falling off of the bone and so smoky as to make me weep. The combos were endless, but this was a good fit.

Beers: Bock 40 Blonde; Haystack Hefe; Organic Amber; Axe Handle Pale Ale.

Rotating: Special Hop Tap (Woodeye Rye PA); Special Dark & Malty Tap (Smokehouse Porter). Also guest taps from their friends at St. Arnold's, Real Ale, Live Oak, and Independence. 5's!

It was all done with smoke and beers. Sorry, I could not resist.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ChuletaTX512
4.26/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Great fun place for people watching and the beer is pretty darn swell too.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.18/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Very good brewed on site draft beer. Canned limited release beer to buy and take home. Growlers too. Friendly bar staff and neighborhood pub vibe. Great location along restaurant row on Austin's south side. Didn't try the food having eaten next door...maybe next time!

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Photo of Junichi
3.19/5  rDev -19.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3

Photo of NealioATX
3.9/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I've come here a few times over the years including their first year being open. The beers are A-OK. The vibe is what you'd expect in that area of the city. The BBQ is meh. That said, it's still probably better than Green Mesquite down the road. Double meh.

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Photo of BGsWo22
3.1/5  rDev -22.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -33.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3.5

Notes from 2014:

11 taps. 7 are house beers; 4 are guests (Live Oak schwarz, Live Oak hefe, and some Real Ale offerings when I was there).

Average barbecue by Texas standards, which is to say it's pretty good.

4 oz samplers are offered: 5 for $8, 6 for $10, 7 for $12.

Grumbler refills are $8. Growler refills are $15.

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Photo of gilgar
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of smb
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Photo of JamLand
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Only their house brews on tap, which are all average to below average. Below average BBQ. You're in Austin for Christ's sake, don't eat BBQ here!

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Photo of Fabiand
3.94/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Dicers
3.78/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of LXIXME
3.29/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of ColSanders
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Realbeerguy
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

BBQ is nasty but the beer is ok it's hit or miss

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of nneighb33
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of SAdams0192
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of JDV
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Uncle Billy's used to be my favorite brewpub in town when it opened, but it has definitely experienced a change since its first days. The head brewer leaving was a strike against it, even though the current brewer does a good job and makes some great beers, it was a step down compared to what it was. The food though has taken the biggest hit, as the menu and quality has changed for the worse. Don't get me wrong; it's not a terrible place, but I loved their chili cheese fries, and while the bbq wasn't anywhere near the best in town, it still was pretty tasty and went great with the beers here.

It's got a great location and patio on Barton Springs Road and is a nice place to hang out and grab some beers. Still definitely worth a visit.

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Photo of Jame515
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of greenspointexas
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of TxHopHead4
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of javlin624
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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Uncle Billy's Brew & Que in Austin, TX
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