Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery

BEER AVG
3.56/5
Black Star Co-op Pub & BreweryBlack Star Co-op Pub & Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

7020 Easy Wind Drive, Suite 100
Austin, Texas, 78752
United States

(512) 452-2337 | map
blackstar.coop

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Added by MEsquandoles on 12-09-2010

BEER STATS
Beers:
60
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
312
PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
68
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
8.01%
 
 
Taps:
26
Bottles/Cans:
30
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 68
Reviews by Locapour:
Photo of Locapour
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

We have shot a few episode of Locapour at Black Star. If you would like to see what it is like to get your beer on there you can check out http://locapour.tv/austin/blackstarcoopvulcan or http://locapour.tv/austin/blackstarcoopelba

Black Star Co-op is a leader in the Austin craft beer scene. The cooperative ownership means that the members and patrons really care a lot about the quality of the beer brewed at "their pub."

I love the fact that the people who work at Black Star are so passionate about the beer and being a part of something special to the Austin beer community. It really comes across in their service.

Workers are paid well and there is NO TIPPING so reviewers should consider that when evaluating the price/value score.

Pro Tip:

There's no table service, you order at the counter. When you get there it might be best to order a pitcher or two beers to make sure you minimize time spent standing in line.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

I've never rated Black Star? Shame on me!

What I like is that they're a co-op, in that the people who work there are involved, not just uncaring and mindless people running the show - and that comes through in the service and the quality of the food and beer produced.

The atmosphere is perhaps the only thing that's lacking as it's kind of modern black-silver-etc. with a lot of hard surfaces and it almost has a beer-cafeteria feel.

The food is very good for what it is, which is kind of "basic type pub foods" but with a modern-healthy twist. There are Burgers and Fish & Chips, but there's also an Avocado Club and "Tempeh Rachel"! Some Texans might wrench back in fear of this, but I find it interesting and exciting! I also feel that in general, across the board, the prices are reasonable. You might be able to find food for less elsewhere (Fried JalapeƱos for $5 -can that be beat?), but it won't be the same quality; and all of the food has a fresh character that you just cannot get at chains.

The beer follows suit, and although it might not be the best out there, it's certainly bright and fresh and well-done; and there are usually 9 on tap. In general, they also stretch beyond the usual with about half of their taps - and keep in mind, their beers are chosen by their members. Something "Rational" might be a rye-pale ale with citrusy and floral hops, but something "Irrational" could be an Imperial IPA with strawberry, lemongrass, and lime juice. It could be anything, and it changes all of the time. They apparently do even crazier beers but I've never seen one myself.

I'd certainly recommend a visit, especially as they're not far from Pinthouse Pizza.

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Photo of greenspointexas
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of dasotelo50
3.34/5  rDev -18.9%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Ryannotbryan
3.71/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of krabulous
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Photo of Junichi
3.42/5  rDev -17%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of NealioATX
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Boy oh boy. The food here is *kisses lips* delicious! The beers are also quite tasty! Reasonably priced too! Service is pretty good most of the time. It's an interesting set up. It's a Co-OP so the employees are paid a living wage so no tips are accepted. Also, it's counter service with two lines. One for beer only and one for food. The wait usually isn't terrible and the wait to receive your food isn't that bad either. Fair warning, parking BLOWS.

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Photo of puck1225
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Stopped here on our way to a Texas Stars hockey game. Had a flight of their beers. I recommend their Vulcan rye IPA and the Epsilan scotch ale. The food was great. Service is walk up which threw us for a loop at first, but turned out fine. Recommended when near the airport in Austin.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.49/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Photo of BGsWo22
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of SergeLowpz
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of mig100
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of ranger7
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Patrick_Redbeard
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of ebreitch
4.53/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of MLDucky
4.41/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of mschantz
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Yes Black Star is a coop in a sometime tragically hip town - but it is a very welcoming stop for a decidedly middle aged beer geek. 8 solid in-house beers and 18 quality guest taps means anyone can find a worthwhile beer on draft. In addition the kitchen cranks out high value high quality food. The only non-positive thing I can come up with is that the servers have a decent amount of beer knowledge but may not stand up to the geekiest BA folks and frankly I am not sure if that is on BS or the BA folks. There is an outdoor patio for nice days and a decent amount of indoor seating for hot Austin nights. Craziest thing - as a coop they won't take tips. A definite must have stop of beer lovers while in Austin.

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Photo of Fabiand
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of CheChe
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Realbeerguy
2/5  rDev -51.5%

Before I start let me say this is place was high on my list and I have been here several time and loved it however the last 3 times I have been here I have notice a decline in customer service, food quality, and beer selection. I live by the 3 strike rule and that is why I will not be coming back to Blackstar.

I went on a date recently and we decided to stop in and eat and it was a Thursday night not very crowed and the first thing I noticed was a limited beer selection alomst half of the taps were empty and when I asked about it the cashier replied with a rude "this is all we have" so I had a beer that was clearly marked as a full pour but only received a half pour so again I questioned the cashier and she replied "the sign is wrong". Then we get our cold food and my chicken tasted burnt or like they don't clean their grill very often it was so bad I could not finish nor could I have had something else because it ruined my appetite and when I finally found someone to complain to the guy said "nobody else is complaining" and that pretty much did it for me with this place

I really hoped they could turn it around but I think their pay scale living wage thing is starting to wear on the employees because they don't get tips which they probably make less money working here because of that and it seems like nobody gives a shit anymore.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery in Austin, TX
3.56 out of 5 based on 312 ratings.
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