Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery

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BEER AVG
3.61/5
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
www.blackstar.coop

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Added by MEsquandoles on 12-09-2010

BEER STATS
Beers:
36
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
274
PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
66
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
8.27%
 
 
Taps:
26
Bottles/Cans:
30
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 66
Reviews by champ103:
Photo of champ103
3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I love the idea of a Co-op brewpub, but the execution needs some work. As I walk in there is a line out the door, and every table was full. No big deal, it is a Friday night. The building has that sterile, or industrial kind of feel to it. I think it is intentional, kind of a hip thing I guess. All the tables, chairs, and stools look like they were bought at Pier One though. There is a concrete patio outside as well. I was lucky to find a seat at the bar. Though it was right by the cash register, and I had to share elbow space with everyone else trying to order.

There is no table service, just get in line and order. They do not wait, so you better know what beers you want and what you want to eat the moment your turn comes. It seems like they try to shuffle as many people in and out as quick as possible. Which is annoying to me.

I had a pulled pork sandwich. I enjoyed it. Nothing special, but filling and good.

The beers are mostly standard. A pale ale (that was out), amber, IPA, and stout. After trying the house beers, I think I would be happier with the other local options they have instead. I do like that they have a bunch of other local Texas beers as well. I was just unimpressed with their beers. Nothing bad, just bland. The quality was not very good for me. They need to get some of the yeast out of the beer. Literally, I could of scooped the chunky yeast out of some of the beers with a spoon. The one other non house beer I had (the new Circle Brewery) just tasted off as well.

I get that a Co-op is going to be run a little different. Though this place was just to much of a hassle for me to go back.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of dasotelo50
3.34/5  rDev -18.7%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Ryannotbryan
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of krabulous
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Photo of Junichi
3.42/5  rDev -16.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of NealioATX
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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 +2.2%
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 -15.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Photo of BGsWo22
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of SergeLowpz
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of smb
4.15/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of ranger7
3.78/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Patrick_Redbeard
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of ebreitch
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of MLDucky
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of mschantz
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
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 +3.4%

Photo of CheChe
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Realbeerguy
2/5  rDev -51.3%

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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Photo of DerekSmigelski
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of cfrobrew
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Texsuds
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of paleoplant
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of kbaer77
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of nneighb33
5/5  rDev +21.7%

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Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery in Austin, TX
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