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
Photo of wagenvolks
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Black Star Co-op was in the planning stages for what seemed like forever. And, needless to say, it has been worth the wait.

The pub itself opens up with a modern/industrial look, high-ceilings and clean lines around the bar area. Great lighting, too, and while the voices can get loud when the Co-op is packed, it never reaches an intolerable level. Quality is top-notch, and I have a feeling the kegs and tap-lines are regularly monitored for freshness.

The service is a tricky category to rate, as Black Star has its ordering procedure set up similar to the Draught House in which you wait in a (often long) line, order, then take a seat with a number. If you want another beer while you're eating, you usually have to get back in line while your food gets cold. Plus, the cooked-to-order food comes out at different times which can make things awkward for larger parties. Still, I tend to prefer my food that way--piping hot and served when it's ready. And the food at Black Star is nothing short of spectacular for 'pub grub' (if you can call it that). Great variety of high quality snacks (cheese/meat plates, beer-nut toffee, etc.) and the food I've had has been excellent (try the fish and chips!).

Selection is a well thought-out lineup of mostly Texas taps, and Black Star currently is rotating through their house-made beers (only had the Vulcan at this point, which was pretty good). They also have several bottles you can buy.

The prices are somewhat steep for food, and beer is more expensive than other places, but for good reason: the workers are paid well enough that Black Star does not accept tips. So if you factor in ~$1 tip for beer, it all works out.

Bottom line: one of my favorite new places to get a pint in Austin. Kind of wish I had become a member earlier on in the founding of this place...

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Photo of tdawgydog
4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Last night in Austin this was one of the last places we wanted to visit. It was a little difficult to find but once there everything else was great.

It's a co-op so it's run a litlte different than your typical resto. When you walk in, you have to find a seat for yourself. It was pretty full on the night we were there so we ended up sitting at the bar which was just fine with us. There is no table service so you place your order at the bar and they bring your food out to you. Food was excellent, my buddy had the chili burger which looked great, I went with the bar steak which was a little undercooked (asked for it medium - well, I explained I'm from the North and don't like my meat still moo-ing) but the fries were awesome and they more than made up for the slightly pink steak.

As for the beer, this was a mixed bag. I'll cut them some slack since they just opened. I had 3 of their home brewed offerings, one of them (the High-Esteem) was quite a bit off. The bar tender explained to us that the PH was a little off in the initial brew so they tried to compensate after the fact. Not sure I would serve this stuff to customers but the honesty was more than welcome. They did provide a sample of the Double Dee to compensate and the other home brews that we had were very well done. To complement their own brew offerings they have a well versed tap list (at least 20 micro's) with plenty of great brews to be had.

At the end of the night we got our check and there was no place for us to leave a tip. The waitress informed us that since they are a co-op they don't accept tips. Their loss I guess. I would def frequent a place like this if I lived in the area.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My first brewpub review. Huzzah!

Black Star is a wonderful place. They have a great selection of local and interesting national brews on tap. They had some Ranger Creek, (512) and Jester King on tap when I've been there... which is amazing. They also had a cask of Independence Convict Hill tonight with some extra coffee beans and coconut. Who's gonna complain about that? They also keep a nice national selection of IPAs, RIS and the occasional sour on tap.

The house beers are just coming out, but they're still impressive. I had a sample of the Low Esteem and it was interesting and well balanced. I'll be looking forward to their more experimental brews.

The food selections are good and reasonably priced. Vie had the pulled pork sandwich and a cheese plate there and both were quite tasty nd impressively laid out.

All being said, I've been really impressed by Black Star and I think I'm going to be there a lot next semester.

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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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