North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery

North by Northwest Restaurant & BreweryNorth by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
BA SCORE
52.3%
Liked Their Beers
3.67 w/ 535 ratings
North by Northwest Restaurant & BreweryNorth by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

10010 Capital Of TX Hwy N
Austin, Texas, 78759
United States

(512) 467-6969 | map
nxnwbrew.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
69
Reviews:
186
Ratings:
535
Liked:
280
Average:
3.67/5
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
72.9%
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
59
Liked:
43
Avg:
3.94/5
pDev:
11.93%
 
 
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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

I happened to book a cheap motel right next to this brewery, so close we were able to walk to it after checking in.

Bland/new/shiny/cookie-cuter/chain-y looking, but good alright. Lively on Valentine's Day night, albeit not super busy- the dining room was rather full, but the bar had some seats and we sat at a little lounge area to the left of the bar.

They had nine house taps: Amber, Jingo Pale, Light, Okanogan Black, Dunkelweizen, Helen Bock, Excalibur ESB and Blackjack Ale (bourbon-barrel aged).

We tried the Jingo (4/5), Okanogan (3/5), Black Jack (2.5/5) and Dunkelweizen (3.5/5). The barrel-aged Black Jack was incredibly lacking, with no bourbon aroma or flavor. The Jingo Pale was a remarkable APA and my favorite of the bunch.

Service was OK but not great and prices are fine ($4.75 per pint on average).

The food menu is big and has some interesting items, including Texas quail and duck breast, but by the time I decided to order the kitchen had closed.

Not the best beer joint ever, but a serviceable one nonetheless.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

NXNW is a beautifully, somewhat upscale, very well put together restaurant/brewpub that seems almost like a chain restaurant. There's a small bar area as you enter, and then the main dining area to the right with a very nice deck behind.

The food is very good, fairly well-varied and inventive, and reasonably priced. They also offer a gluten-free menu which is unusual. I can vouch for the calamari, onion rings, crab and shrimpo cakes (!!!), and Lemon Shrimp Linguine - all great!

The beers are fairly mainstream as indicated by the style of the restaurant, but very well made. The hefeweizen and schwarzbier stand out in my mind, but I believe the pale ale was very good as well.

I had a great time and a great meal there, and this is a great place for family meals. I'm planning a trip back to Austin right now, and I know that my brother and his wife would really enjoy this place! Worth trying. Unlike any other brewpub you'll find.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Abbreviated "NXNW", it was located at the intersection of North Capital of Texas Highway and Stone Lake. Nothing like drinking in opulence! The entry was center of the building and the blonde wood m.d.s. was right at the entryway. High tables and chairs fronted the concrete and stone bar which overlooked six FVs behind glass aft of the back bar. The lavs were to the left of the entry, past a couple of curtains. To the extreme left of the bar and up a couple of steps was a semi-private meeting area with white-leather upholstered benches fronted by low tables and brown leather foot stools. Off to the right, past the m.d.s., was the copper-jacketed brewhouse, staggered on two levels. Further right was the extensive restaurant area. Lots of light granite and blonde brick throughout. Growlers, but only of the German swing-top variety.

Beers: Duckabish Amber Ale; Northern Light; Py Jingo Pale Ale; Okan Ogan Black; Bavarian Hefeweizen.

Seasonals: Belgian Wit; Tu Helen Bock.

Mom Test: No problem here. They were very family-friendly.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of greenspointexas
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Atmosphere- The inside is similar to most of the upscale brewpubs I've visited. The emphasis is on the restaurant, not the bar. Not bad, just doesn't stand out from the average brewpub.

Quality- The three beers I had were all very good, but nothing blew my mind. None of the standard beers are very heavy (nothing like a stout or porter), so the emphasize seemed to be on high quality, but easy to drink beers. The highlight of the beers I had was the Okanagon Black Ale, while was similar to New Belgium's 1554.

Service- The waiter did a great job keeping up with my drinking rate and the food arrived quickly. Otherwise, nothing exceptional.

Selection- 6 beers: bock, black ale, light beer, pale ale, amber ale, and a seasonal. During my visit the seasonal was a blond ale.

Food- The menu seemed to be a little on the healthy side for a brewpub, which I guess isn't a bad thing. So don't expect greasy burgers and wings. Choices are interesting, but not really suited for me. The pizza I had was very good, but could have used a lot more cheese.

Value/Overall: The prices were reasonble, especially for beer. Though none of the beers were fantastic or experimental, all were solid and worth drinking. I would visit again.

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Photo of 86sportster883
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I stopped in the NXNW Restaurant & Brewery on a Sunday evening for dinner and beers. I sat in the dining area, which was primarily one large room with a high ceiling and a mountain lodge type feel. I started with a sampler that included NXNW's:

Irish Stout - Not bad. I thought it was a little thin, but very drinkable.

Northern Light - Crystal clear, pale straw colored, easy drinking lager.

Jingo Pale Ale - Described as a Pacific NW style pale ale w/Cascade hops and combo of malts. This would probably be my choice if I were to order a pint.

Duckabish Amber - Tasted like a red with a dry spicy finish.

Okanogan Black Ale - Described as a NW German style (Weltenberg), rich, malty dark ale. This beer just didn't make a strong impression on me.

Bavarian Hefeweizen - Great banana and clove nose with a very dry finish.

The beers were all solid but not anything exceptional. For dinner I had ordered the stuffed trout with a small spinach salad. The salad was fresh, light and delicious, while the stuffed trout was probably one of the better trout dishes that I've had. The sides (mashed potatoes and mixed veggies) were also decent.

Sampler of 6 three ounce pours - $4.95
Salad -$3.95
Stuffed trout -$16.95

When in Austin, NXNW is certainly a worthwhile stop for good food and decent beer.

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Photo of Dogleg
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of cfrobrew
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of JamLand
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

A slightly upscale brewpub. Only offer their brews, which some of their one-offs are really good. Food is good, but can be on the more expensive side for brewpubs and Austin. The burger is really good.

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Photo of rowew
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in for drinks after work, and ended up staying for a while to watch the football game. Bar is by the entrance, with a couple patios and a large restaurant area. Design is modern lodge, the brewing equipment was behind glass towards the front. The whole place seemed upscale, but also felt a bit sterile. The beers were all good, especially the APA special they had on tap. Didn't try any food, but did check out the menu .. looked interesting but a bit pricey.

Good quality beer, but the atmosphere didn't appeal to me - a bit too sterile, with a bit of a corporate feel. That said if you are in the area its a nice place to stop for a beer or three, and it worked well with a work crowd.

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Photo of tjcamm
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Junichi
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -23.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of wisegreensoul
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of HardTarget
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Only one experience to draw on, but WOW, this is one great place. It has a great Northwestern US decor and inspired menu, and great beer. Had the sampler as an appetizer (with 3 cloves of roasted garlic) and loved every beer (ok, the 'Northern Light' beer was a touch watery, but I understand we have to educate the unwashed somehow). Food was exceptional, best meal I've had in quite some time, at a reasonable (about $22 for the special; cedar plank salmon with bleu cheese mashed potatoes on bed of greens) price. Got a growler ($20, but very nice quality, $15 full of seasonal beer). Good service, good selection, I was impressed. To quote the current governor of Calf: "I'll be back".

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Very chill spot with great food and good beer. The 6 beers in their regular lineup didn't "wow" me, nor did their Irish Stout seasonal, but the Brewer's Specials the night I went (Barton Kriek and Barrel-Aged King Kona Stout) were both top-notch. The Kriek, especially.

Server was very knowledgeable about the beer he was serving, was prompt and attentave, and recommended some great entrees. Only service complaint was the wait, but even that was fairly short given it was a Saturday night.

My beef tenderloin was absolutely perfect (served on chipotle potatoes, covered with fried onions and asparagus, and with jumbo shrimp on the sited). Well-cooked, flavorful, filling, all you could ask for in a meal. Everyone else at my table was pleased with their food as well.

Great restaurant, solid brewery, a bit pricey, but a highly recommended treat if you're ever in Austin.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Photo of IPA17
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Sat outside on a perfect September night. Didn't have any food. Service was very good except she forgot my glass of water. Had not one but two different samplers (there may have been 2 or 3 repeats in the samplers out of 6 beers but there were also other beers that were not in either sampler). All of the beers were very good to excellent except one which was fair. The high quality was evident. I very much enjoyed my visit and highly recommend a stop in to all beer travelers when in the area.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 5

A new and modern brewpub and restaurant on the north side of town which, according to its menu, tries to bring a bit of the Pacific Northwest to Texas. Nothing earth-shattering about it but, overall, not a bad place.

The restaurant is really more the star here than the beers with the menu selections sometimes experimental but always great (oh! those garlic fries). Atmosphere is brewpub modern, lots of wood and exposed steel with the brew tanks visible behind the bar. Full bar service, also, and what appears to be a quite extensive wine selection.

Beers are typical styles -- not experimental like Bitter End -- and are good but not terribly memorable. Five taps and a rotating offering, their Octoberfest was pretty good. Growlers available, no outside brands, which I respect in a brewpub. Worthy of repeat visits.

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Photo of MLDucky
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of wolffman17
3.98/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

NXNW is located on the north side of Austin. Being accustomed to long drives in Houston, it doesn't seem too far out of the way to me, though. The building itself is big and has an interesting industrial lodge feel...going for the Pacific NW theme. Clean and nice. Small bar area just beyond the entryway. To the right is the large dining area completely separate from the bar. Once in there it feels much more like a restaurant; you'd never know they brew their own beer. Vaulted ceiling, fireplace towards the end of the room, lots of wood in the construction. Fairly quiet for a busy place. I like the overall vibe, but sitting at the bar is probably more enjoyable for the typical beer geek. Good service.

All NXNW beers are high quality. 6 house beers. The Batch 1000 Tripel was particularly good on my first visit. The Py Jingo Pale Ale surprised me and stands as one of the better Pale Ales I've had. Fresh as can be.

Extensive lunch and dinner menus consist of salads, sandwiches, steak, fish, pizza, pasta, etc. Nothing really crazy, but they've got plenty of good, tasty options that are a couple steps above typical brewpub fare. Weekend brunch available as well.

Overall, I can recommend NXNW as a solid beer spot in Austin. If I lived in the area, I could see myself dropping in frequently for a pint and growler fill.

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Photo of Getalegup
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery in Austin, TX
Brewery rating: 52.3% out of 100 with 535 ratings
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