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Hops and Grain Brewery


Type: Brewery, Bar

507 Calles St
Ste 101
Austin, Texas, 78702-3909
United States

(512) 914-2467 | map

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Added by wagenvolks on 12-02-2011

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 80
Photo of thatche2
4.03/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

The Hops and Grain Brewery is a cool with place with nice picnic style seating. The beer is very good and fresh with somewhat limited offerings although a coffee variation of their porter was on tap when I was there. I liked the place overall but would choose other places to visit in Austin because the seating area is somewhat small and it can get quite loud inside. In addition, they have a relatively small selection on tap served in a small pint glass. Cool place to visit once but I prefer to pick up cans of their beer at the store.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.73/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Very much a locals vibe. Not a ton of ambiance - your standard industrial space with some barrels scattered. Like a random living room. Game playing encouraged, usually food trucks. Taps are somewhat limited - 8ish? Usually a few lagers, a few hoppy beers, and some things a tad heavier. Lines for beers can get long but move relatively quickly. In a pretty great part of town so an easy visit.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Good little taproom in East Austin. They brew very good beers, and most of their distributed beers and dispensary - taproom only - beers are available regularly (I'm guessing, but I've been there 3 times and pretty consistent). About 10 beers available I think, not bad, but would be cool to see a few more limited offerings.

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Photo of stevoj
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Interesting setup in an interesting location. Very industrial feel located in re-purposed space. They can’t sell beer here, but they can sell you the glass and give away the beer. One of the best lagers I’ve ever enjoyed, but it was real hit and miss.

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Photo of NoZeFace
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

A bit different since I showed up at 12:30 on a wednesday. But it was really chill, Bob was a solid dude. And they were a knowledgable staff. Really cool guys and can only imagine how it is when it is really rocking.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

I strolled into this taproom, with just the hopes of a beer. What I got was animal skulls, coffee and dancing hippies. And a few pints.

The taproom at H&G is guarded by a perimeter of barrels, while the other walls are adorned with some pretty eclectic and trippy artwork: nude ladies on blonde balsa wood and electric green deer skulls. Down the hall, every Sunday morning another business in the shared space hosts about 30 hippies dancing to tribal music.

They also serve coffee, for those time you need a stimulant, but what I liked best were their dry-hopped ales. They were exceptional.

H&G is a pretty unique place to keep it weird.

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Photo of SampleinaJar
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Really cool setup. $5 gets you a bunch of small pours. Zoe with Soraachi Ace hops was amazing. The Dispensery Imperial IPA was also a great beer! Best I've had in Texas.

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Photo of bwood06
5/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Interesting warehouse microbrewery that focuses on sustainable brewing practices. No tvs in the tap room but there are board games available to borrow to keep yourself and others entertained if just sitting/standing, drinking, and talking are not your things. Food is available via a food truck on Saturdays. $10 gets you a small pint glass and 4 pours which is really a pretty good deal since it allows you to try multiple beer offerings. 45 minute tours are available as well but there really isn't a ton to see since it is such a small microbrewery currently. Excellent experience and would definitely go back.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75

The people that work at this place, the young women behind the counter, are absolutely amazing. They are so friendly, welcoming and willing to share their knowledge that it reason enough to go back.

Beers are all of very high quality, well balanced, true to style and well made. A really nice up and coming brewery worth a trip.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Dropped in on a Wednesday afternoon right at opening. Pretty quiet, but that's cool with me because I had a nice opportunity to chat with the guy serving brews and he was good people.

Hops and Grain was my first taste of the odd way some breweries function in Austin in which you pay an amount of money---not for beer but for a glass--- and get "samples" (healthy half pours) and get to walk away with a cool glass.

The glasses were nice (mini nonic and snifter among other options) and there were about 10 beers on tap. You get tickets to redeem for your beers and the set up at Hops and Grain was that some beers cost one ticket and some two. You more than get your money's worth with this setup.

As for the beers, their flagship Zoe is a superb lager and I wish I'd bought more. The Alt's nice too. I really enjoyed their batch #17 of Greenhouse IPA...exceptionally juicy and melon-heavy.

Overall a great place to visit in Austin.

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Photo of sd123
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

lots of board games to borrow, knowledgable, friendly bartenders but i didnt find the beer to be so exciting. really solid beers but not such exciting styles

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.5

Off the beaten path on the east side of downtown behind a restaurant in a long industrial building. Place had a really nice vibe to it, the servers knew their beers. Liked one experimental hop beer a lot as well as the Greenhouse IPA. This might not be Jester King, but it had a special feel for this beer tourist in Austin. I will go back again if the opportunity presents itself.

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Photo of Realbeerguy
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Cool place good beer, the young brewer or greenhouse brewer as he called himself gave us the tour and he comes off a bit arrogant but in a douche bag kinda way and he said "that being said" like 500 times so that being said, I did enjoy this place and the beer. I will return

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Photo of kristianhansen
5/5  rDev +17.9%

This is a great small brewery in the heart of Austin, Texas. We were led on a 1/2 hour tour of the place by one of their lead brewers - Bob Gilligan ( sp?).

They have a nice tap room, where you get to pick out a glass as a souvenir and have the opportunity to sample 6 half glasses or 3 full beers.

Hops and Grain is one of only 5 breweries that ferments their beers inside of oak barrels (firestone and a few others do as well). They also have a heavy emphasis on keeping things local. So it will be hard to get any of their beers outside of Texas.

Bonus points for their sustainability program and the dog treats they make from recycled hops.

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Photo of TianaH
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

$10 gets you tasting tickets, the tour is amazing and they are very funny, and knowledgeable. Tasting room has tables and stools, games, and a fun environment. I am into sours so there wasn't much I liked but some very hoppy stuff and good stouts. Really enjoyed the tour more than anything else and the vibe of the guys working there.

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Photo of JDV
3.9/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

I like Hops and Grain, but I wasn't overly impressed by the taproom I guess. The beers they make are well made and tasty but I found a very similar yeasty flavor across all their beers that just wasn't my favorite. I prefer crisper, cleaner tasting beers and found that other places in town check that box for me a bit better. Still its a solid brewery and they give a nice tour here for free. You can also do 3 pints or 6 half pint samples of what theyve got on tap and you keep the pint glass all for $10 so its very reasonable. Worth a vist.

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Hops and Grain Brewery in Austin, TX
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