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Pinthouse Pizza Craft Brewpub

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

4729 Burnet Rd
Austin, Texas, 78756-2826
United States

(512) 436-9605 | map

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Added by ThirdEyePA on 03-04-2013

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 74
Reviews by champ103:
Photo of champ103
4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

I really enjoyed my time here. An excellent beer bar along with excellent house made beers as well. I walk in and the lay out is wide open, beer garden, communal style seating. Wood picnic tables, and a long bar on the left. Order beer at the bar, and there is a counter in the back to order food. If the bar is not busy, they will take food orders, though usually you have to go to the counter for food. Chill and relaxed.

The service is very friendly and personable. They mean well, but can sometimes be absent minded. No bother, a little wait is not a problem for me.

40 taps of guest beers, and one of the best selections in a city. Firestone Walker, Jester King, lots of other Austin breweries. Plus their house beers, with about 8 to choose from. You can do flights as well. Only behind Bangers, Wip In, and Draught House for selection. I particularly liked their house beers. Calma Muerta is an excellent low ABV pale ale. The two barleywines they had were excellent as well.

On to the food. I did the lunch special which is a salad, small pizza, and a pint. About $10. Not a bad deal. The house salad was excellent. Fresh spinach, cranberries, blue cheese, nuts, and house made dressing. I had the Hill Country pizza. Bacon, spinach, mushrooms, ricotta. The toppings were excellent and fresh. My problem was the crust. I am not sure, but it seemed pre made, possibly frozen crust? I might be wrong , but it just did not taste right. It reminded me of Pizza Hut crust. A shame because everything else was obviously freshly made and well prepared.

There is so much to like here. I can over look the sub par crust. Excellent house made beers and a great guest selection. Add to that a very welcoming atmosphere, and approachable service. A good spot.

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Photo of Ryannotbryan
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

I love the pizza here. It's legit. Can't go wrong with beer and pizza.

And these guys make some serious brews. I've been downright impressed every visit. From goses to barrel-aged beers to IPAs, they do their thing. The prices are all reasonable and if you come at just the right time, you might just find parking.

Seriously though, the parking situation is a nightmare. Horrible.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Good local place for both pizza and beer. They make a lot of IPAs, and have some other house offerings to go with a pretty extensive list of very high quality drafts. Not sure why we waited so long to heck it out, but we'll be back!

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Photo of Roybert
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Pinthouse Pizza has two locations, one on Burnet and one on South Lamar. I've only been to the one on Burnet Road which isn't too far from the Black Star Co-Op. In my opinion two stores doesn't make it a "chain", but they've certainly got the look.

It's "classy-but-casual" with a real wood floor, a poured concrete bar top, and 20 blonde wood topped picnic tables in the center seating about 200. Some might say that gives it a German beer hall feel, and I guess to some extent it does. It looks very corporate in a way, and yet not, possibly because it's not overdecorated. There's a nautical theme to it, and I don't really get the connection, but it works within the whole look of the place. The other thing I should point out is that it works as a pub, but it's also a pizza restaurant so it's family friendly.

Both the beer and pizza are walk up and order (except for a small bar with around 10 seats), and then take back to your table - which I much prefer over table service but kind of dislike if I'm just hanging out and having a few beers... on the other hand, you never have to worry about getting passed over trying to order at a full bar when you can't get close enough, you just get in line and wait. Back to the other hand, it can get really busy so be smart and send a friend to get beers before you get too low!

On to the important part, the pizza and beer. I have refined tastes. I look for and appreciate the best. You can call me a pizza snob if you want, but I'm not. And I've certainly been called a beer snob, but I'm drinking a Genesee Beer as I write this so I certainly don't think that applies. The good news is that both the pizza and the beer are top-notch in my opinion! And the fact that you can get a large plain for $13 is awesome! But don't stop there, they've got all kinds of interesting pies or you can make your own. And the beer follows suit. They've got house beers as well as guest beers and ciders, so if you want a simple lager, pale ale or IPA you're covered, and if you want something more exotic like a smoked pumpkin cider or gosebier they've go that too.

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Photo of Junichi
3.68/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Hudson2508
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -22.6%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2.5

Photo of BGsWo22
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of sirhc3034
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of pnelting
4.51/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of gtermi
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of Abbbp
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of exl_90
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of stumac
4.95/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of smb
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of kylehay2004
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of PatrickInAustinTx
4.6/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of dhfreak
4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Awesome pizza and fantastic beer selection!

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Photo of Deggar
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Patrick_Redbeard
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of handcrafty
4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of TheBrewLee48
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

V = The staff is pretty chill and relaxed, even when it is slammed. Sports or good movies is on the TVs at all times. Everyone there is friendly. Communal seating with the picnic tables.

Q = The food is alway fresh. The house beers are amazing and they keep the tap lines well maintenanced for the guest beers as well as their own.

S = Communal seating. Have to order the food at the counter, or a little known fact you can order food and beer at the bar. Staff will answer any questions you have on beer or pizza. Don't hope to be in and out quickly unless it is an off hour.

S = Has 6 main stays and then more seasonals and experimentals on tap. Seems like that always have at least 10 house beers on tap whenever I go. i have seen close to 30 house beers before on tap. They have a total of 40 taps plus 4 nitros. What ever else is open is filled by the latest seasonals from amazing breweries all over the nation.

F = Fresh, local ingredients make for awesome pizzas. What else is better than pizza and beer.

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Photo of Nightwish1094
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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