Draught House Pub & Brewery

Draught House Pub & BreweryDraught House Pub & Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

4112 Medical Parkway
Austin, Texas, 78741
United States

(512) 452-6258 | map

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Photo of jasonguit
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I liked this place.

There is sort of an ad-hoc tailgate seen in the parking lot due to the Austin Smoking ban. You can take your brew (in their glasses no less) out to the parking lot, open a folding chair if you have it, and drink your beer. I don't smoke myself anymore, but it was kind of a neat eccentricity.

Service was friendly and the beer they had was great. They had St. Bard 12 and Maredsous 8 on tap, which I have never had the pleasure of drinking that way before. Unfortunately, these big Belgians jumped on me before I could really sample their house brews. I did have a sip of the house Dunkelweiz and Porter, both of which were tasty. I plan on exploring there home creations further next trip.

The atmosphere was nice, though there was a beer snob element to some of people. My roommate was corrected for pronouncing Duvel with a bit of a southern twang for instance (by a drunk in the parking lot though, not the staff). It was comfortable enough though, nice pub feel. I prefer Lovejoy's atmosphere a little bit more I guess, but the Draft House makes up for it in selection. You can chalk a lot of they difference in clientel to location in the two places I'm sure.

I'll be back up there I am sure. A good alternative to the downtown bar scene here is a nice thing to have.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

First time there was the friday night Texas BA gathering, 2006. I don't know if this was here when I lived in Austin in the 80s... it's got a feeling of age, but I never went to it back then. Lots of old dark wood: chairs and benches that are none-too-comfortable yet still just perfect for the decor. A lot of people sat outside on truck tail-gates or just hung around in the parking lot. Not much parking, unfortunately. As for service, there really wasn't any, except at the bar. No waitstaff taking orders. You have to stand in line to get anything. However, the line moved pretty quickly and they were quick to pour. Fabulous selection of beers, with about 6 locally-made beers, which they call "Homebrews": an accurate description. I tried several, and all were quirky, not very attentitive to proper style (an extremely hoppy edelweiss wheat, a very clovy/medicinal hefeweizen, a pale ale that was so resinously hoppy it smelled like pine-sol). On the other hand, last year at the craft brewer's festival, I had some excellent Belgian-style beers they brought along. I hear they rarely brew the same exact recipe twice. The commercial beers I had were fresh and tasty. All were priced reasonable.

It really suffers on food, though. There's a short list of food items the kitchen prepares (nachos, a pizza), but the kitchen closes very early. At around 8:30, we got a bowl of Goldfish crackers ("the snack the smiles back").

An interesting place to drop by: I recommend eating elsewhere before going, though.

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Photo of BAbaracus
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Now THIS is how a pub should be. This place is underneath a dentist’s office in a mostly residential area of Austin, but it’s located in a converted old house that’s absolutely perfect for a British style pub. A lot of people complain about the crowding as it is a very small area, but it’s set up to encourage mingling, most of the tables being huge and the crowds on any given night ensuring that you’ll have at least a few strangers sitting at your table. Also, the staff doesn’t seem to care too much if you bring your glassware outside, so no matter how crowded the interior gets there’s always the great outdoors. The Draught House is one of the few places in town that not only brews it’s own beers but has a good selection of micro/imports on tap as well. They boast about 75 taps, with about 4 being used for the house brews. The house brews rotate out, meaning there’s something new every week, and it’s the only brewpub in Austin that comes close to matching the Bitter End in terms of adventurous concoctions. The only real downside to the place is the staff - the place is small enough that they don’t bother with waitresses, and often there is only one person behind the bar trying to take care of an endless line of patrons looking for a refill. Still, this is an out-of-the-way must for all beer fiends visiting Austin.

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Photo of dauss
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Its like a british pub in england was magically transported to Ausin. Very fine details. Very nice english decor on the inside and out with lots of brewnernia. It was a weird scene when we got there though, there weren't many people sitting inside, but there are some benches and tables, but there were also a lot of people who had brought lawn chairs just sitting around in the parking lot and talking.

Inside were a plethora of taps and a blackboard with a list of beers over the bar. I had left before 1am and there were a lot of beers that were out. The staff provides good and fast service, provided that you tell them what you want. If you don't know what you want, they just walk away until you decide. They don't try hard enough to help you make a selection, though they are knowledgable about the beers.

Overall, all the beers were good and fresh. Its a nice little spot with a lot of draught beers. I would definitely come back.

3/30/2006 update: I was in town and decided to stop there for a beer. It was a thursday night and pretty crowded. I saw that they had Live Oak Hefeweizen on tap and ordered it because I haven't had it in a while. I told the bartender "no fruit", and he repeated "no fruit" so he did hear me. I guess by force of habit he put a slice of lemon in the glass anyways. By then I had the "what the hell?!?" look on my face. He took out the lemon, dumped the glass, got me a fresh glass, and poured me another one. That was awesome.

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Photo of HardTarget
4/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Had some beers in the Draught House with Pegasus last night, and a good time was had by all. The décor is English Pub with wood paneling and beer signage and stuff everywhere. As has been said, they serve some of their homebrewed beer (looks like a small operation) but that’s just 4 taps out of close to 80 or so offerings. The other beers they have are impressive in scope. We had Rogue I2PA, St. Bernardus Abt 12, Salvator, and their own Orange Cream Ale. Staff was nice enough to split most of our beers into 3 glasses so we all could sample multiple beers. They were giving out free brats, but I didn’t include this in the food ranking because they aren’t always served, think just Saturday nights. Quality was good and selection was impressive. As has been noted, it’s a bit of a hunt to find the place, but worth it. Check it out!

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

The only bad thing I can think of to say about the Draught House is its location, tucked away in a difficult-to-find medical and residential district, miles away from other Austin social scenes.

Great pub atmosphere and decor with walls lined with brewerania, brewery signage and an old coaster collection. Lots of well-worn wood, a little compact but people have no trouble spilling out into the parking lot with folding chairs, almost in tailgating fashion. No bar-space to speak of and no table service, either.

But the selection is well worth the trip. This establishment falls into a sorta hybrid category of Beer Bar / Brewpub, with around 80 taps lined up at the bar and 3 or 4 in-house rotating brews offered, 2 or 3 casks also. (They brought six house brews to the festival the next day, so they seem to have a good selection, range and quality.) No bottles or food that I saw.

A bit noisier and active than a traditional British pub but very well done.

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Photo of PCaravan
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2

I decided to go here based on the selection. I'd seen reviews that indicated that they had a great selection of beers from all over but that their house brews were only OK. The first beer I had was a Pilsner Uquell on draft. It was the first time I've seen Pilsner Urquell on draft so I had to try it. It was it's typical self but I didn't notice the usual peppery saaz so much. I then tried the house Double IPA. Wow, that was great. I was told it was both double alcohol and double hops (they limit you to 2 pints on this one) and it came out more like a very intense IPA with the kind of hop/malt balance a Pale Ale might have. The aroma hops is what really got me. I couldn't quite place it but it might have been an offshoot of Cascade but not the original Cascade. It had the citrusy Cascade quality but a very distinct mintyness that I haven't experienced before. Worth a try for anyone. The next beer I tried was a Palauner Salvator. I was a little disapointed but this had nothing to do with the establishment as they had so many to chose from and I'd never seen this one anywhere... on tap or in the bottle. The food was a little disapointing. Mostly just your appetizer/gameday type food and not a good selection.

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Photo of farHillsBrewer
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I had my first chance to visit this excellent pub and am looking forward to coming back. The selection was overwhelming; I had 2 European Imports I had never tasted before, and there were at least a dozen more, including German, English, and several Belgians as well. The layout and clientele had much to offer. This pub is known for it's daily specials, discount pints, free brauts, free pizza etc. Unique feature is the parking lot cafe, bring your own chair and a brew from inside. The house beers were discounted, but I'm told they are only average(Objection-Heresay-Sustained). I'll check them out next visit, if I can get past the untasted imports.

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Draught House Pub & Brewery in Austin, TX
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