USA, TX: Family Business Beer Co. ready to debut on January 10
Jensen Ackles, the co-star of science-fiction television show Supernatural, is debuting his and his familys new Texas brewery, Family Business Beer Co., on Wednesday, January 10 in Dripping Springs, Eater Austin reported on January 5.
The name is reflective of the group of people behind the 15-acre brewery found on 19510 Hamilton Pool Road. Involved are Ackles wife Danneel, her brother Gino Graul, and their parents Ed and Debby Graul.
The Ackles, who live in Austin, are big fans of the local beer scene. I love the variety thats here, Jensen said. Its not just cookie-cutter brewers. It adds to the spice of life that is Austin.
Everything has its own flair, Jensen continued, but I dont feel like theres any competition. Were all in this together. As long as theres quality, then its welcome to the table.
While living in California, Jensen and Gino often brewed their own beers at home. The family moved to Austin and decided to finally open their own place. They found the Dripping Springs property in 2014, hooked up with now-head brewer Nate Seale, and got started from there.
Seale, who used to be the head brewery of Austin spot (512) Brewing Company, sees Family as a destination brewery.
We want to brew the type of beers that we want to drink on a daily basis, Seale said. Beers that are approachable and have wide appeal, but were not trying to dumb things down for people. He added: Do what you like to do, youll find an audience.
That means an expansive variety of beers, from IPAs (there will be year-round and rotating options), sour ales, brown ales, barrel-aged brews, rye lagers, and more. The barrel-aged beers will make use of barrels from Texas whiskey distillery Garrison Brothers. Seale predicts that the Hamilton Pale Ale will become the brewerys signature beer. Read on for the full beer line-up below.
We got in at just the right time, Gino said, where theres been this explosion of creativity and new people are coming up with exciting different beers. He teased future collaborations with other breweries and friends.
Familys beers are only available at the taproom for now, though there are eventual future plans to offer canning and speciality bottling in the future.
Seale, who spent some time working in Portlands beer scene (specifically Mt. Tabor), wanted to come back to Austin because of the citys beer community. Texas scene came up a little bit later, Seale said. Texas has never really been thought of as this great brewing capital, but Texas has been overlooked.
What thats created is a scene thats really hungry, Seale said, where people are working really hard and creating some of the best beers out there. Family Business presented the perfect opportunity to do just that.
We want people to come not just to enjoy the beer, Jensen said, but also enjoy the experience.
Familys indoor taproom features a stylish wood bar designed by craftsman Adam Young and his company Old Crow Custom Works. On the opposite end of the room is an abstract mural painted by Los Angeles artist Kenton Parker, fronted by a stage for live music performances.
Theres a window into the proper brewery (yes, tours will be held). That There are currently five fermentation tanks, three 30-barrel ones and two 15-barrel ones. For other non-beer options, Family also serves non-alcoholic drinks and local wines.
Danneels biggest concern was making sure that the brewery was family- and dog-friendly. We want to give the city people, along with everybody around the neighborhood, a Hill Country experience, she explained.
This meant a fenced-in outdoor playground, picnic tables, patio deck, shaved ice machine, yard games like cornhole and horseshoes. People are encouraged to bring blankets and linger at the brewery. Eventually, they will clear the trail that winds through the property for walks. There are also crawfish boils in its future.
As for food, the Ackles friends and stars of A&E television Duck Dynasty Jep and Jessica Robertson are opening their own food trailer. Jeps Southern Roots will focus on Southern Cajun comfort food, like meat pies, po boys, jambalaya, and more. Its the same food truck that was featured in the Robertsons spin-off show Jep & Jessica.
Family Business Beer Co.s hours are from 3 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
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