There’s a new and quite warehouse district located near I-35 between Pflugerville and Round Rock right outside of Austin and a new brewery has landed in hopes of providing great beers to the growing craft beer population up North. I’ve had the pleasure of trying their upcoming flagship brews at two events and decided to write up my experiences thus far.
Idle Vine Brewing Co just had a recent tap takeover at one of my favorite watering holes in Pfulgerville, The Growler Bar. The crew featured pours of four of their flagship beers that are currently seeing some distribution of Kegs around Austin. Those four core beers were No Hitter, Idle Mind, Idle Vine IPA and Trackdown Pre-Prohibition Porter. Overall, all four beers were easy drinking and gives the audience an introduction to what the new brewery has to offer. A sense of what’s to come in the future as the brewery plans to release, when open of course, a series of in-house only beers as well as a barrel aged program for wild beers and stouts per my recent chat with the IVBC team.
No Hitter was a crush-able 4.2% abv session ale and my first selection of the beer flight for the night. Very simple and to the point of the style with a mild hop bite that fades quickly to leave behind a lot of malt sweetness. Aroma reminded me of a funky saison so it has me curious on the yeast selection and hop choices for this one.
Idle Mind Pale Ale, 5.4% abv, was a nice boost to the palate after the first sample. Grassy nose but a more present hop bite that I enjoyed. Still had a malt sweetness but not as heavy as the session ale which, in my opinion, is a relief! Definitely an easy-drinking recommendation from this guy!
Idle Vine, the brewery’s flagship IPA, stormed in at 6.9% abv and was decent offering to pick up the pace. Hops are present with a crash on every sip and this time the sweet tones from the malts complimented the style which added a great aroma to this IPA. A shot worth trying as it’s not too bitter on the bite.
Last sample of my flight was the 5.5% abv Trackdown Pre-Prohibition Porter which steered away from the standard ales. The aroma was a bit interesting on this one and as I write this feedback I still can’t place my finger on how or what to describe it as… maybe copper? Nice opaque color, chocolate notes and a bit roasty which complimented the style very well. There was a lingering malt profile on the finish that was good but also not appealing, however, this beer was tasty to the last drop overall.
Idle Vine Brewing Co will be located at 16920 Joe Barbee Dr., Bldg 1 Pflugerville, Texas 78664 and have received proper licensing to encourage a Grand Opening due for January 28, 2017. There will be food trucks, 12 beers on tap (8 of them being brewery exclusives), and a special bottle release on a first come, first served basis!
In the meantime, IVBC will be hosting soft openings starting January 5th – January 26th with hours set for 3p-10p Thursday’s and Friday’s and 12p-10p Saturday’s and Sundays.
I personally suggest tracking down the bars, pubs and events that will be featuring beers from IVBC as they’re definitely worth trying and the opinions shared on my site are solely those of my own. During the soft opening phase it would be a great deal of support to visit their brewery and get familiar with the new kids on the block! I was not able to chat with the brewing team during the busy event at Growler Bar but do hope to have a beer and convo in the near future. Also, I am always curious to hear everyone’s thoughts and other gathered information so please leave a comment below.