Austin’s Independence Brewing Brings National Award Home

Published on January 20th, 2013


Independence Brewing Co. wins 2013 Good Food Awards

Convict Hill StoutIndependence Brewing Co., the Austin microbrewery, received the 2013 Good Food Award for their Convict Hill Stout for the second year in a row in recognition of the handcrafted ale’s exceptional quality, and the brewery’s commitment to sustainability and supporting the Austin community.

The Good Food Awards celebrate outstanding American food producers who push their industries towards craftsmanship and sustainability while enhancing the agricultural landscape and building strong communities.

Independence Brewing Co.’s Convict Hill Stout along with Stash IPA was selected from hundreds of entries to become one of 15 finalists. Amongst such well-respected craft breweries like Ballast Point, Bear Republic, and Deschutes, Independence Brewing looked like the “little brewery that could”.

Since opening in 2004, Independence Brewing Co. has grown from a husband-and-wife run microbrewery to a talented crew of 14 with a reputation for brewing some of the best beers in Texas.

“Breweries should be a reflection of their community, and Independence Brewing is a reflection of Austin,” said Independence co-founder Amy Cartwright. “With creative tenacity we strive to responsibly produce the absolute best in our field while working Calvin Jechow of Six J Ranchwith fellow farmers, business owners and non-profits to build a thriving community.”

Independence Brewing Co. gives back to the community in a unique way. Certified organic local rancher Calvin Jechow owner and operator of Six J Ranch in Thorndale, collects the barley that Independence used to brew and uses it to feed his livestock including, free range chickens, turkeys and goats. The meat and eggs are later sold at Austin-area farmers markets.

Sustainable Food CenterAnd by supporting benefit dinners like Edible Austin’s Farm to Table Dinner, and directly donating a portion of Austin Amber beer sales to the capital campaign, Independence Brewing has been working to further the Sustainable Food Center’s goals of improving access to healthy nutritional foods and strengthening the local food system.

In addition, Independence contributes to many other Austin non profits including Friends of the Forest, Urban Roots and many animal rescue groups including Austin Pets Alive and Forgotten Friends.

“It was an honor to be on stage with such well-respected craft brewers, and we are feel that the 2013 Good Food Awards brings to light our efforts to be a responsible company that produced one of the best beers in America.”Convict Hill Stout pub glass

Independence fans are encouraged to attend a celebration happy hour and Convict Hill Pub Glass night  at the Black Star Co-Op on January 28, 5-8 pm. Buy the beer, keep the glass while supplies last!

You can also purchase a Convict Hill Stout Pub Glass or Convict Hill Stout Hat directly at our online store.



2 Responses to “Austin’s Independence Brewing Brings National Award Home”

  1. JLowe Says:

    Congrats again! And nice work keeping up the good work beyond the walls of the brewery!

  2. Little Ricky Says:

    SO Proud of all your wonderful products and loving staff.
    Convict Hill is my #1 favorite beer in America.

    Let’s ROCK 2014!

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