November 27th, 2013
While we are always thankful to celebrate warm family dinners and getting together with friends from near and far, Independence Brewing is especially thankful this year.
We are thankful for receiving the building plan approvals from City ofAustin to break ground on our long-awaited expansion. We have a beautiful, modern, American-made 60-Barrel brewing system that can’t wait to call south Austin home! With the major plumbing completed, and concrete slabs being poured today, my heart overflows with joy! We are so fortunate to be able to brew beer, do what we love, and contribute to our community. We can’t wait to share great new things with you in the year ahead!
We are thankful for our talented and dedicated crew. Each team member brings a creative spirit that fuels our growth, and an uncompromising dedication to brewing great craft beer that ensures that our bold & hoppy, smooth & malty, tasty brews are delicious.
We are thankful for the community that has embraced and supported us, and enabled us to follow our dream. From our investors who believed in the dream enough to help get us started, to the people who have a 6-pack of our beers in their fridge this Thanksgiving, we couldn’t do it without you! We are proud to bring craft beer toTexas, and we hope you’ll enjoy the fruits of our labor this Thanksgiving.
If you get cabin fever or need a break from Black Friday shopping madness, we encourage you to visit the brewery tasting room this Friday. Bring your friends and family to experience a little piece ofAustin, and give thanks over a craft beer!
Last but not least, we are thankful for our latest seasonal brew. It is an extra-special, extra-delicious, ESB. It is worth seeking out on draft, and if you’re lucky enough to find a place selling it by the growler, get it! Its toasty, bready caramel malt flavors are the taste of the season and perfectly balance earthy traditional English hops. Cheers!
September 25th, 2013
Over the past few years, it has become readily apparent that Austin is in the midst of a burgeoning craft beer movement. From microbreweries to brewpubs, craft beer bars to nanobreweries, it seems like everyone wants to be involved with craft beer.
And why wouldn’t they? It’s a movement so rife with possibility and promise – an industry so tolerant of experimentation and risk-taking that any visionary homebrewer could take a simple dream and turn it into something bigger and better. It’s an industry that demands creativity and devotion – and Austin is chock-full of creative and devoted minds willing to take risks for what they love.
To be sure, craft beer has found a home in this fine city of ours. It’s here folks, and it’s here to stay. But it wasn’t always like that.
As fresh young upstarts burst onto the scene, craft beer enthusiasts all too often forget the pioneers of the movement – those folks who fought for craft beer when few people believed in it. Some people make the mistake of writing off older craft breweries that have managed to build some success as being “too big” to be considered local anymore. Kind of like the hipster record store clerk who derides his once-favorite band when they get radio airtime as being a “sell out”. The assumption being that once a brewery reaches a certain level of success they are no longer small, niche, or undiscovered enough to be considered “local craft.” It appears that Independence Brewing is old enough, successful enough, or whatever-enough to be considered by some in this way.
This is a mystery to us, since we don’t feel all that much different from when we got started.
From humble beginnings working at local brewpubs during the infancy of the Austin craft beer movement in the 90s, Independence’s Rob and Amy Cartwright’s focus has always been on staying true to their passion. They fought for the industry at a time when doing so was not popular – when breweries across the country were being forced to cease operations and call it quits.
Rob and Amy started Independence Brewing Company in 2004 not because it was the hip or profitable thing to do. They built their business from the ground up because they believed that craft beer was a passion worth pursuing. They knew that if they could provide beer-lovers with a bold and diverse array of craft beers – if they could spread it to local bars and backyards alike, nurture the movement and help it grow – then craft beer would always have a home in Austin.
So they did just that.
Since opening for business in 2004, very little has changed at Independence Brewing as far as ideology is concerned. As a current employee, I can attest to as much. Making great beers and sharing them with our friends – that’s always been the primary goal.
In terms of staff size, product offerings, market reach – well that’s an entirely different story altogether.
From a staff of two to a staff of fourteen, Independence Brewing has grown from a labor of love to a truly viable and successful business venture. Independencewas the first brewery in town to bottle our beers. We were the first to push the boundaries and provide malt-lovers with a dark brown ale and an imperial stout that they could enjoy year-round. We continue to push ourselves creatively through our limited release draft program – Brewluminati.
We continue to hire dedicated and creative thinkers – folks whose primary goal remains the same: brewing the best beer they possibly can, and spreading the word to anyone who’s thirsty for more.
And we do this because we believe in the craft beer revolution. After all the struggles and the hardships – after the fifteen hour days, most of which (in the beginning) were underpaid and underappreciated – our philosophy remains the same: some trends emerge and others recede, but when a beer is well-crafted and well-made, it will be discovered and enjoyed for years to come.
And our connection to the Austin community at large remains the same, regardless of our size. We continue to brew in a sustainable way and nurture strong relationships with our fellow craft beer comrades. To boot, we work with local businesses and organizations such as Sustainable Food Center, Frankenbike and Pints for Pups to raise money for local charitable causes. We always make it a point to host local bands and eateries at our monthly First Saturday Tour Day because we believe that a sustainable community starts at the grassroots level, with support and outreach.
And that’s why we continue to invest in expanding our brewery and our beers beyond the confines of self-distribution. Because we see ourselves – along with other Texas breweries such as Real Ale, Saint Arnold, Live Oak, Southern Star, Hops and Grain – as bannermen in the ever-burgeoning craft beer revolution. For us, local is what’s most important – and that’s why we intend to continue representing the Texas craft beer movement with the utmost pride, respect, and tact, even as we grow and expand.
Our story is a success story. And while we enjoy brewing and sharing beers with fellow community members, what we love most is being able to share a part of that success story with each and every one of you – as craft-beer lovers, as Texans, and – most importantly – as Austinites.
So come on out and visit us for our 9th Anniversary Party, October 12th, 4-8 p.m. Share a beer with us – and we’ll share the rest of the story….
July 25th, 2013
Back in 2004 when we first built the Independence Brewery, we put in a modest bar and tasting room with the hopes that someday the laws in Texas would change. After 9 years and several legislative sessions, the powers that be have decided that we can now offer beers for sell in our tasting room. Hooray!
Independence Brewing is pleased to announce that our brewery tasting room will now be open from 4-8 pm on Fridays. While we await the City of Austin to update our zoning rules, we will offer pint glasses for sale for $6. You have the option of selecting a free sample of our favorite year-round, seasonal or limited release Brewluminati to taste in your new glass. You can now enjoy our brews fresh from the source, and meet some of our fine crew along the way.
Many people are wondering if we are still hosting 1st Saturday…HELL YEAH! We will continue to open our brewery doors for tours, music, friends, beers, and food the 1st Saturday of the month from 1-3pm. The only difference is that we will no longer be providing plastic cups at the brewery. All who are interested in tasting the beer will need to buy a pint glass. We are making this change for two reasons: 1) we want to eliminate the needless plastic waste generated by sample cups 2) pint glass sales help us offset the costs of hosting 1st Saturday, so we appreciate you contributing to the cause!
While we have designed 1st Saturday to be family and dog friendly, our brewery tasting room has some different guidelines. The brewery tasting room is for guests 21 years and over only. We also requests that guests to the tasting room not bring their pooches. We love dogs, but the tasting room is too small and busy for dogs.
We will be adding to the tasting room experience over the next few months, and appreciate feedback that you have. We hope to see you soon!