May 2nd, 2013
For the last four years we have reached out to the Austin community to help raise funds and awareness for local animal rescue organizations. We did it the only way we knew how, by inviting all of our friends to the brewery for some beer and a great big dog party! Beer, music, great food, doggie goods and services, and a group of animal rescue organizations dedicated to the mission of saving animals and finding them forever homes.
Rob and I adopted our dog Jasper from an animal rescue group called Mixed Breed Rescue back in 2003. From the earliest days of building the brewery and watching over brewery operations, Jasper brought a smile to our faces and kept our spirits high.
With the love of our own rescue dogs in our hearts, we set out to give back to the tirelessly dedicated animal rescue community. Independence Brewing Co. is pleased to announce that our 4th Annual Pints for Pups fundraiser raised $5,636 for six local rescues: Austin Pets Alive, Austin Animal Center, Texas Service and Hearing Dogs, Austin Boxer Rescue, Love-a-Bull, and Greyhound Adoption League of Texas.
Attendees supported the local rescues by purchasing an commemorative glass bearing the image of our own rescue dog Jasper. Local vendors supported the cause by contributing items to our silent auction. Special thanks to Brown Distributing for donating the exceptionally cool guitar.
We would also like to thank The Warm Guns and Mayeux and Broussard for donating their time and musical talent to the event. These guys have an amazing, original repertoire of feel good music that is uniquely Austin. Check them out online:
Thanks to everyone who attended to support one of our favorite causes!
February 27th, 2013
Back in January we shared the news that we are working on expanding the brewery. We are adding 10,000 sq ft of warehouse space and moving from a 14 Barrel brewing system that was built in the early ’90s to a 60 Barrel brewing system that is being made for us by JV Northwest, one of the best brewing system producers in America.
The sytem is in the final stages of production, and JV Northwest just emailed us some photos.
We cannot wait to get the system in Austin and installed in our new space.
This is where you, our loyal beer friends, may be able to help. We are actively working on completing funding for our expansion. While we’ve passed the half-way point, we are still getting the word out that there is an opportunity to invest in Independence Brewing Co. So if you or your friends ever wanted to be part of a booming brewery, now is the time!
Contact the brewery for more information.
January 20th, 2013
Independence Brewing Co. wins 2013 Good Food Awards
Independence 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 with 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.
And 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.”
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.