Wait, what? People move to Portland to open new breweries, right? People do not move away from Portland to open new breweries. Well, I guess it’s a sign of the time. Two former Breakside Brewery employees are opening a new brewery in Austin, Texas. Will Jaquiss and Nao Ohdera, both hailing from Breakside Brewery in Portland, are opening Meanwhile Brewing in Southeast Austin.
Meanwhile Brewing Company will operate a 15-barrel brewery and taproom dedicated to serving “world-class beer.” The brewery will be located on a 3.7 acres site that the company is calling “a hub for gathering, playing and creating community.” They’ll focus primarily on draft beer, which will be available at the taproom and at a few select accounts around town. They will also offer monthly can releases for specialty beers.
“We are primarily focused on draught beer,” says Jaquiss. “We hope to brew a total of 50 different styles of beer in our first year of operation. While our focus is primarily on sessionable, hoppy ales and wood-aged sours, our talented brewing staff will offer a wide selection of beer, ranging from the new and experimental to the trusted and traditional. In general, though, taste before style is our mantra. It may seem obvious, but ”drinkability” is paramount to us.”
Small Brewery, Not a Small Affair
Although the 15-barrel brewhouse is relatively diminutive, Meanwhile Brewing is creating the facility capable of expanding to a capacity of 10,000-barrels per year.
The Meanwhile Brewing taproom will boast a seating capacity of over 250. Within the taproom, there is an event space that can hold approximately 60 people. They are still devising the food truck program, but they are in discussions with several local concepts to complement the space.
Plans for the property include a playground, a bocce court, an outdoor snooker/pool court, other miscellaneous outdoor games, a small recreational/soccer field, a mini “hammock forest,” and a small stage. The event room, soccer field, and whole brewery will be open for rentals upon request.
The brewery and its taproom is expected to open in the spring of 2020 and will be located at 3901 Promontory Point Drive, Austin, TX.