Austin, Texas – Uncle Billy’s Brewery and Smokehouse, an Austin Texas based brewpub, is celebrating its 10 years of producing exceptional craft beers paired with slow-smoked Texas barbeque in a relaxed setting on Barton Springs Road. The brewpub, co-founded in 2006 by Rick Engel, is one of the oldest operating brewpubs in Austin.
During the past 10 years, Uncle Billy’s has achieved several milestones. It’s small batch craft beers have won gold and silver medals at the Great American Beer Festival in four separate years and bronze at the World Beer Cup. It has made numerous collaboration beers with other brewers. Uncle Billy’s became the first brewpub in Texas to distribute beer through a third party distributor to bars and restaurants, and is now available state-wide on the shelves at multiple retail grocers and on the tap walls of many of the more popular craft beer centric locations across Texas.
In 2014 the brewpub was completely renovated with the installation a new 20-barrel brewery system that more than tripled the brewing capacity. In March 2016 the brewery installed a new 80-barrel fermenter to help keep up with the demand for its popular lagers.
“Over the last 10 years, Uncle Billy’s has become known as one of the best local brewpubs in the state,” says Rick Engel. “We are extremely thankful to all of our loyal customers who continue to visit Uncle Billy’s on Barton Springs Road or frequently buy our beer in bars, restaurants, and retail stores across the state. Several of Uncle Billy’s craft beer selections are now available at the UT and Round Rock Express stadiums, ACL Moody Theatre and Circuit of the Americas. You have helped make Uncle Billy’s a true Austin icon. We’re excited to keep the experience fresh with a new menu, live music, fun events, and a regularly updated list of new craft beers on tap.”
Over the past 10 years, Uncle Billy’s has brewed more than 13,000 barrels of beer, or the equivalent of 3,000,000 pints. That is approximately enough beer for everyone over the age of 21 in Austin to have two pints.
“We made a really special beer to celebrate our anniversary,” says head brewer, Trevor Nearburg. “A lot of our customers love big IPAs, so we made a powerful 10 Year Anniversary double IPA made with 10 different kinds of the finest aromatic hops. It has hefty citrus and pine flavors and weighs in at 9 percent alcohol with 100 IBUs. We will tap the first keg at our Crafternoon Crawfish Boil on April 16. We’ll also tap three special firkins on April 17 in our Brunch of Firkins event.”
About Uncle Billy’s Brewery and Smokehouse:
Founded in 2006, Uncle Billy’s Brewery and Smokehouse is located in the heart of Austin’s funkiest restaurant row on Barton Spring’s Road and is inspired by William “Uncle Billy” Barton, whose 1830’s tract included the renowned springs. Uncle Billy’s offers the perfect combination of award-winning, craft beers and delicious, slow-smoked Texas barbeque. Learn more at: http://www.unclebillys.com/