Texas microbrew trend spreads into Hays County

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
The demand for craft beer in Austin has become so popular that the trend is now spreading to Hays County.

One microbrewery that initially intended to fill pints for a few friends, is now planning to fill barrels instead.

WIMBERLEY, TX (KXAN) - The demand for craft beer in Austin has become so popular that the trend is now spreading to Hays County.

One microbrewery that initially intended to fill pints for a few friends, is now planning to fill barrels instead.

Middleton Brewery brew master Dennis Middleton never knew retirement would keep him so busy. “I came here to retire and make a little beer and enjoy myself,” said Middleton. “It turns out I gotta make beer all the time.”

His little pub has become so successful that they’re moving to a larger facility next month. They’ll then produce 20 times the volume they brew today.

The thirst for microbrews has grown over the last few years. According to the Texas Craft Brewing Guild, the number of licensed brewers jumped from 35 to 78 between 2007 and 2011. Hays County is one of the state’s hotspots, partly because operating costs are lower.

And that’s great news for Middleton…sort of.

In addition to Middleton Brewery’s expansion, Bomber Brewery plans to open its doors in Kyle this July. A third brewery called Aquabrew plans to open in downtown San Marcos early next year.


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