(512) Brew News

in.gredients – first packaging free, zero waste grocery store coming to Austin by Kevin - Owner/Brewer
August 4, 2011, 6:32 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

I was very excited to read about a new micro grocery store, in.gredients, opening soon in Austin and focused on being package free and zero waste. Check them out here and read about them here. I was even more excited when I received an email saying they’d like to work with me to get (512) beer into their customers’ hands. I’m hoping Growlers ( 1/2 gallon glass jugs) become the next big off premise beer package and they’re reusable by design!

(512) is predominantly draft only for several reasons, mainly because I believe it’s the best way to deliver the freshest product to the glass. Another big reason is my personal mission to reduce single use packaging usage across the board. I’m not only thinking from a waste reduction standpoint either. Being surrounded by sturdy, reusable wares seems to enhance my enjoyment of food and beer experiences in general. So, with reusable growlers, we both get what we want. You get the ability to pick up some fresh beer for at-home enjoyment and I’m satisfied knowing you’re not likley going to discard or even recycle the package anytime soon.

Please take some time to check into in.gredients and support them. The message they’re sending is good.


You can buy (512) Growlers from the brewery (EMPTY) and have them filled at several spots around town. Email me and I’ll tell you where.


(512) Street Team Bikes New York by Steve Brand
July 26, 2011, 3:24 pm
Filed under: Street Team

We received this letter from a GREAT fan of (512) Brewing. Thanks for spreadin’ the word in the Big Apple!

Dear (512) Brewing:

Thought you might appreciate this  recent photo of my family. We rented bikes in Central Park and took a quick 23 mile ride around Manhattan (can you tell how thrilled my older daughter is?) and across the Brooklyn Bridge.  A couple of people commented on my husband’s shirt – recognized you guys and your great beer.

New TOUR Date Added – Check it out! by Kevin - Owner/Brewer
July 22, 2011, 12:28 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Go here to register for the upcoming tours

-(512) Team

(512) Brewery Tours – NOW AVAILABLE by Kevin - Owner/Brewer
July 5, 2011, 12:22 pm
Filed under: Current Events

We’re glad to finally be able to offer private tours of (512) Brewing Company!! Click here to register. The tour is free and offered only to registered ticket holders. We’ll be adding more dates shortly.

Thanks for all the continued support!

(512) Team

ION ART Event Featuring (512) ALT – This Saturday by Kevin - Owner/Brewer
June 2, 2011, 3:50 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Homegrown Co-Humulone (by Spencer Tielkemeier) by Kevin - Owner/Brewer
May 26, 2011, 10:14 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

One of the interesting things about transitioning from homebrewer to professional brewer, the route many pros have taken, is that the precious hobby that is brewing becomes a job. That’s not to say that I don’t love my job, I very much do, but the fact remains that brewing is no longer my hobby but my livelihood. As a result, that slot in my life labeled “hobby” now has a vacancy sign hanging over it.

That’s not entirely true, as hobbies aren’t really hard to come by. I had plenty waiting in line to fill that proverbial vacancy once I decided to tie on the rubber boots at (512). One of my longtime interests that had remained relatively unexplored until recently is gardening. The simple joy of tending something with care and standing back to watch its daily growth enthralls me as it has so many others before.

So, when Kevin approached me about heading up a hop growing side project, naturally I accepted with relish. (Here I go mixing work and hobby again.) After talking for a while about a plan, we decided that our vision for this year would simply be to experimentally try several varieties that we use in-house and observe their tolerance to the tough Texas climate. My father and I had some success last year growing several varieties in Grapevine (my hometown), so I figured we’d give it a shot.

Several Makers Mark barrels from the Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter were cut in half for use as pots in an effort to use recycled materials (plus they just look cool.) Our soil came from Austin’s The Natural Gardener. We utilized Ladybug Brand fertilizer made in Dripping Springs, TX and Garrett Juice, a natural plant food made by Howard Garrett, a local organic gardening guru in the DFW area. As a result, our hops are organically grown, furthering our commitment to use as many local and organic ingredients as possible.

A quick word about hops for those who are unfamiliar. The hop plant is a flowering vine of the genus Humulus that grows wild in many regions of the world. They tend to grow best in regions along the 48th Parallel North, hence why most of the hops produced in the US come from Washington and Oregon. Years of study and crossbreeding have yielded hundreds of different varieties, many of which are able to stand up to threats (heat, mildew, etc.) that their wild cousins would never be able to weather. The vines, if given enough food, are voracious and will produce massive amounts of growth per day in the late spring/early summer. Once they begin to flower, they produce cone-shaped flowers that contain a sticky yellow oil called lupulin. This oil is what gives hops all their bitterness, flavor, and aroma.

Enough chit chat, here are some pictures to show you our progress:

Though these vines will certainly not produce enough to make even one batch of beer, they are a start on a project that could yield much more practical results in years to come. Today: 6 vines. Tomorrow: (512) Homegrown Ale? Only time will tell.

As always, thanks for drinking (512).


Spencer Tielkemeier, Brewer

(512) ALT – 2011 HITTING BARS NOW! by Kevin - Owner/Brewer
May 23, 2011, 11:24 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

We’ve released (512) ALT this year and we are very excited about how well it turned out. Our Head Brewer, Nate, and the tireless (512) production crew tweaked it a touch in the spirit of continuous improvement and waited on it a bit longer to give it a look and flavor that’s really outstanding. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the style, check here for our description or just try it and see what you think. If it’s not available yet where you regularly enjoy (512), please ask for it!

We’re excited about the beers we plan to release this summer too. We’re gearing up for our third anniversary beer, (512) THREE (still a secret creation- but a new style), and in anticipation, we’re planning to re-release (512) ONE and (512) TWO in sequence first. Thanks for the continued support and thanks for drinking local fresh draft!