The Texas Hill Country might as well be dubbed “beer country” because as any beer fan knows, there are a plethora of fantastic breweries in the region worth checking out. Some have been around for decades while others are newer on the scene. Fitzhugh Brewery will celebrate its two-year anniversary this fall and if the reputation it’s cultivated thus far is any indication, many more anniversaries are to follow.
The brewery at 15435 Fitzhugh Road is in good drinking company among several other wineries, breweries, and distilleries on the road. Nestled inside a stunning white farmhouse-style building, Fitzhugh Brewery has positioned itself as a family-friendly brewery that is all about welcoming anyone who is curious about craft beer.
“With inclusivity at our core, our bar staff is highly educated on our menu,” head brewer Nathan Rice told KXAN. “Guests are welcome to ask as many questions as they need to help find a beer that fits their mood.” As the brewery proclaims on its website, beer aficionados and beer newbies alike are welcome.
That inclusivity stretches to those not of the legal drinking age, too. That’s right, you’re welcome to bring along your entourage of kids and pups, too. The brewery is a welcoming space for everyone that boasts both indoor and outdoor communal seating as well as a covered patio and playground area.
Eats and Drinks
With so many great breweries in the area, it can be difficult to stand out with just the typical lagers and IPAs. Fitzhugh has managed to do so though with a beer menu that focuses on historic beers from around the globe.
“I want to bring back ‘forgotten beers’ from around the world but brew them with a Texas familiarity,” says Nathan. “Beers with origins in Australia, Africa, and Eastern Europe. These beers are of a time and place that they’re very seldom seen in the U.S. so we are excited to share them here, with our own Hill Country spirit.”
Some of those beers include a Belgian Golden Strong that has a hint of spiciness as well the English Mild that lies somewhere between a porter and a pale ale. For those looking for something that’s truly a blast from the way, way back past, try the Dutch Koyt. It’s a three-grain beer of wheat, oat, and barley that can be traced back to the 15th-century Netherlands.
What’s a beer without a bite though? Guests can enjoy everything from pizzas to sandwiches, and shareables like fried pickles, nachos, or a Bavarian pretzel with mustard dipping sauce.
Happenings and Goings-on
While there’s really no wrong day to check out Fitzhugh Brewing, you may want to plan your visit to take advantage of one of the brewery’s numerous events. Since opening, the brewery has hosted a Halloween carnival, summer beach party, goat yoga, and multi-course beer-paired dinner among other events.
One of the coolest reasons to check out the brewery is to take advantage of its monthly Give-Back program. Patrons who purchase the selected beer that month will have a portion of the proceeds donated to a local charity. For example, the Strawberry Lemonade Fitzer was the highlighted drink in June with purchases benefiting the child foster care efforts of Foster Village.
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