A small business park in the Drippings Springs area, not far from Jester King Brewery, now houses a distillery, a cidery and a brewery — a boozy trifecta that you’ll be able to visit once the brewery, Last Stand Brewing, opens on Saturday.
(Off the same road that connects them to Jester King is Solaro Estate Winery. Perhaps one day, the Last Stand Brewing co-founders muse, there will be a bus tour allowing you to explore them all.)
Kerry Richardson founded the brewery with his wife, Mandi, and former coworker Mignonne Gros after realizing his high-tech job just wasn’t fulfilling anymore. He went back to school, getting an entrepreneurship degree at St. Edward’s University three years ago, and began his hunt for a building that would house the brewery. Gros, a longtime homebrewer like him whom he’d hung out with outside of work for poker games, came on-board with her own beer recipes when they realized they shared the same dream.
Now, the three co-founders and their employee, brewer John Allison, are finally ready to open Last Stand starting this weekend, with taproom hours 1 to 6 p.m. Saturdays.
This Saturday’s opening will correspond with Last Stand’s neighbor Revolution Spirits celebrating its one-year anniversary in business. “We plan to be open when the distillery is open, and people can mingle in the middle and hang out,” Richardson said.
Last Stand will also have a beer garden with seating for about 50 to 60 people, a taproom featuring the two flagship beers (a Belgian-style pale ale and a coffee porter) and a food truck out front called Greaux Specialties and featuring Gros’ Cajun recipes, including her father’s gumbo.
For more about the new brewery, visit Last Stand’s website and be on the look out for my Austin360 cover story next week about Last Stand and other breweries that have been opening outside of Austin’s core (they are many).