Hops & Grain expanding taproom hours, adding coffee to menu

Photo by Ralph Barrera / American-Statesman. Hops & Grain will start selling coffee, shifting taproom hours to 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The beer lineup is also changing.

Photo by Ralph Barrera / American-Statesman.
Hops & Grain will start selling coffee, shifting taproom hours to 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The beer lineup is also changing.

Starting tomorrow, Hops & Grain will also become a purveyor of beans.

Coffee beans, that is. The brewery is expanding taproom hours, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekly, and adding coffee, tea and kombucha to the menu to create an inviting work space during the day and the same fun hangout for friends at night (albeit with a couple of extra hours in the p.m.).

“My thinking behind these changes is to make Hops & Grain more than just a beer brand,” founder and owner Josh Hare said. “I want Hops & Grain to become a lifestyle brand available all year-round, 7 days a week. Plus, coffee is becoming a craft just like beer.”

He also had noticed, as someone who lives east of Pleasant Valley Road, that there aren’t any coffee shops until farther into town. Hops & Grain will become a closer option for people living in far East Austin to grab a cup of joe or work remotely, he said.

To accommodate these new daytime crowds, the brewery is currently undergoing small renovations, with more wireless network options, larger communal seating inside and a spruced-up patio outside all in the works.

The coffee is coming from locally owned Flat Track Coffee Roasters and Dallas-based Tweed, Houndstooth’s line of coffee. Hops & Grain plans to start slowly, launching with a trio of pour over options and drip service before adding espresso in July and in-house roasting in August or September. Other beverages on the menu include tea from Zhi Tea and 2 to 3 kombucha choices.

But that’s not the only change coming to Hops & Grain. Hare said the brewery’s line of mainstay brews is also evolving: Pale Dog and Alt-eration are going to become canned seasonals along with Pils Party, a pilsner. A Pale Mosaic, which launched as Hops & Grain’s first year-round draft beer, is taking their place and will go into cans featuring a fun mosaic pattern in July. (Alt-eration will be a fall and winter seasonal, Pils Party a summer one and Pale Dog a spring one.)

Additionally, Greenhouse, the series of small-batch beers typically available only in Hops & Grain’s taproom, is getting renamed. Because the series shares that name with the Greenhouse IPA, a popular year-round brew made with different hop varieties each month, these limited beers are now going to be part of the Dispensary series, which will focus on hop-forward beers, Hare said.

“There are always new hop varieties coming out, but when you have four or five regular beers, you can’t play around with the new hops,” he said. “Our small-batch beers will allow us to support the growers programs that make these new hops possible and really show off what they can do.”

Hops & Grain is located at 507 Calles St. For more information, visit www.hopsandgrain.com.


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