I always look for silver linings.
It’s not too hard to find one when I think about all the rains that have fallen on Central Texas in the past month: Lake Travis is nearly full again. That means it’s time to explore all the things to do in and around it; for my Austin360 cover story that runs tomorrow, I did exactly that, visiting eateries by the lake and checking out fun activities like Shore Club Volente Beach’s water park. But my most favorite Lake Travis haunt (because I am a beer writer, after all) was Oasis, Texas Brewing in the Oasis complex. It’s truly got it all: good beer, good food and stunning Lake Travis views.
Here’s my write-up of Oasis, Texas Brewing in tomorrow’s paper.
Oasis, Texas Brewing Co.
6550 Comanche Trail. 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, 2 p.m. to 12 a.m. Friday, noon to 12 a.m. Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sundays. otxbc.com.
Drink up, Austinites.
You won’t just be thirsty for the beers. You’ll keep gulping in the glorious sight of Lake Travis too — an infinity of blue water far below. Those two tantalizing liquids will draw you to the taproom of Oasis, Texas Brewing, located on the top floor of the Oasis complex, again and again. There’s not a more scenic place in town to drink beer right from the source.
It helps that the beers are good, of course. From its start last year, Oasis, Texas Brewing has always known exactly what the focus is under head brewer Spencer Tielkemeier: sessionable beers in easy-to-travel cans. That’s especially perfect for the brewery given its lake location — light lagers and pale ales packed full of flavor are ideal for outdoor drinking — and it’s no doubt contributed to the brewery’s early success.
Currently, there are four dry, easy-drinking beers on the year-round lineup: the Luchesa Lager, the Slow Ride Pale Ale, the London Homesick Ale and Metamodern Session IPA, the most recent release.
These and more (including a barrel-aged series called Lake Monster) are all available during Oasis, Texas Brewing’s Thursday through Sunday taproom hours. Skip the long waits at the Oasis restaurant and go upstairs to the brewery, where on weekends there is often live music, food trucks and plenty of seating both inside and along a deck showcasing those gorgeous lake views.
If you aren’t sure which of the beers you want, try a flight of all six for $10 or get a half-pour for $2.50. Pints are $4.50.