Thirsty Planet’s upcoming South Congress brewery to triple capacity

Thirsty Planet Brewing is bringing its location farther into Austin, a move that will triple the amount of beer being produced.

Photo by Emma Janzen. Later this year, Austinites will be able to enjoy Thirsty Planet beers closer to town when the brewery opens a new, much larger facility on South Congress Avenue near Slaughter Lane.

Photo by Emma Janzen. Later this year, Austinites will be able to enjoy Thirsty Planet beers closer to town when the brewery opens a new, much larger facility on South Congress Avenue near Slaughter Lane.

On the road to Dripping Springs, the almost 6-year-old brewery has been limited to a maximum of 10,000 barrels per year — but the new space on South Congress Avenue, just north of Slaughter Lane, gives Thirsty Planet a significant increase of 30,000 barrels per year, with room to grow. Its anticipated opening is late fall this year.

“The overwhelming local demand for our beer is very humbling, and we’re thrilled to keep contributing to the increasing enthusiasm for craft brewing here in Austin,” Brian Smittle, owner and founder of Thirsty Planet, said in a press release. “We are deeply invested in the unique culture of this community and want to continue bringing people together over quality beer.”

The brewery will be moving into the Capital Area Food Bank building at 8201 S. Congress Ave., according to a brewery representative. (The nonprofit is moving to East Austin this summer.)

With the 60,000 sq. ft. facility, Thirsty Planet will be able “to meet current product demand and expand its bottle offerings to include its Buckethead IPA and Yellow Armadillo Wheat,” according to the release. So far, only its beloved Thirsty Goat Amber is bottled.

Additionally, Thirsty Planet can start offering a bigger variety of seasonal and specialty brews in the tasting room and increase the distribution of its mainstay options, including Thirsty Goat, Buckethead and Yellow Armadillo, out of Austin to Waco and San Antonio.

The architectural firm of V Three Studios, based in Missouri, is designing the brewery and tasting room, and the firm already has a clear vision of what the new space will look like.

Once it’s finished, V Three’s principal and founder Kurt Kerns said in the press release, the tasting room will allow “people to appreciate really great beer while getting a sense of Thirsty Planet’s unique style and sense of humor, which will be on full display with beer pallets used as ceiling elements, open views of the brewing process and wall-mounted papier–mâché heads representing the brewery’s best-selling beers.”

For more information about Thirsty Planet, visit www.thirstyplanet.beer.


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