Even an industry as lucrative as craft beer has its limits — and two local breweries in Leander and Cedar Park have discovered that hard truth in the past month.
According to their Facebook pages, IronSight Brewers, which had taken over the old Twisted X Brewing space last summer, and Bindlestick Brewing, which opened last February as Leander’s first brewery, are folding in light of tough circumstances.
“All, we have reached an unfortunate point and will be closing the doors on Bindlestick Brewing Co,” a Facebook event page for Bindlestick’s farewell blowout party announced yesterday. “We want to thank everyone who became part of our lives and the business. From all the volunteers, the regular faces, and our retail customers who gave us a chance. We have made new friends and have so many great memories there is not even a place to begin.”
Bindlestick’s final brewery party will be on May 21 and will be fans’ chance to “pick up some memorabilia to help recall all the fun moments we had,” according to the Facebook post. Visit Bindlestick from 12 to 5 p.m. at 1309 Leander Dr. #504.
Fans of the Cedar Park-located IronSight have gotten no such closure, however. The brewery shut down without fanfare last month — with the tentative promise that it might return once “we find a new home with a new name,” according to IronSight’s Facebook page, which is now called “Brewery formally known as Iron-Sight.”
The Facebook page alludes to a falling-out between Robert Chaney, the co-founder of IronSight, with a business partner. Chaney, according to the brewery page, “has a new vision for something awesome and we are working hard to get the ball rolling on it.”
These are the first Austin-area breweries to close up shop since last year’s abrupt end to Kamala Brewing at the Whip In. (Another version, Kamala Gardens, is in the works at another location.) Other Texas breweries have also been bidding adieu in the past year, a testament to how the industry — despite the amount of support and camaraderie surrounding it — can be a tough place to work. Fort Bend Brewing in Missouri City and Firewheel Brewing in Rockwall have been among the closures.
But don’t worry: The number of U.S. breweries opening (last year’s total: 620) far exceeds the number of them closing (last year’s total: 68), as this Brewers Association post notes.