Georgetown’s Rentsch Brewery plans major expansion, canning beers

Georgetown’s only brewery has been in business for just over a year — but already has a $1.5 million plan in the works to triple the size of its facility, put some of its beers into cans and add an outdoor beer garden.

Rentsch Brewery can't make enough beer, like this seasonal Oktoberfest, to keep up with demand, but a big expansion will help.

Rentsch Brewery can’t make enough beer, like this seasonal Oktoberfest, to keep up with demand, but a big expansion will help.

The expansion will increase production of Rentsch Brewery’s beers “ten-fold,” according to the City of Georgetown.

Rentsch Brewery opened in August last year as the operation of father-and-son team David and Andrew Rentschler, after Andrew, now 26, studied abroad in Germany and fell in love with Old World styles of beer like the Hefeweizen and Weizenbock now featured on Rentsch Brewery’s beer list.

He and his father have decided the expansion — which they expect to be completed by next spring — is necessary to meet the demand for their beers, which was instantaneous from the day Rentsch Brewery opened its doors.

“We sold out of everything we had at the grand opening, and we’ve been behind on the supply side ever since,” Andrew Rentschler said. “We had started with a small setup because we weren’t sure what the need would be in Georgetown and the surrounding suburbs. We serve beer completely in Williamson County.”

For anyone who lives in the area, Rentsch Brewery’s high demand might not come as a surprise given that the U.S. Census Bureau earlier this year named Georgetown as the fastest growing city of its size (population 50,000 or more). According to the City of Georgetown, the brewery is just the latest business in the town to expand its operations.

Rentsch is moving into the the other half of the building in the lightly industrial part of Georgetown where it’s currently located — providing the brewers with an extra 7,250 sq. ft. of space to use.

Continually running out of beer “is a good problem to have, but it’s still a problem,” Rentschler said. “It’d be nice to make enough to satisfy everybody. We make high-quality beers for your regular, average consumer. We’re not doing anything niche, but I think that’s what appeals to people, especially in the suburbs.”

He said the brewery plans to put the Hefeweizen and Weizenbock into cans, as well as the IPA and the blonde ale. One other Rentsch brew might go into cans as well, although that, like many other decisions in the works for Rentschler and his dad, has yet to be determined. They have figured out one very important thing, however: Rentsch’s expansion will increase beer production from 1,200 barrels per year to 12,000 barrels per year — a massive jump in size.

Plus, Rentsch Brewery is going to add a beer garden that will be “kid-friendly,” Rentschler said. “We want to have a good family environment and offer a good destination brewery for everyone.”

But drawing even more regulars to the taproom isn’t all that he wants to do. The addition of cans and the skyrocketing production ability means that Rentsch Brewery will one day be able to get its beers into retail establishments in the area, in addition to more bars and restaurants.

“We’re mostly in restaurants right now. Our beers go well with dinner; I think that’s why we do so well,” he said.

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