Welcome Adelbert’s, Austin’s newest craft brewery

Hundreds of people gathered beneath the beautiful sunshine in North Austin to celebrate the grand opening of Adelbert’s Brewery on Saturday.

Scott Hovey, Adelbert's brewmaster

Brewmaster Scott Hovey opened the doors to the public and poured gallons of his Belgian-style ales in commemorative tulip glasses (among them: Triple B, a hefty triple ale, and Naked Nun, a crisp wit ale) to a relaxed crowd taking in the live music of Honey Baked Soul, Lads in Plaid and Jack Levinson.

Hovey brews seven year-round, bottle-conditioned ales — a method of carbonating beer by re-fermenting it in the bottle, which provides that silky texture and classic haziness of a European ale. “I believe brewing is like cooking,” Hovey says. “No one component of a recipe should overpowering, but a balance of different flavors that compliment each other. So I always shoot for middle profile of major variables for a style.”

The brewery’s first two releases, Rambler Ale, a Belgian blonde ale, and Scratchin’ Hippo, a Bière de Garde, are already being stocked at bars and retail shops around town.

It is a great time to be hankerin’ for a beer in Austin. Adelbert’s is the eighth new craft brewery to open in town in the past year and a half. The city now boasts a dozen breweries and several more brew pubs. Austinite’s tastes continue to evolve, and brewers keep raising the bar of excellence and creativity in brewing.

Hovey thinks there is plenty of opportunity for his Belgian brews and more: “I would like to see Austin become a craft beer hub like Chicago or Portland. I believe there is still plenty of room for more breweries.”

  • Location: 2314 Rutland Drive, Suite #100, Austin, TX 78758
  • Tours: Check the website for additional event and tour opportunities
  • How to get it: Available on tap in bars around Austin and in 750ml bottles at local retail outlets


This photo essay also appeared on CultureMap.

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Matt McGinnis

As a marketing strategist for Pen & Tell Us, Matt McGinnis provides marketing, branding and communications counsel to food and beverage as well as other clients globally. He is also an avid beverage enthusiast, chronicling his interests as a Food & Drink contributing writer for CultureMap, as the Food & Drink columnist for Austin Man Magazine, and as a blogger for What Are You Drinking?. He is passionate about the wine industry having previously worked at a winery in Oregon and in wine sales. He has served as Guest Host of Sommelier Cinema at the Alamo Drafthouse, and is a Certified Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. His writing has been recognized as a Top 10 Food Blog by the Austin Chronicle in 2013 and 2014, with a 2011 Texas Social Media Award from the Austin American-Statesman.

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