Some days you just need a beer at lunch. When that mood hits, Porter Ale House and Gastropub has you covered. The south 1st Street bar and restaurant, which opened in January 2014 has gathered a lot of attention for its food and excellent beer selection. It recently started serving lunch, which makes it a fantastic destination for a beer lunch.
Started by owners Owners Joe Bixel, Neil Joiner and Trevor Lane, who met in the restaurant business serve upscale pub food, stellar beers and solid cocktails in a bright, clean and modern bar. The fine dining experience and the quality of the food landed the Porter Ale House in the upcoming Bravo TV Series, “Best New Restaurant,” hosted by Top Chef judge, Tom Colicchio. They will compete against 15 other restaurants from around the country in the reality show.
If you want to get a taste of their cuisine before the TV series starts in January 2015, try it for lunch. Porter Ale House and Gastropub has 8 entrees all priced at 10.99 on the lunch menu. The signature Polish Pierogies and the delicious Porter Burger Sliders are can’t miss items. The Iceberg Slab may sound like a light salad, but this huge mound food is more than I could eat in one sitting.
The food is great, but you can’t pass up the beer. The bar has 30 taps, 2 for wine, 3 for cocktails and 25 for a regularly rotating line up of craft beer. Trevor, a home brewer, selects the beers to have a wide variety of excellent and unique brews from places like Belgium, Oregon, California and of course Texas. The bar has cycled through 270 different beers in less than a year, but there are always a few regulars like Pauwel Kwak from Belgium, Staropramen from the Czech Republic and Real Ale Hans Pils from Blanco, TX. Check the Facebook page for the current beer list.
Porter Ale House is on allocation with its beer distributor, so it is able to snag hard to find beers that you won’t see at most other beer bars in Austin. Firestone DBA caught my eye. They also make beer cocktails, like the Peanut Butter Jelly, a mix of Infamous Peanut Butter Stout and Lindeman’s Raspberry Lambic served with banana chips.
If you’re not a beer lover, try the Cucumber-lemongrass gin & tonic on tap made with Austin Reserve Gin. Its incredibly refreshing and goes great with the pierogies.
Whether you go for a beer, for lunch or beer for lunch, Porter Ale House and Gastropub is a great place to meet friends.