Did you know that recently Brownwood went from semi-wet to wet county? Texans know what this means…it means cheers, y’all.
Brownwood already boasts some of the best wine in the Texas Hill Country, but thanks to a recent county election, we’re welcoming two new craft beer spots! And, you better believe that we’re hopped up over the news…
After all, what’s better than spending a morning on the lake and an afternoon playing bones? Or tapping your feet to live music while sippin’ a cold Texas brew with friends and family? Nothing! By summer’s end, Brownwood will offer the five watering holes to wet your whistle! Without further ado, allow us to introduce you.
Pioneer Tap House
Micah and Ashley Jaynes are bringing beer to a new frontier – Baker Street! The husband-and-wife duo has spent the past year bringing a family-friendly brewery concept to life in the space that was formerly a meeting place of the Knights of Pythias. The Jaynes enlisted the design prowess of Kim Bruton of Brownwood’s famous Runaway Train Cafe into a comfortable small operation brewery. The tap house opened at the end of July and has been welcomed with open arms!
Drawing from his experience in sales and distribution with Cisco (specifically Red Gap Brewing), Jaynes is excited to establish a community place for gathering. Pioneer Tap House is designed with love (and prayer) to be a place where people can come together to have a beer with friends in a comfortable, relaxed environment.
You won’t find big batch national beers on the menu. Instead, Jaynes celebrates Lone Star craft brewers with 18 taps of Texas beer and a locally sourced wine selection. Don’t imbibe? No problem! You’ll also find non-alcoholic bevies like Dublin soda and craft root beer to enjoy. The taps will rotate frequently so guests have ample opportunity to try great new beers! If you’re peckish or hungry for lunch, on-site will be rotating throughout the year. But, Pioneer is BYO food so grab whatever grub you fancy! Though we recommend grabbing some street tacos from Tr3s Leches (across the street) to pair with the Sunset Cerveza, a clean, crisp, Mexican-style beer.
Pioneer is open for fun from 4 pm to 11 pm Wednesday and Thursday, 2 pm to 11 pm Friday and noon to 11 pm on Saturday. The tap house is located at 112 Baker Street, Brownwood, Texas, 76801.
Another family-owned waterhole will also be opening in downtown Brownwood’s historic Weakley-Watson Sporting Goods store this summer! Teddy’s Brewhaus, named for Teddy Roosevelt, is a beer hall, garden and full-service scratch kitchen! Teddy’s brings Brownwood its first microbrewery under a massive 18,000-square foot building that blends past with present. Teddy’s will also bring a second event space to complement downtown’s boutique event space, The Vault.
CJ’s Cigar Lounge
Cigar lovers are in luck! Renovations next to Pioneer Tap House are currently underway to bring Brownwood’s first dedicated cigar lounge! Once opened, guests will be able to select from a high-quality selection of cigars to enjoy leisurely in a relaxing, customer-centric, cozy atmosphere.
The Turtle Restaurant (and neighboring Enoteca) are longtime Brownwood favorites. Not only is the food fresh and delicious, but the wine selection is arguably the best in the Texas Hill Country. Fitting since “Enoteca” means “wine repository! The Turtle’s wine list has garnered national recognition, earning a coveted spot on The World of Fine Wines “best Wine” list for 2017. It’s a perfect place to enjoy a lovely evening out complete with a bottle (or two) of great wine and great food made with love. In nicer weather, enjoy a crisp white or rosé out on the enchanting patio in the back.
Spirit of Texas Winery
One of our favorite places to spend an afternoon is over at the Spirit of Texas Winery. It’s relatively new already but beloved by Texas wine enthusiasts. The winery’s tasting room is housed in a rustically chic [renovated] barn. Once you’ve narrowed down your selection from their award-winning wines (good luck picking just one bottle), grab a couple of glasses and head out to the covered patio to sip and savor.
Fun fact: Spirit of Texas is designed in the spirit of family! The winery is family (and dog) friendly and even has games like cornhole and jumbo dice in the yard. You can also snack on charcuterie and s’mores on offer during their popular fireside sunset nights.
Swing through town on your next Texas Hill Country drive! We’d love to raise a glass with you!