Craft beer has been an explosive industry over the past decade and while business in certain states has grow more than others, Austin, TX is quickly becoming a hotbed for some of the industry’s most popular breweries. Part of what makes a brewery popular is the unique beer experience it delivers to customers and at Adelbert’s Brewery in Austin, they accomplish this by way of Belgium.
The brewery has been around since 2011 and according to the Founder of Adelbert’s Brewery Scott Hovey, they’ve been able to expand their products as the industry has expanded. Up until now, the craft beer scene has exploded around Adelbert’s and while that has been good for brewery growth, it has also brought about more competition.
“The American consumer now seeks out craft brews as opposed to giant labels and they’re exploring a wide range of flavor profiles, too. Craft beer as a whole has really expanded the consumer’s horizon as to what’s available to drink,” Hovey told atombash.com.
One of the programs the brewery initially opened up with was their “barrel-aging program,” and that followed a year after Adelbert’s first opened its doors. Scott described their program as one that has matured, especially when you consider the fact that it now brews over 300 barrels’ worth each year. The program has provided the brewery with great flexibility in the types of beers they can make, both “young” and “old.”
Their barrel-aging has proven to be successful and perhaps the greatest proof of said success was the breakthrough Adelbert’s saw during this past Fall’s Great American Beer Festival (GABF). “We won a gold medal for Vintage Monks, our wine barrel-aged dubbel in the Belgian and French-Style Ale. Our barrels range from wine, gin, whiskey, rum and bourbon. We have many exciting plans for the beers aging in the barrels,” Hovey said.
People who frequent or visit Adelbert’s will notice that the brewery is currently not open on Sundays, Mondays or Tuesday. The reason for this is calculated, according to Hovey, but he did confirm they plan to expand business hours on Saturdays and Sundays this November. The change will see the brewery now close at 10 p.m. CDT on Saturday evenings, and it will be open on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. CDT.
“As far as Monday and Tuesday, we want our business hours to match the same time people are most likely to visit the brewery. I learned early on that the end of the week and during people’s leisure time provides the most customer traffic. That could be because many folks want a beer after work or to socialize on a Saturday afternoon,” Hovey said.
So if you live in the Austin area and are interested in making the trip sometime soon, you may be wondering to yourself, what makes Adelbert’s so unique, compared to the other options in town? Hovey believes the company’s uniqueness is found in their commitment to “Belgian-style, bottle-conditioned ales. Unlike our competitors, we use Bohemian old-world floor malt, low alpha Noble Czech hops, and fresh yeast propagated at our brewery.”
Even though costs may hit the brewery harder than expenses usually hit other breweries, Hovey said they “source the majority” of raw materials from locations in Europe because this helps them use the authentic ingredients Belgian brewers use. “That coupled with our brewing techniques, such as our multi-temperature decoction mash, makes us the closest thing you will get to an authentic Belgian beer made in Texas, not American ingredients used to make an interpretation of a Belgian-style.”
Hovey let us in on what beer will be coming out of the brewery in the future, and while Tripel Treat, Contemplating Waterloo and Sundowner are arriving in the “immediate future,” they’ve been trying out hibiscus, which has already seen two releases this year. He expects Adelbert’s to expand that offering, and hopes they can come up with more “limited releases and a wider distribution.”
Now if you walk into Adelbert’s and sit down for your first beer, you want to have a good impression made upon you, right? I asked Hovey what impression he hopes folks leave the brewery with. “Damn, that was good! Joking aside, I hope our customers leave understanding our passion for making quality beers, laughing at the stories about Del and meeting our fun, creative staff,” Hovery said.
For more information regarding Adelbert’s Brewery, feel free to visit their official site. Information on current beer offerings can be found here.