Pizza and beer, a combination that has unfortunately been taken for granted by Budweiser and the ease of delivery pizza. But alas, all is not forsaken.
Meet Pinthouse Pizza, the newest brewpub to enter the Austin craft beer scene. The idea is to bring artisan made pizza and combine it with craft beer. Sounds good to me.
Joe Mohrfeld, head brewer at Pinthouse Pizza, left the comfy confines of critically acclaimed Colorado craft brewery Odell to help open Pinthouse Pizza. When asked 'Why?' he enthusiastically told me that he loved the calm but risk taking approach Austin has seen with breweries and anticipates nothing but growth for craft beer in the Austin market. He mentioned the likes of Twisted X and Hops & Grain and how much he enjoyed their risky small batch beers. When asked about experimental beers such as sours, Joe does not forsee doing these types of beers anytime soon as he needs to get used to the current system and crank out the traditional styles he enjoys so much.
As of right now, Pinthouse Pizza has four 'mainstay' beers that will always be on tap. In the future, expect seasonals (such as a winter spiced porter) and casks.
Man O' War - IPA
A fairly traditional West Coast style of an IPA featuring dank and citrus aromas. Not being overly bitter, this is a easy drinkin' IPA.
Iron Genny - Pale Ale
The aromas of this one come off as a more English inspired pale ale, featuring very earthy aromas with just a hint of herbaceous quality. Crystal malt gives this pale ale a malty backbone, giving a little more balance.
Calma Muerta - Session Ale
Session ales are any ales below 5% abv. At 4.8%, this one barely meets the criteria, but I'm glad it does. It truly does drink like a perfect session ale. Its dry, citrusy, fruity and spritzy qualities make this beer one I could sip on all day long, exactly what a session ale is supposed to make you do.
Bearded Seal - Imperial Dry Irish Stout
My favorite of the bunch. Dry, roasty, slightly bitter and easy to drink. It starts off strong then finishes clean.
For now, come here for the beer. The pizza is delicious but expect a wait. They're still working out kinks so when that happens, expect some great things from this place.