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As the weather cools off, it is prime time to get out and enjoy a new local brew—especially in a time when bars need support the most.


These five businesses are changing the landscape of beer and bars, challenging the norm and opening mid-pandemic.

Earthly Labs

Offering small-scale carbon capture technology, Earthly Labs provides breweries with the technology to make their beers in a greener way. This technology enables brewers to capture and reuse CO2, which combats the CO2 shortage industries often face and allows them to capture the CO2 and use it before it enters the atmosphere.


But is the beer produced with CO2 capture good? Earthly Labs CEO Amy George said yes, according to Craft Beer Austin, plus CO2 capture beer helps with head retention--making for frosty beers.

The Good Lot

Coming to Cedar Park on 2500 W. New Hope Drive, The Good Lot is a family-friendly beer garden that plans to open in 2021. The Good Lot will serve craft beers, both local and specialty, cider and wines. With food trucks planned, covered seating and non-alcoholic options, The Good Lot sounds like a perfect weekend afternoon.

Last Stand Brewing Company

Popping up on 7601 South Congress Ave., Last Stand Brewing Company opened its doors on Oct. 22, right next door to Southside Flying Pizza, which will provide food for the brewery. This is the brewery's second location, with another location on 12345 Pauls Valley Road.

The brewery and beer garden will offer favorites like the Citra Smash IPA, Fuzzieluscious IPA and Texas Forever Lager. Plus, if pizza isn't your thing, Southside created a menu of burgers just to go with the beer.

Vacancy Brewing

While it isn't open yet, Vacancy Brewing is coming to 415 St. Elmo Road this December. With three year-round beers, a sparkling new interior and a food truck search underway, Vacancy brewing is shaping up to become one of Austin's new favorite hangouts.

Willard’s Brewery

Serving the North Austin and Pflugerville crowd, Willard's Brewery comes complete with its own food truck. Located on 2400 Patterson Industrial Drive, Willard's has a "passion for well-crafted libations" and has been open since Oct.16. Willard's offers three beers from its own brewery: "Fistful of Fury" Hazy IPA, "Forbidden Helles" Lager and "Zero Hour" pale ale.

When you stop by, grab a braised beef taco or a Cubano quesadilla from Mojo, the on-site food truck.
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