Brian Koch is the owner of North Portland’s Lombard House pub, and like many others he is grappling with a pandemic, a pivot to delivery, and worldwide protests of an unjust system that have implications far more important than beer and bars.
Austin, Texas is becoming the city where young ex-Breakside brewers go to start fresh. Following Tom Fischer’s exodus to Pinthouse Pizza in Austin, former Breakside R & D brewer’s Will Jaquiss and Nao Ohdera are doing the same. The long gestating Meanwhile Brewing is now planned to open in southeast Austin in April 2020.
Meanwhile Brewing will be located at 3901 Promontory Point Drive, with a 15 BBL brewery and taproom on 3.7 acres of land. The goal is to make this an all-ages and community focused destination with food trucks, a music stage, soccer field, and playground space.
Ohdera and Jaquiss will use their production and development experience in recipe design to develop a wide variety of beers. Meanwhile Brewing will focus on draft beer primarily served from their own taproom with monthly can releases of specialty beers. Though brewing on a mid-small sized 15bbl brewhouse, the facility can scale up to a 10,000 barrels of beer capacity per year.
Meanwhile will also serve collaboration beers, wine, sangria, coffee drinks, and popsicles for the kids (and adults).
Jaquiss says about the beer, “We are primarily focused on draught beer, we hope to brew a total of 50 different styles of beer in our first year of operations.”
“While our focus is primarily on sessionable, hoppy ales and wood aged sours, our talented brewing staff will offer a wide selection of beer, ranging from the new and experimental to the trusted and traditional,” adds Jaquiss. “In general, though, taste before style is our mantra. It may seem obvious, but “drinkability” is paramount to us.”
The Meanwhile taproom will have 250+ seats. Within the taproom, there is an event space that can hold approximately 60 people. While the food truck selection is ongoing, but they are in discussions with several local concepts to complement the space. Plans for the property include a playground; bocce court; outdoor soccer snooker/pool court, other misc. outdoor games; a small recreational/soccer field, a mini “hammock forest”, and a small stage. The event room, soccer field, and whole brewery will be open to rent upon request and enough advanced notice.
Whether you’re clocking out, riling up, winding down, or passing through, here in Austin, Meanwhile Brewing Co. is the place to pause time, catch a breath, and get a drink. We hope to show our fellow Austinites that Meanwhile beer and respite are synonymous. In fact, the brewery name is meant to gently remind our fellow humans that, though the world can be stressful and scary, there is often something wondrous and beautiful right underneath your nose. In other words, there is beauty to be found in the everyday, and always something to look forward to when you lift your head up. The beer and brewery embody this sentiment.
Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding.