Located about 35 miles up the road from Austin, the Williamson County seat of Georgetown is home to a couple of good breweries. One, established years ago, is known for its German style beer garden with a massive twisting oak tree shading picnic tables. The other is a fairly new facility that has a wide selection of beer on tap and is looking to expand to more retail locations.
The first, rentsch brewery georgetown, was founded by father and son David and Andrew Rentschler. The inspiration for the brewery grew out of their time spent in Germany where Andrew studied and picked up an extracurricular hobby of visiting local biergartens beer gardens. They opened the doors to their large outdoor beer garden in 2015, with a focus on bringing people together while enjoying quality craft beer.
They also make a point of using renewable wind and solar power to power their facilities, making them 100% green. Their selection of beers is based on German styles with something for everyone, including Hefeweizen, Weizenbock, Blonde, and IPA. The beers are brewed at their facility just a few miles from the taproom, which features a large wooden bar and lounge seating around a fireplace. The patio is twice the size of the indoor space and the beer garden features a stage where assistant manager Will Hickman books live music.
After a year in business, Rentsch’s demand has outpaced their production capacity so they are expanding their 2500 NE Inner Loop location. They will double the size of their brewery and increase their production by tenfold as well as adding a state of the art canning line. The expansion will also include an outdoor beer garden that will be able to host food trucks.
As a part of the expansion, they will be sharing their taproom with Strange Land Brewery, which left its original location on Bee Cave Road in West Lake Hills this year to take up residency at Rentsch’s larger space. As a result, you will see both Rentsch and Strange Land beers on the tap list in the coming months.
A few months after they opened, high COVID-19 hospitalization rates forced many bars and breweries to close but when Gov. Greg Abbott started opening them back up in phases, Rentsch was quick to reopen. Since then, they’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of people showing up to try their beers.
They’re a family owned and operated brewery that’s focused on their community, which is evident by the way they treat everyone who visits their taproom. They also take pride in their work, which is reflected in the details of their brewery. For example, the wood bar they built themselves is handcrafted and their tap handles are made from repurposed maple. The team at Rentsch is passionate about brewing quality beer and making sure they are always improving. They have a great sense of humor and are always willing to answer any questions you may have about their beers.