The world is quickly figuring out how pleasantly different Austin, Texas is. The ever-growing capital city is liberal, weird, and yet still as Texas as it comes. Independence Brewing Company started their operation in 2004 and has exuded pure Austin culture ever since—thanks to beer enthusiasts and UT grads Rob and Amy Cartwright. As their name suggests, there is nothing corporate about Independence Brewing, which is evident in everything they do.
If Austin Could Be Bottled
Independence Brewing is about that laid back summer culture. They wear jeans—not ties. Walking in to the brewery, you can't tell who's the boss. They operate under a certain sweat ethic, where marketing guys help with the bottling and the boss is more than happy to grab a broom. It's a friendly Texas team environment, keeping everyone excited to go to work everyday.
The first Saturday of every month is tour and tasting day at Independence—an incredible way to enjoy your Saturday afternoon. Listen to local bands, get a bite to eat, bring your dog, and enjoy the Central Texas weather.
If there were an Independence Brewing Company mascot, it would assuredly be Jasper, the Cartwright's dog, who has been with them since the beginning. Besides having a smooth ale inspired and named after him, he is the life of the party come 1st Saturday.
Beer and Labels of Home
Independence is very personal with their beer labels. You'll notice the cartoonish depictions of real Austin life wrapped cleanly on the side of your bottle.
Freestyle is their malty American-style wheat beer, donning a pure Central Texas river day. It's a perfect complement to catching some hot Texas rays.
The chocolaty Bootlegger Brown is rich enough in taste to go without a label; however, the sharp-dressed man staring at the Austin skyline in the mirror of his old red pick-up as he makes a run for it...brings you back to a different time—when brewing and distributing beer in Texas was a dangerous passion.
Independence's signature Austin Amber captures the entire city like nothing else does. Its not-too-heavy balance of citrus and sweetness is a microcosm of friendly Texas folks. The entire city of Austin is accurately depicted on its label, from lakes to bats to local movies to longhorns to bluebonnets. There couldn't be a finer Beer of Austin.
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