Craft Pride's main room
The design pays homage to the Lone Star state. 90% of the interior's wood was reclaimed after knocking down the previous establishment. A lounge area is also available for group seating.
Craft Pride's cooler room
Instead of taking up more real estate, J.T. decided to build the beer cooler upwards rather than outwards. Here, they're hoisting a fresh keg up to the second level.
What better way to enjoy beer than with a side of bacon? This truck was designed just for the Craft Pride space by Bacon restaurant in downtown Austin.
Chicken 'n Bacon Waffles ($9)
Bacon pieces are mixed into the waffle batter. 'Nuff said.
Reclaimed wood tables
Not willing to waste a single morsel of prized and rare wood, the design team reused it everywhere possible.
Taste of Austin Flight
Even the glass-holders for the beer flights were made from reclaimed wood. Chris Booth picked his top 5 local staples for this flight, which includes Austin Beerworks Peacemaker Extra Pale Ale ("It's as clean as a lager and is very drinkable"), Live Oak Pilz ("It's made with 100% Czech pilsner malt and 1 type of hops. 1 hop, 1 malt, there's no room to hide"), Hops & Grain Alt-eration Ale ("This is a German style beer that is rich and malty but finishes clean. This goes great with food because it can cut through fat"), Deep Ellum IPA ("This brewery is only around a year old. This dryer IPA is robust and complex with tropical fruit notes but also a lingering bitterness"), and (512) Pecan Porter, which is made with Texas pecans.
What Else Should You Drink?
Chris Booth gets pretty excited about Texas craft beer. What does he recommend? First of all, anything from Real Ale Brewing's Mysterium Verum series, which includes Devil's Share (a whiskey barrel-aged Tripel), Empire (a French oak-aged IPA), and Highlander (a whiskey barrel-Aged Wee Heavy). He also loves Ranger Creek Lucky ol' Sun, "a Belgian style blonde from San Antonio that uses Texas honey in the brewing process. It's floral...like a full bouquet of fruit and spice".
A Few More Recommendations
If you're an IPA lover, Chris Booth recommends Thirsty Planet's Buckethead IPA: "They threw a bunch of hops in this one. It's not an introductory beer." In the stout category, he's a fan of Southern Star Brewing Company's Buried Hatchet Stout: "This nitro version has really fine bubbles so that it's smooth and creamy. It tastes roasty and nutty, without much bitterness."