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best damn beer in Texas

Fire Brewed × hand-Crafted × Sustainable

 

A Uniquely Wild Brewery

Wild Bunch Brewery was launched in 2017 in its new location in Red Rock, TX. Our core values are expertise, quality, and sustainability. 

Amidst fields of wildflowers, we produce wonderfully raw, flavorful beer using the highest quality ingredients and methods that require the utmost committment to the craft of brewing.

Our brewery itself was crafted by rebirthing an old barn on the plains east of Austin. All of our brewing kettles were welded on site from metal reclaimed from Texas oil pipelines. The spent grain from our brewing process are delivered to the cows, chickens, and cattle egrets that are ever-present around the brewery.

 
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Our Head Brewmaster, Dr. Jarle Lillemoen, is the former Head Distiller at Bone Spirits Distillary and a University of Texas Ph.D. Biochemist with over 25 years brewing experience. 

 

Our Beer

We take immense pride in the beer that we carefully craft in small batches each day, using old-world methods that give our beer a unique, raw, and pristine flavors that are not seen in the mass produced beer found today. 

 
 
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FIRE brewed

The first two steps of our brewing process include mashing and boiling the wort. Mashing involves steeping grains in hot water so that the starches are converted by enzymes into sugar. The resulting sugary liquid is transferred into a boiling kettle where hops are added to provide bitterness, flavor, and aroma.

Both of these steps are done over an open flame to mimic old-style brewing processes rarely found today. While flame heating requires extra attention to keep temperatures optimal during mashing, it imparts a deeper color and caramel flavor to our beers that provide balance with the bitterness and flavors provided by the hops. This results in a unique flavor profile that makes the hand-crafted process more than worth it.


Raw

Many breweries filter their beer in order to provide clarity and a polished, transparent look to their beer. Wild Bunch Brewery brews raw, unfiltered "wild" beers for important reasons:

  • Filtering removes much of the vitamins and health benefits provided by the yeast. Unfiltered beer is rich in probiotics, vitamins, especially B-vitamins and folate, and minerals such as magnesium, selenium.
  • Removing the finings also removes some of the hop oils and proteins that bind to them, decreasing flavor and nutritional value. 
  • Beer is wasted—something we hate immensely and incompatible with our sustainability values.
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expertise

A key ingredient in the beer we brew is the expertise we bring to the table. While we are all expert drinkers, Head Brewmaster Jarle Lillemoen and Managing Member Jamie Caras are both PhD Biochemists from the University of Texas at Austin who have collectively been brewing beer for over 50 years. 

The field of biochemistry was born out of probing the mystery of fermented beverages in by scientists throughout the 19th century. Louis Paster initiated this work by studying fermentation and concluding that it was a product of living yeast. Not long after in 1833 Anselme Payen discovered the first enzyme, amylase, which is one of two key enzymes involved in the conversion of starch to sugar in the mashing step of making beer. In 1897 Eduard Buchner first demonstrated that the complex biochemical process of alcoholic fermentation could be done with cell-free yeast extracts where no living cells were present, marking the establishment of biochemistry as a scientific discipline.

Location & Hours

1764 Taylorsville Road
Red Rock, TX, 78662

  • Sunday 12:30-5 PM
  • Friday 5-8 PM
  • Saturday 3-7 PM
 

Where can you find our beer?

Here are listed locations where you can find yourself a bottle of delicious Wild Bunch Brew!

Austin Java Co: 1608 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Dia's Market: 812 Justin Lane, Austin, TX 78757 

Hopfields: 3110 Guadalupe St., Austin, TX 78705

Passionate Spirits: 6808 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78752

Royal Blue Grocery: Rainey 51 Rainey Street, Austin, TX 78701

Thom's Market Btn Spgs: 1418 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Thom's Market Riverside: 160 E. Riverside Dr., Austin, TX 78704

Which Craft: 2110 South Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Clint's Liquors Bastrop: 195A Hasler Blvd, Bastrop, TX 78602

Spec's Bastrop (#38): 739 Old Bastrop Hwy, Bastrop, TX 78602

Tavern On Main: 116 N. Main, Buda, TX 78610

Lakeside Golf Club: 405 Watts Lane, Canyon Lake, TX 78133

High View Ranch Supermercado:
103 Green Mountain Dr, Cedar Creek, TX 78612

LG Spirits Beer and Win:
1381 W. St. Hwy 71, La Grange, TX 78945

Bevies Fine Wine & Spirits:
415 S. Commerce, Lockhart, TX 78644

For Goodness Sake:
1306 Common St. #101 New Braunfels, TX 78130

Spec's 106:
263 Creekside Crossing New Braunfels, TX 78130

Red Rock General Store:
106 LENTZ MAIN STREET, RED ROCK, TX 78662

Red Rock Steakhouse and Saloon:
101 South Lentz St., Red Rock, TX 78662

Leon's Country Store:
4033 FM 535, Rockne, TX 78662

Figaro's Pizza & Pub:
243 Wonderworld Dr Ste 100, San Marcos, TX 78666

Spec's San Marcos (#114):
510 Barnes Dr., San Marcos TX 78666

Back Door Cafe:
117 Main St., Smithville, TX 78957

Coach Q's Social Club:
303 Main St., Smithville TX 78957

LBJ Marina Boater’s Bistro:
667 Sandy Mountain Drive, Sunrise Beach TX 78643

Contact

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