Hopping in the ‘burbs: Austin-area brewery moves into canning, adds beer garden


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Georgetown’s Rentsch Brewery plans to triple its size and grow expansion ten-fold. The Austin region’s craft beer boom continues to flow into the suburbs. Rentsch Brewery plans to triple the size of its facility, which is about 30 miles north of downtown Austin in Georgetown. Owners also plan to grow production ten-fold and add an outdoor beer garden. Georgetown City Council approved an economic incentives agreement Oct. 11 with the brewery, which is worth up to $70,000 for improvements to electric and water lines. The brewery has agreed to spend at least $1.5 million on the expansion, according to the agreement with the Georgetown Economic Development Corp . Rentsch, the first and only brewery operating in Georgetown, opened in September 2015 at 2500 Northeast Inner Loop, in a light industrial but mostly undeveloped pocket north of the city’s historic square. It is owned by David Rentschler and his son, Andrew Rentschler , through Rentschler Brewing LLC. The Rentschlers plan to add 3,750 square feet of production space and 3,500 square feet of warehouse and storage space. The expansion will also add canning and push the brewery into off-premises sales, such as at convenience and grocery stores. Previously, […]

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Georgetown's Rentsch Brewery plans to triple its size and grow expansion ten-fold.

The Austin region's craft beer boom continues to flow into the suburbs.

Rentsch Brewery plans to triple the size of its facility, which is about 30 miles north of downtown Austin in Georgetown. Owners also plan to grow production ten-fold and add an outdoor beer garden.

Georgetown City Council approved an economic incentives agreement Oct. 11 with the brewery, which is worth up to $70,000 for improvements to electric and water lines. The brewery has agreed to spend at least $1.5 million on the expansion, according to the agreement with the Georgetown Economic Development Corp.

Rentsch, the first and only brewery operating in Georgetown, opened in September 2015 at 2500 Northeast Inner Loop, in a light industrial but mostly undeveloped pocket north of the city's historic square. It is owned by David Rentschler and his son, Andrew Rentschler, through Rentschler Brewing LLC.

The Rentschlers plan to add 3,750 square feet of production space and 3,500 square feet of warehouse and storage space. The expansion will also add canning and push the brewery into off-premises sales, such as at convenience and grocery stores. Previously, they only sold kegs to restaurants and other businesses where alcohol is consumed on-premises. The expansion is expected to be finished by spring 2017.

Rentsch is going green with the added capacity: The expanded facility will get its electricity from the city-owned utility, which Georgetown officials say will next year be completely powered by wind and solar power.


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