Yes, according to the calendar, it has been “officially” fall since September 22, but it sure hasn’t felt like it yet. But somehow, cooler temperatures have arrived just in time to set our clocks back this weekend, meaning that—among other advantages—there’s one extra hour of enjoy evening happy hours! Here’s a suggestion for those of you in the Bastrop area: Make tracks to the Bastrop Brewhouse, whose multi-level deck overlooks the Colorado River. (Weather reports indicate a low temperature of 52 on Saturday night; that’s a practically perfect condition for al fresco dining.)
On a visit in August, my dining companion and I opted to enjoy a few beers and dinner inside, grateful for the A/C. Grateful for the beers, too: The brewhouse offers a dozen or so different local and independent varieties on tap, including several made on site. We accompanied our selections (a Bastrop-brewed red ale for me) with some rib-sticking fare from the restaurant’s diverse menu, including green-chile mac-and-cheese and the restaurant’s famous Onion Ring Tower, a precariously stacked pile of lip-smacking, beer-battered, thick-cut onion rings, served with a side of ranch dressing.
After the meal, we took the stairs down to the riverfront, where we meandered along the landscaped hike-and-bike trail … and perhaps worked off an onion ring.
The Bastrop Brewhouse offers live music on Friday and Saturday nights, beginning at 9. The vibe is casual, unpretentious, and a bit like Austin of days gone by—easy parking, nearby nature, musicians jamming outside, conversations with strangers, new friends.
The Bastrop Brewhouse is at 601 Chestnut near the historic downtown area (also worth exploring). Call 512/321-1144; www.bastropbrewhouse.com.