San Antonio Beer Week

   I want to thank all the craft beer fans that came out for the Grand Opening on May 14th. I enjoyed talking beer with alot of people.  For those of you that don't know yet May 15th - 22nd is San Antonio Beer Week. Faust Brewing joined with Ranger Creek, Freetail, and Blue Star from San Antonio, as well as Dodging Duck in Boerne to plan a week worth of events taking place in and around San Antonio. Friday the 20th is the night hosted by Faust Brewing at our pub in New Braunfels. In addition, the five brewers got together one day and brewed a collaboration brew  we are calling El Cinco Pils.  Check out the calendar of events at
    On the Faust front the Golden Ale and Mike Crowe IPA are both now on tap. El Cinco Pils will also be on tap. I have brewed four times on our seven barrel system so far and look forward to many more! Thanks for your support in our effort to bring Craft Beer to New Braunfels.

Launching a Restaurant

So, not only did we want to get the brewery back up and running, we also hoped to open a restaurant one day. Much like knowing we wanted Ray as our Brew Master, we knew the perfect man for the job of Executive Chef, our friend, Chris Kilisz. Thankfully, being a friend of ours, we didn’t have to try very hard to find him like we did trying to find Ray! Vance and I talked to Chris about the position and hoped we could bring him on shortly after Vance took ownership of The Faust. We were all really looking forward to it but then of course, just as with the brewery, we knew a restaurant would have to wait.

Now, after what has felt like forever, it’s funny to me how seemingly overnight everything we’ve wanted for the Faust Brewing Company is becoming a reality. Over the past two years, if I had a dollar for every time someone asked me if we had our own beer or if we served food and had to tell them no, I’d be rich! It’s crazy to think that now not only are we building our selection of house brews, but with Chris joining the team back in March, last Thursday we were finally able to say we have a restaurant! While we expected a typical soft opening for a bar that’s already open and up and running, you know, where you don’t really announce that you’re serving food yet and just hand out the menu if people ask… But that’s quite the opposite of what happened! Apparently word travels fast, and we’ve been serving food non-stop since we opened the kitchen doors! I also must say that I don’t think we could have dreamed of a more perfect first launch of our menu. Even though we weren’t totally expecting the rush we got on our first day open, with Chris as Executive Chef and Trent Wehe, our Bar Manager,  it was a huge success! With a Tapas-style menu, our concept is different from anything else in New Braunfels right now and because of that, and more importantly, the amazing staff we have, I have no doubt in the success of The Faust Brewing Company as a brewery, bar and restaurant.  It still almost doesn't feel real. The fact that we actually have beer, that we are actually serving food.... It's so awesome, and I’m looking forward to officially kicking it all off this Saturday with a grand opening party! 

Faust Brewing Co. Growth & Reopening

Where to start... I've never really "blogged" before, and there is so much happening at The Faust right now it's hard to keep up sometimes! I'll try not to get ahead of myself here and go back to the beginning. When Vance Hinton, the new owner of The Faust, took over in July of 2009, we were beyond excited at the prospect of reopening the brewery and adding a restaurant. Unfortunately, those plans had to be put on hold when we realized very quickly that we would need to reorganize our priorities, and that the brewery would have to take a back seat to all the changes and upgrades that needed to be made to the bar area itself and the hotel rooms.

We focused mainly on the bar at first, but despite all the work we had put into upgrading almost every aspect of it, and that The Faust Brewing Company had finally made it back on the radar as a great place to hang out, I still had a lingering feeling that something was missing. After almost a year, I felt sometimes as if we would never get the brewery itself back up and running. I had a specific person in mind to be our brew master, and no matter how hard I tried I couldn't find him. I had heard so many great things about his abilities as a brew master, and I knew from day one that if I could find him, I would do whatever it took to get him here. Then one day, in the summer of 2010, our visions of reopening the brewery suddenly seemed possible. I met a nice couple in the bar who had been asking me about the brewery, and if we had a brew master yet. After explaining that I couldn't find the person I really wanted, they asked who I was talking about. I told them his name was Ray Mitteldorf, and to my disbelief, a huge grin came across their faces as they chuckled and said, "Ray?? We know him! We'll call him right now for you!" The rest is basically history after that!

Now, with Ray as a part of our team, and after almost two years of waiting, the brewery is FINALLY back up and running and we couldn't be more excited! We recently released Altered States, our German Altbeir, which is our first official batch of beer from the big system. The Faust Golden Ale should be ready to serve later this week, and Ray will also be making an IPA this week, which should be ready just in time for San Antonio Beer Week at the end of May!

With beer in the tanks and a restaurant in the works, big things are going to be happening around here and I can't wait!

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