The Pflugerville/Round Rock area is noticeably under-represented in the ATX beer scene, so the arrival of Compadre, on the site previously occupied by Idle Vine, is indeed happy news. Despite being barely two months old, walking into Compadre feels like entering a well-established community space, relaxed, convivial and welcoming with homely Tex-Mex décor reflecting the proud Mexcan-American heritage of the owner-operator Galvan family. We liked the eclectic furnishings that have a thoughtful, personal feel to them, like the tables decorated with ticket stubs from old baseball games, and the fiddle and longhorn motifs intricately incorporated into the Compadre logo.
Our bartender was chatty and enthusiastic, so much so that we were sold on generous 6oz flight pours of all six of Compadre’s beers that were on during our visit – luckily I had consumed a substantial lunch! Compadre are going all-out style-wise – in their short life to date they have already brewed a very impressive 19 beers! We were able to try beers ranging from Lager to IPA to Saison to Red Ale but this is just the tip of the iceberg, and it’s great that they’re willing to explore and experiment across the board. Of the six beers we tried, I particularly enjoyed the bright, full, and malty La Guerita Suavecita Amber Lager, just the thing for a hot Texas afternoon! The Bella Agave Rose Red Ale was also a delight – brewed with rose petals, hibiscus and agave it’s fragrant, delicate and sweetly vinious, very different to a traditional Red Ale and absolutely worth trying. Of the three IPAs that we tried, I liked the Bidi Bidi Hop Bomb the best, which has a warm, bitter-malty English-style flavour.
As well as their own beers, Compadre have a huge range of local and national craft beers, as well as standard lagers – a mighty 32 taps in total, ensuring there really is something for everyone and entrenching their identity as a local go-to drinking spot. Like all good Austin breweries they have a food truck on site and a stage for live shows (check their website for scheduling) as well as large screens to keep sports fans happy. With a late license til 12am on Friday and Saturday nights Compadre have made a very smart move and I’m confident it’s quite the party up there on the weekend – hopefully we’ll be able to stop by sometime for a show!