November 2017-May 2018
I’ve not had the pleasure of arriving at Infamous in a completely sober state, as due to its out-of-town location, it tends to be the last stop in a day of Hill Country adventuring. Like many of the more out-of-the-way Austin breweries, Infamous is all about the local, not in a scary Wicker Man sort of way, but in the massive-thumbs-up way that the absolutely lovely bar lady (Erica) remembered us even though a couple of months had passed between our visits. Infamous is about as laid back as you can get – city-meets-country woodchip patio with a rather fabulous stage inside an old truck, an old dude playing the guitar, and a six-beer flight for a mere $10. Folks are super-friendly, and the beers ain’t too shabby either. The big, punchy Double Tap DIPA was my top pick, and the IPA is quite rightly a local favourite – I had my first taste of it at the craft beer stand at Austin City Limits and haven’t looked back. That said, the Camacho Stout is also an impressive beast, a meaty 8% that manages to be roasty and full without being heavy. Their peanut butter stout was also excellent, clean and savoury without any chemical residue.
They have a decent range across the majority of popular styles, which is reflected in their popularity around Austin – they punch well above their weight in terms of distribution, and if you get a taste for their staples you’ll be pleased to find them at many bars and restaurants. However, don’t let this discourage you from visiting their taproom. Infamous is a great place for a chilled Saturday evening away from the hustle of the city, where you’ll feel among friends even as a visitor. They sell growlers and beer to go, and although food isn’t available on site, you’re welcome to bring your own or order delivery – they have several local recommendations. Opening hours are understandably limited, 5-9pm Wednesday to Friday, 1-9pm on Saturday and 1-5pm on Sunday. I would highly recommend a sunset visit.