As new-ish South Austinites, we’ve been eagerly awaiting the opening of Nomadic Beerworks since we first noticed their signage well over a year ago, and we couldn’t resist stopping by during their soft launch pretty much as soon as we arrived back in Austin. I hadn’t realised before visiting how much my own journey to South Austin has in common with that of Nomadic co-founders Dan and Bryce Tyranski, who have funnelled their extensive travelling adventures into Nomadic’s beers and taproom. As a fellow been-around-the-world-and-settled-in-Austin nomad, I was rather delighted to try beers inspired by the Croatian coast, Bangkok’s floating markets, the gleaming White Sands of New Mexico and surf beaches of California, all of which I’ve had the privilege to visit.
And the beers are good. Really really good. Head brewer Bryce cut his teeth at San Francisco’s mighty 21st Amendment Brewing (whose beer has just hit Texas-hoorah!), and Nomadic’s super-hoppy IPAs and exciting experimental brews exude quality and finesse. I was blown away by the Gallivanter DIPA, a scarily gluggable dank, resinous hop-machine that has absolutely no business being 9.2% when it tastes that good! I also loved the super-crushable South Swell West Coast IPA, which I can see becoming one my ATX go-to beers. The bright, fresh pineapple-basil Floating Market Saison was another treat, I’m a big fan of sweet-savoury combos and this was excellently executed, and I also really enjoyed the Into The Trees mulberry sour, made with local Texas mulberries and full-bodied raisin-malt Split To Hvar Red Ale.
Nomadic have a great location just off South Congress, close enough to the SoCo madness to attract tourists but secluded from the main roads so that sitting outside is peacefully traffic-free. Their sleek, stylish taproom includes plenty of reclaimed materials, repurposed to create a space that’s both classic and modern, mixing booths, stools, benches and sofas, parquet panelling, indoor plants and space for a set of decks. Nice. Arriving for Nomadic’s official launch party this Saturday, we found the taproom a-heaving, funk n soul spinning and an array of cute dogs running around, as is de rigour in ATX taprooms! The party spilled out to the picnic tables in the yard and, while we didn’t partake, Kimchi Jon’s food truck on site smelled great and was certainly being kept busy. The party was a fitting welcome to the neighbourhood to a brewery whom I for one am very happy to have in South Austin, and whom I’m confident will go from strength to strength. I anticipate many future visits.