June – October 2018
There’s a little secret about Buda that you may not spot when looking at a map – it is basically south South Austin. Get onto South Congress and drive until you can drive no more, and hey presto – there you are! Buda City Limits.
While Austin may rather literally flow into Buda, it very much retains its own identity. With a pretty little square and some nice bars and restaurants, you can forget that you’re literally minutes from the I-35 and soak up the small-town vibe despite having barely stepped into your car. Two Wheel Brewing very much captures the soul of Buda in this regard. It’s close enough to ATX to keep up a competitive beer list but has a fully laid-back-local atmosphere. Like many of the suburban ATX breweries, Two Wheel has a strong local clientele who want high quality beer in a reasonable proximity to their home, and this it happily delivers. Buda’s only brewery taproom, Two Wheel opened its doors in March 2017 and continues to grow. Canned beers to go are now available from the brewery, and Untappd credits them with a grand total of 42 beers brewed to date. Their beers are also sold at plenty of local bars and restaurants, although are less available back down the road in ATX.
Two Wheel has a simple, smallish taproom with a sunny beer garden, screens for sport and food trucks and live music at weekends – all your standard ATX craft beer amenities. So why make the journey out? As well as being super-friendly and welcoming to visitors, they have some really tasty beers. The Race Pointe NEIPA is a must-try – finely balancing the need for big juice with a dry-bitter hint that makes it exceptionally easy-drinking for 8%! The Fully Loaded IPA is another winner, bold and malty with a sweet, almost spicy edge to it, and their Buda-ful Blonde and XLerated Lager both make for nicely quaffable sunshine beers. Two Wheel also aren’t afraid to push the boat out with their seasonals. The full-on coconut-mango Turbulent Joose IPA is as thick and sweet as a milkshake and will again have your tastebuds belying an 8.3% ABV, while the F.N.G. Dry-Hopped Imperial Pilsner was a complex, exciting delight. With just six beers on tap at any one time, Two Wheel sensibly offer all-in flights which I would highly recommend, or you can try 5oz pours individually before committing to a larger measure, as well you might. Open Wednesday to Sunday (hours day-dependent), drop by on a sunny afternoon and enjoy a little taste of country life at Two Wheel (almost) without leaving the city.