RV’s are a great way to get out and see the world and in our case to find new beer destinations, but what if the beer destination was an RV? Well, we found one in Austin, TX
We visited the February meeting of the Texas Brewers Guild on tip from Austin Beerworks’ Adam DeBower and were greeted by a 40 ft beer dispensing bus. Along with 4 taps it boasts 3 flat screens TV’s (two inside and one on the outside) with an industrial kitchen that was just about finished.
The Beerliner is the brain child of Red’s Porch and North By Northwest founder Davis Tucker and is used for a number local events. After touring the interior it was obvious they put a lot of love and elbow grease into fixing the bus up and making it into a mobile beer promotion.
The 1974 bus was restored and pimped out by Jonathan Davies of FAB Architecture who did all the custom fabrication. The interior sports vintage style leather seats and has marine carpeting (used on boats) so that the party can keep going despite the occasional spill.
The Beerliner was introduced at this year’s Great American Beer Fest in Denver, but almost didn’t make it. On the way to the GABF the engine blew and had to be completely replaced. Luckily they were able to get it up and running and secured a great spot next to famed Denver beer bar the Falling Rock Tap House.
Our night with the Beerliner proved be quite entertaining as we were able to meet many prominent Austin brewers, owners, and beer fans while enjoying great beer. The Beerliner was pouring two NXNW beers as well as a Live Oak Pilsner and a Real Ale Coffee Porter. I will say that as good as the beer was already it does taste better when served by bus.
There are several events lined up for the Beerliner for South by Southwest, so keep your eyes open while in Austin and you might get to drink some mobile brews.