Austin's New Brewing Heritage: Celis, Pedernales and Uncle Billy's
These beers are just as easy-drinking as Keen is easygoing. After meeting him, Leggett said he was struck by how relaxed but magnetic Keen was.
“Robert is an extremely down-to-earth and personable guy – he’s an everyman. When he enters a room, he commands the attention of everyone, whether he’s on stage performing in front of thousands of his fans or relaxing in a taproom and enjoying a beer with his name on it,” Leggett said.
The story of Uncle Billy’s Brewery begins in 2006 with the founding of a beer and barbecue brewpub that focused on providing smoky dishes paired with delicious beers made on-site. Founded by Rick Engel, Uncle Billy’s grew in popularity until a decision was made to start canning and distributing its core brands: Green Room IPA, Barton Springs Pale Ale and Lazy Day Lager.
Bob Leggett is the founder and CEO of Artisanal Imports, known for its focus on importing excellent examples of interesting and varied beer styles from around the world to U.S. shores. Leggett saw an opportunity to expand into his hometown market with a local and genuine Texas craft brewery, and a deal was finalized in late 2017.
Founded in 2012, Pedernales may not be well-known outside of the state, but its beers have racked up dozens of medals at major beer competitions, such as the Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and U.S. Open Beer Championship (the numbers are proudly tallied on the brewery’s website).
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