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Great BBQ with microbrew

mousse May 4, 2011 08:26 AM

Looking for a great BBQ place in Austin (no road trips) that serves craft beer or microbrews. I guess other resort would be a great BBQ place that lets us BYOB. Any ideas?

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  1. TAF RE: mousse May 4, 2011 08:32 AM

    Uncle Billy's Brew & Que? I'm not sure how great the Q is, but the beers are decent and there's even a new location out on the lake.

    1. popvulture RE: mousse May 4, 2011 08:39 AM

      Uncle Billy's BBQ isn't very good... the vibe of the place is nice though, and they've got a lot of good beers. It'd never make my list as a good place to go to eat though.

      Right down the street from there, Green Mesquite has good bbq, but I'm not sure about the beer. I know they have basics like Shiner on tap. I think you can byo to Franklin BBQ, but that just depends on whether or not drinking beer at 10:30 in the morning is your thing...

      Uncle Billy's
      1530 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

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        mousse RE: popvulture May 4, 2011 08:48 AM

        I think I can find good BBQ with mediocre commercial beer anywhere (Lonestar, Shiner), but looking for the best Cue and microbeer place..........also not drinking 10:30 in the morning. Looking for a place next Monday night :-)

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          TroyTempest RE: mousse May 4, 2011 09:33 AM

          Uncle billy's beer has won awards. It is brewed on premises, and is very good. I don't really remember the BBQ.

        2. re: popvulture
          amykragan RE: popvulture May 4, 2011 09:36 AM

          Green Mesquite doesn't have local beers, only commercial

        3. Passadumkeg RE: mousse May 4, 2011 09:01 AM

          Just out of curiousity, does the Live Oak brewery serve food?

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            TroyTempest RE: Passadumkeg May 4, 2011 09:34 AM


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              hlk RE: Passadumkeg May 4, 2011 09:54 AM

              But Franklin Barbecue does serve a couple of Live Oak beers, now.

              Franklin Barbecue
              900 East 11th, Austin, TX 78702

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                Passadumkeg RE: hlk May 4, 2011 10:35 AM

                Is Franklin Q good? It's not too far from Charlies, which definately does not have microbrewed beers.

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                  popvulture RE: Passadumkeg May 4, 2011 11:05 AM

                  Pretty much the best in the area in my (and many others') opinion.

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                    hlk RE: popvulture May 4, 2011 11:15 AM

                    Yes. The brisket is phenomenal and everything else is pretty good, too. You do, however, have to plan on getting there early (before they even open, on weekends), and then on standing in line for a while before you get your food. They run out of brisket by 1-2:00 these days, I believe.

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                      achtungpv RE: hlk May 5, 2011 07:19 AM

                      If you get there at 10am during the week, you won't be first in line. If it's past 10:45 and you ain't in line yet, you will not get any BBQ. Generally, the sold out sign goes up while you are still in line. It's all gone before noon most of the time. Weekends are worse.

                      Still it's the best BBQ in Texas and well worth it. If you want to have fun, when it's your turn in line ask Aaron, loudly, "How much for all the meat you got left? Pack it to go!" The shock and horror of everybody behind you is priceless.

            2. amysuehere RE: mousse May 4, 2011 11:39 AM

              Uncle Billy's for the brew and view (kinda Disneyland, but hell of a view and better food...just barely, than Oasis).

              Franklin's for the Q.

              1. Passadumkeg RE: mousse May 4, 2011 12:14 PM

                County Line for the brew & view, but not the food.

                1. bubbleboy79 RE: mousse May 5, 2011 02:52 AM

                  If you're from either Chi-town or the Bay Area (just your two most common boards), most of our barbecue will be better than that to which you're accustomed. And, as you specify no road trips, it might not reach transcendent. Go to Franklin's, not Uncle Billy's. Better yet, wake up on a Saturday, drink at 10:30 AM, and go to Snow's where it's BYOB, though the sweet tea has always served me well and the brisket remains tasty for a couple of days.

                  Uncle Billy's
                  1530 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

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                    Passadumkeg RE: bubbleboy79 May 5, 2011 05:21 AM

                    And don't go to Artz, he's a Vermonter!

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                    Modorecords2003 RE: mousse May 5, 2011 12:54 PM

                    This is new and might be exactly what you're looking for. I have no idea how the 'cue rates, though:


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                      mousse RE: Modorecords2003 May 9, 2011 08:09 AM

                      Ok, so what I'm getting from the thread is that there is no great bbq place for dinner that also serves microbrews. Really one or the other. Hint--good business opportunity for someone. thanks for everyone's comments. I noticed that the referenced Live Oak opened on Thurs and that was the one question mark. Did anyone go this weekend? Does it have both the Q and the beer?

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                        stellawine RE: mousse May 24, 2011 04:03 AM

                        Sunday chow-hunt...closer, the better. Whatta score here...smoked Pork Steak aka Boston Butt, not pulled but sliced. Smoke, fat/rub carmelization..all aboard for phun, great cuke salad to balance. Being East, joint truly packs some quirky idiosyncrasies, all the more to well-endow this worthy hang as it humbly crawls out da gate.

                        Live Oak Barbecue
                        2713 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78702

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                      ssouth RE: mousse May 5, 2011 02:53 PM

                      I'll add Lambert's to the list. It's downtown in a cool building but the que is just average. They have a couple of Live Oak's and a Real Ale on tap with usually an interesting special. Here's there website:


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