This Cedar Park Brewery might be the ultimate hangout spot. They brew beer in house and roast their own coffee. There is a tasty food selection as well! Whether you’re looking to meet friends or stake out a spot to work, Red Horn Coffee House and Brewing Co is a great choice.
This coffee house and brewpub is located in Cedar Park, about 30 minutes outside of Austin. (And it’s just down the street from another Cedar Park brewery – Whitestone – if you care to make it a double visit!)
Red Horn currently offers 32 beers on draft. Most are brewed in house, some are guest drafts, and a few are collaborations with other Austin and Cedar Park breweries. On this visit I had the chance to try 4 of the Red Horn beers, 2 of them collaborations.
The Erinyes: Belgian Strong Golden Ale
Wheatey and phenolic, with a pleasant bitterness and a hint of orange. This was a light and very drinkable beer – you would never expect that it was 9.2% ABV!
3.5 out of 5.0 stars
Never Content: IPL
The IPL stands for India Pale Lager. Like an IPA, this lager is brewed with a heavy dose of hops! But this has an earthier complex flavor, with both the scent and the taste of pine. If an IPA is the perfect summer draft, then this is ideal for a Texas winter. Of the 4 beers I tried on this visit to Red Horn, this is the one I’ll be coming back for often.
5.0 out of 5.0 stars
Rosie the Zwickeler: Zwickelbier
(% ABV not specified)
A collaboration with the Pink Boot Society of Austin. A zwickelbier is a slightly tamer version of kellerbier – a traditional German lager that remains unpasteurized. Because that makes it spoil more quickly, fresh from a brewery is the best place for a zwickelbier! This one didn’t disappoint. The hops brought a lemony flavor and left a slight bitterness on the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel was very thin and watery, but with enough punch in the flavor to make up for it.
4.0 out of 5.0 stars
Parking Lot Bus Races: West Coast IPA
A collaboration with Southern Heights Brewing Co. This West Coast IPA was exactly what you would expect: hoppy, light, and citrus-forward. Less bitter than some West Coast IPA styles, this was smooth and drinkable.
3.5 out of 5.0 stars
Red Horn sells mostly sandwiches, cheese boards, and light bar snacks like chips and dip. They also have bakery items in the mornings (think muffins, scones, banana bread, etc).
For a vegan option, try the Veggie Panini (just ask for no feta). You won’t miss the cheese with that delicious roasted red pepper hummus spread on both sides!
Red Horn has a covered outdoor area with plenty of picnic tables, and the inside is very warehouse chic with the brewing and roasting equipment on full display! As if that weren’t already cozy enough, they are currently decorated for the holidays.
The staff were kind and great at beer recommendations, and you can’t beat the ambience or the smell of a building that brews both coffee and beer. This is a really pleasant place to come with friends, or to get some work done on your laptop.
The pints at Red Horn range from $5-$9 – the beers above were all around $6. Not the absolute cheapest around, but certainly not outrageous for craft beer. And $8 for a sandwich and chips isn’t too bad either. Overall I thought this was fair middle ground pricing for a Cedar Park brewery.