Soon enough, having a pint of craft beer while chowing down on kolaches will be a winning combination.
A new kolache bakery, beer garden and retail beer shop called Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches plans to open on Manor Road in January of next year, and the two brothers who are opening it — Noah and Josh Lit, of the music group Noah and the MegaFauna — hope to make us crave having beers and kolaches together just like they do.
And for the coffee lovers who need to wash down those kolaches in the early morning hours, the Lit brothers have teamed up with Greater Goods Roasting, a locally based company that supports area nonprofits, to provide their cups of joe.
First and foremost, however, the upcoming space at 3220 Manor Rd. has been designed as a beer garden. According to a press release, Batch will have a roster of local beers from Hops & Grain, Blue Owl Brewing, Austin Beerworks and others on tap, as well as out-of-state options from breweries like Jolly Pumpkin, Prairie Artisan Ales, Mikkeller and Stillwater Artisanal.
In addition to the draft brews, Batch aims to have more than 400 bottles and cans from many of these breweries.
The beers will be easy to pair with the kolaches, which are being created by pastry chef Jasmine Jones, owner of I Knead That Bakery. She’ll have eight signature kolaches available at Batch alongside four rotating specials, with highlights including Micklethwait Craft Meats Pork Sausage & Cheese; Micklethwait Craft Meats Brisket, Pickle & Swiss; and, for people with a sweet tooth, Chocolate, Pecan and Caramel.
Having these kolaches is personal for the brothers, who “have always wanted a place where you can relax and enjoy a great brew and one of Texas’ favorite comfort foods,” Josh Lit said in the press release. “While touring with our band through Texas, kolaches became an obsession, which lead to our belief that you should be able to have a beer with your kolache for brunch and a kolache with your beer for dinner!”
He and his brother, Noah, are transforming a 1940s-era stone ranch house near Contigo into the beer garden and bakery, which will become a nice place to relax both indoors and outside, according to the press release, “under a canopy of East Austin elm trees.” The interior will keep the stone walls intact.
Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches will be opened 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 7 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays once it officially gets up and running early next year. For more information, visit batchatx.com.