Dripping Springs’ Barber Shop moves brewery to bigger space

Photo by Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. The Barber Shop is a brewpub in downtown Dripping Springs that's about to celebrate a big milestone.

Photo by Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. The Barber Shop is a brewpub in downtown Dripping Springs that’s about to give up its brewing system to a new brewery concept opening just two doors down.

The owners of a couple boozy businesses in downtown Dripping Springs have found more success with beer than with wine.

In December, the Mercantile Wine & Tapas restaurant on Mercer Street will close to make way for a new brewery and taproom — but John McIntosh and Dave Niemeyer don’t have to worry about buying equipment for it. Instead, they will simply move the brewery system from the Barber Shop, a small brewpub that they also own on Mercer.

The Barber Shop, which celebrated its fifth anniversary early this year, will remain where it is. Cozy, with a lived-in look, the bar gets its name from a previous occupant of the 1920s building.

Two doors down from the Barber Shop, the Mercantile will have its final night of dinner service on Dec. 17. After that, it’ll close and go under renovation to transform into the as-yet-unnamed new brewery and taproom. McIntosh and Niemeyer, the brewers, expect to reopen the space with its changed concept in February 2017.

“Thanks to the support of our Dripping Springs and beer communities, the Barber Shop and our house beer have been more successful than Dave and I would have dreamed almost six years ago when we opened,” McIntosh said in a news release. “We are both passionate about beer and brewing and could not be more excited by this opportunity to bring our house beer into its own space and brand.”

But he and Niemeyer also feel bittersweet about the closing of the Mercantile, which established itself as a purveyor of seasonal small plates paired with wine and beer.

“Beer’s siren call cannot be denied,” he said in the release.

The Barber Shop is located at 207 Mercer St., while the Mercantile is at 211 Mercer St. For more information, visit barbershopbar.com.

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