Independence Brewing Co.

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About Independence Brewing Co.


Starting a brewery, the idea sounded crazy to their family and friends back in 2001, but Amy and Rob Cartwright knew what they were up against. They knew the “big guys” brew millions of barrels a year, on automated equipment worth millions of dollars, with Super-sized advertising budgets. But Amy and Rob Cartwright had to brew beer, their own beer. And they had to share it withTexas.

Years of research, planning, and fundraising culminated in October 2004 when Independence Brewing Co. opened its warehouse doors. Hand bottling, handcrafting tap handles and handcrafted beer ensued. Along with many sleepless nights a healthy dose of “What the hell are we doing?” But passion persevered, and little by little it began to come together. The passion grew when Head Brewer Michael Waters joined the team.

We have some new faces and have said some goodbyes, but the passion for beer has never waivered. And that is passion we instill in every keg we deliver to in.gredients and into your growler!

We labor to produce our hand-crafted gift for Texas. We hope you enjoy it, Cheers!

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Quick Facts

Location: Austin, TX (South Austin)
Distance from in.gredients: 6.5 miles
Delivery to in.gredients: 100% package-free | Keg exchange


Austin Amber: A beer as laid back as Austin, our American Amber is smooth and refreshing. The specialty malts lend caramel sweetness while American hops add balance and a crisp finish that will have you tipping that glass up for more.

Bootlegger Brown: Smooth, chocolatey, and easy-drinking…. Brewed with the finest two-row barley and Belgian chocolate malt, Bootlegger has a distinctive, chocolatey flavor. Bootlegger is medium-bodied and filtered for a clean, laid-back finish.

When most people think about bootleggers they think of gangsters, Tommy guns, and the glamorous, big-city speakeasies conjured up by Hollywood. They don’t usually think of their grandparents, secretly brewing beer in their basements, or smuggling bottles of homebrew to family picnics. But here in Texas, there were plenty of underground brewers. My grandfather was one of them.

Like many of the young men of his time, he struggled to make ends meet during the Great Depression. He worked his way through Texas building parks, tunnels and bridges with the Civilian Conservation Corps. And in the evenings after a tough day’s work, he learned how to brew a mean batch of beer from some of the guys in the corps.

He knew brewing beer wasn’t legal, but out in the far reaches of Texas, it didn’t seem to matter much. When people would ask him why he did it, he would just smile and say, “Some things are worth it.”

Independence Pale Ale: Bright, bold, and hoppy…Independence Pale Ale is a true Texas Pale Ale. Brewed with the finest American Two-Row and Pacific Northwest hops, and then dry-hopped with generous quantities of Centennial, Nugget and Apollo hops Independence Pale Ale has a distinctive citrus aroma and clean, hoppy finish.

Inspired by the unlikely heroes of Texas who had the courage, tenacity and self-reliance to go into the wild in search of something better. Independence Pale Ale is a tribute to unlikely heroes – ordinary men and women who were willing to take a stand. It’s for the battle cry of Gonzales, “Come and take it!” It’s for Angelina Eberly, the inn keeper who saved Austin with a single cannon shot.

Raise your glass to Independence – a beer as free as Texas!

Stash IPA: Stash IPA is defined by the hops. 7 additions of 4 different varietals, Columbus, Galaxy, Nugget and Cascade create a hop explosion that finishes clean. A dank, resinous and enlightening hop trip. It’s got mad hops.

“The Stash is a reincarnated beast. It makes sense to go to the source, and IPA for me is defined by the West Coast. Three pounds of hops per barrel, 100 IBU, and a large dose of Columbus hops so the aroma matches the name.”
–Head Brewer Michael Waters

Convict Hill Stout: Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout pours a deep obsidian color with a thick, creamy head. Flaked oats create a rich, creamy body that tempers the bitter roasted barley flavors of this robust, heady ale.

Written by Josh Blaine

January 1, 2011 at 1:43 pm

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