Investors Eye Austin Craft Beer Market As DMA Expands

New entries like Lazy Tree Ranch and Vista Brewing making solid headway in outer suburbs.

With Austin being the 8th largest craft beer market in the US, much attention is being paid to not only Austin proper but the suburbs, which are expanding rapidly. Communities like Georgetown, Liberty Hill and Driftwood have seen explosive growth in the last two years making them the fastest growing cities in the United States. In Liberty Hill for example, a city some 20 miles from Austin City limits, there are more than 10,000 homes either platted or under construction within 10 miles of the city. Georgetown is seeing similar growth. The economic expansion is heading north and west.

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Lazy Tree Ranch Aims To Put Liberty Hill On Tourist Map

A destination brewery offering more than craft brews is claiming territory in the Hill Country.

Located on Texas 29 between Liberty Hill and Bertram, Lazy Tree Ranch is expanding into a brewpub, concert venue and event center. Carl Braun, a managing partner, said the venue should be completed by October, offering nearly 11 acres and 200,000 square feet of lawn serenely shaded by oak trees that set the mood to fit its name.

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