Lazy Tree Ranch Aims To Put Liberty Hill On Tourist Map
by Kristen Hubby, American-Statesman Staff
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.
The ranch will be the largest venue of its kind in the Central Texas area, which Braun said has plans for a dog park, a children’s play area and even a disc golf course, not to mention a venue that will host live country music performances and the aforementioned brewpub.
The brewpub itself should reach out to 3,500 square feet, Braun said, selling wine and craft beer made in-house, including one named after Braun’s dearly departed chocolate lab, Bailey Boo.
As for food, the ranch has followed natural Texas instincts and partnered with Locals Neighborhood Grub food trailer to smoke up pounds of barbecue on site.
Through an online crowdfounding campaign, Lazy Tree Ranch is looking for individual investors to raise between $500,000 to $750,000 to complete the large project. So far the ranch has 37 investors — which Braun said run from local electricians to retired police and teachers. Those investors are accounting for about $150,000 toward the project, he said, that will help put Liberty Hill on the map as a tourist spot.
Becoming an investor has more perks than just getting brownie points for helping a local business, including free beer for life if you join the mug club for $500. Investors are driven by incentives like receiving a Lazy Tree Ranch beer glass for every $250 donated and an added Lazy Tree Ranch T-shirt to the bundle for every $500 donated.
Those investing $1,000 receive two VIP tickets to all shows, and a $5,000 donation will get an investor six VIP tickets to shows, including food and backstage passes, along with the special mug and T-shirt bundle to show their support. Investors who donate $10,000 will receive a 2% ownership and quarterly dividends.
For the music venue, Braun said he plans to host six country concerts per year.
While Braun said the brewpub should open within the next few months, an increase in demand for construction workers in the area is adding the obstacle of getting laborers to show up for work.