WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD, RED HORN!
As featured in Austin Fusion Magazine
By Jessica Hudson
For some Austin suburbanites, taking a trip into “town” for a great craft beer can seem like a tedious task. There are several factors to take into account – weather, traffic, time of day, and parking. Sometimes the thought of making these plans can take away the time you actually spend enjoying your favorite pub with your friends.
With the increasing expansion of the Austin metro areas, especially north of Austin, the lack of enjoyable, original establishments is still noticeable, especially when it comes to craft beer or freshly roasted coffee.
That’s why the opening of Red Horn Coffee House & Brewery in Cedar Park has become such a welcome addition to a populous area with few options. The coffee house and brewery provides fresh roasted coffee drinks, wine, and beer brewed in house in addition to many other local and regional taps.
The well-received, local business was introduced by co-owners, Jon Lamb and Chad Misner, with partners Zack Gardner, head brewer on the beer side, and Jared Hill at the helm of the coffee side. This quartet is satisfying the taste buds of many neighborhood patrons as well as those not afraid to venture outside their familiar brew pub comfort zones.
Having met through their wives, Lamb and Misner knew from the get-go they shared like minds when it came to their business ideas. The evolution of Red Horn has taken a few years to get off the ground but with lots of time spent on the off hours of their days jobs and with the support of their wives and families, they’ve now seen their dream come to fruition.
Misner mentioned that the idea of the Red Horn came from the need for a neighborhood hangout for all. “You know, Jon and I are both family guys while these guys (Zack & Jared) are young and single. They’d be just as comfortable here as we would be with our little ones. And that’s what we wanted to bring to the community.”
Red Horn’s ever-changing tap wall features just over 30 craft brews including five mainstay beers brewed in house: Trailrunner Gold Ale, Drink Well Red Ale, Brushy Creek Brown Ale, Hap Slappy IPA and the House United Coffee Stout.
Adding to the unique vision, head brewer Gardner explained, “the tap wall is more style-focused than brand-focused. We’ll always have 3 IPAs, a couple of blondes, browns, lagers and a wild or sour featured.”
The wall, while heavily focused on the Austin beer market also features many Texas beers, while still bringing in at least one out of state IPA or Belgian.
While some pubs find security in keeping the same beers on rotation, Gardner’s goal is “to have a different tap wall every time. “ He explained how he prefers that “every time you come in, whether it’s one or five beers, you’ll see a different list every time.”
Because this list is constantly changing, menus aren’t provided, however the team is very consistent in keeping the comings and goings of the wall updated on social media.
For the coffee lovers, coffee is roasted in house and the talented baristas can whip up various specialty drinks. As Lamb mentioned, the goal of the coffee side of things is to also “have customers come in and relax with a cup of coffee in a real mug.” To go cups are available upon request but with the comfortable conversational vignettes complimenting the modern, warehouse feel, the space provides a cozy spot to take a break or telecommute on a day away from the office.
To accentuate the already ample drink menu, Red Horn has partnered with local merchants to provide fine meats and cheeses from Antonelli’s Cheese Shop as well as offer fresh pastries from Russell’s Bakery in Central Austin. Fresh made sandwiches and salads are also offered for lunch. The mix of food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks provide a great spot for all ages and is family friendly.
Although only open for a couple of months, Red Horn is not getting complacent in its day to day. While some businesses may still be trying to get the hang of things in this short time, Red Horn is constantly trying new ideas and taking customer suggestions to heart whether it’s expanding food options, adding a trivia night or introducing beer and cheese classes. These guys are excited to try something new. In addition, the indoor stage keeps a steady flow of local musicians playing on the weekends, just check out the calendar.
It may seem overly ambitious for a new business to try out so many new things at once so when Lamb was asked why they do it, he just smiled and said “Why not?”
This group is definitely up to the task and has already proven successful in their efforts. We’re excited to see what they do next.
Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing Co. is located at 13010 W Parmer Ln #800, Cedar Park, TX 78613.
Images by Fuzebox Photograph & courtesy of Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing Co.