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Residents asked to save water; expansion projects underway

Supply & demand WATER PROJECTIONS Due to population growth, Georgetown's average demand for treated water is projected to increase by 104.5% by 2030 while capacity increases by 172.7%.

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Due to dry weather conditions and nota- ble population growth, Georgetown water ocials are encouraging residents to con- serve water as they work to bring more capacity online. Georgetown issued Phase 1 of its water contingency plan in March and quickly moved into Phase 2 in June, forcing resi- dents to adhere to a once-weekly watering schedule. However, Georgetown Director of Water Utilities Chelsea Solomon said the department has initiatives year-round to encourage conservation. Brad Brunett, regional manager for the Brazos River Authority Lower and Central Basins, said water is a ‡nite resource, and while the 11-source area system—which includes three BRA-owned reservoirs and eight Army Corps of Engineers reser- voirs—is 80% full, communities still need to do what they can to conserve water and ensure capacity remains in the coming months and years. CONTINUED ON 30

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2023 North Lake Water Treatment Plant expansion completed 2025 South Lake Water Treatment Plant Phase 1 opens 2026 South Lake Water Treatment Plant Phase 2 opens 2029 New Brazos River Authority water source available *ACTUAL PEAK DAY DEMAND NOTE: 2023 30 ESTIMATES DO NOT INCLUDE CONSERVATION EFFORTS AND ARE BASED ON HISTORIC GROWTH AND USAGE.

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Local data shows Williamson and northern Travis counties are experienc- ing more wild and grass ‡res so far in 2022 than in the same time frame during any of the last ‡ve years. This ‡re season is headlined by the San Gabriel Fire that burned about 450 acres CONTINUED ON 32 Heat, drought lead to spike in local wildfires BY BRIAN RASH & CLAIRE SHOOP

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The San Gabriel Fire burned about 450 acres in Liberty Hill near Lake Georgetown in late July. (Derek Sullivan/Community Impact Newspaper)

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NOW OPEN 1 Union Merchant , a locally owned wine bistro and shop, opened in downtown Georgetown on July 1. The shop oers a variety of wines, beer and proper food pairings such as meats and cheeses. Union Merchant is located at 224 E. Eighth St., 2 Munch Munch Waes & More held its grand opening on Sept. 2 at 9073 W. Hwy. 29, Ste. 101, Liberty Hill. At the eatery, customers can choose from an extensive list of sweet and savory wa‰es and tradi- tional breakfast sides. Since the restaurant Georgetown. 512-379-8379. www.unionmerchantgtx.com

only serves breakfast, it is operating with limited hours. 512-626-0772. www.munchmunchwa‰es.com 3 Hot Shot Auto Glass & Calibration a minority, woman-owned auto glass business, opened at 3883 E. University Ave., Ste. 1177, Georgetown, on July 30. The business specializes in windshield repair and replacement as well as Advanced Driver Assistance System

1460 5 Pho MPH held a grand opening for its Georgetown location Sept. 3. The Vietnamese eatery, located at 904 W. University Ave., Ste. 115, Georgetown, serves appetizers, soups, salads, poke bowls and main courses. The restaurant concept has two other Austin-area of September. The family-owned Tex-Mex restaurant serves taco plates, enchiladas, fajitas, quesadillas, soups and salads. El Nuevo Mexico has two sister locations in North Austin and Bastrop. 512-688-1234. www.elnuevorestaurant.com

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12 Twin Liquors —a fourth-generation family-owned company—celebrated its 85th anniversary this August. Twin Liquors “rst opened in Austin and has since grown to over 100 locations throughout the state oering “ne wine and spirits from around the world. The company has two George- town locations at A 4500 Williams Drive, Ste. 248, and B 408 N. Austin Ave., Ste. 45. www.twinliquors.com RENOVATIONS 13 The Georgetown Recreation Center located at 1003 N. Austin Ave., was closed Sept. 5-11 for maintenance and facility upgrades, according to the city. Upgrades include deep cleaning the £oors, replacing “tness equipment and installing divider curtains in the main

the business will host a celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 13. 512-863-2023. www.£owerboxgeorgetown.com 10 Scott F. Soape & Associates LLC celebrated its 25th anniversary at 4500 Williams Drive, Ste. 212, George- town, in August. Soape has provided com- mercial debt resolution services to small and medium-sized companies since 1997. 512-930-0919. www.sfsoapeassoc.com 11 Credence Chiropractic located at 1103 Rivery Blvd., Ste. 120, Georgetown, will celebrate its “fth anniversary in October. Credence specializes in neuro- logical-based chiropractic care that oers full family service for a variety of ailments beyond back and neck pain. Additionally, the business oers services for children and pregnant patients. 512-887-1477. www.credencechiro.com

From left: Brad Strittmatter, Sam Johnson, Tim Carr and Cody Hirt opened River & Ranch Provisions, an outdoor equipment store, on Aug. 27.

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FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON River & Ranch Provisions ocially opened Aug. 27. Local owners and outdoor enthusiasts Brad Strittmatter, Cody Hirt, Sam Johnson and Tim Carr conceptualized the shop with community, education and quality as priority. Patrons can nd an exclusive selection of locally produced hunting equipment, accessories and gear.

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SEPTEMBER 18 GO TO A CELLO CONCERT Southwestern University’s Sarom School of Fine Arts’ Music Department will host a concert featuring cellist Hai Zheng and pianist Kiyoshi Tamagawa—both SU music faculty members—along with the SU String Quartet. 3 p.m. Free (Southwestern students, faculty and sta‚), $12-$14 (general admission). 1001 E. University Ave., Georgetown. 512-863-1378. www.southwestern.edu 19 SPEND TIME IN SAN MARCOS The Georgetown Parks & Recreation Department will host a one-day adventure camp in which teens will get to experience whitewater kayaking on the San Marcos River. Children ages 11-14 are welcome to register. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $45 (residents), $55 (nonresidents). Drop-o‚ and pickup will be from the Georgetown Teen and Senior Center, 1003 N. Austin Ave., Georgetown. 512-930-3596. https://parks.georgetown.org 25 FEED YOURSELF AND THE COMMUNITY Helping Hands of Georgetown will present a Party in the Parking Lot event

The screening schedule includes student and youth short lms as well as narrative, foreign and documentary lms. There will also be an after party. 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. $30. Doug Smith Performance Center at the Georgetown Palace Theatre, 206 W. Second St., Georgetown. https://gtxlm.org 01 CELEBRATE HISPANIC HERITAGE The Hispanic Business Owners of Georgetown, a nonprot organization, is hosting Fiesta Georgetown. The event will have communication resources as well as booths and vendors. Vendors will provide food as well as mariachi, ballet folklorico and bands. Noon-4 p.m. Free. Georgetown City Center, next to 808 Martin Luther King Jr. St., Georgetown. www.facebook.com/hboccgtx 10 SPEND TIME AT CAMP GOODWATER Camp Goodwater o‚ers single-day camps corresponding with Georgetown ISD holidays and teacher work days for children ages 5-12. Camp activities include games, arts and crafts, and STEM learning. 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m. $40 (residents), $50 (nonresidents). Georgetown Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Ave., Georgetown. 512-930-3595. https://parks.georgetown.org

in downtown Georgetown. Ticket prices include a meal and dessert, and each ticket also funds a meal for a member of the local community. The festival will include live music, a silent auction, a celebrity dunk tank, and a children’s area with face painting and inŸatables. Food will be from Jimmy Vega’s Smokehouse. 1-5 p.m. Free (children), ENROLL IN SENIOR UNIVERSITY Registration is open for all Senior University courses, which run for six weeks during the fall semester. Class options include beginning and intermediate Spanish, classical music, worldwide travel and memoir writing. Seniors must be a member of Senior University to register for classes. Membership is $50 annually. Registration is $70 per semester, which includes unlimited classes. Times and locations vary. 512-863-1680. www.senioruniv.org OCTOBER 01 ATTEND A FILM FESTIVAL The 2022 Georgetown Film Festival will feature a full day of lms. $35 (adults). 512-688-3595. www.helpinghandsgtx.org 26 THROUGH NOV. 5

This will be the second annual Healing Hearts Hike. (Courtesy The Playful Child) FEATURED EVENT Oct. 16 Promote Play The Healing Hearts Hike and festival will allow residents to spend time outside while supporting The Playful Child, which promotes children’s mental and physical wellbeing. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free (under 5 years old), $15 (children), $25 (adults). 445 E. Morrow St., Georgetown www.theplayfulchild.org

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Williamson County ocials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the nal phase of the Southwest Bypass extension project Aug. 31. Phase 3 will extend the two-lane Southwest Bypass from Wolf Ranch Parkway to Hwy. 29. Additionally, the project includes a 10-foot shared-use path adjacent to the roadway from the north bank of the San Gabriel River to Hwy. 29. “This half-mile segment of South- west Bypass extension will provide a direct link from [Hwy.] 29 to South- west Bypass, allowing drivers to avoid one of our busiest corridors at Wolf Ranch,” Georgetown City Council Member Shawn Hood said at the ceremony. The three-phase, 20-year-long Southwest Bypass extension project was a key element of the Williamson County Long-Range Transportation Plan, which works to anticipate the

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Westinghouse Road expansion Crews recently installed a sidewalk and are working on a water line as part of a project to expand 5.5 miles of Westinghouse Road to four lanes, according to Williamson county. Timeline: February 2022-spring 2023 Cost: $21 million Funding sources: city of Georgetown, Williamson County

Project leaders broke ground on Phase 3 of the Southwest Bypass extension on Aug. 31.

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county’s future infrastructure needs to keep pace with population growth. To date, the rst two phases of the project have cost about $22.6 million. Phase 3 will cost $4.2 million and is funded through county bonds, with $2 million and the right of way coming from the city of Georgetown. The project is anticipated to be completed in the summer of 2023.

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SH 195 exit ramp The Texas Department of Transpor- tation will construct an exit ramp from northbound SH 195 to Ronald Reagan Boulevard later this year, according to Williamson County. Georgetown o‡cials said the project will improve safety and mobility by providing a right-lane exit to directly access Ronald Reagan rather than making a left turn across tra‡c on Rattlesnake Road. Timeline: fall 2022-summer 2023 Cost: TBD Funding source: Williamson County

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the environment on Austin from SE Inner Loop to NE Inner Loop. Woolery said the study of the 5-mile corridor could help determine projects needed to improve trac and development. The $280,000 study will be completed in partner- ship with the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning

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HIGHER EDUCATION Southwestern University set to build new residence halls, stadiums for students

BY CHRISTOPHER GREEN

Southwestern University is preparing to embark on the most aggressive construction and renova- tion project in the university’s 183 year history, an ocial with the school said. The project will involve demolishing Martin Ruter and Ernest Clark residence halls to build new ones as well as constructing other new facilities. Combined, the projects are estimated to cost more than $100 million. The university also plans to renovate Mood-Brid- well Hall, which houses the Brown College of Arts and Sciences, and build a mixed-use baseball and softball stadium along with a football stadium. Construction of the new facilities is set to start in May 2023 and be completed in the fall of 2025. The university plans to work on the projects simultaneously. Paul Secord, Southwestern’s vice president for University Relations and Strategic Initiatives, said the university has not built a baseball or softball stadium in decades. Additionally, the Southwest- ern University Pirates football team currently play home games at the Georgetown ISD Athletic Complex and Birkelbach Field. “For the ’rst time since the 1950s we will be building a baseball and softball ’eld house that will serve both the softball and baseball teams, as well as have concessions and viewing areas and locker rooms,” Secord said. The new residence halls have to be built before the old ones are demolished because the university is almost at 100% capacity for residential living, Secord said. Once built, the new halls will increase the number of residential beds at SU by 149. One of the new halls will be built near the existing ’rst-year quad of residence halls. The upcoming halls have not yet been given names. Secord said new student amenities will be added in the location where Clark Hall currently sits after it is torn down. The area will include a gathering space and an amphitheater, he said. The university also plans to renovate Mabee Hall, which opened in 1985 and is the second oldest

One project Southwestern will undertake will update Mood-Bridwell Hall, which houses the Brown College of Arts and Sciences. SU aims to bring newer technologies to the building while maintaining its character and structure.

UNIVERSITY UPDATE Starting in the spring, Southwestern University, a private university in Georgetown, will begin constructing new facilities and upgrading others. The projects, which are set to be completed in the fall of 2025, are funded by bonds and donors. RENDERING COURTESY SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

$24 million in donations

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million in funding needed for the renovations and new facilities will come from philanthropy. The Mood-Bridwell renovation is one of the projects funded through philanthropy. “The university is very fortunate to have a num- ber of foundations as well as individual donors, both alumni, parents, friends of the university, who have made very sizable gifts—anywhere from $25,000 up to $3 million—to ’nance the renovation of the Mood-Bridwell project,” Secord said.

residence hall on campus. Secord said most of the funding for the new facilities will come from bonds the university has acquired. The bonds were granted by the Clifton Higher Education Finance Corp. and approved by Williamson County Commissioners Court July 26. “So the majority of the projects are being ’nanced through bond debt that the university has issued, about $80 million” Secord said. Secord said the remaining $20 million-$24



   

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EDUCATION BRIEFS

News from Georgetown ISD

COMPILED BY HUNTER TERRELL

MEETING HIGHLIGHTS GEORGETOWN ISD Student meal prices for the 2022-23 school year increased by 10 cents after trustees approved the new rates at a July 18 meeting. School lunches had been free since November 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the congressional waivers that allowed this expired June 30. The new rates make elementary student meals $3 and secondary student meals $3.25. GEORGETOWN ISD The district implemented several new safety and security procedures ahead of the 2022-23 school year. Heather Stoner, GISD director of operations and school safety, said the new procedures include weekly exterior door sweeps. Additionally, the district performed a summer targeted partial safety audit that included an evaluation of each campus’ parking lots, cameras, visitor procedures and drills. A full audit will be conducted by the end of the 2022-23 year. Georgetown ISD board of trustees meets Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Hammerlun Center for Leadership and Learning, 507 E. University Ave., Georgetown. 512-943-5000. www.georgetownisd.org MEETINGS WE COVER

Georgetown ISD sets maximum price for new Benold Middle School

District OKs contract for custodial services GEORGETOWN ISD Due to stang shortages, trustees approved a con- tract with SSC Services for Education to outsource custodial services at Georgetown ISD elementary schools at its Aug. 15 meeting. According to the agreement, the cost is not to exceed $2.5 million. Kirby Campbell, GISD executive director of support services, said the Austin area has struggled to meet demand for custodial sta€ due to rapid growth and high housing costs. CUSTODIAN CONTRACT Georgetown ISD approved a contract with SSC Services for Education for custodian services at all elementary campuses.

GEORGETOWN ISD The board of trustees approved a guaranteed maximum price of $78.77 million for all costs associated with the Benold Middle School construction project at its Aug. 15 meeting. Jimmy Jones, GISD’s director of construction and development, said through a bid process, the district selected Bartlett Cocke General Contractors for the project. Additionally, Jones said the bids received for the project exceeded the preliminary budget due to commodity market volatility, in‹ation, rising wages for workers and a general upward pressure of bid pricing by contractors. “The design team and the general contractor’s team, along with GISD, have analyzed the project’s scope to identify areas where cost savings can be realized,” Jones said. The new school will replace the original Benold Middle School, at

3407 Northwest Blvd., Georgetown. Construction is estimated to begin in October and be completed by June 2024. The new Benold will be located in Parmer Ranch at 1000 Garrett Oaks Lane, George- town, according to the district.

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Council gives rst approval to rezone former school site

Georgetown City Council meets Sept. 13 and 27 at 6 p.m. at 510 W. Ninth St., Georgetown. 512-930-3652. www.georgetown.org Williamson County Commissioners Court meets Sept. 13, 20, 27 and Oct. 4 at 9:30 a.m. at 710 S. Main St., Georgetown. 512-943-1100. www.wilco.org MEETINGS WE COVER HIGHLIGHTS GEORGETOWN As of Aug. 29, the Georgetown Animal Shelter is no longer accepting walk-ins. A shelter employee explained the change is due to high sta„ turnover and an increase in animal capacity. WILLIAMSON COUNTY Will Ward was appointed to serve as judge of Williamson County’s newest court, County Court at Law No. 5, on Aug. 30. He will take the bench Oct. 1 and serve until a new judge is elected during the Nov. 8 general election. WILLIAMSON COUNTY Due to recent rainfall, Judge Bill Gravell lifted the burn ban for unincorporated areas of the county Aug. 24. However, Gravell said if the weather returns to hot and dry conditions, the burn ban could be reinstated. “WHEN I READ THIS PROPOSAL, I WAS VERY ENTHUSED WITH WHAT THE DEVELOPERS WEREDOING. I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU COULD PUT IN THERE THAT WOULD BE BETTER, AND CERTAINLY THIS SITE SHOULD BE DEVELOPED BECAUSE IT’S A GATEWAY SITE.” GEORGETOWN CITY COUNCIL MEMBER MIKE TRIGGS ON REDEVELOPING THE MCCOY SITE

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GEORGETOWN City Council gave preliminary approval to rezone the site of the former McCoy Elementary School during its Aug. 23 meeting after hearing developers’ plans to bring a mixed-use destination to the area. The site—about 15 acres of land located at the intersec- tions of Williams Drive, Rivery Boulevard and Park Lane— is seen as a “catalyst” by City Council as it hopes to realize redevelopment plans for Williams. The ordinance rezones the site from single-family res- idential to a planned unit development with commercial and multifamily zonings. Partners Capital purchased the site in December. Demo- lition of the old McCoy building was approved in 2019, after the new McCoy campus and the Hammerlun Center for Leadership and Learning were built. Partners Capital is proposing a mixed-use development

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with commercial, residential, retail and ošce uses. The rezoning ordinance will come back before council for second and ‘nal approval Sept. 13.

City OKs budget, tax rate on rst reading GEORGETOWN In a series of votes, City Council approved the city’s ‘scal year 2022-23 budget and tax rate at its Aug. 23 meeting on ‘rst reading. A second and ‘nal reading of BY CLAIRE SHOOP & HUNTER TERRELL 79.5 new full-time positions, including 21 new water utility employees and nine police sta Georgetown’s budget includes the following: BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS

FY 202223 budget, tax rate adopted

BY SUMAIYA MALIK

WILLIAMSON COUNTY Com- missioners court voted Aug. 30 to adopt a $505.4 million budget for ‘scal year 2022-23. Commissioners also set the tax rate of $0.375608 per $100 valua- tion, $0.065 less than the county’s current tax rate. COUNTY FUNDS Williamson County's $505.4 million budget has three components. General fund: $282.5M Debt service fund: $165M Road and bridge fund: $58M

the budget and tax rate will take place Sept. 13, after press time. In a presentation, Finance Director Leigh Wallace said budget expenses total $722 million. Expenses outpace revenue, which is projected at $698 million. Wallace said the city’s fund bal- ance will be used to cover capital projects and one-time expenses that exceed revenue. The budget is supported by a proposed tax rate of $0.374 per $100 valuation, which is $0.027

a one-time 5% pay increase to employees meeting expectations increase in homestead exemption from $3,000 to $5,000, approved by council earlier this year

SOURCE: CITY OF GEORGETOWNš COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

lower than the FY 2021-22 rate of $0.401. It will still bring in more reve- nue due to property values increasing and new developments, Wallace said.

NOTE: NUMBERS MAY NOT EQUAL TOTAL DUE TO ROUNDING.

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2022 BEER, WINE & SPIRITS GUIDE Cedar Park, Leander and Georgetown residents live near a variety of breweries, distilleries and wineries that make and sell beers, vodkas, whiskeys and wines.

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7 Red Horn Coee House & Brewing Co. F M O Red Horn’s original location both brews beer and roasts coee. In addition to live music, the venue hosts trivia and yoga. Customer favorite: Wonder Boy Hefeweizen, 5.4% ABV 13010 W. Parmer Lane, Ste. 800, Cedar Park 512 986 7038 The establishment’s oversized taproom has a tap wall featuring staple and seasonal drafts from Rentsch and its sister label, Strange Land Brewery. It also has a covered patio twice the size of the indoor space and beyond that a beer garden with a stage for live entertainment. Customer favorite: Texas Lager, 4.2% ABV 2500 NE Inner Loop, Ste. 3105, Georgetown 512 688 5046 www.rentschbrewery.com 9 Rentsch Brewery Outpost F Separated by rolling glass garage doors, Rentsch Brewery Outpost sits adjacent to ThunderCloud Subs located on the south side of the Georgetown Square. The establishment has limited hours. Customer favorite: Pineapple Pilz, 5% ABV 814 S. Main St., Ste. 2, Georgetown 512 688 5046 www.rentschbrewery.com 10 San Gabriel River Brewery F M O www.redhornbrew.com 8 Rentsch Brewery F M O This brewery features a quaint taproom, a large outside area with covered seating and lots of space for the family to roam. Customer favorite: San Gabriel IPAžEnglish Style, 6.11% ABV 500 Chaparral Drive, Liberty Hill 512 778 4100 www.sangabrielriverbrewery.com 11 Texas Beer Co. F M O This business is located in a historic red brick building in downtown Taylor. Customer favorite: Hop Rodeo Hazy IPA, 7.5% ABV 201 N. Main St., Taylor

512 466 6939 www.texasbeerco.com 12 Whitestone Brewery F M O

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The 1,250-square-foot space includes an outdoor beer garden, a tap room and an indoor Ÿreplace. Whitestone keeps four brews year-round and rotates other menu spots. Children and pets are welcome, but the establishment is not family-friendly after 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Addition- ally, owners Ryan and Danielle Anglen are planning to open a second location in Liberty Hill. Customer favorite: Cedrela Hefeweizen, 5% ABV 601 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. 500, Cedar Park 512 765 4828 www.whitestonebrewery.com DISTILLERIES 13 Fire Oak Distillery M O This local distillery produces handcrafted vodka and bourbon. The brand highlights a specialty cocktail that can be made with its This establishment oers bottle sales and drinks in the Leanderthal Lounge, a 21 and up establishment. Additionally, the distillery oers recipes customers can make with its products. Customer favorite: Leanderthal Vodka 11894 Hero Way West, Ste. A, Leander 512 697 9127 www.leanderthaltx.com 15 Schitz Creek Distillery F O This business creates vodka and several whiskeys distilled from grains grown in Texas. Located inside the Thirsty Mule, it also oers a full line of mixed drinks. Customer favorite: Maple Whiskey 101 CR 257, Ste. B, Liberty Hill 512 778 5990 www.schitzcreek.com liquors on social media each week. Customer favorite: premium vodka 4600 CR 207, Liberty Hill 512 515 6611 www.‘reoakdistillery.com 14 Leanderthal Distilling

This small-town brewery focuses on tradi- tional-style beers while also featuring guest taps from other local breweries, wineries and distilleries. Customer favorite: Float the River Kolsch, 5.4% ABV 931 Main St., Liberty Hill 512 548 6877 www.hellorhighwaterbrewing.com 5 Humble Pint Brewing Co. F O In addition to serving a selection of craft beers, Humble Pint Brewing Co. hosts weekly trivia nights. Customer favorite: Hopsdale IPA, 6.9% ABV 11880 Hero Way West, Ste. 208, Leander 512 337 5007 www.humblepint.com 6 Red Horn Brewery & Roastery F M O The brand’s second location opened in June 2021 as a way for the company to expand its beer and coee production. In addition to live music, the venue hosts trivia and yoga. Customer favorite: Trail Runner Golden Ale, 5% ABV 1615 Scottsdale Drive, Bldg. 1, Ste. 110, Leander 737 843 7084 www.redhornbrew.com

In addition to drinks, this brewery oers a ro- tating selection of food trucks as well as board and yard games. Customer favorite: Return of the M.A.C. India Pale Ale, 6.7% ABV 507 Riverbend Drive, Georgetown 512 240 5137 www.barkingarmadillo.com 2 Bull Creek Brewing F M O Patrons can enjoy the patio, tap room or tour the facility. Customer favorite: Faded Pale Ale, 6.7% ABV 7100 FM 3405, Liberty Hill 512 940 5441 www.bullcreekbrewing.com 3 Hedgehog Brewing F O Founded by brothers Chris and Jonathan Har- ris, this brewery focuses on bright, hoppy ales and farmhouse beers fermented with Wild Hill Country yeast. Customer favorite: Hoptimism Hazy IPA, 6.2% ABV 3200 Woodall Drive, Ste. C 1, Cedar Park 512 944 0501 www.hedgehogatx.com

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