Our Appreciation for Craft

As the principal of his architectural planning and design firm, OPA Design Studio, Stephen Oliver has been involved as an architect in the design of several dozen breweries, distilleries, and wineries, and Caitlin has extensively covered the quickly growing craft beer scene in Austin, Texas, from her craft beer and travel blog, Big World Small Girl. Together, they have grown to appreciate both the products and unique trappings of the breweries and brewpubs they’ve made it their passion to understand, appreciate, and celebrate.

Why Drive an RV Across Texas?

Owing to their shared passion for craft beer, Steve (The Brewery Architect) and Caitlin (Big World, Small Girl) have made it their mission to better connect with the growing craft beer communities throughout Texas and beyond. Since both are based in Austin, they have come together in 2019 to explore the Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth communities to gain a better understanding of their needs, hopes, aspirations, challenges, and goals. What better way could they hope to engage with all of these wonderful breweries and brewpubs than to visit as many as possible while on a week-long cross-state RV road trip?

Come Along for the Ride!


The Brewery Architect
The Brewery Architect
Back in the spring, I put together a brewery roadtrip that was an amazing opportunity to connect OPA to breweries all around the Texas (but impossible to see them all). @bigwrldsmallgrl joined me for the adventure and thebreweryroadtrip.com came to life to chronicle the journey.

Sketching became such a fun way to record the journey and has lived on as I continue to design new breweries and explore all the great spaces other designers are creating as well. Thank you all for the memories along the way and I look forward to making so many more! Can’t wait for next years!





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The Brewery Architect
The Brewery Architect
The Brewery Architect
Excited to get a pic during construction while out on site @beerburg with our client @tnearburg! Might have been toasty during the sketch but their AC will soon fix that. The view from the tasting room is gonna be amazing. This is going to be worth the wait!





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The Brewery Architect
The Brewery Architect
@meanwhilebeer OPA represents at the construction kickoff party! #buildingabrewery #signlanguage
The Brewery Architect
The Brewery Architect
It’s a bit of a fixer upper. “Great Bones”....Sure hope that’s my shadow. Looking forward to designing our first New York #brewery and working with our team up here! #buildingabrewery #nycraftbeer





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The Brewery Architect
The Brewery Architect
OPA is extremely excited to be working with @meridianhive on their future taproom and still production facility for special small batch production. Our 2nd #meadery project in Texas. Happy #bees!





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