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
Word on the street, new brewery and tasting room will be open @BVB rewing by this July. Common theme from day 1 of the #thebreweryroadtrip. Nearly everyone was in process of or about to build or considering expansion. Good signs for many! #buildingabrewery #craftbeerculture #brenham #txcraftbeer
The Brewery Architect
The Brewery Architect
What a great finish to Day 1! @11belowbrewing killed it. Can’t say enough about the entire team. Day 2...be ready. #drinklocalbeer #thebreweryroadtrip #txcraftbeer
The Brewery Architect
The Brewery Architect
Did you hear the news?? 📣This Friday, myself along with Stephen Oliver of OPA Design Studio are hitting the road in an RV for a brewery tour of Houston and DFW area. 🚐 🗺 https://bigworldsmallgirl.com/brewery-road-trip/

The plan is to hit 50-ish breweries in 8 days, and finish at next weekend’s Big Texas Beer Fest. It’s ambitious, I’m not sure it can be done, but we sure are going to try. I’m really looking forward to checking out all these breweries, PLUS it’ll be my first time in Houston!

Hope you guys keep up, you can follow along in my Instagram Stories! 🍻 What’s a ‘can’t miss’ Texas brewery for you?
The Brewery Architect