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
Lucky enough to run into @burlybrewing after an amazing brunch at B&B cafe in #castlerock. Don’t let the non-descript industrial exterior fool you. This brewery was an awesome combination of great beer branding, thoughtful design, playfulness, comfort. Enjoyed the 5 oz. pours as well. The Vienna Lager came home to Austin with me. Very impressed!





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The Brewery Architect
The Brewery Architect
Was a stormy Friday night @declarationbrewing...the place was packed and loved the Experimental IPA and Juicy Gold. Looking forward to checking out the brewery setup in the near future!





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The Brewery Architect
The Brewery Architect
Head west out of Colorado Springs over to the town of Divide and you’ll find @paradoxbeercompany, specializing in barrel age beers. Can’t beat the views to Pikes Peak or the Mango Limon! Thank you Jeff and the brew team for letting me wander. Already wanting to come back and spend a lazy Sunday afternoon with the best watchdog, Moose! @ Paradox Beer Company
The Brewery Architect
The Brewery Architect
In May I did a blog post (https://www.breweryarchitect.com/blog/2019/5/4/the-place-of-breweries-at-a-turning-point) about the opportunity of revitalizing retail centers thru breweries with @turningpointbeer in DFW as an amazing example of what’s possible. @metricbrewing in Colorado Springs is another showing how breweries can integrate into a community. Love this place! Thank you @notawaterfilter for being a great host!





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The Brewery Architect
The Brewery Architect
Not many breweries are found or have the opportunity to be in an old church. Local Relic didn’t pass up the chance when the opportunity recently presented itself in the 120 year old building. Small batch system, Every beer on rotation...lots of experimentation! Jeff and his staff’s enthusiasm and passion for Local Relic is contagious. Can’t wait to come back on my future brewery roadtrip. Will absolutely be one of the stops.





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The Brewery Architect
The Brewery Architect
Great little #brewery gem tucked between the trees on picturesque historic Hwy 24. Cool little alley patio. Had to do the Barr Trail Pale Ale last night in honor of the Pikes Peak climb this weekend. It didn’t disappoint! @manitou_brewing





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