Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Turning TABC Data Into a Map All About Beer

When Austin Beerworks started this whole 99-pack of beer thing, the story was pitched in my editorial meetings several times. I never even pitched it once! I thought it was genius marketing but I never brought it up in a meeting... and I'm known for pitching beer stories!

After two weeks, we finally did the story. You can watch it here:

While my reporter was working on the story, I wanted to know how many brewery and brewpub licenses were actually in our area. After some queries on TABC's website, I plotted this map:

I don't get to do fun data sets often, but sometimes I do! I think the last map I did was where Google Fiber asked for permits (nowhere near my hood).

These are all active and pending permits with TABC. Some places haven't even opened yet.

I didn't even know these places existed:

  • Bluebonnet Beer Company (Round Rock)
  • Bull Creek Brewing (Williamson Co.)
  • Solid Rock Brewing (Spicewood)
  • Strange Land Brewery (West Lake)
  • Last Stand Brewing (Dripping Springs)
  • Smoke'n Hops (Dripping Springs)
  • Sean Patrick's (San Marcos)
  • Aquabrew (San Marcos)
Here's hoping these new places have some good brews on tap!

Have you been to all of these places? Which new place are you most excited about?