Thirsty, brew-craving enthusiasts everywhere will be overjoyed to learn that The Faust Brewing Company, New Braunfels' premier brewpub, is introducing three homespun, top-shelf creations to its ever-growing menu of satisfying libations.

By popular demand, The Faust Brewing Co., tucked snugly behind the historically opulent Faust Hotel, is excitedly unveiling three signature brew selections, concocted by seasoned brewmaster Ray Mitteldorf: a light ale dubbed "Faust", a pale ale dubbed "Walter's Ghostly Pale", and an alt bier, titled "Altered States".

The explanation - or inspiration - for Walter's Ghostly Pale Ale name? According to Dana Kummins, assistant manager of The Faust Hotel, guests have reported seeing the apparition of Walter Faust, clad in a three-piece suit and bowler hat.

"I've never seen him," says Kummins.

The Faust Brewing Co., a rarity across the United States because of its location in a hotel, is chockful of Faust memorabilia. It's eager to sate your desire for a time-honored, expertly crafted brew in the form of a hearty lager, plucky pilsner or heady stout. Brew aficionados can't possibly think of humdrum herbal teas, fizzled-out sodas or yesterday's flavored coffees at an auspicious time like this for the popular microbrewery. The Faust Brewing Co. announces the arrival of the three home-brewed creations on the heels of its homage to St. Patrick's Day and its merrymakers by ushering in two Irish-inspired brews - Dullahan Stout and Hellfire Irish Red.

faust-hotel-brewing-beer-the-nb-sceneThe brewpub, which offers a veritable assortment of cocktails, wine and spirits, not to mention a king's ransom of brews, is poised to become a one-stop tourist destination, explains Kummins. Plans are in the works for a restaurant, which will tremendously add to the charm, ambience and character of the premises, Kummins adds.

"We want to be a destination brewery," says Kummins. "We want people to travel from all over to sample our house-made beer. We have a full bar with wine, beer and spirits, and we have hotel rooms. We want people to eat, sleep and drink here. Our motto is, 'You don't have to go home. You can stay here.'"

Kummins is quick to credit Mitteldorf, brewmaster extraordinaire, for his professional guidance in making dramatic upgrades to the brewery. She boasts his presence and keen insight are boons to the operations of the brewpub. She adds that the proverbial golden ticket to attracting and retaining patrons is a highly trained, hospitable staff.

"With all of his talents, we're very happy to have him here." she says. "The staff here, we are all like a family. Anyone here would give you the shirt off their back. Our customers say, 'Look, it's 'Cheers' (the popular prime-time television show).' Everyone knows your name and wants to have a good time."

Mitteldorf launched his brew-making career at The Faust several years back. He brings a wealth of brewing prowess to the quaint, casual yet classy establishment. Mitteldorf mastered the art of brew-making while studying at The Siebel Institute of Technology. He completed comprehensive professional tours at the Houston Brewery, The Yellow Rose Brewing Company in San Antonio, The Two Rows Brewing Company in Houston and The Dodging Duck Brew Haus in Boerne, before returning to New Braunfels. He's enthusiastic to serve as brewmaster of The Faust Brewing Co. because he loves the close-knit, cohesive vibe of the crew.

The Faust Hotel, located at 240 South Seguin Avenue, owns a long and rich history and is a crown jewel in the New Braunfels hospitality/lodging arena. It was purchased in July 2009 by entrepreneur Vance Hinton, who has made countless upgrades and improvements to the entire premises. The Faust Brewing Co. has since blossomed into a beautiful bar setting touting several amenities, including flat-screen televisions, dart boards and refurbished bathrooms. The granite bar tops, new draft towers and dark, wooden accents help create the cozy, relaxed, inviting ambience. Three visible copper tanks where the brew reaches fruition dramatically enhance the establishment's unique charm.

Kummins and Mitteldorf have high hopes for the progress, prosperity and outlook of the brewpub, which brims with activity.

"We want people to say, 'We have to go back to New Braunfels. We want them to return for the food and our beer and our hospitality because they can't get it anywhere else.'"

faust-brewing-co   240 S. Seguin Ave.
New Braunfels, TX 78130
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