Galveston Island Brewing: Cheers to Three Years

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Galveston Island Brewing: Cheers to Three Years

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Galveston Island Brewing is now celebrating three years of creating home-brewed beer – island style. In a short time, the west-end brewery has grown from a simple operation to a now bustling business.

“We’re very proudly a Gulf Coast brewery. We’re all about local business,” says General Manager Charday VanOrstrand. “Our goal is to be the Gulf Coast brewery.”

That goal seems to be getting closer and closer. Many of its 12-plus tap brands are being poured and sold in several dozen restaurants, bars and spirits suppliers throughout the region. Galveston Island Brewing products are available in nearly 60 establishments in Galveston County.

“It really started with the locals supporting us, and now we’ve been branching out into farther away areas,” notes VanOrstrand.

Galveston Island Brewing first opened for business on June 3, 2014 during an era of craft beer production that’s giving traditional beer brewers a run for their money. VanOrstrand said that the owner, Mark Dell’Osso was a home brewer and won some awards for his beer.

“He thought, ‘why not open a brewery?’ and he did,” VanOrstrand said.

Located at 8423 Stewart Road and just a block or so from the Seawall, the brewery offers free tours every Saturday at 1 p.m. The “From Grain to Glass” tours offer a full breakdown on how the brewery works. Participants can purchase beers to sip during the tours.

And there’s plenty to choose from. From its popular Tiki Wheat, to Blue Bridge Amber Ale, Citra Mellow, Causeway Kolsch, there’s a brew sure to fit any fan’s palate. Galveston Island Brewing also produces seasonal beers as well, like Oktoberfest in the fall and Hefen-A in the summer.

Galveston Island Brewing offers a great combination of quality beers with a quirky and fun atmosphere. A playground and lawn games entertain families. And concerts and special events like Yoga at the Brewery give it an eclectic edge.

“We definitely have the island vibe here,” VanOrstrand says. “We’re family-friendly with a nice laid back atmosphere. We’re just a local brewery with a local vibe making good beer and creating a place for people to hang out.”

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