Eola School Restaurant & Brewery, Texas

Left the Guads and landed at another Harvest Hosts. This time Eola School Restaurant & Brewery. Interesting stop.

Overnight Parking - Eola School Restaurant & Brewery, Eola,TX: Participating HarvestHosts.com member, no facilities provided, must have self-contained RV & have an active Harvest Hosts membership for an overnight visit. April 16th-17th. Miles driven: 338.

Overall Experience: neutral

Our visit to Eola School Restaurant & Brewery was quite interesting, to say the least. Since this was a Harvest Hosts visit, we were greeted by Mark, the owner, on our arrival as we pulled in with our coach. Because they were having a lot of rain, he suggested parking on the crown (high point) in the middle of the gravel parking lot to avoid getting stuck along the edge.

After getting settled, we went in to sample the brews. Mark also turned out to be the brewer, bartender, cook, and tour guide. We got our first beer, Farm Ale, served in a 16 oz styrofoam cup — hmm, first red light. Anyhow, we got our beer, and then he offered a tour. This brewery was located was an old school building, into which the owner had put a lot of labor to restore it, but with all the vacant rooms, it was a tad spooky. The tour was informative, but when I asked if I could take a few photos, I got a very loud NO with the response, “pictures can be deceiving.” Hmm again.

After the tour, we headed back to the taproom to try some more beers and get something to eat. We decided on the margarita pizza that had fresh basil from their garden. Yum! The most unusual beer that day was Prickly Pear.

margarita pizza

While we were sampling beers, another couple came in, and the owner chatted it up with all of us. He was quite friendly.

Later that evening, while we sat in coach, we watched cars come and go. Some of the folks would stay for a while, but it appeared that most stopped to get their gallon jug filled (that’s the way beer to go was sold here).

It poured rain into the evening & all night. We woke up to flooded fields & huge puddles on the road.

rainy day On the road again. Crazy rain. Lucky we have the life jackets!

Would we visit again? We think so. The styrofoam cup was the biggest turnoff — hopefully, they will invest in some glassware.

In the small town of Eola, Texas, nestled amidst the rolling hills and vast open spaces, stands a remarkable transformation - the Eola School Restaurant & Brewery. What was once a humble schoolhouse has been lovingly restored and repurposed into a thriving hub of culinary and craft beer excellence.

A Visionary Entrepreneur's Journey
The story of the Eola School Restaurant & Brewery begins with a visionary entrepreneur named Mark Cannon. Recognizing the potential in the abandoned school building, Cannon set out to breathe new life into the structure, turning it into a one-of-a-kind destination that celebrates the rich history and agricultural heritage of the region.

Preserving History, Embracing Innovation
Today, the Eola School Restaurant & Brewery stands as a testament to the power of adaptive reuse and community-driven revitalization. The former school building has been meticulously renovated, retaining its charming architectural features while seamlessly integrating modern amenities and a state-of-the-art brewing facility.

A Culinary Journey Through Local Flavors
At the heart of the Eola School Restaurant & Brewery is a deep commitment to supporting local farmers and showcasing the bounty of the Texas countryside. The restaurant's menu features an array of farm-to-table dishes, crafted with the freshest seasonal ingredients sourced from nearby producers.

Craft Beer Excellence
But the true star of the show is the brewery, which has quickly gained a reputation for its exceptional craft beers. Under the skilled guidance of Cannon and his team, the Eola School Brewery has become a beacon for beer enthusiasts, offering a diverse selection of ales, lagers, and seasonal specialties that pay homage to the region's agricultural roots.

From the Farm Ale and Eola Eagle to the Eola School Scissortail Saison, each beer tells a story of the land and the people who cultivate it. The brewery's commitment to sustainability and local sourcing is evident in every sip, as they work closely with area farmers to incorporate their crops and produce into the brewing process.

A Gathering Place for All
Beyond its culinary and brewing prowess, the Eola School Restaurant & Brewery has also become a hub for community engagement and cultural enrichment. The venue hosts a variety of events, from live music performances to educational workshops, drawing visitors from near and far to experience the unique blend of history, hospitality, and handcrafted excellence that defines this remarkable establishment.

A Bright Future Ahead
As the Eola School Restaurant & Brewery continues to evolve and expand its reach, it stands as a shining example of how a community can come together to preserve its past while embracing a vibrant future. This once-forgotten schoolhouse has been transformed into a beacon of hope, a place where the flavors of Texas are celebrated, and the art of craft brewing is elevated to new heights.

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