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Welcome to back to Eater's Coffee Heatmap, a guide to the hot new coffee bars of the moment across America. Rather than feature the perennial favorites, this guide focuses on places that have opened or been significantly updated over the past year.

It's been just over a year since the last coffee heatmap, and this year has been one of tremendous expansion by some big name roasters. The Portland-based Stumptown made two huge highly anticipated moves into both the New York City and Los Angeles markets, while Chicago's Intelligentsia had a big year in its hometown at the same time as it invaded New York City for the first time. Boxcar Coffee expanded from Boulder to Denver with not one but two buzzy outposts, while Atlanta's beloved Octane Coffee also opened two locations in Birmingham, Alabama. Chicago also welcomed another location of Philadelphia's La Colombe.

It wasn't just cities being taken over by giants of the coffee world, though: independent shops opened as well. San Francisco saw the opening of a collaboration between coffee expert Andrew Barnett and restaurateur Anthony Myint (Linea Caffe) as well as an airy newcomer from United States Barista Championship competitor Kevin "Tex" Bohlin (Saint Frank). Raleigh restaurateur Ashley Christensen opened up her first coffee bar offering an insanely comprehensive menu (Joule Coffee), and restaurateur Brooke Humphries is behind one of the hippest coffee bars in Dallas (Mudsmith).

This list had to end somewhere — no city got more than two entrants — which means Eataly in Chicago, Menotti's in Los Angeles, Tierra Mia in San Francisco, and several other well-loved coffee bars are not to be found. But never fear: just nominate them in the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Boxcar Coffee

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3455 Ringsby Ct
Denver, CO
Cultishly beloved Boulder-based Boxcar Coffee Roasters has finally expanded to Denver with not just one but two locations at new culinary developments in the River North neighborhood. Boxcar explains on its website that it uses "an altitude brewing method called the Boilermakr" that's inspired by the "cowboy coffee" boiling brewing method. [Photo: Adam Larkey/Eater Denver]

2. Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits

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508 Austin Ave.
Waco, TX
Dichotomy Coffee has only been open in Waco, Texas, for about a month, but already it has been getting attention from both the local press and coffee pro blogs like Sprudge, which called it "nothing short of extraordinary." This place has it all: beautiful interiors, fresh pastries, booze, espresso drinks, a small manual brew station, and beans from a mix of local and national roasters like Flat Track, Madcap, and CounterCulture. It's also apparently the first coffee shop in Texas with the Modbar Modular Espresso System. [Photo]

3. Go Get Em Tiger

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230 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004
When Go Get Em Tiger swung open its doors in late June, Eater LA wrote that "[t]his is the concept that LA's coffee aficionados have been waiting for" that is relaxed and streamlined with a bar-like setup that avoids lines. From the team behind G&B Coffee, this shop is operating with an Fetco batch brewer, as well as a fully automatic four-group La Marzocco espresso machine. [Photo: Elizabeth Daniels/Eater LA]

4. Either/Or

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8235 SE 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 235-3474
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Though it's been open for less than a year, Eater PDX has already named Either/Or one of Portland's best coffee shops. This Sellwood Village coffee bar offers Heart Roasters Coffee, as well as a rotating local roaster, with espresso, baked goods from local bakeries, and house-made syrups and chai. [Photo]

5. Intelligentsia Coffee: Chicago

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1233 N Wells St
Chicago, IL
It's been a monster year for Intelligentsia in its hometown of Chicago, opening two new locations and remodeling its original Broadway location all within mere months of one another. Intelligentsia Broadway now offers double the seating and a rebuilt bar, while the Logan Square location is sleek in white and blue with state-of-the-art coffee equipment. The newest location in Old Town features a glass coffeebar and a dedicated tea bar with tea flights. [Photo: Mark Much/Eater Chicago]

6. Intelligentsia Coffee: NYC

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180 10th Ave.
New York, NY 10011
(212) 929-3888
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New York City got its first-ever location of Chicago's insanely popular Intelligentsia back in May 2013 when the roaster opened up shop at the High Line Hotel. Per Eater NY, this location has a zinc bar with a custom espresso machine and pourover cover that uses the Kalita Wave. They've also since launched a coffee truck to further caffeinate New Yorkers. [Photo]

7. Joule Coffee

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223 S Wilmington St
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 424-7422
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The first of a new wave of highly anticipated projects that restaurateur Ashley Christensen is opening in Raleigh, North Carolina, Joule Coffee offers a serious menu that includes single-origin drip coffee, La Golondrina cold brew, and espresso from La Golondrina, Buziraguhindwa Natural, and Finca Nueva Armenia. They also have pour-over (and the iced variety), teas, cocktails, beer, wine, and full food menus that include dishes like duck confit nachos, twice-cooked grits, and more. [Photo]

8. La Colombe Torrefaction

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1552 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
Philadelphia-based roaster La Colombe is currently on a bit of an expansion tear, which includes two new locations in Chicago. One of those newcomers opened in Wicker Park just last week to the rabid excitement of many a Chicagoan. According to Eater Chicago, this location "features individually brewed coffee selections with Steampunk machines, espresso, hot tea, pastries, and a small retail shelf with coffee and chocolate bars." [Photo: Eater Chicago]

9. Linea Caffe

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3417 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
Anthony Myint teamed up with Ecco Caffe founder and coffee expert Andrew Barnett to open Linea Caffee in San Francisco's Mission back in September. Eater SF writes that this "deceptively tiny" coffee bar "plans on roasting micro-batches sourced from Brazil, El Salvador, Ethiopia, and Guatemala" and has whole beans from Highwire available for purchase, too. This spot is also part "culinary incubator" for two separate concepts that focus on waffles and salads under Myint's direction. Though it started off as espresso-only, Linea Caffe has just added an aeropress coffee option. [Photo: Rose Garrett/Eater SF]

10. Mercantile

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5407 Morningside Dr
Houston, TX 77005
Max Gonzalez, owner of Houston's popular Catalina Coffee, branched out this past Fall, opening Mercantile in the Rice Village. Mercantile is part grocer as well as a coffee bar, meaning that they're both brewing and roasting Amaya Roasting Company beans. Also available in the grocery are Intelligentsia beans, rotating guest roaster selections, pasta, cookbooks, Chemex coffeemakers, and more. [Photo]

11. Mudsmith

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2114 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 370-9535
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Dallas restaurateur Brooke Humphries opened Mudsmith in early 2013, yet the excitement has not yet abated. As Eater Dallas wrote in December, this "ultra-hip Lower Greenville spot remains one of the hottest coffee destinations in town to hunker down with a cup and your laptop." They've got Four Barrel Coffee Avoca coffee, snacks, and wine and beer on tap. Oh, and taxidermy deer heads mounted on the walls. [Photo]

12. Octane Coffee

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2821 Central Ave
Homewood, AL 35209
(205) 969-1177
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Atlanta's acclaimed Octane Coffee expanded to Alabama in 2013 with two new locations in the Birmingham area. The first opened in late March 2013 in Homewood, offering the same coffee made using French press and pour-over techniques that have helped Octane make a name for itself, as well as espresso drinks, cocktails, and pastries. Later in the year, Octane opened a second Birmingham location at the Westin, both a coffee bar and a boozy bar offering craft beers, cocktails, and wine. [Photo]

13. ReAnimator Coffee

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1523 Susquehanna Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 425-5805
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Philadelphia newcomer Reanimator is already racking up the accolades, with a brand new Good Food Award for its Ethiopia Sota beans. Sprudge visited the roaster's new coffee bar in the Fall and reported back that, "[e]xcellent coffee is served off of a V60 bar, Synesso, or Aeropress and whatever else you might talk the baristas into." [Photo]

14. Saint Frank

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2340 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 775-1619
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After making a name for itself as a pop-up in South Park, Saint Frank opened its shiny coffee bar back in October. 2012 United States Barista Championship competitor Kevin "Tex" Bohlin is behind Saint Frank, which Eater SF reports "will offer seasonal coffees with two espressos each day, plus at least three filter coffee offerings." They also have cuppings and an open, airy space that clears up the counter with an under-counter water boiler and coffee machine. [Photo: Patricia Chang/Eater SF]

15. Sambalatte Torrefazione

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6595 S Jones Blvd Ste 100
Las Vegas, NV 89118
Las Vegas' favorite coffee shop Sambalatte opened its second location mere days ago, with a third on the way to the remodel of the Monte Carlo. Eater Vegas reports that this new Sambalatte location has a drive-thru window and the same coffee and brewing techniques as the original location. Per a press release, they've also got some serious machinery going on, such as a Steampunk as well as a La Marzocco machine that "gives baristas control over... boiler temperatures, brewing volume, hot water tap dose and auto-backflush." [Photo]

16. Slate Coffee Bar

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When it was just two-months-old, Eater Seattle declared that Slate Coffee had already become the Cheers of Seattle, though noting that its regulars actually draw from all across the city. Slate Coffee has a menu of espresso and regular coffee drinks, though locals recommend you let the barista choose your brew like a Japanese omakase menu. This is the first brick-and-mortar from a team of roasters that got their start pouring coffee out of an Airstream. [Photo: S. Pratt/Eater Seattle]

17. Spyhouse Coffee

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945 Broadway St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Local darling coffee roaster Spyhouse opened its third location back in September, this time setting up shop in Northeast Minneapolis. This is a roasting facility as well as a training facility, cupping lab, and coffee bar serving Spyhouse's own coffee. According to Eater Minneapolis, the place is packed from open to close. [Photo: Katie Cannon/Eater MPLS]

18. Stumptown Coffee Roasters

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806 S Santa Fe Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 337-0936
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Perpetually buzzy Portland coffee roaster Stumptown had been rumored for a Los Angeles expansion for quite some time, and it finally landed in the LA Arts District back in September. Eater LA took a look inside the high-ceilinged space where caffeine addicts can now get their espresso and pour-over coffee drinks, as well as iced coffee on tap, and bottled cold brew. There's also a training room off to the side of the roasting area. [Photo: Elizabeth Daniels/Eater LA]

19. Stumptown Coffee Roasters

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30 W 8th St.
New York, NY 10011
(347) 414-7802
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New York City saw an influx of a few high-profile out-of-town roasters over the past year, the biggest of which was the arrival of Stumptown's first stand-alone coffee shop in Greenwich Village. Eater NY noted at the time that this particular Stumptown "may be its most elaborate coffee shop yet" with a brew bar that offers an entire catalog of roasts as well as preparations that include French press, Chemex, siphon, and A60. [Photo]

20. Wright Bros. Brew & Brew

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500 San Marcos St #105
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 493-0963
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The hottest new thing in Austin's coffee scene is also one of the city's hottest places to hit up for beer. They've got espresso drinks, aeropress, filtered, and iced coffee using roasts from Flat Track Coffee, Sightglass, and De La Paz. Not to mention the 38 taps of craft beer that round out the other half of Wright Bros. Brew & Brew. [Photo]

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1. Boxcar Coffee

3455 Ringsby Ct, Denver, CO
Cultishly beloved Boulder-based Boxcar Coffee Roasters has finally expanded to Denver with not just one but two locations at new culinary developments in the River North neighborhood. Boxcar explains on its website that it uses "an altitude brewing method called the Boilermakr" that's inspired by the "cowboy coffee" boiling brewing method. [Photo: Adam Larkey/Eater Denver]
3455 Ringsby Ct
Denver, CO

2. Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits

508 Austin Ave., Waco, TX
Dichotomy Coffee has only been open in Waco, Texas, for about a month, but already it has been getting attention from both the local press and coffee pro blogs like Sprudge, which called it "nothing short of extraordinary." This place has it all: beautiful interiors, fresh pastries, booze, espresso drinks, a small manual brew station, and beans from a mix of local and national roasters like Flat Track, Madcap, and CounterCulture. It's also apparently the first coffee shop in Texas with the Modbar Modular Espresso System. [Photo]
508 Austin Ave.
Waco, TX

3. Go Get Em Tiger

230 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004
When Go Get Em Tiger swung open its doors in late June, Eater LA wrote that "[t]his is the concept that LA's coffee aficionados have been waiting for" that is relaxed and streamlined with a bar-like setup that avoids lines. From the team behind G&B Coffee, this shop is operating with an Fetco batch brewer, as well as a fully automatic four-group La Marzocco espresso machine. [Photo: Elizabeth Daniels/Eater LA]
230 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004

4. Either/Or

8235 SE 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97202
Though it's been open for less than a year, Eater PDX has already named Either/Or one of Portland's best coffee shops. This Sellwood Village coffee bar offers Heart Roasters Coffee, as well as a rotating local roaster, with espresso, baked goods from local bakeries, and house-made syrups and chai. [Photo]
8235 SE 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97202

5. Intelligentsia Coffee: Chicago

1233 N Wells St, Chicago, IL
It's been a monster year for Intelligentsia in its hometown of Chicago, opening two new locations and remodeling its original Broadway location all within mere months of one another. Intelligentsia Broadway now offers double the seating and a rebuilt bar, while the Logan Square location is sleek in white and blue with state-of-the-art coffee equipment. The newest location in Old Town features a glass coffeebar and a dedicated tea bar with tea flights. [Photo: Mark Much/Eater Chicago]
1233 N Wells St
Chicago, IL

6. Intelligentsia Coffee: NYC

180 10th Ave., New York, NY 10011
New York City got its first-ever location of Chicago's insanely popular Intelligentsia back in May 2013 when the roaster opened up shop at the High Line Hotel. Per Eater NY, this location has a zinc bar with a custom espresso machine and pourover cover that uses the Kalita Wave. They've also since launched a coffee truck to further caffeinate New Yorkers. [Photo]
180 10th Ave.
New York, NY 10011

7. Joule Coffee

223 S Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC 27601
The first of a new wave of highly anticipated projects that restaurateur Ashley Christensen is opening in Raleigh, North Carolina, Joule Coffee offers a serious menu that includes single-origin drip coffee, La Golondrina cold brew, and espresso from La Golondrina, Buziraguhindwa Natural, and Finca Nueva Armenia. They also have pour-over (and the iced variety), teas, cocktails, beer, wine, and full food menus that include dishes like duck confit nachos, twice-cooked grits, and more. [Photo]
223 S Wilmington St
Raleigh, NC 27601

8. La Colombe Torrefaction

1552 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Philadelphia-based roaster La Colombe is currently on a bit of an expansion tear, which includes two new locations in Chicago. One of those newcomers opened in Wicker Park just last week to the rabid excitement of many a Chicagoan. According to Eater Chicago, this location "features individually brewed coffee selections with Steampunk machines, espresso, hot tea, pastries, and a small retail shelf with coffee and chocolate bars." [Photo: Eater Chicago]
1552 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

9. Linea Caffe

3417 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Anthony Myint teamed up with Ecco Caffe founder and coffee expert Andrew Barnett to open Linea Caffee in San Francisco's Mission back in September. Eater SF writes that this "deceptively tiny" coffee bar "plans on roasting micro-batches sourced from Brazil, El Salvador, Ethiopia, and Guatemala" and has whole beans from Highwire available for purchase, too. This spot is also part "culinary incubator" for two separate concepts that focus on waffles and salads under Myint's direction. Though it started off as espresso-only, Linea Caffe has just added an aeropress coffee option. [Photo: Rose Garrett/Eater SF]
3417 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

10. Mercantile

5407 Morningside Dr, Houston, TX 77005
Max Gonzalez, owner of Houston's popular Catalina Coffee, branched out this past Fall, opening Mercantile in the Rice Village. Mercantile is part grocer as well as a coffee bar, meaning that they're both brewing and roasting Amaya Roasting Company beans. Also available in the grocery are Intelligentsia beans, rotating guest roaster selections, pasta, cookbooks, Chemex coffeemakers, and more. [Photo]
5407 Morningside Dr
Houston, TX 77005

11. Mudsmith

2114 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75206
Dallas restaurateur Brooke Humphries opened Mudsmith in early 2013, yet the excitement has not yet abated. As Eater Dallas wrote in December, this "ultra-hip Lower Greenville spot remains one of the hottest coffee destinations in town to hunker down with a cup and your laptop." They've got Four Barrel Coffee Avoca coffee, snacks, and wine and beer on tap. Oh, and taxidermy deer heads mounted on the walls. [Photo]
2114 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206

12. Octane Coffee

2821 Central Ave, Homewood, AL 35209
Atlanta's acclaimed Octane Coffee expanded to Alabama in 2013 with two new locations in the Birmingham area. The first opened in late March 2013 in Homewood, offering the same coffee made using French press and pour-over techniques that have helped Octane make a name for itself, as well as espresso drinks, cocktails, and pastries. Later in the year, Octane opened a second Birmingham location at the Westin, both a coffee bar and a boozy bar offering craft beers, cocktails, and wine. [Photo]
2821 Central Ave
Homewood, AL 35209

13. ReAnimator Coffee

1523 Susquehanna Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Philadelphia newcomer Reanimator is already racking up the accolades, with a brand new Good Food Award for its Ethiopia Sota beans. Sprudge visited the roaster's new coffee bar in the Fall and reported back that, "[e]xcellent coffee is served off of a V60 bar, Synesso, or Aeropress and whatever else you might talk the baristas into." [Photo]
1523 Susquehanna Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

14. Saint Frank

2340 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109
After making a name for itself as a pop-up in South Park, Saint Frank opened its shiny coffee bar back in October. 2012 United States Barista Championship competitor Kevin "Tex" Bohlin is behind Saint Frank, which Eater SF reports "will offer seasonal coffees with two espressos each day, plus at least three filter coffee offerings." They also have cuppings and an open, airy space that clears up the counter with an under-counter water boiler and coffee machine. [Photo: Patricia Chang/Eater SF]
2340 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

15. Sambalatte Torrefazione

6595 S Jones Blvd Ste 100, Las Vegas, NV 89118
Las Vegas' favorite coffee shop Sambalatte opened its second location mere days ago, with a third on the way to the remodel of the Monte Carlo. Eater Vegas reports that this new Sambalatte location has a drive-thru window and the same coffee and brewing techniques as the original location. Per a press release, they've also got some serious machinery going on, such as a Steampunk as well as a La Marzocco machine that "gives baristas control over... boiler temperatures, brewing volume, hot water tap dose and auto-backflush." [Photo]
6595 S Jones Blvd Ste 100
Las Vegas, NV 89118

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16. Slate Coffee Bar

Seattle, WA 98107
When it was just two-months-old, Eater Seattle declared that Slate Coffee had already become the Cheers of Seattle, though noting that its regulars actually draw from all across the city. Slate Coffee has a menu of espresso and regular coffee drinks, though locals recommend you let the barista choose your brew like a Japanese omakase menu. This is the first brick-and-mortar from a team of roasters that got their start pouring coffee out of an Airstream. [Photo: S. Pratt/Eater Seattle]

17. Spyhouse Coffee

945 Broadway St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Local darling coffee roaster Spyhouse opened its third location back in September, this time setting up shop in Northeast Minneapolis. This is a roasting facility as well as a training facility, cupping lab, and coffee bar serving Spyhouse's own coffee. According to Eater Minneapolis, the place is packed from open to close. [Photo: Katie Cannon/Eater MPLS]
945 Broadway St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

18. Stumptown Coffee Roasters

806 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Perpetually buzzy Portland coffee roaster Stumptown had been rumored for a Los Angeles expansion for quite some time, and it finally landed in the LA Arts District back in September. Eater LA took a look inside the high-ceilinged space where caffeine addicts can now get their espresso and pour-over coffee drinks, as well as iced coffee on tap, and bottled cold brew. There's also a training room off to the side of the roasting area. [Photo: Elizabeth Daniels/Eater LA]
806 S Santa Fe Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90021

19. Stumptown Coffee Roasters

30 W 8th St., New York, NY 10011
New York City saw an influx of a few high-profile out-of-town roasters over the past year, the biggest of which was the arrival of Stumptown's first stand-alone coffee shop in Greenwich Village. Eater NY noted at the time that this particular Stumptown "may be its most elaborate coffee shop yet" with a brew bar that offers an entire catalog of roasts as well as preparations that include French press, Chemex, siphon, and A60. [Photo]
30 W 8th St.
New York, NY 10011

20. Wright Bros. Brew & Brew

500 San Marcos St #105, Austin, TX 78702
The hottest new thing in Austin's coffee scene is also one of the city's hottest places to hit up for beer. They've got espresso drinks, aeropress, filtered, and iced coffee using roasts from Flat Track Coffee, Sightglass, and De La Paz. Not to mention the 38 taps of craft beer that round out the other half of Wright Bros. Brew & Brew. [Photo]
500 San Marcos St #105
Austin, TX 78702

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