From its view of Guadalupe River, an array of beers on tap and its handcrafted cheesy brisket fries, Meadow Lake Taproom is Seguin’s newest live music venture.

The new establishment opened its doors just before the end of 2018 after owner Kevin Koenen purchased the building in September and transformed it into the now Taproom, 266 Meadow Lake Drive.

“It was previously called Meadow Lake Uncorked — it was a wine and cheese bar. The people that own the RV park right here had it and they were closing it so I came in and bought it,” he said. “What I’m shooting for is to make it a live music venue.”

So far, Meadow Lake Taproom has hosted several bands and musicians such as Skylar Hamilton, Chad Anderson, Randy Sosa and Colby Albright.

“We’re doing a bunch of acoustics right now and toward spring and summer we will have bigger bands,” Koenen said.

While the Taproom currently has a dozen beers on tap, Koenen said he is looking to expand soon.

Some of the options include Miller Lite, Coors Light, Thirsty Goat, Ziegenbock, Budlight and Friends and Allies.

“’I’m actually looking to expand that that’s where the name ‘taproom’ comes from,” Koenen said. “I’m looking to do more of that craft beer — stuff you don’t get in Seguin.”

Recently the Taproom introduced a new menu of food, but not with the typical bar food, Koenen said.

“I had the Halfway House on 46 a couple years ago and it was more of a barbecue restaurant. So since then everyone been talking about the brisket cheese fries I had there,” he said. “I decided to bring them back. We’re doing Philly cheesesteaks. We have one called the Texas Philly and it’s actually just a Philly cheese steak with queso, pico de gallo and jalapeños on it instead of the bell peppers and the onions.”

There’s also handcrafted hamburgers, fried pickles, jalapeño poppers and onion rings.

A new addition to the menu is the Dilly Melt — a half pound hamburger patty with fried pickles, queso and house-made spicy ranch.

“We want to do something different. We didn’t want to do just straight bar food like the wings and the frozen pizza,” Koenen said. “We’re cutting our meat every day and I’m cooking the briskets for the cheese fries and stuff. There’s nothing in this area so I’d figure we’d give it a try.”

Koenen said he hopes to make the business something both parents and their children can enjoy.

“We have a bunch of games and stuff so I’m trying to make it family oriented out here. I’ve got a basketball game. We’re adding a ping-pong table and an air hockey table,” Koenen said. “I like to do stuff with my kids, but I also like the music and stuff. My son is 11 fixing to be 12 and he likes all of this. If they want to bring their kids they can bring their kids. We also have sodas to for the kids.

Starting Tuesday, Feb. 5 Meadow Lake Taproom will serve lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and be open until midnight Tuesday through Sunday.

Valerie Bustamante is a staff writer for the Seguin Gazette. You can e-mail her at valerie.bustamante@seguingazette.com.

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