Austin's craft brewing scene has been booming for the past few years, so you'd be forgiven for feeling a little overwhelmed by all of our fermented offerings. Whether you're in the mood for a Mexican-style lager to compliment your tour of Austin tacos and queso, looking to expand your palate with a sour-mashed saison or trying to keep cool with a refreshing IPA on a hot summer's day, we have you covered. Here is your 2-day insider’s itinerary to Austin’s craft beer trail.
ABGB. Courtesy of Jody Horton Photography.
Start your Austin beer trail experience off right with lunch at one of these local brewpubs:
Stop by the Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. for a little live music, along with crave-worthy pizza and craft beers. From dunkels to double IPAs, it’s hard to go wrong at ABGB.
Relax on the patio at East Austin’s 10 barrel Lazarus Brewing Company, pairing your craft brews with tasty street-style tacos.
Get a true taste of the Austin brewing community at Black Star Co-op, a people-powered brewery in central Austin offering a savory menu of quality bites and cooperatively designed beers.
Take a crash course and experience the best of Austin with these afternoon activities:
Shop local boutiques and see our most iconic murals on South Congress Avenue. Then, take the ACL Live at the Moody Theater Venue Tour (and don’t forget to snap pic with the Willie Nelson statue out front).
Opt outside while the sun is shining with a kayak rental from the Rowing Dock, a hike at the Barton Creek Greenbelt or a climb at the world’s largest bouldering gym, the Austin Bouldering Project (followed by a pint next door at Friends & Allies Brewing or the neighboring Austin Eastciders).
Looking for something more low key? Hop on one of our many local food and beer-oriented tours and let the experts be your guides. Check out Austin Eats Food Tours, Access ATX Tours, Austin Brewery Tours, Twisted Texas Tours and more.
Soursop. Credit Nicolai McCrary.
Start your evening at a beer garden that’s sure to make your friends and followers swoon:
Watch the sun go down from the shade of the live oak trees at Live Oak Brewing Co. with a pint of their famous Live Oak Hefeweizen in hand.
Experience the best sunset views in Austin over Lake Travis at award-winning Oasis Texas Brewing Company
Hopfields. Credit Daniel Mora.
Fill up on quality bites paired with some of the best local brews at these Austin eateries:
Play a round of ping-pong at Easy Tiger, a German-inspired, creek-side beer garden and café. Start off with the pretzel and beer cheese before noshing on artisan sandwiches and house-made sausages.
Stay Gold. Credit Geoff Duncan.
Keep the party rocking into the night hours with live music and low-key vibes:
Soak up the hottest homegrown local music scene in the Red River Cultural District.
Courtesy of Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches.
If a big breakfast is calling your name, these are the must try spots for recovering after your night out:
Head to Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches for Czech-style kolaches with a Texas twist (try the brisket, pickle & Swiss kolache featuring Micklethwait Craft Meats) and a great selection of local and national craft brews.
Jester King Brewery. Courtesy of Wes Kitten, The Beer Haul.
Spend the afternoon in the Hill Country exploring these breweries and taking in the regions’ stunning sights:
Take a free brewery tour at Jester King Brewery and learn about the famed farmhouse brewery’s wild ales and spontaneously fermented beers. And while you're in the area, don't miss Last Stand Brewing Co. and Treaty Oak Distilling.
Head to Pedernales Falls State Park for a day hike before stopping in to Dripping Springs’ Twisted X Brewing Co. Get the full experience with a tasting flight on the patio, capped off by an order of the Twisted fried and green chili queso.
An hour outside of Austin, Real Ale Brewing Co. has been brewing up favorites like Fireman’s #4 Blonde Ale, Devil’s Backbone Belgian-style Tripel and Full Moon Rye IPA since 1996.
Uncle Billy's. Courtesy of The Ampersand Agency.
If you aren’t still stuffed from your big brekkie, load up on these eats:
Find artisan pizza and a huge selection of award winning beers at Pinthouse Pizza, located in South and Central Austin.
Enjoy vegan comfort food like buffalo cauliflower wings or beer plant curry in a farmhouse setting at The Beer Plant.
Situated right down the road from Zilker Park, Uncle Billy's Smokehouse & Brewery will fill you up with tasty Texas BBQ and brews like the Lazy Day Lager.
Courtesy of Argus Cidery.
Squeeze in as much mid-day fun as you can in your final hours in Austin:
Catch a flick at the Alamo Drafthouse movie theater, home to a rotating selection of local taps and a great menu of artisan snacks.
Wrap up your Austin brewery tour with an evening at one of these local legends:
Austin Beerworks is a true staple of the Austin brewing scene and their weekend tasting hours feel more like a backyard barbecue than a bar.
Quaff Belgian-style ales at Celis Brewery, owned by a family with a rich beer brewing heritage.
Hand-crafted Belgian-styled ales await at award-winning Adelbert’s Brewery along with a dog and family-friendly atmosphere and plenty of patio games.
Don’t forget to stop by the Whichcraft Beer Store on your way out of town to pick up a six pack of your favorite local brew!