Want to taste the best of Austin's booming craft beer scene? Go straight to the source. Whether you're in the mood for an old world lager or an experimental wild ale, you’re sure to discover your new favorite beer by visiting some of Austin’s top breweries.
ABGB. Courtesy of Jody Horton Photography.
Hang in the warehouse-like beer garden and sample house microbrews ranging from lagers to special fruited sours at the The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co., affectionately dubbed The ABGB. Pair pints with crave-worthy pizza or a big muffaletta sandwich. Live music is featured almost every night, and brewery tours are scheduled monthly.
You can't miss the bright blue Lazarus Brewing Company on East Sixth Street. Chill on the patio with an English, German, Belgian or American old world-style beer. And don’t miss the tasty street-style tacos.
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St. Elmo Brewing Company in South Austin boasts a bar, beer hall and beer garden. This unpretentious brewery is the product of two beer-loving friends who produce everything from American IPAs to Bohemian pilsners. Catch live music and eats from acclaimed Pan-Asian food truck Soursop, parked on the patio.
Live Oak Brewing Company is located along the picturesque Colorado River among groves of live oaks in Del Valle, just minutes from downtown Austin. Live Oak uses old world brewing methods to produce its lagers and ales, such as the Live Oak HefeWeizen (a classic Bavarian wheat beer). Sip a pint in the shady outdoor biergarten or the indoor taproom.
Jester King Brewery. Photo Credit Wes Kitten, The Beer Haul.
Head out to scenic Texas Hill Country and take a free weekend brewery tour at Jester King Brewery. Learn all about the beautiful farmhouse brewery’s wild ales and spontaneously fermented beers. Visit the tasting room and try Buddha’s Brew (made with kombucha), then stop by the kitchen for farm-fresh food, best enjoyed at an umbrella-shaded table.
The Brewtorium is a family-run brewpub featuring award-winning handcrafted beer and modern pub grub designed to complement the house brews. Try a beer that’s always on tap, such as the Electric Lederhosen Vienna lager. Or enjoy dinner in the relaxing beer garden.
Austin Beerworks, credit Nick Simonite.
Austin Beerworks is a true staple of the Austin brewing scene, where you can sample suds right in the middle of the working brewery. Sip one of the canned core four beers (like the Peacemaker ale) or a seasonal brew. Stick around for live music and eats from an on-site food truck.
Blue Owl Brewing continues to break new ground with their innovative sour-mashed beers. Visit the tasting room and chat with the beer experts about the science behind their brewing process as you sample sour ales and stouts. Or take the weekend brewery tour and try unreleased sour beers.
Last Stand Brewing. Credit Shelby Sorrel.
With two locations in Austin, Last Stand Brewing is local gathering place and brewery that produces hoppy hometown heroes like Citra SMaSH IPA. On the weekend, enjoy the Hill Country setting at the original taproom on Fitzhugh, or make yourself at home in the new South Congress taproom and grab a bite to eat with the full menu of in-house comfort food from Southside Flying Pizza.
Stop in to the sleek Zilker Brewing Co. taproom and try a pint of their noted Coffee Milk Stout. Zilker also hosts a ton of fun events, from beer pairings to yoga-and-beer sessions. Nosh on some Asian-inspired fried chicken from the on-site Spicy Boys food truck.
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Soak in the panoramic ranch views at Vista Brewing, nestled in Driftwood. The sprawling destination brewery and restaurant serves up dishes made with ingredients direct from the farm, paired with Vista beers like the elegant Le Saison Farmhouse Ale and citrusy Destination American IPA. Free brewery and farm tours are offered on the weekends.
Kick back on the kid- and dog-friendly patio at Oddwood Ales, a cozy East Austin neighborhood brew pub. Oddwood specializes in American-style wild ales, lagers and hoppy pale ales. Try your hand at the free arcade games.
Central Machine Works Beer Hall. Credit Jenna Krackenberger.
Sample small-batch beers like an American lager or English brown ale at Central Machine Works brewery and beer hall, housed in a former 1940s machine shop. Share a pizza in the convivial beer garden while you groove to live music.
Sip your fill of Independence Brewing's year-round beers plus seasonals, limited releases and brewery exclusives at the brewery and taproom. Stop by the tasting room to see where the liquid magic is made. With brewery tours, live original music and an on-site food truck, the Independence tap room may become your favorite place in south Austin!
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