CRAFTY DRINKS: AUSTIN’S WINE AND BEER ROUND-UP
From grapevines to hops, Austin serves up a bevy of local, craft libations sure to please every palate.
Whether you're a sommelier or a beer aficionado, there's a place to find your drink in Austin.
Texas wine may sound like a fable, but in Austin, it's reality. With more than 30 wineries within a short drive, the Austin area is a perfect spot to uncork a bottle, sip award-winning wines and take in the Hill Country. Stop in Fredericksburg and taste crisp chardonnays and bold merlots at more than a dozen local wineries. Kick back at Woodrose Winery & Retreat and enjoy a glass of wine under the oaks.
Closer to home you'll find an array of wine bars sprinkled throughout Austin. Munch on cheese plates paired with international wine selections in the outdoor lounge at House Wine. Or experience the eclectic scene at Apothecary Cafe & Wine Bar, where unique tasting options, decadent chocolate and fresh cheeses make for a wine-lover's paradise.
Brew fans revel in Austin's booming craft beer scene. Tour the brewery at Hops & Grain, and taste exclusive samples not available anywhere else. Sample all or one of Austin Beerworks' core four beers, offering crisp, bold refreshment year-round. At Adelbert's Brewery, savor a wide selection of hand-crafted Belgian-style ales.
Craft wine, beer and specialty beverages are served throughout the Austin region. Pair mouthwatering barbecue with smooth wine varieties at Salt Lick Cellars, a local winery just outside the Austin city limits. 24 Diner serves up chef-inspired comfort food along with a killer wine and beer list, while Hopfields welcomes beer experts and newbies with 42 brews on tap and classic home-style French food. Head over to Rainey Street and grab a seat at Craft Pride, featuring 54 taps representing over 20 breweries, and a small, yet tasty selection of wines made right in Texas.
Say Namaste y'all at Whip In Beer & Wine. Part convenience store, part bar and 100% handcrafted, this cornerstore-like spot offers unique beers and authentic Indian cuisine. The Pacific Northwest comes to Austin at North by Northwest, where stone and wood décor pays homage to the brewpubs of the north.
Be a part of the community at Black Star Co-Op, the world's first co-operatively owned brewpub, serving house-brewed beer and Texas pub fare. The newest addition to the Austin craft beer scene, Oasis, Texas Brewing Company features a tap room with flavorful beers and stunning views of Hill Country.
Discover even more Austin wine bars and breweries on the Austin Insider Blog.*Photo credit: Hops & Grain