Whether looking for a new local lager or planning an upcoming beer adventure, Austin is overflowing with options to explore. With more and more restaurants and bars including local beers in their offerings, trying a new beer is as simple as taking an unchartered excursion on the beer list. Featured below is a list of local favorite breweries creating delicious beers to cure whatever ‘ales’ you.
(512) Brewery: With a name inspired by Austin’s area code, (512) Brewing Company uses local ingredients in all of its microbrews. The beers are created in the English and Belgium old world style, but according to its makers, Austin’s mineral rich water is what makes them unique. Now with a portfolio of 13 microbrews, (512) Brewing Company is one of the largest local breweries. Visit the brewery at 407 Radam, F200, Austin, Texas 78745.
Austin Beerworks: Between the catchy names and bright can-only designs, these easy drinking beers capture the essence of Austin’s laidback lifestyle. Austin Beerworks features a portfolio of four clean-finishing craft brews. Unlike many craft beers, Austin Beerworks generally compares in cost to large domestic beers, making it an even bigger favorite among beer lovers. The brewery is located at 3009 Industrial Terrace in north central Austin, near Mopac and 183. To visit, check the Austin Beerworks events page to find upcoming events.
Jester King Craft Brewery: Known for producing complex and unique ales, Jester King is quickly becoming one of Austin’s most revered breweries. These majestic handcrafted artisan beers undergo two fermentation processes before being bottled in 750ml bottles. A foodie favorite, many of the area’s best restaurants feature Jester King beers as the crown jewel of their beer lists. The brewery, located at 13005 Fitzhugh Rd., Bldg. B, Austin, TX 78736, is open to the public every Saturday from 1-4pm.
Live Oak Brewery: Centered a hop, skip, and a jump from Austin’s downtown, Live Oak Brewery is a locally owned and operated craft brewery with a portfolio of six beers. Live Oak Brewery relies on old world brewing techniques often found throughout Germany and the Czech Republic to create European-style beers rich in maltiness. The award-winning Live Oak Brewery host brewery tours at least twice a month. For more details and to register for an upcoming tour, visit Live Oak Brewery’s website.
Hops & Grain: This new kid on the block opened in early 2012 in East Austin. Along with two regular craft beers, Hops & Grains features onsite ‘Green House’ lab where experimental special releases are created. Hops & Grain is open for tours every Friday from 2-6pm and Saturday from 12-4pm. Hops & Grain is located at 507 Calles, Austin, Texas, 78702.
Independence Brewing Company – Since opening in 2004, Independence Brewing Company has been a leader among Austin’s growing craft beer community. Independence Brewing Co.’s nationally acclaimed list of Texas-inspired, hand crafted beers is a favorite among beer loyalist. The brewery hosts a popular ‘First Saturday’ event month complete with tastings, live music, and food. For more information about upcoming events, visit here. Independence Brewing Co. is located at 3913 Todd Lane #607, Austin, TX 78744.
Austin Brew Bus – The Austin Brew Bus provides a great way to tap into the local beer scene with regular tours of breweries around town. Each tour last about five hours and includes stops at three or four breweries. The cost is $55 per person. For more information, please visit the Austin Beer Bus website.
Looking for even more? Other places to find a new brew in Austin include Black Star Co-op, Uncle Billy’s Brew & Cue, The Draught House, South Austin Brewing Company, and North by Northwest Restaurant and Brewery.