Known for its dedication to both creativity and innovation, Austin is one of the best places in the state to find unique, craft brews. Considered Texas’ cultural center by locals and visitors alike, its reputation for housing plentiful breweries of diverse flavorings has been well-earned. A number of small businesses are doing their part to elevate beer brewing to a fine art— below is a list of some of the best places to grab a beer in the area.
Awesome bars and breweries in Austin
This little brewery is inspired by monastic traditions in beer brewing. For centuries, brewing beer was more than just a craft, it was considered a spiritual endeavor. That devotion is still reflected at the Lazarus Brewing Company. Try the new Thirsty Pilgrim brew—this light, grainy, and refreshing beer is perfect after a long day.
Where: 1902 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
This brewery aims to be playful and innovative in its creations. They specialize in sour-mashed beers, made with wort (sweet beer) and fermented with the wild yeast found on the grain husks. Get ready y’all, this is some sour beer.
Where: 2400 E Cesar Chavez St #300, Austin, TX 78702
3. Hops & Grain
Here you’ll find one of the most sustainable and environmentally-friendly breweries in the city. You can take a tour of the facilities Tuesday through Friday at 5pm and Saturday at 1, 3, and 5pm. On Saturdays, you can also grab a meal from one of the visiting food trucks. Try the River Beer—a light, crystal clear Premium American Lager made with high-quality German malt.
Where: 507 Calles St, Austin, TX 78702
This is the one of the top spots to find Belgian bottle-conditioned beers in the area. Adelbert’s uses Bohemian old-world floor malted barley, low alpha Noble Czech hops, and fresh yeast propagated at the brewery. They take their time processing the mash to extract the most complex flavor from the grains. Try the Tripel B, a multi-award winning pale ale with clove and pear aromas.
Where: 2314 Rutland Dr Ste 100, Austin, TX 78758
Zilker Brewing Company combines delicate Trappist yeast strains with clean American brewing techniques to produce their unique beers. Their coffee stout is one of the most popular, brewed with lactose and Huila Acevedo coffee beans from Flat Track Coffee Roasters. The sweet and savory beer has just a hint of cherry and burnt sugar.
Where: 1701 E 6th St, Austin TX 78702
Austin Beerworks is known for using only cans for their craft brews to increase sustainability and reduce the impact on the environment. You’ll often find some of Austin’s best food trucks stopping by throughout the week.
Where: 3001 Industrial Terrace, Austin, TX 78758
This worker-owned brewery serves as a place to bring the neighborhood together to bond over drinks, art, and music. Try a flight of beers to sample several choices in one sitting. Everyone who works in the brewery takes turns behind the bar, so you can ask the knowledgeable staff questions about the beers on tap and gain specific knowledge about the brews you are tasting.
Where: 10615 Metric Blvd, Austin, TX, 78758
Stop by the taproom for brewery tours, live original music, and special food events. Be sure to check out the Cucumber Redbud Berliner Weiss, one of the brewery’s most creative drinks.
Where: 3913 Todd Ln #607, Austin, TX 78744
St Elmo Brewing Company, one of Austin’s newer brewing companies, has a big taproom featuring every style of beer you can imagine. In nice weather, sit outside in the massive beer gardens and grab some Asian food from the resident food truck, Soursop.
Where: 440 E. St. Elmo Road, Austin, TX 78745
10. The ABGB
This beer garden is the perfect spot to hang out and sip some of Austin’s favorite beers. The brewery has six regular brews that are always available and rotating seasonal beers that will surprise your senses. Enjoy the beer with hot pizza and sandwiches.
Where: 1305 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX
With a little bit of planning, you can sample all of the specialty brews that Austin has to offer.