Listen to this post with Alexa!
Anyone who lives in Austin knows we are spoiled with breweries and good craft beer. North, South, East, and West, there are at least three to ten breweries in every area of Austin and nearly 60 across the city! Whether you’re visiting the taproom for a beer or looking for a quiet place to work, we’ve put together your list of the best Austin breweries for you!
If you are looking for good beer all around:
(512) Brewing is known for using locally sourced ingredients in its beer and is known for its pecan porter. The beer is fortified with Austin pecans, which give it a robust and malty taste.
Pinhouse’s bread and butter, Electric Jellyfish, is brewed with a range of hops, bringing you a bright, citrusy new school IPA. While they’re known for their pizza, this brewery is opening a brand new brewhouse and taproom in early 2021.
Zilker Brewing Company
In the heart of East Austin is this cozy taproom with a killer brew, the Coffee Milk Stout. At 5.8%, it won’t overwhelm you, so you’ll be happy to sign up for another again. They also have a ton of other fun beers with radical names and turn their packaged beers very frequently.
If you are looking for weird beers:
4. Tap Brewing Cooperative
Based on some transplants in Austin, 4th Tap is brewing some funky beers in area 78758. Have a pint of their Supernaut Neopolitan, an imperial stout made from fresh strawberries, vanilla, and cocoa. The taproom also has retro arcade games and a large projection screen.
Thirsty Planet Brewing Company
Fancy a purple beer? In early 2019, Thirsty Planet brewed a purple beer, appropriately named Cosmic Butterfly. This Berlin White Kettle Sour is brewed with blue butterfly pea flowers to give it its vibrant purple hue. Your taproom is right on the South Congress!
This North Austin brewery has two goals: making exceptional craft beer and building a community in Austin. And that’s exactly what they do. ABW recently renovated the tap room and brewhouse and the boy is impressive. While their core beers are pretty standard, their taproom has some wild IPAs, a sour stout, and some funky wheat.
If you’re looking for a dog-friendly brewery:
Circle Brewing Company
The first brewery in the area code 78758 is absolutely dog-friendly inside and out! Circle will also host dog-friendly events like their 0.5km and a howl-o-ween with costumes. The two childhood friends who started the brewery focus on using the four main ingredients for beer and nothing else: hops, yeast, malt and water.
This newer brewery, founded by two brothers, allows dogs to be in its cozy taproom and outside on the patio. They also serve sandwiches and snacks in the bar, as well as beers to take away!
Dog-friendly inside and out, this North Austin taproom and brewery is the only copper kettle taproom in Austin. The brewery and operations, known for their Celis White, are now overseen by the owner’s daughter.
If you are looking for great food with your beer:
This German-style brewery serves good beer and tasty German food with a modern twist. They have the favorites like currywurst and chicken schnitzel, but they also try a traditional German pizza called Flammkuchen. Pair it with their electric lederhosen and you’ll say cheers!
Hold out the brew
It’s hard to find bar food that is really well done, but Hold Out does. Located on West Fourth Street in downtown Austin, people here are constantly adding new and exciting dishes, like poutine tater sticks or roasted sweet potatoes with cranberry pecan salsa. Wash it down with your Liquid Television Pale Ale and you have a killer lunch date of your own.
If you’re craving kolache and beer on a weekend morning, get in line early at the Batch Brewhouse. With flavors like chocolate pecan, brisket, and jalapeno sausage, people get there early. They brew their own craft beers and keep six to eight beers on tap at a time. You can also buy packet beers from local breweries across the state or enjoy their batch brewhouse coffee.
If you’re not really a beer drinker but are beer drinkers:
Blue Owl, a sour brewery, is located in a cozy storage room on the east side. If you’ve never had a sour gulp, this accessible drink brewed at Blue Owl has an intentionally sour, sour, or sour taste (hence the name). While they’re still technically serving beer, you can order creative styles like the Sour Session Beer with Earl Gray or a Plum Jam and Orange Marmalade Sour.
Central machine works
Central Machine Works, once a metal and machine shop that made aircraft parts during World War II, has been turned into a huge taproom and beer garden while keeping the worker feel. Not only do they brew their own beer, but they also serve a wide variety of cocktails, wine, cider, and even juicy popsicles.
Last Stand Brewing
If you have beer drinkers, wine drinkers, and cider drinkers in your group, visit this pre-South Congress lager brewery. Last Stand has lots of beers on tap as well as cider, red wine, white wine and even sparkling wine. Combine it with pizza or wings and we are sure everyone in your group will be happy!
If you want to get some work done while having a beer:
Black Star Co-op
Not only is Black Star a great brewery with food and beer, they also have tons of seating inside and out so you can grab a chair and a beer and get something done. We also love Black Star because it’s the first cooperatively owned and self-managed brewery in the country, not just in Austin!
Central District Brewing
The Central District aesthetic got us in the mood to jump on our laptop and work. The interior is downtown on the Red River and features minimalist Edison bulbs and cool plant hangers. Now for your beer. They have almost every type of beer you could want, as well as flights and food.
Lazarus Brewing Co.
Early risers are happy! Lazarus in East Austin is open Monday through Friday at 7:30 am. With a cozy atmosphere, you can grab a coffee or espresso and a breakfast taco while you do some work. Reward yourself later with one of the many great beers.
If you want to take the beer home with you:
Hi Sign Brewing
Pick up a friend from the airport? Surprise them with beer on the way home from Hi Sign. Get a six pack (or two!) After you’ve had a beer at the brewery. This warehouse style brewery is located right on the Bastrop Highway. Our favorite is the Hi-C IPA, a super juicy IPA.
Brew friends and allies
For an afternoon weekend beer, head to Friends and Allies on Springdale Road. A no-frills brewery with a food truck, good beer and patio seating – what more could you want? They have been conserving their beer since 2018 and sell it straight from the taproom. The Blackberry Bearliner Weiss is a unique and delicious brew that you will not find anywhere else.
St. Elmo Brewing Co.
St. Elmo’s beer selection changes constantly, so you always have a new, fresh beer to choose from. Have a beer in their South Austin beer garden with a sandwich from their Thai-inspired food truck, then take home a Crowler (32 oz)! Carl, her Kolsch, is the perfect beer with every meal.
If you want to have a beer with a group of friends:
For a larger group, especially one with children, there are now plenty of tables on their half artificial turf and half mulch playground in the backyard. Groups can choose from three different food trucks as well as a wide range of locally brewed beer, coffee, wine and seltzer. We’re getting a juicy IPA kick, so our favorite meanwhile brew is the New England-style IPA Tender Robot.
Hopsquad Brewing Co.
The Hopsquad taproom is bright, lively and just plain fun. The taproom has plenty of indoor and outdoor space for larger groups, and features colorful graffiti on the warehouse walls and an array of beautiful plants with comfy couches. We’re big fans of their American IPA, Lord Zanate, and their Japanese food truck, Tsuke Honten.
Oskar Blues Brewery
If Austin has a Denver brewery and taproom opened, you know they’re going to have good beer with a fun atmosphere. Oskar Blue’s taproom has a large terrace, a huge all-round bar with table seating and an additional room in front of a stage where live music is occasionally played. This taproom is a great place for your group to choose different areas of the taproom to receive a pint of their One-y 100 Calorie Hazy IPA.
Looking for more places to have a drink in and around Austin? Check out these posts: