I recently received a copy of the Austin Beer Guide featuring over one hundred and fifty breweries, bars & restaurants located throughout Austin and surrounding areas. Since the Austin Beer Guide is a compilation of businesses that include multiple locations and due to some places having closed their doors and new ones that have opened- I was inspired to create a guide of my own. I dragged along any friends that were up for the challenge and together we conquered one hundred and five unique breweries and Austin staple bars and restaurants where you can grab a local craft beer. We cheers’d to many pints, flights, draughts and tried anything we’ve never heard of before (did you know an Amber Lager is a thing???) our styles ranging from pilsner to porter. Not only did we take notes of the hundreds of beers that were consumed on Untappd (follow me @Bgiamoni) but we also judged each venue with a variety of different categories such as parking and food availability, cleanliness of bathrooms and child/dog friendliness! I’ve included everything we discussed below, also organized by location, so you too can create your own Austin beer crawl. Subscribe to get a printable spreadsheet with quick and easy info on each place emailed to you!
Bars & Restaurants
Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches- Manor Rd.
Batch Craft did not disappoint, I mean, who can go wrong with beer and kolaches all in one place?! Plus, they have an amazing selection of local craft beers in their WALL of coolers! The vibe is cozy coffee shop on the inside meets string light beer garden on the outside. I definitely recommend Batch for a chill night with friends, bring the pups!
Beer: I tried Roughhouse Brewing Rare Merit.
Haymaker- Manor Rd.
Haymaker is such a great place to grab a beer, and they have MANY to choose from! You can sit indoors and catch just about any sports game on television- or you can sit outside beneath the string lights at a picnic table. Haymaker is dog friendly, outside of course, the parking is tight in the lot. The vibe is chill and perfect for hanging out on a Friday night (those $2 frozen margs will get ya!) My favorite part about Haymaker is their all day happy hour everyday, changing daily, ranging from white trash can specials, mex-can specials, all pints, Texas pints, wells and pitchers. They have it all… and the foooooood is delicious. You can’t go wrong with their chips and beer cheese or the poutine!
Beer: I tried Austin Beerworks Pearl Snap.
School House Pub- Manor R
School House Pub is a cute little (exactly like the title) old school house! They have both indoor and outdoor seating with plenty of food and beverages to choose from. Located directly upstairs is Mezcaleria Tobala, an equally charming mezcal bar. Parking is limited on Manor Rd, you will want to Uber. Bathrooms are average, but you can’t go wrong chilling here for a Friday night with a few friends!
Beer: I tried Skull Mechanix Van Helles.
Contigo- Manor Rd.
Contigo really disappointed me. I heard really good things and was super excited to hang out beneath the string lights in their outdoor beer garden. Unfortunately, the service was extremely poor- I didn’t get the correct beer I ordered and our food never showed up (Right: Jon’s correct beer) . We ended up complaining and leaving- thirsty and hungry. Even worse, there were only a few people at the bar and two tables in the restaurant- they weren’t even busy, we just received poor service. That’s not the experience I was looking forward to.
Beer: I *wanted to try* Live Oak Hefeweizen, I’m not sure what I actually got.
Thunderbird Coffee- Manor Rd.
I am loving this whole- coffee shop, but let’s order a craft beer instead thing. Thunderbird was a great place to spend the afternoon typing away on my computer and as soon as work was finished, they had some great local craft beers to choose from. I love the style of Thunderbird, its all mismatched furniture on the inside with a beautiful coffee bar AND has a beer garden vibe on the outside with picnic tables. It’s a perfect meeting place for group chats or to get some work done solo.
Beer: I tried Independence Brewing Co. Austin Amber. Featured above, Iced Butterscotch Latte. (Photo Credit @nataliecinco)
Okay, wait. How did I miss this?! Hopfields is legit my new favorite bar. While I was sitting at this clean, aesthetically pleasing to the eye bar, I was already thinking when would be the next time I could come back. I’m telling you, the vibe in this place is so light and airy and carefree. I took a sneak peek at their dinner menu and immediately consulted some friends to come back with me. Hopfields also has an extensive beer menu, which is why I went in the first place. I highly recommend you grab an afternoon beer with a friend at Hopfields for lunch!
Beer: I tried Whitestone Brewery Konverter Kolsch and The Bruery Bakery: Banana Bread.
The Wheel- MLK Blvd.
THE WHEEEEEEEL, how have I never been to The Wheel?! This place was AWESOME! I love, love the vibe inside and out. It’s a cute and tiny place to grab a beer after work. They have some awesome rotating taps, plus, I’m a huge fan of their outdoor fountain! Although they don’t serve food, I heard great things about the sandwich shop next door, which you can bring into The Wheel. The staff was super friendly and helpful and I loved the themed decor, even the bathrooms!
Beer: I tried Apline Beer Company Pure Hoppiness.
This is a new-er sports bar on Manor and it is super cool! We stopped in here for a quick beer break while bar hopping and this place did not disappoint, talk about TV’s everywhere. But you don’t have to be a sports fan to love 8 Track, they have delicious bar food options, an impressive beer list and an awesome outdoor patio with long picnic tables. You don’t want to miss this one, bring your pups!
Beer: I tried Alstadt Brewery Lager.
Hopdoddy- S. Congress Ave. (Multiple Locations)
Hopdoddy is a South Congress staple for sure- and not just for their burgers (or their parmesan truffle fries). They have an awesome wrap around bar bar and extensive beer selection with fun options like beer shakes… AND you can order drinks while you wait in line to order your food. Genius. Sometimes the line is out the door and around the corner. Y’all should check them out during happy hour, Monday- Friday 3- 6:30 pm, where they feature $5 craft drafts and a monthly burger special!
Beer: I tried Independence Brewing Co. Redbud.
YETI Flagship Store- Congress Ave.
Who would have thought the YETI Flagship store would be such and fun place to grab a beer on a summer afternoon? The flagship store is a unique bar where you can demo some YETI products while you drink… talk about promoting ice cold beer! It’s become one of my favorite things to do- sitting on a cooler with my friends sipping local craft beers like we’re in our back yard- its just more fun this way! It’s also a convenient meeting point to walk to on a Friday afternoon to get happy hour started while traffic slows down. Cheers!
Beer: I tried Twisted X Brewing Co. 1092 Pale Ale.
Mort Subite- Congress Ave.
Mort Subite is such a hidden gem that I’m afraid to tell you about it! It’s a Belgian Pub that offers over 70 unique Belgian, local and craft beers. I always find something new to try! They also have wine and spirits if you’re not a Belgian beer lover! And I can’t not mention the smell of their french fries… yes they have a small food menu too! Parking is tight since they are located directly downtown on Congress, but they just added a front deck in addition to their back patio- talk about summer sipping vibes!!
Beer: I tried Live Oak Brewing Company Big Bark, Real Ale Brewing Company Tenebra Aeterna (Mysterium Verum), Real Ale Brewing Company El Guapo (Mysterium Verum) just to name a few.
Better Half Coffee & Cocktails- W. 5th St.
Better Half is such a great find, what a beautiful place to grab brunch and of course a breakfast beer! I loved sitting indoors at the bright, clean bar watching all of the busy bartenders serving up breakfast. They have a small parking lot and a large outdoor section with picnic tables and string lights (I’m obsessed) to hang out with your kiddos and puppies. This was the perfect spot to meet up for an easy Sunday brunch and the food was excellent!
Beer: I tried Real Ale Brewing Company Nitro Cafe de Olla
Little Woodrows- W. 6th St. (Multiple Locations)
Little Woodrows is a West 6th Street staple! Its a great happy hour spot and a chill late night hangout. Whether you sit inside or outside, the vibe is laid back and low key. Their outdoor section is everything I want in a little backyard bar. Feel free to bring your pup and sit outside by the misters/ fans! Little Woodrows has a great beer selection featuring many local beers on draft. The taco truck is also a hit! Like many places downtown, its street parking only so consider taking an Uber!
Beer: I tried Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Seaquench Ale, Celis White and Deschutes Brewery Marionberry Lavender Sour Ale.
Star Bar- W. 6th St.
Star Bar is what I like to call a sophisticated professional’s after work happy hour spot. You will always see people here after work enjoying a local beer outside. While they do have an indoor section, the greatest vibe comes from sitting outside at one of their high top picnic tables! I just love the atmosphere sitting downtown and soaking in the culture. Star Bar has an incredible amount of beers in cans and on draft- and they are very helpful with suggestions and recommendations based on preferences if you find their selection overwhelming! Star Bar is located on West 6th Street as well, so feel free to bring your dog and sit outside- if you parked on the street or arrived by Uber, there are plenty of places to walk and keep the party going!
Beer: I tried Friends & Allies Noisy Cricket and Thirsty Planet Dance Pants.
Jackalope- E 6th St. Downtown (Multiple Locations)
When I first saw Jackalope on the list to grab a local craft beer, I was not impressed- I’ve been to dirty 6th on a Friday night and I really had no desire to go back. It wasn’t until @texasburgerqueen told me they had the best burger in Austin that I thought I would give it a try! She was right, and Jackalope didn’t disappoint on the beer front either! They have an awesome bar I recommend visiting during the day time instead of when its crowded and sweaty on a summer weekend!!
Beer: I tried Independence Brewing Co. Stash IPA.
Waller Creek Pub House- E. 6th St. Downtown
Waller Creek Pub House is a suuuuper chill bar downtown, just off of dirty 6th. I honestly didn’t expect such a great experience solely based on the fact that its a bar on dirty- BUT they have an impressive draft list. You can sit at the bar, grab a table and eat some amazing food from Wholly Cow next door (Tip: try the cheese steak fries) or hangout outside on their patio with your pups!
Beer: I tried the Wheaton W00tstout (2019).
Spider House- Campus
Spider House was a unique experience, I don’t normally hang out near UT campus so this was a first for me. It’s dive bar meets coffee shop meets eclectic garden. AND it’s always a pleasant surprise when they hand you a tall boy. I thought this was an awesome afternoon hang out spot, the sun was shining and there was a nice fall breeze- perfect for drinking a beer at a picnic table with friends.
Beer: I tried Karbach Brewing Co. Love Street.
Crown & Anchor Pub- Campus
They told me Crown & Anchor Pub was this dirty college bar near campus and honestly, Murph’s Study Hall puts it to shame. This place was not nearly as dingy as I thought it would be. The bathrooms… just no, don’t do it. Otherwise, I think it’s a pretty chill place. They have pool tables, a huge craft beer list, pool tables inside and plenty of outdoor seating at picnic tables. A burger and fries is the way to go, I’m glad my friends took me here before a UT Basketball game, it’s the closest thing basketball has to UT Football tailgate.
Beer: I tried Karbach Brewing Co. Chocolate Stout.
Craft Pride- Rainey St.
The funniest thing I have every witnessed at Craft Pride… my dad trying to order a Miller Lite *insert face palm here*. Craft Pride is located on the charming Rainey Street as just one of many places to grab a drink. BUT Craft Pride has THE BEST selection of craft beer on draft with super knowledgeable bartenders to help you choose one (or two). I also really appreciate their to-go section where you can grab beer to take home. With only street parking or a pay for parking lot at the end of the street, this is another place perfect for taking an Uber and bouncing from bar to bar. I highly recommend you give Craft Pride a try, the vibe is chill and low key (we came straight from a workout) and they have a nice outdoor section (with pizza) if you feel like letting that Texas sun warm your face!
Beer: I tried Red Horn Coffee House and Brewing Co. Pure Faith Raspberry Lemon Berliner Weisse.
Bangers- Rainey St.
Bangers is just absolutely crazy, theres no other way to put it. It is a dream beer garden with over two hundred beers on tap! Don’t even get me started on Sunday Funday featuring their Manmosa… you really have to come here and see for yourself! You can sit inside their awesome barn style building or hang out at one of their many long biergarten style picnic tables beneath string lights. Oh yeah, and the fooooooooooddd…
Beer: I tried Brooklyn Brewery Bel Air Sour and Oasis Texas Brewing Company Meta Modern Session IPA.
Breweries and Brew Pubs
Live Oak Brewing Co- Airport
Live Oak is home to one of my favorite Austin beers- the Live Oak Hefeweizen! So, naturally I had to visit their tasting room and see what else I would love! Located by the airport, tucked back behind the highway, they offer a variety of German beers. I recommend getting a flight! They have plenty of indoor and outdoor seating at community tables, board games and a yummy food truck outside- how about a giant German pretzel to go along with that Amber Lager?! Bathrooms are great and so is parking! Feel free to bring your kiddos and furry friends for some outside fun!
Beer: I tried Big Bark, Hefeweizen, Grodziskie and IPA: Scandinavian Thirst Quencher.
Hi Sign Brewing- Basdrop Hwy.
Hi Sign is a new favorite added to my list! If you ask me on any given day what my favorite Austin brewery is, I’ll tell you without a doubt St. Elmo- but Hi Sign is a very, very close second that I would not have found without completing this guide. I sampled five beers and gave them ALL five stars on Untapped, I genuinely loved the beer here. They also have some fun games to choose from, I highly recommend checking out Hi Sign, you won’t regret it! They have good parking, good bathrooms, two food trucks and PLENTY of indoor and outdoor seating!
Beer: I tried Tart the Kettle, Violet the Blueberry Blonde, Lil Poppy, HI-C IPA and Wooderson the Ageless Outlaw IPA
Oddwood Ales- Manor Rd.
Wow, I was really missing out on Oddwood Ales- I can’t believe I had never been here before! Of course I went with a flight, how else are you supposed to get a feel for a brewery?! Their beer is great and the food is incredible, we just kept sending someone up to the bar to keep ordering more! The ambiance felt more like an Italian restaurant than a brewery- and I don’t hate it. The bathrooms are nice, their staff is super friendly and helpful and there’s plenty of parking in the lot. Unfortunately, we couldn’t bring the doggies here, but I think its perfect for a slightly more than casual date night!
Beer: I tried Vermillionaire, Esper, Family Matters and I.H.O.
Thirsty Planet Brewing Co- S. Congress Ave.
Thirsty Planet moved locations and is not currently open to the public due to permit reasons. Please check back , you’ll want to visit the home of Thirsty Goat Amber!
Bars & Restaurants
Yellow Jacket Social Club- E. 5th St.
Yellow Jacket Social Club is so chill! Seriously, it’s a hidden gem on the east side for a Friday night hang. They have a small bar that slings some awesome beers (and the fooooood, I seriously almost stole some girl’s sandwich as the server walked by). They have a ton of seating. I particularly loved sitting outside, in January, at one of their many picnic tables. Seriously, who knew the east side had a low key beer garden?!
Beer: I tried Blue Owl Brewing Spirit Animal.
Violet Crown Social Club- E. 6th St.
Violet Crown is a small, dark bar on the east side with a huge outdoor deck and patio. I loved that it wasn’t super busy and they had plenty of open seating- that’s difficult to find on the east side on a Friday night. The vibe is super chill, I definitely recommend going there to hang with your friends and grab a beer when you don’t feel like dancing your face off at the Volstead. They have an awesome draft list with some great beers to choose from!
Beer: I tried Real Ale Brewing Coffee Porter.
The Grackle- E. 6th St.
The Grackle is most definitely a dive bar. They have a small indoor section great for hanging out and playing pool as well as an outdoor deck for some sunlight and access to a food truck. They’ve got a full service bar and plenty of beers on tap! They were definitely not kid friendly, but welcome dogs on their deck! Minimal parking in their lot, but plenty of street parking!
Beer: I tried Martin House Brewing Company The Salty Lady.
The White Horse- E. 6th St.
The White Horse is probably as Texas as it gets in Austin, bring your boots for some two stepping. They might seem a little dive-y, but mostly give off the saloon/ dance hall vibe. If you’re not in the mood for dancing, it’s fun just to watch! Grab a local Austin beer and a table and listen to the live country music band- or you can play pool!
Beer: I tried Blue Owl Spirit Animal.
Cuvee Coffee Bar- E. 6th St.
Cuvee coffee is my new favorite spot, I frequent Spokesman because it is closer to my house, but I absolutely love this place. The staff was so friendly and knowledgeable, they let us taste beers for free due to the unfortunate event of almost all of their kegs being kicked from an event they hosted the night before- which I thought was a very nice thing to do. The aesthetically pleasing bar offers more than just alcoholic beverages including coffee and small pastries. They are kid friendly as well as dog friendly outside.
Beer: I tried Lake Austin Ales Juicy Blonde Ale.
The Liberty- E. 6th St.
The Liberty was my favorite bar of the day, and I may be biased, but its only because a super cute doggie was sitting next to me at the bar! Haha for real though, I thought this place was fun. They have plenty of seating inside and outside and are obviously pup friendly. I’ve heard rave remarks about the food truck outside as well. I also thought they had a great selection of local craft beer to choose from. We just grabbed a seat at the bar, watched UT basketball and pet the pup- what more could you want from a dive bar on the east side???
Beer: I tried Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Punkin Ale.
Hi Hat Public House- E. 6th St.
Hi Hat is super cool, I had passed it on the way to Lazarus many times and had never stopped in… until now. The inside is small, but we sat outside on their front deck. They have a long draft list with plenty of options to choose from, it was difficult to decide which one to order! The food at Hi Hat was also incredible, they have a large menu. I definitely recommend coming here to grab some lunch and a beer with friends on a sunny afternoon- its all the good vibes! (Bathrooms kind of sketchy, though).
Beer: I tried Southern Appalachian Brewery Independent Coffee Blonde.
Gourmands- E. 7th St.
OMG I’m drooling just thinking about the Italian sub and bread bowl soup I ate. Okay… is this a food blog or a beer blog?! Honestly I want food everywhere I go, so the food aspect in this beer crawl is super important to me. The inside of Gourmands is WILD- like vintage AF with the black and white checkered floors. We sat outside in their beer garden (obviously, if you haven’t noticed by now, we always opt to sit outside). I had the best dinner mid- beer crawl, which was important because it kept me going for four more bars! It’s off the beaten path on the east side and definitely worth a stop in.
Beer: I tried Bell’s Brewery Two Hearted Ale.
Breweries and Brew Pubs
Blue Owl Brewing Co- E. Cesar Chavez
I get ridiculed daily for my love of sour beers, either you love them or you hate them… and it seems like I’m the only one who loves them (my dad says they taste like dead groundhog- whatever that means). If you’re into sour beers, you must stop by Blue Owl to check out their tasting room and sample their variety of sours! Fair warning, Blue Owl only makes sour beers- but I encourage you to try it even if you think you’re not a fan! I’ve taken many people who are not fans of sour beers for a taste and everyone is able to find something they liked more than they thought they would! With that said, Blue Owl has a different dynamic when it comes to purchasing beer in their tasting room- they have four different sized glasses with different price points, you pick the glass and get four pours for the price you pay. Remember to keep your glass and your tasting card for your next visit if you did not complete all four pours- you can bring it back and continue! Their tasting room is small, but cute, with an outdoor section as well! Parking on the East side is mostly street parking only. I was a huge fan of their bathrooms, they may not look like much inside this warehouse- but they were equipped with deodorant and dry shampoo! That was the MVP on the 104 degree day, in my opinion!
Beer: I tried Spirit Animal, Van Dayum!, Tiger’s Blood and Little Gose with Watermelon and Mint.
Brewer’s Table- E. 5th St.
Collectively, we 100% enjoyed Brewer’s Table! Our honest opinion ais that the beer is excellent, the food is excellent AND the staff is excellent. Excellent service all around. Before leaving, we even planned our next visit back! We had so much fun hanging in their outside beer garden (serious heart eye vibes), sampling different beers with the bartender and even chatting with the owner. We love Brewer’s Table!!
Beer: I tried Vor Ort, Mai Thais in Norway, Tapped in Amber, Chance of Krampus and Sawyer.
Central Machine Works – E. Cesar Chavez
I will try to keep an open mind- Central Machine Works was super busy on the Saturday afternoon I went to visit. Every table outside was taken by families with babies (that’s a thing now, taking your children to a brewery). We found a spot at a picnic table inside of their HUGE warehouse/ brewing space and admired the tall ceilings, huge tanks, gorgeous bar and art work. At this point, Central Machine Works had been in operation for six weeks, so they only offered three original crafted beers, but they have a full bar and plenty of other local craft beers to offer. AND THE PIZZA LOOKS INCREDIBLE. They were so busy that it took a while to order a beer. Overall, I am in love with the space and happy they are busy.
Beer: I tried their Pale Ale and Czech Pilsner.
Zilker Brewing Co- E. 6th St.
Zilker is an easy place to chill any day of the week– on a weeknight or over the weekend. They have close street parking, quick service and an outdoor shaded seating area. In addition, they have an on-site food truck and are child and dog friendly. Not to mention, within walking distance of other places for some brewery hopping. My favorite beer is a toss up between the coffee stout and double blackberry sour… wildly different tastes, I know.
Beer: I tried Parks & Rec., Keg Slinger, Chaos Magic and Purple Cadillac.
Lazarus Brewting Co- E. 6th St.
Lazarus is an awesome place to hang out, enjoy food and beer while chilling on their shaded patio! It’s also dog and kid friendly! Although they have minimal parking in their lot, you can find plenty on the street. They sell merchandise if you’re feeling inclined to rep their business, they also offer flights and crowlers! I genuinely think this is one of the best places to hang on the east side, they have everything you need- beer, food, pups, kiddos and sports.
Beer: I tried Prodigal Pils, Amandus, Green Drake, Second Nature and Cool and the Gang.
Friends & Allies- Springdale Rd.
Friends & Allies is growing on me, I love getting a flight and tasting multiple beers, but the tasting room can get extremely busy on the weekends. They have plenty of outdoor seating, but you know how that Texas heat gets in the summer… They are child and dog friendly outside and also have a selection of board games to play at their large wooden tables. I really do love this place, you should definitely go see what they’re all about- and while you’re there, pop in next door to Austin East Ciders!
Beer: I tried Noisy Cricket, Bloodsport, Springdale, Bearliner- Blackberrt, Tripel, Memory Jog and Fresh Coast IPA.
Austin East Ciders- Springdale Rd.
Austin East Ciders is truly unique to Austin and in the beer guide. I love that their cider style is drier than others on the market. Their tasting room is fun and aesthetically pleasing! They have a rotational frozen cider exclusive to their tasting room- so you better go taste it for yourself because you can’t get it anywhere else!! The grounds itself is under construction so the bathrooms are below average and walking through construction isn’t ideal. The shared parking for Austin East Ciders and Friends & Allies is tight in their small parking lot, so prepare to park on the street. They are dog and kid friendly, I love the giant umbrella covered tables outside!
Beer: I tried their Original Dry Cider, Hopped Cider, Watermelon Cider and Rosé.
Hops & Grain Brewing- Calles St.
Hops & Grain is a local ATX staple, they’re home to the infamous Zoe. Their style of beer is truly crafty with a unique taste with each sip. They have so many to choose from, of course we got a flights so we could sample as many as possible! Their indoor tasting room feels small due to the HUGE tables, but I love their covered outdoor patio! I think their process is truly amazing and more breweries should strive to be more economic friendly- Hops & Grain reduced up to 50% of there greenhouse gas emissions! I think their efforts are reason enough to support this local brewery and grab a beer!
Beer: I tried The One They Call Zoe, 78702 Hoppy Session, Volumes of Funk: Saison with Berries, Fine Time Pale Ale, No Lag IPA, Cherry Porter and Porter Culture.
Southern Heights Brewing Co- Techni Center Dr.
Southern Heights is another FAVORITE. They definitely earn a top three spot next to St. Elmo and Hi Sign in my opinion. I love their tasting room space- it has plenty of seating, sooo many beers on tap and an outdoor space to hang with a food truck. The beer did not disappoint, I genuinely love Southern Heights and I will be back to hang again.
Beer: I tried Jam Session, Bruno Marzen, Samoan Joes and Hoodie Weather.
Bars & Restaurants
Zax Restaurant & Bar- Barton Springs Rd.
Zax is another Austin staple, located near the intersection of Riverside and Barton Springs, its a gem just before you enter the city! They have an impressive beer list and is one of the few non- brewery places that offer tasting flights! The food is phenomenal and I also love that they have parking!
Beer: I tried Alstadt Brewery Oktoberfest.
Cosmic Coffee & Beer Garden- Pickle Rd.
Cosmic Coffee is such a wonderful place to spend a gorgeous day outside with friends. The vibe is laid back, there’s something for everyone to drink AND eat. Whenever I think of Cosmic Coffee, I think of posting up at a picnic table on a Saturday afternoon for some beers and giggles with my closest friends. It doesn’t get any better than that.., okay, maybe having the adorable puppies and babies around makes it a little cuter.
Beer: I tried Friends & Allies Fresh Coast IPA. (Featured Aperol Spritz… because Prosecco).
Alamo Drafthouse- S. Lamar Blvd. (multiple locations)
It’s no secret Alamo Drafthouse is a movie theater- but its also a great place to grab a beer. Coming from those strict alcohol laws in PA, Alamo Drafthouse was such a shocking revelation… you can sit in giant lazyboy chairs, order food AND alcohol delivered directly to you while you watch a movie?! I’m incredibly jealous of those native Texans who grew up with this luxury! They have a beer list for miles with local ATX brews- I know this is a beer guide but sssshhhhh and try one of the alcoholic milkshakes!
Beer: I tried Funkworks Raspberry Provincial.
Black Sheep Lodge- S. Lamar Blvd.
Wow, I love Black Sheep Lodge. Call it a dive bar if you want, they have the best bar food! I love that its conveniently located five minutes from my house and the vibe is so casual you can practically show up whenever you want. Their beer selection can seem overwhelming, but the staff is so awesome and helpful! I highly recommend you make this your new Friday night hang.
Beer: I tried Live Oak Brewing Hefeweizen and Alstadt Brewery Lager.
Gibson Street Bar- S. Lamar Blvd.
Gibson Steet has such a unique indoor vibe and a super chill outdoor back deck. I love that they are pet friendly, outdoors of course, with good music and pretty lights! They have great staff and excellent service. I really like that they offer tastings- which is definitely helpful in choosing from their menu of draft and American craft beers!
Beer: I tried Real Ale Brewing Company Axis IPA.
Buzz Mill- E. Riverside Dr. (Multiple Locations)
I feel like Buzz Mill is a rite of passage. So many people have recommended it to me and truly, it took me too long to finally try it. I love the space! It’s a piece of country in the city, not just the outdoor beer garden with picnic tables and food trucks, but the overall ambiance of greens and woods made me forget I was on Riverside for a minute. They have two awesome food trucks, plenty of craft beer on draft AND a wall of infused liquors.. what more do you need?!
Beer: I tried Last Stand Brewing Company Citra Smash IPA.
Spokesman- E. St. Elmo Rd.
I’m a regular here at spokesman, but usually for their coffee. Located in The Yard, its just one of four incredible hidden gems in South Austin. They have a very hip indoor section with rotating beers on tap along with a charming dog friendly patio outside. I love to come here and sit by myself, its a very comfortable atmosphere!
Beer: I tried Saint Arnold Brewing Company White Noise, St. Elmo Brewing Company Ramathorn and Real Ale Brewing Company Cherry Deluxe.
Stouthaus Coffee Pub- Sunset Valley
Stouthaus Coffee Pub is a nice get away from downtown for a beer. I love that it is next to Cane Rosso and Cow Tipping Creamery. Seriously- pizza, ice cream and beer. What’s not to love about that!? I arrived mid- morning for a coffee and had plenty of time to plan my attack on their beer selection. They have such a wide variety of local craft styles it was difficult to choose one.
Beer: I tried Great Divide Brewing Company Roadie Grapefruit Radler and Saint Arnold Brewing Company Oktoberfest.
South Austin Beer Garden- Manchaca Rd.
SABG is a new awesome spot in South Austin- it reminds me of Twisted X, but a lot closer! I loved the vibe- its half outdoor beer garden and half dive bar. They have plenty of seating outdoors at picnic tables and an outdoor bar. They also have food trucks and a cute play area for kiddos. I definitely recommend checking the place out!
Beer: I tried Shiner Wicked Juicy IPA.
Moontower Saloon- Manchaca Rd.
Moontower was the first place I went to when I moved to Austin, its been a solid favorite since. There’s always some sort of band or event going on. I just love the outdoor section with plenty of camping/ picnic style seating- including a camp fire and heaters for those cool nights. Although outdoors is my favorite, the bar area inside is super cute and rustic.
Beer: I tried Austin Beerworks Black Thunder, Blue Owl Brewing Spirit Animal, Karbach Brewing Co. Weekend Warrior, Thirsty Planet Brewing Company Thirsty Goat Amber and Rahr & Sons Brewing Company Texas Red.
Radio Coffee & Bar- Manchaca Rd.
This is my happy place! I think of it as an elevated Cosmic Coffee experience. They have a big selection of local ATX beers you can enjoy in their outdoor beer garden beneath string lights! They also have a variety of drool worthy food trucks to choose from! This is such a great place to enjoy a local craft beer rain or shine, the inside is pretty cute, plus they have an outdoor section with a covered, heated tent just in case you’re a sucker for an outdoor beer garden like myself.
Beer: I tried Revolver Brewing Blood & Honey
Breweries and Brew Pubs
Uncle Billy’s- Barton Springs Rd.
Uncle Billy’s is an Austin favorite, their rustic decor inside and out will make you feel like you’re deep in the heart of Texas… on Barton Springs. Their beer and food menu choices are plentiful and delicious. The vibe is casual with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Friendly for both children and dogs. Flights were only $2.00 per taster and I got a pint of their special rotating Tequila barrel aged lemon grass wit for only $5.50. Great prices and great value… p.s. come for brunch!
Beer: I tried Cucumber Kolsch, Berdoll Brown Ale, U.B. Trippin, Lady Day Lager, Boysenberry Berliner Weisse, Salty Old Soul, The Green Room IPA, Shrieking Eel, Lemongrass Wit, KCCO, Shokolad Dark Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout and Tequila Barrel Aged Lemongrass Wit.
Pinthouse Pizza- S. Lamar Blvd. (Multiple Locations)
I was surprised by how much I liked Pinthouse Pizza, to be honest, it was kind of low on the list for me. I guess I hadn’t really considered them as a brewery and only for their restaurant. But that all changed once I had a flight and sampled some of their brews, I sampled five and loved each one! I definitely recommend PHP for anyone looking to get down with some pizza and beer! (I’ve also heard great things about their salads).
Beer: I tried Electric Jellyfish, Man O’ War, Old Beluga, Green Battles, Joe’s Magical Pils, Training Bines and Love That Sauce Hazy IPA.
Austin Beer Garden Brewing- Oltorf St.
Known as the ABGB, Austin Beer Garden Brewery is such a laid back and casual vibe. They have plenty of seating indoors at long community tables with a shaded outdoor dog friendly area, they are kid friendly as well. The bathrooms were great. They offer pizza and charcuterie. We had a negative experience with the staff, they should be more knowledgeable of their own beers or educated to ask someone else for the answer and not turning away customers. Besides that, we were very pleased with the beers we ordered. It’s a great weekend hangout spot if you’re looking for a relaxed environment.
Beer: I tried Superliner, Big Mama Red, Hell Yes Helles, Industry Pils, The BEEginning, Rocket 100, Gillisando and APA!APA #13 Cashmere.
Independence Brewing Co- Todd Ln.
Independence was such a great place to go chill on a super hot Saturday afternoon. Although they do have a cute living room styled shaded outdoor section with picnic tables, we sat inside because it was 114 degrees with the heat index. Gross, I know, but that didn’t stop us from tasting some awesome ice cold beer. I love the indoor seating, they have a few cocktail tables but most seating is found at long community picnic tables and offer a bunch of games as well as a shuffleboard. Parking is tight outside in the lot, the bathrooms are nice and they also have a food truck if you’re in the mood for some snacks! They sell merhcandise inside and are dog friendly outside. You should check them out when you’ve got a free moment for a low key afternoon.
Beer: I tried Power and Light Session IPA, Cowboys from Helles, Redbud, Pocket Pils, Highboy Double IPA, Freak Power, Peach Emoji and Stash IPA.
(512) Brewing Co- Radam Ln.
512 is easily a favorite, though, they’re only open on Saturdays from 12:00- 4:00 pm. Tucked back in an industrial park off first street, you’ll find their tiny tap room amongst picnic tables and corn hole boards. 512 is a great place to spend a super chill Saturday afternoon with your friends! It’s all about the beer here, and I absolutely love it! You’ll pay $8 for a glass and receive three beer tokens to redeem at the bar (while you stare in awe at their enormous brewing system). I honestly haven’t had a 512 beer I didn’t like- I recommend you try everything!!
Beer: I tried (512) Pecan Porter, (512) IPA, (512) Pale, Wild Bear, Lagered Amber and Nut Brown.
Orf Brewing- Burleson Rd.
Okay y’all, just being honest here. This is my least favorite brewery of all. The space is difficult to find, tucked away in between two strip malls on Burleson. Parking is tight and the tap room is slightly under construction. They have a small outdoor deck with some tables and chairs with a good amount of seating indoors… there’s also a stage and I’m not sure I want to know what it’s for. The employees were kind, however, I don’t think I’ll be back.
Beer: I tried Citrus Ceres A, Citrus Ceres B, Salutation Ale, Oocheenama and Hoprocker IPA.
St. Elmo Brewing Co- E. St. Elmo Rd.
St. Elmo is my F*&%$#g FAVORITE brewery. I can confidently say they have the BEST BEER you will find in Austin and I’m passionate about that statement (fight me). I truly believe its all in the beer, their German style brews are the best I have tasted, my favorite is the Rosa! Their tasting room can get busy, they have a small indoor section with tables and games if you’re looking for a slow night inside, or, they have plenty of picnic tables outside underneath string lights and perfect for day drinking! Soursop food truck has some awesome burgers to check out while you’re there! I cannot say enough good things about St. Elmo, you just NEED to go there and experience the greatness of The Yard for yourself!!
Beer: I tried Dampf, Carl, Chico, Schlagen, Jan, Darrell, Chef, Rosa, Ramathorn, Ned, Luna, Betty, Yolanda, Zing, Passionfruit Carl, Crosby, Whammy, Gary and Roxanne (WHEW! What beer haven’t I tried from St. Elmo?!)
Skull Mechanix Brewing- E. St. Elmo Rd.
Let me start by saying, Skull Mechanix really isn’t our scene… and by that I mean- you know its time to leave when friends with the band put in their earplugs before the show starts… The staff was so friendly, knowledgeable and helpful when it was time to taste their beer selection. I think it was obvious we didn’t exactly fit in with the crowd, but they were kind anyway (this shouldn’t be out of the ordinary, but you’d be surprised at the horrible service we get on a daily basis… just be fckn nice y’all).
Beer: I tried Van Helles and Tonbo.
Nomadic Brew- Woodbury Dr.
Nomadic Brew is new to South Austin- pre Austin Beer Guide and I thought they deserved to be added to the list! The clean and open atmosphere makes for a pleasant atmosphere and the staff is friendly. The beer is great in my opinion, they also specialize in coffee- so its a perfect place to gather any time of day. The large tables make it easy for groups, there’s also an outdoor section with a food truck! There’s plenty of parking between the warehouse businesses, overall, I thought this was a great brewery and you should give it a visit!
Beer: I tried In the Trees and White Sands.
Bars & Restaurants
BD Rileys- Mueller
BD Rileys is an Irish Pub in Mueller, and might actually be the only Irish Pub on this list. I am a huge fan on Irish Pubs based solely on Guinness and fried food… but we stopped in for brunch after hitting the farmer’s market and I now have a whole new appreciation. Still get a Guinness, always get a Guinness, but they have some awesome choices available on the menu! Sit inside for your typical Irish Pub atmosphere, or sit outside and soak up some beautiful sunrays!
Beer: I tried Pinthouse Pizza Love That Sauce Hazy IPA.
Whichcraft is another staple coffee and beer shop. Their selection is soooo great its mildy overwhelming. I love to sit inside on a Saturday morning sipping a cold brew, typing away into the afternoon- when I obviously switch to a craft beer. I love the atmosphere- its small, quiet and good lighting! They have an entire wall featuring beverages to take home- and I love their idea of a surprise sixpack, where they pack up a themed six pack of craft beers for you to open up at home!
Beer: I tried Big Bend Brewing Company Apline White.
Mister Tramps Sports Pub- Research Blvd.
Mister Tramps was a unique experience. I would definitely put them on the dive bar list I’m working on (keep an eye out for that one!) I was told its an Eagle’s bar but from the daytime vibe, its more of a ‘yell the answers to Jeapordy’ bar. Ha! But the main reason why I was there wasn’t to watch TV, it was to check out their beer selection, which actually took me by surprise how many options they had for a dive bar. Not just domestic options like you would expect. I’d like to come back during an Eagles game and really see this place come to life! (On second thought, I think I’ll avoid the eagles fans… sorry Raph).
Beer: I tried Twisted X Brewing Company Barlysicle.
Pour House Pub- Burnet Rd.
Pour House Pub was such an unexpected great experience. I stopped in for lunch on my day off and was pleased with the lunch crew that trickles in. They have some awesome beer options to choose from, some of their local beers I haven’t seen anywhere else. I totally thought this was just another sports bar below an apartment complex and expected a quick and simple experience- but I totally loved their outside deck! The staff was super friendly and helpful with recommendations. And I was impressed by their food menu too! I definitely recommend stopping in here for a beer!
Beer: I tried 4th Tap Brewing Co. House of Torment.
Growler Room- Burnet Rd.
The Growler Room is more than, well, a growler room… yes, they have growlers you can purchase and fill, but they also have a variety of local beers on tap! You can sit at the bar, enjoy a pint of beer and think about what you’re going to fill that growler with!! I love how small the vibe is, anyone inside the Growler Room is more than friendly and willing to discuss your tastes and preferences! I tried something new here and was not disappointed.
Beer: I tried Unity Vibration Kombucha Bourbon Peach Kombucha Beer.
BB Rover’s Cafe & Pub- Research Blvd.
BB Rover’s was quite an experience, definitely a dive bar and definitely a hole in the wall place to grab a beer when you’re by yourself. It has a tiny bar feel, but plenty of tables. They also have some great food and beer options too! I’d recommend this place if you’re curious what the townie scene is like in Austin, you’ll find us here!
Beer: I tried Clown Shoes Gordo.
Easy Tiger- Linc (Multiple Locations)
Easy Tiger is know for their outstanding German pretzels and modern meets Hoffbrau style- as well as their bread and bakery items. But what many people don’t take advantage of is their extensive beer list! Originally located downtown Austin on dirty 6th street, Easy Tiger just opened up a second location at The Linc in North Austin- and let me tell you, it is bomb! We went for Whiskey Wednesday featuring $3 Old Fashioned and live blue grass music, but indulged in pastries and beer! Easy Tiger is kid friendly with a large outdoor section with plenty of seating. The vibe inside is bright and clean with nice bathrooms. Don’t forget they also serve coffee and tea as well as Antonelli’s cheese boards! Easy Tiger really has it all and its my new favorite place to be!
Beer: I tried Prairie Artisan Ales Lil’ Nap and (512) Pecan Porter.
Billy’s on Burnet- Hancock Dr.
Don’t sleep on Billy’s, y’all! It might be little, but its mighty. The parking lot is small, but they have plenty of seating indoors and a small section on the front deck for pups. They have an impressive food menu and a ton of beer on tap! I love their themed daily specials like Hop Head Monday, Texas Tuesday, Pint Day Wednesday, Real Ale Thursday, Pils Party Friday and Mimosa weekends!
Beer: I tried Real Ale Brewing Company Coffee Porter.
Drink. Well.- E. 53rd St.
This feels like an east side bar- dim, swanky, on the quiet side… and I had what I think was the best beer on this brew tour, 512 Nut Brown!! I loved sitting at this hip, concrete bar on a thirty Thursday catching up with friends. I also think this is a great place to meet a date for a drink, the atmosphere is really comfortable. Parking was a little tight, but there were street parking options available. Seating was also limited with a lot of customers standing, I did not try any food but it looked incredible!
Beer: I tried (512) Nut Brown.
Workhorse Bar- N. Loop Blvd. East
Workhorse is an awesome little place with incredible food and service! There are so many beers on tap, it’s hard to choose just one. They have plenty of shared parking for the businesses in the N. Loop strip. We grabbed a beer and split a portabello burger… I wish we had gotten our own hahah I will not share next time. They have limited seating inside, but plenty on their back patio, so bring the pups!
Beer: I tried Saint Arnold Brewing Company Christmas Ale.
The Tigress- N. Loop Blvd. East
Well, we were at Workhorse searching for our next bar and noticed The Tigress was 0.0 miles away- so you do the math. Even though this place is more of a hipster cocktail bar, we tried two new beers we hadn’t heard of before. Just look at that decor, so warm and cozy! They ate tiny, but mighty. They have a decent amount of seating between the bar and booths. Trust me, stop in for the vibe.
Beer: I tried Circle Brewing Co. Envy Amber.
C. Hunt’s Ice House- McNeil Rd.
Daaaaang, we just found our new favorite hang out! (Has anyone counted how many times I’ve said this so far?!) This is exactly what you expect in an ice house- divey and icy! They had plenty of room for seating, both indoors and outdoors. I recommend sitting at the grass picnic tables with your pup- not necessarily the pavilion, it was a mixture of rocks and bottle caps. The people here are awesome and their beer selection is impressive- not just bud lite and shiner bock here! At C. Hunt’s Ice House every hour is happy hour, I’m serious, my otherwise $7.00 Independence Oatmeal Stout was $3.50!
Beer: I tried Franziskaner Premimium Weissbier.
Yard House- Domain
“Worlds largest beer selection” – self proclaimed, but wow! do they have a lot of beer! This is a super easy, simple place to grab a beer at The Domain. I’m going to keep it in mind from now on when I need a little pick me up from shopping. Not only do they have an impressive beer collection, they also have a pretty impressive food menu! Make sure to stop by for Happy Hour!
Beer: I tried their House Honey Blonde.
Brass Tap- Domain
Man. They weren’t kidding. They have a TON of local and craft beers on draft! They also have bottles and cans to go, too! I like the sports bar vibe on the inside along with the option to sit outside on the patio! They truly offer a great beer list, theres something for everyone… and then some.
Beer: I tried Two Wheel Brewing Company Chronic Fresh.
The Park- Domain (Multiple Locations)
The Park is another restaurant at the Domain with some awesome Austin craft beer choices on tap. I love the patio and sitting at their outdoor bar on a sunny day. You especially won’t want to miss their food. I’ve never had a bad meal- whether its brunch, lunch, dinner or late night snacks. You NEED to try The Bypass; double bacon burger in between a grilled cheese sandwich as a bun. Share it- just sayin’.
Beer: I tried Revolver Brewing Blood & Honey.
Breweries and Brew Pubs
Draught House Pub & Brewery- Medical Pkwy.
Draught House Pub is such a fun surprise on the north side of Lamar. They have an incredible amount of beer to choose from, including guest taps! You are immediately transformed into an authentic tavern upon entering- but you’ll want to sit outside and enjoy their umbrella shaded patio on a gorgeous evening, complete with a food truck and pups!
Beer: I tried Northwestern Pale Ale, Red Planet, Rosedale, Szyslak’s ESB, Joy Juice, Standard Porter and Big Chungus.
NXNW- N. Capital Tx Hwy.
NXNW is a well known brewery and restaurant in North Autstin. With both indoor and outdoor seating options available, you can enjoy their beers in the hot Texas summer in the air conditioning or under an umbrella. P.s. their outdoor section is dog friendly!! The’ve got plenty of parking and nice bathrooms, too! NXNW is a great place to go if you’re in the mood for a few beers, some good food and a chill night out with friends.
Beer: I tried Zombie Dragon.
Black Star Co Op Pub & Brewery- Easy Wind Dr.
Black Star Co Op is a great place to go for an quick and easy beer and bite to eat. They offer their own beers as well as other local options along with a rotating food menu. I love sitting outside on their deck. They are dog friendly, low key and have a great beer rotation to keep you coming back!
Beer: I tried Tupps IPA by Tupps Brewery and Black Star Co Op Pub & Brewery Weizehellnot?
Adelbert’s Brewery- Rutland Dr.
Adelbert’s is just one of many breweries within a mile radius in North Austin, but you definitely don’t want to miss it! I love their low-key vibe, dimly lit space covered in local artwork. Although they are indoor only and not dog friendly (but you can bring the kiddos), Adelbert’s is great for meeting up with friends or hanging out on a date. They’ve got games galore and great beer- my favorite is The Naked Nun!
Beer: I tried Mango Wit, Tripel B and Naked Nun.
Austin Beerworks- Industrial Terrace
Austin Beerworks is another Austin staple- you can find their beer everywhere in Austin- however, they’ve got a few brewery only rotations! They have plenty of seating inside as well as a dog friendly patio outside. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, they have enough parking in/ near their lot. Come and hang out during the day to pass the time, you can’t go wrong with Austin Beerworks!
Beer: I tried Pearl Snap, Black Thunder, Battle Axe, Flavor Country, Ginger Lime Einhorn, Boom! Roasted, Amber Vision, La Verdad, Gold Fist, Baku and Bloodwork Orange IPA.
Circle Brewing Co- W. Braker Ln.
Circle is a small brewery with BIG taste! Theres plenty of parking and seating between indoors and outdoors and board games options to stay and hang while you enjoy a few of their crafted beers! Check out their annual .5k (yes, point five kilometers… the photos are hilarious).
Beer: I tried Blur Texas Hefe, Envy Amber and Nightlight Dry Irish Stout.
Oskar Blues Brewery- Metric Blvd.
This is another brewery in North Austin, and although it isn’t originally from here, this is an awesome place to check out! They have plenty of seating indoors as well as a huge deck outside, they even have live music where you can watch (or join) people two- stepping. My favorite is the Pinner, though I recently tried G’Knight from a recommedation- the staff is always friendly and helpful! You’ll have to stop by for happy hour!
Beer: I tried Pinner, Dale’s Pale Ale, IPA, Beerito, TENfiddy and G’Knight.
Celis Brewery- Metric Blvd.
Celis was such an awesome place to grab a beer by myself! It has such an awesome vibe inside, who doesn’t like drinking a beer in a castle?! I typically go for the Celis White, its a solid favorite of mine, every time I drink it I think, ‘why don’t I drink this more often?’ I thought finally getting to visit their taproom was reason enough to try something new, the bartender was super helpful in picking out a beer I was in the mood for. (I ended up drinking the Celis Pale Bock). Make sure to check their social media for events!
Beer: I tried Celis White and Celis Pale Bock.
4th Tap Brewing Co op- Metric Blvd.
Oops… we drank all the beer BEFORE the photo. 4th tap was one of my favorite places to grab a beer with a group of friends. They have plenty of seating at large beer hall style tables and a food truck outside for some grub. I absolutely loved their beer, I went with something out of the ordinary and tried the Peanut Butter Amber and it did not disappoint! I highly recommend coming here if you’re up for a new, yet laid back experience!
Beer: I tried Long Walk, Renewal, House of Torment and of course the PB Amber.
Hop Squad Brewery C0- Kramer Lane
Hop Squad is probably the newest brewery on this list, they opened their taproom to the public just a few weeks ago! I absolutely loved the space. They have plenty of seating both indoors and outdoors, very spacious, with picnic tables. They also have your typical indoor and outdoor games for entertainment for the kiddos (and adults). They have a food truck onsite and are doggy friendly inside and outside!
Beer: I tried Sculptor Formosa and Professor Pleasant.
The Brewtorium- Dillard Circle
I am absolutely in love with The Brewtorium, I want my house to look like their tasting room. Their food is absolutely phenomenal and if you need to know one thing about me- its that I’m a huge sucker for an outdoor patio with string lights! The Brewtorium is kid friendly with great beers and awesome service. I highly recommend you visit them!
Beer: I tried Champagne Face, Soul Surfer, Lightning Wizard, Dad Jokes, Electric Lederhosen, Hard Yes, Space Laser, Pillow Fort and Disco Baltic.
BJ’s Brewhouse- Mopac Expressway (Multiple Locations)
Okay, I know, I know. BJ’s Brewhouse is technically a chain restaurant… but I couldn’t leave a single beer unturned. I love going to BJ’s to eat because their menu is basically as thick as the Bible, they have everything! So naturally, I had to check out their beer selection too! I was not only impressed with their beer menu, but with their in house options as well- I love their pale ale! As always, the staff was friendly and helpful, which always makes for a pleasant experience.
Beer: I tried the Piranha Pale Ale
Bars & Restaurants
Krause’s Cafe- New Braunfels
This was honestly one of my favorite places I got to explore while creating this list- Krause’s is everything you expect Oktoberfest to be… year round! They have an impressive selection of beers on tap as well as German imports. The food was absolutely incredible- I will definitely be back to enjoy a pretzel and liter beer in their outside biergarten!
Beer: I tried 5 Stones Artisan Brewery Braunfelser Hefeweizen.
Breweries and Brew Pubs
Acopon Brewing Co- Dripping Springs
We actually stumbled upon Acopon accidentally when we were out in Dripping Springs- and it was conveniently on the guide! This cute little house hidden behind those gorgeous flowers is actually a small brewery- and its so cute inside! They have plenty of seating indoors (for those hot days) or you can sit outside on the front patio with your pup! I thought they had great beer! They are definitely a must when you’re out and about in Dripping Springs.
Beer: I tried Bellibone Blonde Ale.
Twisted X Brewing Co- Dripping Springs
This brewery is truly a hidden gem. Located outside of Austin in Wimberly- it’s worth the drive! Twisted X has a super cute barn style tasting room with a rustic vibe. Their tasting room is small on the inside, but perfect for sitting outside on a sunny day. This brewery is just a tiny little taste of everything you can imagine Texas to be. My favorite is the Gulf Kolsch!
Beer: I tried Later Days, Austin Lager, Cow Creek, Gulf Kolsch, WOAH- MANGO, 1092 Pale Ale and Barleysicle.
Suds Monkey Brewing Co- Dripping Springs
Suds Monkey is another place we actually stumbled upon by accident- you’d almost miss them tucked away back in their warehouse if it wasn’t for their eye catching “beer” banner on the road side! Their tasting room is tiny, tiny- but the beer did not disappoint, Jon also enjoyed their food truck.
Beer: I tried the Money Wrench Session IPA.
Family Business Beer Co- Dripping Springs
Family Business was SO great! I was truly surprised how much I loved it! The space itself is huge, whenever you sit inside or outside- there is plenty of room for everyone to relax and enjoy their beers! They also had plenty of parking, are pup and child friendly with a playground AND food truck. Because this is in Dripping Springs, which I mentioned earlier could be a bit of a drive, I love that this place has everything all in one trip. Great beer and a great time to be had by all! I highly recommend you visit Family Business and make a day of breweries in Dripping Springs.
Beer: I tried The Grackle, Spree, Whitetail and Summer Spree.
Bell Springs Winery & Brewery- Dripping Springs
I added Bell Springs to the list, it was not originally part of the Austin Beer Guide because it is a winery that recently started brewing- and we found it by accident! They currently have two beers, beginning early this year, and have plans in place to grow from there. I went through a huge Amber phase when I moved to Texas- sitting on their back deck beneath the trees drinking their beer gave me a bit of nostalgia. I’m interested in seeing how they grow, I will be back to taste again!
Beer: I tried the Vienna Lager and Saison.
Vista Brewing- Driftwood
Vista Brewing might be my new favorite ranch style brewery in Driftwood/ Dripping Springs area. They have the greatest aesthetic, just check out the bathrooms! I love that Vista has so much seating both indoors and outdoors, with a second outdoor bar. And the food is drool worthy, its on the expensive side but as a whole Vista offers an environment you’ll want to bring out of town friends to see. They have plenty of parking and shaded areas if you want to bring the pups, they are kid friendly as well!
Beer: I tried the Glen Rose.
Jester King Brewery- Fitzhugh Rd. Austin
This is such a FUN brewery to hang out at picnic table with a bunch of friends for the afternoon, the grounds are absolutely beautiful! They’re known for their sour beers, but have something for everyone- including wine! They also feature select beers from other breweries! Grab a picnic table outside or in the barn for some shade, some lunch from Stanley’s Farmhouse pizza- and you’ll never want to leave! My favorite beer is the Figlet, brewed with Texas Figs smoked at Franklins BBQ! They also offer tours and goat yoga!
Beer: I tried Estival Dichotomous (2016), Figlet, SPON Three Year Blend (2018), Hibernal Dichotomous (Batch #2), SPON Grapefruit (2018) and Atrial Rubicite (Blend 7).
Treaty Oak Brewing & Distilling Ranch- Fitzhugh Rd. Austin
This Brewery/ Distillery is the best of both world! Here you can enjoy various beers and spirits on their spacious ranch in Dripping Springs (they mentioned they are updating their brewery at the moment). Located close to Jester King (featured above) its the perfect spot to hit if you want to make a day of visiting breweries out in the Hill Country. Treaty Oak is PERFECT for a sunny day, they have outdoor games, a pavilion to keep cool AND some of the best food in their air conditioned “restaurant.” I recommend going here for a tour of the grounds and to learn more about their distilling process! (We did that for Jon’s birthday two years ago!)
Beer: I tried Fitzhugh Mild Ale and Brightside Blonde Ale.
Last Stand Brewing Co- Pauls Valley Rd. Austin
This brewery is tucked away in Dripping Springs along with a cidery and a distillery (fun, fun). Their tasting room reminds me of the houses on Rainey Street and the back yard is perfect for relaxing and sipping a beer under the Texas sun… Example: see Jon. We had so much fun this day walking from location to location and trying out local brews and spirits! This is such a great place to go for a low key experience sipping on local brews!
Beer: I tried Raspberry Dunkel and Citra Smash IPA.
Beer: I tried their Lager, Oktoberfest, German Pils, Kolsch, Winter Sticke and my personal favorite 290 Jitters Pecan Coffee Stout.
Pecan Street Brewing- Johnson City
This place is packed!! It’s no secret, they have an amazing restaurant with an awesome beer list. Located about half way between Austin and Fredericksburg, you neeeeeed to stop in for a brew on the way! There are plenty of parking spaces off the main road, the main concern to look out for is their wait can get up to three hours long!! Good thing they let you order a beer to go so you can walk around the square and shop while you wait!
Beer: I tried their Black Friday Kolsch.
AquaBrew- San Marcos
AquaBrew is an awesome brewery that I have passed by (and missed) for the last three years… how have I never stopped in there before now??? Right off the square in San Marcos is this chill brewery with ballin food and delicious craft beer. They have a small parking lot in addition to street parking with plenty of seating both inside and out. The outside patio was my favorite!
Beer: I tried Swine Dive West Coast IPA and Ape-Pricot Wheat.
Whitestone Brewery- Cedar Park
Whitestone has a loud vibe with live music, TV’s and board games. Their covered patio is vendor friendly with a changing food truck. They sell merchandise and beer to go and are kid and dog friendly. We had a negative experience with no running water in the women’s restroom, an employee mentioned that had been an issue for the last year- which we were not pleased to hear. That being said, in addition to its location so far outside of the city- we will probably not be back.
Beer: I tried Konverter Kolsch.
Oasis Texas Brewing Co- Comanche Trail Austin
To be honest, this brewery is my least favorite of all the breweries on this list- at least when it comes to drinking their beer (just trying to keep it real with y’all!) BUT it is my favorite location! What I think the brewery lacks in beer, they certainly make up for with their view of Lake Travis. They occupy two floors at the Oasis, very spacious with plenty of seating and games. Come for the view, try a beer and if you don’t like it- play some corn hole!
Beer: I tried Metamodern Session IPA, Slow Ride, London Homesick Ale, Bowsaw, London Homesick Ale (2016) and Moontower Black Kolsch.
WOW! That’s a lot of beer y’all need to try! Make sure to download the Untapped App, that way you can track and rate the beers you try and remember your favorites! My Untappd username is @Bgiamoni. Don’t forget to tag me on your adventures! Are there any I missed? Do you have any recommendations? You can find me on instagram @_justalittlebrit use the hashtags #beerstothat and #thegmoneyexperience ! Cheer’s Y’all!