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(512) Brewing Company

Craft Brewery in Austin

(512) Brewing Company is a microbrewery based in Austin offering over 30 craft beer varieties. The company is proud to use only the freshest local and organic ingredients while consciously controlling the brewing process up to distribution. The company is completely independent of the big brands, and features draft beers sold in reusable kegs. Instead of Bisphenol-A (BPA) lined aluminum, they serve their beers in durable glass. Perhaps a testament to their popularity, they were the largest buyers of organic malted barley in Texas in 2016.Catch them at over 715 locations around Texas. Even better, for $12 per person, drop by for their open house on Saturdays from noon to 4:00pm. The fee includes a tour of the brewery's facilities, 6 samples, and a logo glass. You can also attend one of their Cellar Sessions, an intimate live music session filmed at the brewery featuring a musical artist.

(512) 921-1545

4th Tap Brewing Cooperative

Craft Brewery in Austin

The 4th Tap Brewing Cooperative is Texas’ first worker-owned brewery, and one of the first in the U.S.  It took the founders 6 years of planning, and they finally opened in November 2015. Today, each person you see making, selling, or serving their delicious craft beers owns a piece of 4th Tap.The brewery is located in north Austin. The taproom was “designed to bring together [the] neighborhood… and share 4th Tap’s love of beer, art, music, and much more.” And, wrestling is one of those “much more”. The taproom is open daily and there’s a wrestling ring in the back for occasional wrestling matches. “Party World Rasslin’” (PWR) is one of the special events aligned with their mantra “Brew. Share. Party. Repeat.” There are three “core beer line-up” and several others on seasonal rotation at the taproom. Some of the varieties come in cans and are available for purchase.

(512) 904-9817

Adelbert’s Brewery

Craft Brewery in Austin

Adelbert’s Brewery is an award-winning microbrewery in Austin. Established in 2011 and named after founder Scott Hovey’s brother, George Adelbert “Del” Hovey, the brewery imbues all its brews with Del’s spirit of adventure and love for travel.The brewery is proud of their hands-on brewing process which uses only quality ingredients, and several of their brews have won many awards. There are year-round mainstays, fruited brews, and limited releases; some varieties are available in cans. Check out their very informative website. They tell you what’s available at the taproom and their suggested perfect pairings. You can learn all about Del’s travels that inspired many of their brews’ names and flavors, too.They have a partner food truck for the month to cater to customers' munchies. Tours of the brewery are by request only.

(512) 662-1462

Austin Beerworks

Craft Brewery in Austin

Austin Beerworks' four co-founders believe that “beer brings people together”. To this end, they established Austin Beerworks so “people (will) have a better time”. Austin Beerworks beers are only sold within about 50 miles of Austin, but the brewery is gaining national recognition. They recently made Forbes 11 Best Beers list in 2018. The brand started with their first release in April 2011. Initially raising the eyebrows of craft beer fans by having them distributed in bold, attractive cans, it went from a startup to “growing by over 180% each year”. Today, they have “core four” beers - Peacemaker, Pearl-Snap, Flavor Country, and Fire Eagle. In addition, they have a rotating set of seasonal beers, and the Heavy Machinery seasonal IPA series. They also lay claim to a world's first - the 99-pack - a marketing gimmick to promote their Peacemaker "Anytime Ale". In 2016, Austin Chronicle dubbed them “the new official beer of Austin”. In 2017, they expanded to a 15,000+ square foot warehouse next door to the brewery.Austin Beerworks has been included in our list of 10 Must-Try Craft Breweries in Austin (2020). Check out the link to read more!

(512) 821-2494

Batch – Craft Beer & Kolaches

Craft Brewery in Austin

Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches started in 2017 as a family-owned and operated kolache bakery, taproom, and retail craft beer shop. Founders and brothers Noah and Josh Lit introduced Austinites to their preference of downing their kolaches with their favorite beers. Batch's beer selection came from local craft breweries and European breweries. In addition, they also had cans and bottles from many breweries, and coffee for non-beer drinkers.After a couple of years just serving other breweries’ beers with their kolaches, the brothers collaborated with John Snyder and Heath Shuford. Together, they launched a 2019 Kickstarter campaign to start their own brewery. Batch has since released their first batch for their 2nd year anniversary celebration in August 2019 – a “saison aged in Cabernet barrels with pink peppercorns, Texas wildflower honey, and dandelion”. They also sold Batch Bottle Club, Elite Brewery, and Beer for Life memberships, which ended in October 2019.

(512) 401-3025

Black Star Co-op

Craft Brewery in Austin

Black Star Co-op is the world’s first cooperatively-owned and worker self-managed brewpub, owned by a community of more than 3,000 individuals and organizations. It incorporates locally-sourced, sustainably produced ingredients into the menu, supporting local farmers, ranchers, and purveyors. The menu consists of classic brunch fare like "avocado toast", starters like "buffalo wings", entrees like "fish & chips", and "luscious" desserts like "bread pudding". This Austin brewpub takes great pride in its constantly rotating beer selection it has crafted over 55 "unique" recipes over the years that are brewed seasonally. You can enjoy $1 off selected wines and all snacks on "happy hour", which runs Tuesday through Thursday, 3 - 6 PM.

(512) 452-2337

Blue Owl Brewing

Craft Brewery in Austin

Blue Owl Brewing specializes in sour beers. That means this is the place to go to in East Austin if you like sour beers. The beers range from “mildly sour to puckering after every sip” sour. Owner Suzy Shaffer says she has had taproom customers “who don’t like beer (and) we’ve been able to convert people (to drinking their beers)”. Co-owner Jeff Young says their “refreshing, light beers” are perfect for Austin’s warm weather.Their taproom opened in 2015. The pastel furniture and décor is a perfect backdrop to the sour beers they serve. They have three year-round products – Little Boss, Spirit Animal, and Professor Black – plus a selection of seasonal offerings. Their canned releases  are found “in select cities throughout Texas and California”, with some limited seasonal bottles released from time to time.Blue Owl Brewing has been included in our list of 10 Must-Try Craft Breweries in Austin (2020). Check out the link to read more!

(512) 593-1262

Celis Brewery

Craft Brewery in Austin

The Celis Brewery name is synonymous with witbier or “white beer”. The name Celis had gone through two iterations previously. Pierre Celis, the legendary brewer, built two breweries - one in Belgium and another in Austin - which ended in "Faustian deals” and forced Pierre to give up the breweries he built. The beer world mourned Pierre's passing in 2011. He is credited with reviving witbier, which had all but died in the 1950s.Celis Brewery “2.0”, essentially the third iteration of the brewery, is by Christine Celis, Pierre’s daughter. With help from outside investors, the brewery and taproom opened in 2017. Using her father’s original recipes, Christine recreated the beers that were her father’s legacy. She also introduced new ones that promise to continue the family name’s legendary reputation. Daytona Camps, Christine's daughter, joins her mother at the brewery. Like her mother, she is also a brewer having perfected her brewing skills around the U.S. and in Europe.Celis Brewery has been included in our list of 10 Must-Try Craft Breweries in Austin (2020). Check out the link to read more!

(512) 524-2377

Central District Brewing

Craft Brewery in Austin

The Central District Brewing – as the name implies – is centrally located in Downtown Austin. Opened in March 2019, they opened to serve local Austin beers. Starting May 2019, however, the brewery released their first batch of brews.The brewery is “very well located” at the ground floor of the parking garage next to the Austin Convention Center. That means you won’t ever have to worry about parking! It’s also “an easy walk to the nightlife on 6th Street”. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from nearby, and it’s “close to the Hilton and Fairmont”. That affirms the popular real estate saying of “location, location, location”!And the beers? The brewery won gold at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival within less than a year of operation for their Wit-tington and beat more established breweries. They’ve also started releasing their first sodas for non-beer drinkers!

(512) 993-4511

Central Machine Works Brewery

Craft Brewery in Austin

Located in East Austin, Central Machine Works Brewery features a beer garden with family-friendly areas, food trucks, and a stage for live music. This East Austin brewery and beer hall got its name from the former tenant of the preserved industrial space, the “Central Machine Works” shop. The brewery came about after a group of Austinites fell in love with the space. Central Machine Works Brewery offers a wide range of beers from “American lagers, ales, and IPAs,” as well as some international styles like “kolsch, pilsners and English brown ales.” They also have seasonal beers and guest taps. They have a taproom that has a full bar and all of the drinks they offer are available on-site and for limited distribution.

(512) 385-3287

Circle Brewing Company

Craft Brewery in Austin

Nashville natives Ben Sabel and Judson Mulherin founded Circle Brewing Company in 2010 making it the oldest microbrewery in North Austin. Adhering to the principles of the German Purity Law, the duo believes in combining the Law "with a little creativity and Texas ingenuity”. This philosophy results in award winning beers including their Alibi Blonde, which won silver at the 2014 World Beer Cup. In 2016, their Archetype Historical IPA won gold at the 2016 edition. Their Doppel Blur Imperial Hefe, meanwhile, took bronze at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.Circle Brewing is popular with the Austin community because they host several unique events each year. For example, in 2019, the 0.5K Marathon at the brewery's parking lot is on its 6th year. With beer in hand, donors participate in a race and proceeds go to a different charity each year. Another unique event had them team up with Equality Texas during Pride Month. The brewery sold Fanny Pack Kolsch in rainbow-colored cans and donated $1 for each can sold to the non-profit.

Compadre Brewing

Craft Brewery in Round Rock

Officially opened in the summer of 2019, Compadre Brewing is owned and operated by the Galvan family in Pflugerville/Round Rock. It’s a dog-friendly and family friendly brewery that started with a “Make Your Own Beer Kit” Christmas gift for Roel, the brewery’s owner and brewer. Together with his father Roy, the two set out to discover the world of craft beers, which culminated in their opening Compadre Brewing. As fate would have it, the family took over a short-lived brewery that used to exist at their present location. The brewery soft-opened with their Cinco De Cele(brew)cion last May 5, and served about 32 different craft beers on tap, including their own creations.A few months into their opening, the reviews have been great:
  • “It is awesome. Friendly staff, good beers and plenty of options of other local beers”
  • “Solid selection of beers”
  • “They like to push flavor profiles and add depth to the beer (which is) a good thing”

(512) 992-0665

Draught House Pub and Brewery

Craft Brewery in Austin

The Draught House Pub and Brewery has had a long history. Celebrating its 50th year in 2019, the first owners were Wayne and Gay Overton in 1969. They ran the pub for 25 years until Wayne passed on. The building and the pub changed hands a couple of times until current owner Josh Wilson took over in 1999. In the intervening years, with a brewery system installed in 1995, the pub started brewing its own beers, and the number of taps increased to 74.It’s included in "America's Best Beer Bars" by Playboy Magazine, maybe back when Playboy was still a purveyor of good taste. This is just, however, among many other accolades from different publications. With “thousands of scrawled messages carved into the wooden tables”, meanwhile, it has seen some of its patrons grow up. If the newer reviews on review sites are any indication, however, it’s going to be around for 50 years more.

(512) 452-6258

Family Business Beer Company

Craft Brewery in Dripping Springs

Here are a couple of reviews about Family Business Beer Company (FBBC):
  • “First of all, this is owned by Jensen Ackles. That is all you need to know.”
  • “To be honest, I came in hopes of spotting some celebrities…”  
That certainly grabs one’s attention. ICYMI – Jensen Ackles co-stars in the science-fiction TV series “Supernatural”. Jensen’s wife Danneel, his brother-in-law Gino Graul, Danneel’s parents, and head brewer Nate Seal complete the family that owns and runs FBBC.FBBC is “a destination microbrewery and tasting room”. That means expansive grounds, outdoor shaded seating at The Oak Grove, a fenced-in playground for kids, live entertainment, and delicious Cajun food courtesy of their partner food truck (from Jep’s Southern Roots of “Duck Dynasty” fame). And, yes, the beers are the real stars, in case you’re wondering, including German-style pilsner Golden Age, a 2019 GABF silver medal winner.Pro tip: They offer year-round discounts to all military, veterans, and first responders!

(512) 829-4202

Friends and Allies Brewing Company

Craft Brewery in Austin

Friends and Allies Brewing Company founders Ben Sabin and Devin Ponds are “industry professionals”. The homebrewing enthusiasts bonded over their passion but charted different paths. Ponds moved to California and Sabin remaining in Austin. Both worked in the craft beer industry. Their passion eventually brought them back together in Austin and they hired Nathan Crane as head brewer for their new brewery.The company’s name is the Hasinais meaning for the word “Tejas” (or, “Texas”), which refers to a friend or ally. It reflects the company’s aim to be deeply rooted in Austin’s community.With a focus on “West Coast techniques”, the brewery “produces uniquely Texas beers steeped in West Coast brewing techniques”. Even their logo reflects this “dual state” and shows a wolf and a bear. Their current lineup consists of four core beers.

(512) 765-5240

Frontyard Brewing

Craft Brewery in Austin

Frontyard Brewing doesn’t just brew beer. Instead, the brewery aims to build a friendly and family-oriented community, and the “beer is just the invitation”. The brewery currently has a lineup of five beers. These consist of the Belgian Blond Ale, Rye IPA, Coffee Milk Stout, Oatmeal Stout, and Belgian Golden Ale.Instead of putting up their own taproom, a “hallmark” of any brewery, the brewery upon launch upended the traditional brewery business plan by selling their beers first around Austin. As of October 2019, the brewery is busy with the construction of their “front yard”. When finished, it will house the brewery’s expanded facilities, and features the company’s very own taproom. Expected to open by spring 2020, owners and founders Kevin Jones and Chad Worner are hoping to see their fans in their “porch” and sipping on a pint. Meanwhile, Frontyard invites its fans to use the brewery's website to learn where their beers are available.

(512) 772-2600

Growler Room

Craft Brewery in Austin

Growler Room is Austin’s original growler fill station, with 30 taps in store! They’ve got beer, cider, mead, cold brew coffee, and ginger beer, which you can grab at the bar, or have a filled growler to go. The Growler Room prides itself as the “place where everybody knows your name,” having four people working the shifts and building a “warm and welcoming establishment.” Relax and hang out with friends, or make new ones as there is no live music or TVs like other bars. Instead, they’ve got board games, darts, crosswords, and even a “lively topic of conversation at the bar to engage in.” The drinks are the main focus, but people are welcome to bring food or have it delivered.

(512) 748-7852

Hedgehog Brewing

Craft Brewery in Cedar Park

Specializing on bright, hoppy ales and unique farmhouse beers, Hedgehog Brewing was founded by lifelong Austinites and brothers "Chris & Jonathan Harris." The name of this craft brewery comes from owner, Jonathan Harris, Scottish family’s crest, which is said to have hedgehogs on it. They focus on wild ales, fermented with "Wild Hill Country yeast" that has been collected in Texas, as well as hop forward beers, and barrel aged stouts/barley wines. They brew what they enjoy to drink and are excited to share it with you. Some of their selection includes Double Dry-Hopped Hoptimism, Need For Tweed Scotch Ale with coconut, Double IPA, Farmhouse ale with mango and habanero, and Farmhouse ale with pineapple, dry-hopped.

Hi Sign Brewing

Craft Brewery in Austin

Hi Sign Brewing takes its name from Hi Sign Road in Lincoln, Montana. The name stuck because Marine Corps veteran Mark Phillippe, the brewery’s founder, spent time with his Dad in a little cabin off Hi Sign Road. It was there that he developed his love for craft beers. After his military stint, Mark found himself searching for his next path. Two mentors, both also in the beverage industry, convinced him to pursue his dream of building his own brewery.The brewery opened in 2017 with Andrew Shelton as head brewer. Andrew brings an extensive brewing background including stints at Texas and Florida breweries. Located in a 6,600 square feet warehouse and situated in a one-acre lot, the airy taproom has ample space for special events. While at the brewery, try the blond ale with “the perfect subtle amount of blueberry” Violet the Blueberry Blonde (5.1% ABV). It’s their bestseller.Hi Sign Brewing has been included in our list of 10 Must-Try Craft Breweries in Austin (2020). Check out the link to read more!

(512) 382-5264

Hitmaker Brewing Company

Craft Brewery in Austin

Brian Hyde, Marcos Canchola, Joe Holifield, and Chris Fish released Hitmaker Brewing Company’s first beer, an IPA, only in mid-May 2018. The brewery and its founders, however, are far from being newbies to the business of craft beers. Joe, head brewer and the “creative force” behind their beers, has over a decade of homebrewing experience. He also attended Siebel Institute in Chicago. Meanwhile, the other founders own or co-own several bars and restaurants around Austin. The list includes MugShots, Pour House Pints & Pies, The Hideout Pub, Pour House Pub, Bender Bar & Grill, and Violet Crown Social Club.The brewery’s taproom opened about a year after the release of its first beer. Since then they’ve lined up about 10 beers including a coconut porter and a Kolsch. The taproom is open from Thursdays to Sundays.

(512) 465-2333

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