By: Amber Pearce

 

You want the entire experience—your beer and to drink it too. You want to sip on a craft brew, preferably local, while enjoying the finest grub and surrounded by gals in cowboy boots and dudes with Keep Austin Weird beards. Whether you’re in town for work or play, discover some of the hippest, most delicious craft beer–serving establishments in town. Come check ‘em out, y’all!

 

5. Black Star Co-op—With their onsite brewery, the Co-op offers many homebrews, including their award-winning Dewplicity, along with an excellent selection of crafts from all over. Found across from the Crestview train station, the pub has prime North Austin real estate. Be certain to try their fries, and no need to tip because the staff receives a living wage.

4. Craft Pride— Located on Rainey Street, one of the trendy areas of Austin, here is your Texas craft beer go-to. They carry an assortment of beers brewed all over the state, and the knowledgeable staff is happy to guide you through your Texas craft brew experience. A food truck in the backyard specializes in bacon-based foods.

3. Whip In—Corner store turned brewery, pub, market, and Indian-fusion restaurant, find this eclectic little bar on I-35 in popular 78704. This spot provides free live music most evenings. Even when a humble corner store, Whip In offered an excellent selection of beers, and now that they’ve expanded, the 72 taps they offer aren’t too shabby either.

2. Easy Tiger—Made complete with an onsite bake shop, this beer garden boasts 33 craft beers on tap, several pricey primo bottles, a vast assortment of select whiskeys, as well as Lonestar cans (the National Beer of Texas) and ping-pong tables. Treat yourself to a homemade pretzel with beer cheese. Character, style, and class have finally found a home on Dirty 6th.

1. Jester King Brewery—You’ll need a full day to experience this Austin gem located on acreage in the Texas Hill Country. If you’re a fan of sour farmhouse ales or award-winning framboises, it’s more than worth the trek. The tap room menu changes often, and bottles are available for take-home enjoyment. Imbibe your ale in the tap room, outside on picnic tables beneath the trees, and enjoy the free tour. Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza offers delectable hand-tossed pies on site.