Austin’s New Breweries and Taprooms
There are times when nothing but a homemade, craft beer will satisfy. Thanks to a long list of local breweries and taprooms, Austin beer lovers are never at a loss to find a good brew and a great place to drink it. Throughout the city and its many suburbs, you’ll find some of the best independent breweries in the great state of Texas.
Are you getting ready for your next self-guided pub crawl? Do you and your friends need a new place to hang out for a few hours on the weekend? Well, we have got you covered. Among the dozens of small breweries and taprooms in the greater Austin area are these five gems:
Lazarus Brewing Company
The Lazarus Brewing Company takes the concept of uniqueness to an entirely new level. The owners think of beer as a divine gift to be shared among close friends in tight-knit communities. They also believe that creating a unique space to brings people together to share their everyday lives makes their neighborhood better. Join them at their 6th Street & Chicon location for some incredible brews, along with gourmet coffee and tea. Invest $1,000 in their Patron Saint Class, and you will receive one free drink every day for the rest of your life.
Austin Beerworks Tap Room
Austin Beerworks has been around since 2011, but a recent expansion has completely transformed this local favorite. One of the things that make them so interesting is their insistence on only putting their beer in cans. That’s right, no bottles or glasses. Everything is in cans. Austin Beerworks is open daily and offers incentives like tasting hours, pint nights, and a continually rotating army of food trucks to park outside.
St. Elmo Brewing
Don’t confuse St. Elmo Brewing Company with the St. Elmo Public Market. Both are entirely different spaces selling completely different products. As for the brewing company, they are part of The Yard revitalization project. On site, you’ll find a massive beer garden along with one of the most interesting taprooms in Austin. They currently serve eight craft beers and other drinks daily.
Friends & Allies Brewing
Friends & Allies started out as a local project between two friends who wanted to create and distribute their own beer. They began brewing a couple of years ago, then decided to build their own tasting room to complement a reputation for excellent beer. Their brand-new building is found in East Austin on Springdale Road. Friends & Allies opens at 4 PM during the week and noon on weekends.
Thirsty Planet Brewing Company
With a name like Thirsty Planet and a logo featuring a large green globe, you might think this brewery is something of an environmental project. Actually, you’re right. Thirsty Planet Brewing was created to be an environmentally friendly brewery with an eye on giving back to the community through charitable contributions. A portion of their proceeds is distributed to a number of local charities including the Austin Zoo and the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund. On Saturdays, they offer free tours of the facility; reservations are required.
As you can see, Austin is in no way lacking in local breweries and taprooms. In fact, the five listed here only scratch the surface. There are many others serving craft beer along with good food and plenty of great times. We encourage you to get familiar with them.
Remember that when you support your local brewery or taprooms, you are supporting the efforts of small business owners passionate about what they do. That’s what local craft beer is all about anyway – a passion for brewing.