A Guide to Austin’s Brewery Tours

Not long ago, Austin’s craft beer scene was much like Madonna’s front teeth, in that there was a large gap in need of filling. Thankfully, over the course of the past few years, dedicated and talented brewers have worked hard to bridge the beer gap, and now there are a multitude of breweries and quality brews to choose from in Austin and its surrounding areas.

However, this poses a different dilemma. With so many great breweries to visit, where do you even start? If you’re reading this right now, then you’ve come to the right place. Below is a comprehensive list of Austin breweries, inclusive of brewery highlights, contact information, and location. Scroll down and drink up!

Downtown/East Side

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Hops & Grain

Which do you like better: beer or planet Earth? Tough decision, right?

The fine folks at Hops & Grain Brewery believe you should never have to choose between what are arguably the two most important things in life. Because of this, Hops & Grain Brewery is a big advocate of sustainable brewing, making a bevy of fantastic brews all while supporting the environment.

Not only do they repurpose their used grain by making dog biscuits with it, they also package their beer in 100% recyclable aluminum cans. With sustainably satiating suds like their Greenhouse IPA that bring peace to your body and your mind, you could say that Hops & Grain Brewery is putting a positive spin on the phrase “greenhouse effect.”

Hops & Grain –  507 Calles St. Austin, TX 78702 – (512) 914-2467 – www.hopsandgrain.com

Zilker Brewing Co. – 1701 E 6th St, Austin TX 78702 – (512) 765-4946 – www.zilkerbeer.com

Live Oak Brewing Company – 3301 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702 – (512) 385-2299 – www.liveoakbrewing.com

The Hill Country

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Jester King Brewery

A wise band by the name of Parliament once said, “Most of all he needs the funk. Help him find the funk.” I’m not sure who “he” is, but if he’s in such desperate need of funk, he should go to Jester King Brewery. Jester King brews some of the funkiest beers around. Whether you’re looking for funky flavors, funky packaging, or a beautifully funky atmosphere, they’ve got it all.

Located in the breathtaking Texas Hill Country, Jester King continually draws inspiration from the land surrounding the brewery, incorporating wild yeast and native bacteria into their beers. It’s hard to find the exact words to describe the distinct and unique flavors of their farmhouse style ales, but one thing is for sure: No matter which Jester King beer you try, you should cherish it because you won’t find anything else quite like it.

Truly, their beers even change from batch to batch as they are naturally fermented, aged, and soured in barrels. So, visit the land, sample the beer, and tell Parliament not to worry because you have found the funk…and it is tres magnifique.

Jester King Brewery – 13187 Fitzhugh Rd, Austin, TX 78736 – (512) 537-5100 – www.jesterkingbrewery.com

Thirsty Planet – 11160 Circle Dr, Austin, TX 78736 – (512) 579-0679 – www.thirstyplanet.net

Last Stand Brewery – 12345 Pauls Valley Rd, Building i, Austin, TX 78737 – (512) 373-3629 – www.laststandbrewing.com

Twisted X Brewing Company – West 150, 23455 Ranch Rd 12, Dripping Springs, TX 78620 – (512) 829-5323 – www.texmexbeer.com

Multi-stop Tours

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ATXcursions

Alright, so this company isn’t actually a brewery, you got me there, but they are far and away the best way to see the local breweries. ATXcursions offers all-inclusive brewery tours every weekend that allow you to visit three Austin breweries and sample delicious beer to your heart’s content. If you give them a few hours of your time, they’ll make your whole day!

Not only do they provide a sober ride to and from each stop, but they also send you with a knowledgable beer guide who can answer your questions and make beer recommendations. From the critical connoisseur to the care-free consumer, their services will make any beer drinker feel #blessed. Click here to book a brewery tour with ATXcursions.

ATXcursions – (866) 759-7375 

North Austin

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Austin Beerworks

Home of the 99 pack, haven for hipsters, and a place where unicorns roam free. If you’re looking for bold, clean beer in a quintessential Austin environment, Austin Beerworks is totes your jam, homie. As this city’s fastest growing brewery, there’s no doubt that Austin Beerworks has figured out the perfect ratio of good times to good beer.

Much of their success can be attributed to the solid foundation they laid when they first started back in 2011. I should clarify that the foundation I’m talking about here is a metaphorical foundation made of quality beer, which is also a foundation I’d love to have poured straight into my mouth by a cement truck.

Austin Beerworks began by brewing four fantastic beers: Fire Eagle, Black Thunder, Peacemaker, and Pearlsnap. These tried and true brews have become timeless favorites and are all available to drink in the brewery’s taproom, along with several other intriguing brews that you won’t find in stores.

So lasso your unicorn (preferably by the horn), saddle up, and gallop/fly/magically appear into Austin Beerworks as soon as possible. Your steed will thank you.

Austin Beerworks – 3009 Industrial Terrace, Austin, TX 78758 – (512) 821-2494 – www.austinbeerworks.com

Adelbert’s Brewery – 2314 Rutland Dr #100, Austin, TX 78758 – (512) 662-1462 – www.adelbertsbeer.com

Circle Brewing – 2340 W Braker Ln, Austin, TX 78758 – (512) 814-7599 – www.circlebrewing.com

Oskar Blues Brewery – 10420 Metric Blvd, Austin, TX 78748 – (512) 284-9001 –www.oskarblues.com

South Austin

Independence Brewing Co.

If you’re an American, you celebrate your independence on July 4th. If you’re a Texan, you celebrate your independence everyday with a beer by Independence Brewing Co. One of Austin’s first breweries, Independence Brewing Co. has been churning out beer and turning on customers to traditional and unusual beer styles alike since 2004.

They first came onto the Austin market with beers like their Austin Amber and Bootlegger Brown in order to fight for styles they felt were underrepresented at the time. Now, these beers are mainstays, and Independence Brewing Co. can additionally support a solid list of seasonal and limited release beers like their Red Bud Berliner Weisse or their Lupulust Tripel.

Want to thank Independence Brewing Co. in person for helping to free Austin from its past of lackluster beer and paving the way for our current and future beer soldiers? Go to their tap room and raise your pints in their honor. Because they did not go quietly into the night. They did not vanish without a fight. They lived on! They survived! Today, we celebrate our Independence Day!

Independence Brewing Co. – 3913 Todd Ln #607, Austin, TX 78744 – (512) 707-0099 – www.independencebrewing.com

South Austin Brewery – 415 E St Elmo Rd, Austin, TX 78745 – (512) 354-2337 – www.southaustinbrewery.com

512 Brewing Company – 407 Radam Ln, Austin, TX 78745 – (512) 921-1545 –www.512brewing.com

Out West:

Oasis Texas Brewing Company

An oasis represents relief from hardship, a quenching of unbearable thirst. Nothing fits this description better than a beer by Oasis Texas Brewing Company (OTXBC). This brewery sits atop a hill overlooking Lake Travis, and the brewers there understand that when you come out for a visit, you’re going to want to stay a while and soak in the scenery.

That’s why OTXBC specializes in session-able brews that contain just the right amount of alcohol for you to sit a spell and enjoy a few without compromising your memory of the stunning sunset. With a sizable selection of suds to choose from, it can be difficult to figure out where to start.

While there’s no wrong decision to be made in this instance, a good option is to begin with their London Homesick Ale, an English-style ale that won gold in the 2014 Great American Beer Festival in Colorado. An award like this just goes to prove that partaking in OTXBC’s low-alcohol beers should be a task that is very high on your list.

Oasis Texas Brewing Company – 6550 Comanche Trail, Austin, TX 78732 – (512) 284-9407 – www.otxbc.com

Infamous Brewing Company – 4602 Weletka Dr, Austin, TX 78734 – (512) 487-8786 – www.infamousbrewing.com

Solid Rock – 2214 Bee Creek Rd, Spicewood, TX 78669 – (512) 571-1740 – www.solidrockbrewing.com

Strange Land Brewery – 5904 Bee Cave Rd, Austin, TX 78746 – (512) 276-2295 – www.strangelandbrewery.com

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