Best Austin Breweries

To start, Austin has a TON of breweries, and there are even a few companies that specialize in Austin beer tours!!! In order to steer y’all in the right direction so you can make up your own personal tour we put a lot of research, aka beer drinking, into this list (we’re not complaining here!) and tapped into our favorite recommendations community, The Oros App, for additional recommendations. Overall the Oros community agreed with most of the top Austin beer picks we were already going to put on the list due to all of our “research”, but they also recommend a new hot spot that we hadn’t even heard of yet. The new Austin brewery that was recommended to us easily jumped into our top 10, and what’s so great about the app is that it allows you to make connections with people that you find have valuable advice and you can follow-up with them directly.  The list below is in no particular order and all 10 are amazing and tasty in their own way, now who’s thirsty?

1. St. Elmo Brewing Company

St. Elmo Brewing Company is our go-to Friday lunch spot for three reasons: First of all, it’s imperative that they have delicious beer in a variety of styles. They also have one of our favorite food trucks in town, Soursop, which is located in their beer garden. PLUS, on Fridays, they have a lunch “combo” with Soursop. You can get one of Soursop’s seriously amazing spicy chicken sandwiches and a glass of their craft Kolsch named Carl for less than $10.  At St. Elmo you can find a good mix of mainstay classics, like the easy-drinking kolsch, that are always on the menu, to a long list of ever-changing creative taps from custom double IPA’s to a pineapple pale ale. 440 E St Elmo Rd G-2, Austin, TX 78745

2. Strange Land Brewery

Westlake only has one brewery, Strange Land Brewery, and that brewery has always been one of our favorites.  SLB specializes in easy-drinking, old world beers using natural fermentation. Even their IPA is the easiest drinking IPA we’ve ever had! Our favorite SLB beers are Atholl Brose Scotch Ale, Fleur D’Oranger Belgian Tripel, The Last Gentleman Bourbon Porter, and their IPA (and we’re typically not IPA fans). The tap rooms are only open on Friday and Saturday, so if you’re in the area you’d be making a big mistake if you don’t stop in for a cold one.  They’re also a great follow on Facebook, because a few times a year they throw special seasonal events with great food and live music and their tickets sell out quickly. Their Halloween party was the perfect excuse for us to bust out our lederhosen and dirndl! 5904 Bee Cave Rd, Austin, TX 78746

3. Adelbert’s Brewery

Adelbert’s is your Austin brewery stop if you fancy anything Belgian beer related!  The brewery is located in the northwest part of Austin in a corridor where you can find a few other breweries to stop at, but this is our favorite in this part of the city.  The location isn’t huge, but they have a front patio area and typically a food truck. They fill all of their walls with masterpieces from local artists. It is fun to admire local artists while sipping on one of their brews.  Speaking of beers, be sure to ask about the background on the names because their staple beers were all named after the stories of Adelbert, the brother of the founder. Our favorite beer, which can now also be found in cans, is their Naked Nun Wit Beer.  It’s one of our all-time favorite brews in town with a hilarious name to match. It’s a fun story which you have to stop in the brewery to hear! 2314 Rutland Dr #100, Austin, TX 78758

4. Independence Brewing Co.

Independence Brewery is the second oldest brewery in town, only being surpassed by Live Oak Brewery (which is also on this list).  For the longest time, we always liked their classics, Power & Light Pale Ale and Austin Amber, and ordered them frequently, but they were never our all-time favorite in any category.  That all changed recently with their Native Texan Pilsner. It was released a few weeks ago and it is absolutely perfect for beating the sweltering Texas heat. The Native Texan is a smooth, easy drinker (almost too easy), but you still experience craft beer taste so you know you’re drinking a quality beverage. 3913 Todd Ln #607, Austin, TX 78744

5. Lazarus Brewing Company

Lazarus Brewing Company is located on East 6th street across from Whistler’s Bar (one of our favorite cocktail bars in town).  It is a small little tap room brewery that was started by a pastor that knew his stuff when it came to beer.  Their selections rotate a ton, but a beer varietal that gets new iterations all the time is their French Saison. It’s always full of flavor and refreshing.  Outside of the breweries cool beginnings, their beer is bar far the best on the eastside, it’s great for groups, and their queso is the best in all of Austin.  We repeat – if you go to Lazarus you have to order their queso! 1902 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

6. Austin Eastciders

Who said only beer would be on this list?!?!  Outside of breweries, Austin is quickly growing their cidery scene and none is more famous than Austin Eastciders.  They can their Austin ciders in a separate location, but their collaboratory is a special taproom open to the public. Located in the Springdale area, you can try special ciders made just for that location.  Currently, for the summer they offer a frozen slushie cider and barrel-aged ciders that you can’t miss. 979 Springdale Rd Ste. 130, Austin, TX 78702

7. Live Oak Brewing Company

Live Oak Brewing Company is the oldest brewery in Austin (since 1997) and probably the first craft beer that both of us tried upon moving to Austin because we’re both huge HefeWeizen fans.  Overall, Live Oak makes all of their beers using old world methods with the main focus on German beers (our favorite style). Most of their beers are low on the IBU scale (the bitterness scale for beers), so they’re easy drinking and low on the hops.  They’re far and away the most famous for their HefeWeizen because it was rated as one of the best in the world and we agree! It doesn’t even need an orange or lemon on top and it has a unique hefe flavor profile of banana and cloves. The brewery itself has a large beer garden style outdoor space perfect for big groups and is close to the airport in the case you need a quick pint before heading out of town. 1615 Crozier Ln, Del Valle, TX 78617

8. Uncle Billy’s Smokehouse and Brewery

Uncle Billy’s is located a just a short walk from the famous Zilker Park and Barton Springs pool.  We’ve always been fans of Uncle Billy’s, but what’s really special about them is that they continue getting better with age/experience.  Their food menu is filled with house-smoked meats, fresh giant pretzels, and Redneck Roadkill, one of our favorite appetizers in Austin. This snack is their take on nachos using housemade potato chips, queso, and their chopped brisket.  They have always had a wide variety of house-made beers, and now they have an in-house distillery where they make their own vodka and bourbon. Grab a drink while enjoying live music on their outdoor stage. 1530 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

9. Southern Heights Brewing Company  

Southern Heights came highly recommended from the Oros community, so we had to pay it a visit.  The Oros community scored major points in our books for this pick because the in-house crafted beer was delicious, the ownership team was super friendly, and they had a wide variety of beers for every palate.  What is unique about their beer menu is that half of their menu is dedicated to different IPA’s, from strong IPA’s for the IPA fans, to lighter IPA’s with a summer tropical essence for non-IPA lovers, like ourselves. We recommend the Tiny Umbrella IPA that even comes with, you guessed it, an adorable tiny umbrella.  Outside of their IPA selection, one of our favorites was “Where’s my Flannel” Pub Ale which unlike the name was completely suitable for the sweltering Texas heat, and one of our new favorite Austin beers. 6014 Techni Center Dr. Ste 2-101, Austin, TX 78721

10. Treaty Oak Brewery and Distillery

Located a short distance from the city of Austin is Treaty Oak Brewery and Distillery.  It’s around a 30-min road trip that is totally worth taking. Whether you’re a local or just visiting for a long weekend, you feel the true essence of Texas Hill Country, all while enjoying fantastic beers and liquors.  From our most recent visit they had a coffee porter that was shockingly so refreshing and smooth that we could even drink it during a 100-degree day. Outside of beers, they have a full cocktail program, a giant ranch, and a full-fledged restaurant. 16604 Fitzhugh Rd, Dripping Springs, TX 78620

There are so many great breweries in town, but with the help of the Oros community, we were able to finalize our top ten list.  We’ve been using Oros for a few months now, and it’s seriously our go-to resource for everything from local tips to international travel advice.  The Oros community is nationwide, and you can download the app for both iOS and Android to crowdsource quality information fast from real people you can trust (like us!). Download the app now, because we’d love to hear your tips and advice!!   

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