One of the things we love most about Austin is the craft beer scene. For those of you listening to our podcast, you know that we start each episode by chatting about the beer that we’re drinking. Breweries are also a great date spot, especially in the summer.
Now, I realize that we’re currently in the middle of a pandemic. The regulations for breweries have been constantly changing, so before you visit one, make sure that you check in to see if their patio or tasting room is open and to learn about their rules for social distancing (this list doesn’t include current guidelines, just reasons to visit and love them). Make sure that you give them a call before you head over or at least check out their Instagram feed for any updates on COVID-19 guidelines.
It might not be everyone’s cup of tea (or pint of beer) to hang out on the patio at a restaurant or brewery and that’s totally okay! There are still other ways you can support your favorite local breweries, especially when rules about when/if they can remain open continue to flip flop. You can use this template to write a letter to Governor Abbott and many of these spots are still open for to-go sales (and of course, merch). One thing that I love to do is grab a six pack and head to the park, my pool, or just my apartment balcony.
Lazarus Brewing Co.
It’s no secret that Lazarus is my favorite brewery (and probably favorite place) in Austin. The staff is fantastic and they have a growing list of beer to choose from (my go-to is the Prodigal Pilsner), so you’ll never get bored going back again and again. They also have a great wine list for those who aren’t as crazy about beer as we are, and some of the best tacos in town.
I hadn’t actually heard of Nomadic until the pandemic had already started, but they were one of the first spots Michelle checked out when she moved to Austin, so we popped in to buy a few crowlers before recording a few weeks ago. I was really impressed because even though their beer list is a bit smaller than some of the other spots in town, the folks there were really friendly and helpful… and of course, the beer was great (we recommend the Peak Season Juicy IPA).
Central Machine Works
Central Machine Works is probably one of the newest breweries in town but I’m REALLY excited about it. Not only do they have a huge outdoor patio space, but their taproom inside is also really spacious and open-air. I won’t give anything away, but if you give them a visit, ask them about the history of the building because it’s actually really interesting.
This is a great spot if you’re looking for something more than just a brewery because there is literally something for everyone. They’ve got a full menu (I’d recommend the burger or chicken sandwich) and while their beer menu is still a bit short, they also have wine and craft cocktails!
Is it just me, or is The ABGB kind of a staple in Austin? It was actually one of the first breweries I visited when I first moved here, but I didn’t actually realize I was visiting a brewery. I hate to say it, but it’s actually one of the more “kid friendly” breweries in town if that’s something you’re looking for. It’s really spacious, there are usually games on the patio, and both their beer and food menus are super robust.
Jester King Brewery
I was actually pretty skeptical about Jester King at first, but mostly because I’m not a big fan of driving and they’re out near Dripping Springs; however, if you have a DD or you’re not planning on getting wasted, it is 110% worth the drive. It’s a ton of fun and since they’re on a huge plot of land outside the city, it’s the perfect place to hang out and feel comfortable with social distancing. They have a delicious food menu and their beer is very unique (their farmhouse ale, Le Petit Prince is my personal favorite), but the best part is actually that there are REAL goats.
In my opinion, Zilker Brewing is another classic Austin staple, and not just for the name. It’s a smaller space, but they keep a solid rotation of beer on their menu at all times; my favorite is probably the Heavenly Daze IPA. They don’t serve food, but they do have a Spicy Boys food truck on the property for the chicken wings fans out there.
If you live on the north side of town, Adelbert’s Brewery is a solid spot. Their beer list is unique and diverse, so one of my favorite things to do is a tasting (partly because you get to keep the glass). Another cool feature is that they showcase a lot of local artists in their taproom, so you can browse or buy while you drink your brew.
Friends and Allies Brewing
One of the things I really love about Friends and Allies is that they’re kind of tucked away next to Austin East Ciders. They also have a really beautiful outdoor patio and they often have art exhibits in the warehouse. Better yet, I haven’t been disappointed by any of their beer.
Pinthouse Pizza Brewpub
This is probably one of the most well-known breweries in town, since they’re really more of a restaurant. You can find many of their more popular brews on tap at local restaurants and bars, too (our favorite is the Electric Jellyfish IPA). If you’re looking for a great pizza dinner date, this is one of my favorite spots, and I am super picky when it comes to pizza.
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