Brewpubs are never given the amount of credit they deserve.
I mean, it’s one thing to successfully open a restaurant with a delicious menu and kitchen staff that are kept busy. And it’s totally different brewing beers and creating a brand that cultivates diehard fans.
So to bring those two business goals together, under one roof, and to do it well is absolutely impressive.
Here in Austin, I consider us to be quite lucky for many reasons. One big reason is we have 13 phenomenal brewpubs, with that number only continuing to grow.
That’s not even mentioning the fact that the best brewpub in the country is right here in Austin, Texas!
Brewery vs Brewpub?
For the purpose of this brewpub guide, let’s all get on the same page:
According to The Brewer’s Association, a Brewpub is defined as:
A brewpub is a hybrid between a restaurant and a brewery. It sells at least 25% of its beer on-site in combination with significant food services. At a brewpub, the beer is primarily brewed for sale inside the restaurant or bar. Where it’s legally allowed, brewpubs may sell beer to go or distribute it to some offsite destinations.
Now for my Austin brewpub guide, I’m keeping it easy and including Austin’s top brewpubs that are not only brewing beer but also making delicious food in a restaurant setting.
In Austin, Texas we’re blessed with over a dozen brewpubs pulling double-duty serving up magnificent dishes to pair with their delicious craft beers.
Below, you’re gonna find details on each one and their can’t miss brews and bites, Plus, everything else you should know about each unique brewpub!
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Austin Beer Garden and Brewery
This place is always packed, and nobody cares. That’s what happens when you brew delicious beer … In fact, The ABGB isn’t just one of Austin’s Best Brewpubs. It’s also been recognized for being a great brewpub on a national level!
The warehouse-style beer garden is a perfect community gathering place to bring your friends and family. Expect to fill up on good brews and eats with music from some of Austin’s favorite artists.
- What to eat: Their Margherita pizza is not one to be missed!
- What to drink: ABGB is known for its trio of award-winning pilsners. While you can’t go wrong with any of them, starting with Rocket is a good way to go.
- Dog-friendly: Yes, outside only, with a large outside beer garden that’s shaded.
- Family-friendly: Yes, this Austin brewpub has plenty of seating and space for large groups as well.
1305 W Oltorf Street, 78704 | Website
Batch Craft Beer and Kolaches is an Austin, family-owned and operated kolache bakery, taproom, and retail craft beer shop. The cofounders of Batch, brothers Josh and Noah Lit, turned a portion of their facility next door into a brewery where John Sydner can brew his beers.
Currently, Batch specializes in table beers, barrel-aged sours, IPAs, fruity sours, and all of that fun stuff.
This is one of my favorite places to work during the day and it’s a spot I recommend to everyone coming into town, even before they started brewing their own beer. They’ve recently added Taco Bronco food truck giving you even more reasons to love this mish-mash of a brewery/kolache bakery.
- Dog-Friendly? Yes, very! They have a large outside area with lots of shade from trees.
- Food On-Site? Yes, kolaches (sweet and savory), as well as brisket tacos from Taco Bronco.
- Website | 3220 Manor Road, 78723
13476 Fitzhugh Road, 78736 | Website
Black Star Co-op
Black Star Co-op prides itself on being the first cooperatively-owned and worker self-managed brewpub in the world. (A co-op, short for co-operative, is a business owned and run jointly by its members, who share the profits or benefits.)
Members of Black Star created their brewpub to be a democratic workplace, with livable wages for employees, while devoting themselves to using only the best local ingredients.
FYI, The patio is dog-friendly and they’re fabulously located right at Austin’s Crestview Light Rail Station.
- What to eat: Definitely the fish and chips, these are some of the best in town.
- What to drink: Can’t Quit You series, a collaboration with Blue Owl.
- Dog-friendly: Yes, outside, with a small covered area that provides plenty of shade in summer.
- Family-friendly: For the most part yes.
7020 Easy Wind Drive, 78752 | Website
The Brewer’s Table
Using new and unique ingredients head brewer, Drew Durish, and the team at The Brewer’s Table quickly made a name for themselves in the culinary scene. The brewpub’s interior is beautiful and so well done. Herbs hang from the rafters alongside jars of pickled veggies showing you exactly where the ingredients in your meal come from.
What I love most about Brewer’s Table is how they incorporated beer into all parts of the meal. For example, I fell in head over heels for their hop honey drizzled on the toasted barley ice cream. And as someone with a sweet tooth, their Saison Baba Cake: smoked sweet potato, espresso-mascarpone mousse is not to be missed.
- Dog-Friendly? Yes, not the most shade, but a lot of cute outdoor areas to hang out!
- Food On-Site? Definitely, this place is a great option for upscale dining.
- Website | 4715 E 5th Street, 78702
As I write this brewpub guide, The Brewtorium is still in its soft opening, but I’m so thrilled to be able to include them this year.
Homebrewers Chris Rauschuber and Whitney Roberts just opened their brewpub in North Austin making small plates in-house to serve alongside German-style beers.
These two have had plenty of practice brewing, so they’ve been able to open up to the public with a long list of knockouts. They’re just getting started, but this is one brewpub I’m excited to watch grow!
- What to eat: Potstickers, pork and veggie options available.
- What to drink: Their Electric Lederhosen, a Vienna lager that will become your new favorite.
- Dog-friendly: Yes, once the beer garden is open.
- Family-friendly: Yes, seems like it’s going to become an incredible neighborhood hangout.
6015 Dillard Circle | Website
Central Machine Works
Central Machine Works is East Austin’s newest brewery and their building will take your breathe away. The massive 10,000 square foot building is from the 1940’s and was once an airplane part repair shop. The beer is made in full view of the dog-friendly beer hall.
But there is also an attached restaurant serving up classic pub fare. Currently, they are not putting out many beers, and they’re not consistently able to offer their brews on tap, you might want to call and ask before you make the trip out.
- Dog-Friendly? Yes, they have a separate dog-friendly indoor area, along with lots of room outside.
- Food On-Site? Yes, this brewery has a restaurant on-site.
- Website | 4824 E Cesar Chavez Street, 78702
Jester King Brewery
Any visit to Jester King’s farmhouse brewery out in Texas Hill Country means a whole bunch of funky new sours to check out. Many of these beers are one-offs, with a few regulars, so it’s pretty exciting checking out the new releases.
This brewery is open weekends and definitely bring the dogs and family. I highly suggest going on the tours offered throughout the afternoon. Don’t worry about specific times, just keep an ear out for one of the workers to shout out a warning notice in a booming voice!
13187 Fitzhugh Road, 78736 | Website
Lazarus Brewing Co.
Ok, I don’t have favorites, but this Austin brewpub is a knockout from top to bottom. Lazarus Brewing Company is right in the middle of East Austin’s popular Sixth Street district; you’ll spot the brewery its bright teal exterior.
For coffee lovers, you’ll love the cozy atmosphere and freshly roasted coffee. A perfect place overall to get some work done. For craft beer lovers though, this brewery will only leave you craving more.
The best part about Lazarus Brewing is they are constantly experimenting and brewing the most-underrepresented styles of beer so you’ll never get bored of their beer list.
- What to eat: The menu is mostly simple tacos and homemade salsas, that being said, their al Pastor taco is out-of-this-world delicious.
- What to drink: Amandus, their boozy and beautiful strong Belgian golden ale.
- Dog-friendly: Yes, plenty of space outside.
- Family-friendly: Not too much…
1902 E 6th Street, 78702 | Website
Oasis Texas Brewing Company
Possibly one of the greatest views in all of Austin and the surrounding areas is the one enjoyed with a cold beer in hand at Oasis Texas Brewing Company sitting 400 feet over Lake Travis.
Their food menu is pretty small but many agree it’s some of the most delicious you’ll get at the Oasis docks.
- What to eat: Big appetite or not, their cheese and beer pairing board is a fun treat to share with friends!
- What to drink: Oasis is known for its sessionable beers and their London Homesick Ale, an English-style ale, is top-notch.
- Dog-friendly: Oasis, has a massive, dog-friendly outdoor patio with views of Lake Travis in every direction.
- Family-friendly: Yes
6550 Comanche Trail #301, 78732 | Website
What once was a side project for Adelbert’s Brewery has now become one of the most exciting new breweries in east Austin. Oddwood Ales is a small brewpub in east Austin near Mueller Park with a focus almost entirely on American style wild ales and saisons
The East Austin taproom was designed by OPA Design Studio with the goal of being your cozy neighborhood pub. There are vintage arcades machines, large wooden chairs around hefty tables, and a custom bar with eye-catching navy and yellow tiles.
- Dog-Friendly? Yes, outside only. Their patio is a bit small but is shaded.
- Food On-Site? Yes, the food menu consists of small thin crust bar pizzas and other delicious Italian fare.
- Website | 3108 Manor Road, 78723
Pinthouse Pizza is equally adored for their pizza as they are for their IPAs and barrel-aged beer. For foodies, good luck trying to decide on just one of Pinthouse’s pizzas!
I highly suggest getting pizza rolls regardless, you can thank me later. Right now there are two locations (South Lamar and Burnet) but a third location is opening soon in Round Rock.
- What to eat: Pizza rolls with queso dip
- What to drink: Old Beluga Amber Ale, but hop addicts will be very well taken care of at both locations.
- Dog-friendly: North location has a smaller outdoor area that is not shaded, south’s location is roomier with more shade.
- Family-friendly: Yes, almost too much if you ask some people…
3 Locations: North, South, and Round Rock | Website
What’s your favorite brewpub? Do you go there for the food or brews? Disagree with my ranking? Let me know why in the comments! Cheers!
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