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 12 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
Austin brewery known for its award-winning pilsners, live music schedule, and charitable, community-driven missions.
This place is always packed… 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! I’ve also heard they have incredible salads.
- Dog-friendly: Yes, outside only, with a large outside beer garden that’s shaded.
1305 W Oltorf Street, 78704 | Website
A kolache bakery, coffee shop, taco food truck, bottle shop, and brewery combined into a one-stop spot.
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.
- What to Eat: Kolaches (sweet and savory) of course. But definitely check out the brisket tacos from Taco Bronco food truck out back.
- Dog-Friendly? Yes, very! They have a large outside area with lots of shade from trees.
3220 Manor Road, 78723 | Website
Farm-to-table Hill Country brewery and kitchen with outdoor dog-park and kid-friendly playground.
Just down the road from Jester King is one of Hill Country’s newest brewpubs: Beerburg Brewing.
Founded by Tervor Nearburg, former head brewer of Uncle Billy’s, his brewpub sits on 15-acres of gorgeous Hill Country land. His 10-barrel brewhouse takes the centerstage in the taproom, but the delicious food menu competes for a close second.
Bring your whole crew and the dogs out to this Hill Country brewpub! Out back, they have an off-leash dog park and a fenced in kid’s playground. It’s a little something for everyone at this oasis of a brewery.
- What to Eat: You can’t go wrong with any of the street tacos served on tortillas made in-house.
- Dog-Friendly? Yes! There is an awesome off-leash dog park at this brewery!
13476 Fitzhugh Road, 78736 | Website
Black Star Co-op
Employee-owned brewery serving beers alongside food in a large industrial space with a pet-friendly patio.
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.
- Dog-friendly: Yes, outside, with a small covered area that provides plenty of shade in summer.
7020 Easy Wind Drive, 78752 | Website
Homebrewers Chris and Whitney are brewing delicious lagers and serving up a menu of delightful eats in their North Austin location.
Homebrewers Chris Rauschuber and Whitney Roberts are the owners and brewers behind this North Austin brewpub. In the kitchen, they’re making small plates with fresh ingredients 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 brew plenty of German lagers, but they’re not scared to experiment with barrel-aging, hoppy IPAs, and fruity sours. It’s always a delight visiting this Austin brewpub!
- What to Eat: Everything here is good. Try the potstickers, there are both pork and veggie options available and their deviled eggs are sinfully delicious.
- Dog-friendly: Yes, there is a covered beer garden out back.
6015 Dillard Circle | Website
Central Machine Works
East Austin’s newest brewery boasts a large beer hall, plus pub grub menu in a spacious converted machine works with a beer garden and outdoor music stage.
Central Machine Works is East Austin’s newest brewery and their building will take your breath 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 (as of summer 2020), they are not putting out many beers, and they’re not consistently able to offer their brews on tap… So 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.
4824 E Cesar Chavez Street, 78702 | Website
Hold Out Brewing
Burgers, beers, and hip vibes are all around at downtown Austin’s newest brewery.
Hold Out Brewing did the impossible: they opened during a pandemic. And they’ve been wildly popular since! A couple of years ago the teams behind Wright Bros coffee and Better Half Bar decided to open a brewery. It was a long process but certainly worth the wait.
When it comes to the team behind the brews, they’ve assembled a crew with decades of brewery and service industry experience from local greats such as Real Ale Brewing, Jester King Brewery, Hops & Grain Brewing, and The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company.
Their downtown Austin taproom is large and features a dreamy patio space centered around a historic (and hugomongues) Live Oak tree. There is also plenty of parking considering the location, which is always a nice plus.
- What to Eat: The burgers are absolutely divine! My tip is to double up on the patties.
- Dog-Friendly? Yes, there is plenty of shaded, outdoor seating.
1208 W 4th Street, 78703 | Website
Jester King Brewery
Farm brewery specializing in wild fermentation sitting on 200 acres in Hill Country.
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. Foodwise, this brewery has a delicious menu of pizza that features fresh ingredients, many sourced right from the farm.
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!
- What to Eat: The Sud Pizza with smoked green tomatoes, braised pork, pepper jack, mozzarella, green cabbage, and fresh fresno chili salsa.
- Dog-Friendly? Yes, there is plenty of shaded picnic tables around the farm at Jester King.
13187 Fitzhugh Road, 78736 | Website
Lazarus Brewing Co.
Cozy taproom with a long list of Belgian-inspired craft brews. Plus, espresso and tacos.
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 by its bright teal exterior.
For coffee lovers in Austin, 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. Meaning 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.
- Dog-friendly: Yes, plenty of shaded space outside.
1902 E 6th Street, 78702 | Website
Oasis Texas Brewing Company
Lake Travis brewery with the best views in Austin serving American pub farm and sessionable brews.
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!
- Dog-friendly: Oasis, has a massive, dog-friendly outdoor patio with views of Lake Travis in every direction.
6550 Comanche Trail #301, 78732 | Website
Rustic brewery with outdoor patio serving experimental saisons and ales with thin-crust pizza.
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.
3108 Manor Road, 78723 | Website
Brewery known across the country for their incredible IPAs and, known to me, for having the best pizza in Austin.
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, done.
- Dog-friendly: North location has a smaller outdoor area that is not shaded, south’s location is roomier with more shade.
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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