The Complete East Austin Brewery Guide

July 24, 2018
2018 east austin brewery guide

It seems (for now!) the dust has settled for breweries in East Austin. Which means I can now share my complete brewery guide for East Austin!

This area is one of my favorites in Austin. I feel lucky to have seen East Austin grown and flourish how it has in just a few years. During one of my first visits to the area a few years ago, there was just Hops & Grain! Now, there are 11 breweries in East Austin. Each one doing their own thing, and kicking ass at it.

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Pictured above is a brew from Zilker Brewing Company in the heart of Austin’s East Sixth entertainment district.

Looking for an East Austin Beer Crawl? Here’s My Recommendation:

These five breweries are a short walk from one another, making for a perfect neighborhood brewery crawl. Plus, there’s plenty of places for food and the ‘Gram along the way. Heading east from downtown:

  • Zilker Brewing
  • Lazarus Brewing
  • Blue Owl Brewing
  • Hops & Grain

And end the night by taking a quick rideshare over to The Brewer’s Table for an unforgettable dinner.

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Tacos, craft beer, and bicycles at Lazarus, could it get any more East Side?

East Austin Brewery Guide

Whether you call this city your home, or you’re just here for a few days, here’s what makes these 11 East Austin breweries so incredible, and so ‘East Austin’.

Blue Owl Brewing

Sour-mashed beers in a cute and bright taproom on the East Side.

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The “Cutest Brewery Award” in Austin easily goes to Blue Owl Brewing. The walls and patio are sprinkled with succulents in the most darling planters.

The east Austin brewery is known for their unique sour-mashing beers. The process and taste is wildly different from a barrel-aged sour that you’d enjoy at Jester King. Simply, sour-mashing is a much quicker process and the beers are closer to their native styles. If you’re looking to learn more about the sour-mashing process, grab yourself a spot on one of the weekend brewery tours.

There was a time when Blue Owl only offered a flight of 4 beers in 12 ounce glasses. It was a hefty flight, but plenty enough to split with a partner.  Now with three sizes: 5, 8, or 12, you can have a flight that fits your mood better than Goldilocks and her porridge.

  • Must Try Beer: Professor Black, a cherry sour stout.
  • Dog-Friendly? Yes, inside/outside | Beer to go? Yes
  • Address: 2400 E Cesar Chavez Street #300 | Website

The Brewer’s Table

Upscale brewpub incorporating beer into every element of your meal.

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Head Brewer, Drew Durish’s has six house lagers that are at the top of this brewpub’s taplist. Using new and unique ingredients the team at The Brewer’s Table is quickly making a name for itself in the culinary scene.

The interior is beautiful and 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 love with their hop honey, toasted barley ice cream, and of course, pictured above, their Saison Baba Cake: smoked sweet potato, espresso-mascarpone mousse.

  • Can’t Miss Beer: Idée Fixe, an easy drinking beer brewed with lemons and black tea.
  • Dog-Friendly? Yes, outside | Beer to go? No
  • Address: 4715 E 5th Street | Website
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Hi Sign Brewing

Taproom near the airport with picnic tables and hammocks that are made for watching the planes flying overhead.

Hi Sign Brewing is just a stone’s throw from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The dog-friendly brewery has amble shaded outdoor space with picnic tables and hammocks for watching the planes flying overhead.

While this is one of Austin’s newer breweries, Hi Sign has grown their lineup of core beers into an expansive menu that continues to offer more unique variants on classic styles.

  • Can’t Miss Beer: Shamus, The Fiddler, a beautiful and rare Irish red
  • Dog-Friendly? Yes, inside/outside | Beer to go? No
  • Address: 1201 Bastrop Highway | Website

Hops & Grain Brewing

Hip brewery recognized for their pioneering experimentation with hops.

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This popular east Austin spot is one of the ‘older’ Austin breweries, and boy have they matured real well. Hops & Grain is most recognized for their pioneering experimentation with hops. I really never know what to expect when I get to visit the brewery, but that’s half of the fun!

Hops & Grain was one of the first Austin breweries I visited, years ago, and it’s been awesome to see how they’ve grown. What started as a large warehouse in an industrial, quiet spot in east Austin, has become a buzzing area for the whole community. The brewery is ALWAYS putting on some fun event and you can usually count on a tasty food truck parked out front.

  • Must Try Beer: The One They Call Zoe, an extremely delicious Pale Lager
  • Dog-Friendly? Yes, outside | Beer to go? Yes
  • Address: 507 Calles Street #101 | Website

Friends & Allies Brewing Co

Industrial taproom brewing four core beers alongside an ever-changing lists of seasonals.

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Founders, Devon Ponds and Ben Sabin are beer industry vets along with their head brewer, Nathan Crane, who comes from The Lost Abbey in California. Together, they make it their mission to combine West Coast brewing techniques with the “vibrant and eclectic” east Austin culture.

The founders had originally set out to open their brewery in 2015 but weren’t able to open a taproom for another two years. While the facility was under construction, Friends and Allies brewed up its beers at 4th Tap Co-op in north Austin. Now with a space of their own, the team has room to experiment with more beer styles and work on collaborations with local farms and restaurants.

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The new taproom and brewing facility were highly anticipated and it’s already obvious the brewery is making good use of the new space. Not to mention their cool neighbors such as Austin Eastciders and Austin Bouldering Project, the largest indoor rock climbing gym in the States!

  • Must Try Beer: Springdale, a creamy White Ale
  • Dog-Friendly? Yes, outside | Beer to go? No
  • Address: 979 Springdale Rd #124 | Website

Lazarus Brewing

Cozy taproom with a long list of Belgian-inspired craft brews. Plus, espresso and tacos.

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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. Founded by beer-loving pastor, Christian Cryder in 2016, the brewpub has quickly become an Austin favorite and is always at the top of my recommendations to out-of-towners.

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For craft beer lovers, this east Austin brewery will leave you craving more. Lazarus is constantly experimenting and brewing the most-underrepresented styles of beer. I know we all say that so often, but really, this is a brewery that will make you excited about craft beer. However, many of Lazarus Brewing’s brews are one-offs, so try hard not to get too attached!

  • Must Try Beer: Jolted Phoenix, a golden ale infused with their coffee
  • Dog-Friendly? Yes, outside | Beer to go? Yes
  • Address: 1902 E 6th Street | Website

Live Oak Brewing

Long-standing, German-style microbrewery that hosts tours, special tappings, food trucks & biergarten events.

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Live Oak Brewing is one of Austin’s oldest breweries, and their taproom is located right next to the airport. Whether you’re coming from out of town, or arrived just back home, this is a classic first stop.

Swing by their dog and family-friendly spot for a unique (and authentic) selection of German and smoked beers.

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  • Can’t Miss Beer: HefeWeizen, a perfect representation of a classic style.
  • Dog-Friendly? Yes, outside | Beer to go? No
  • Address: 1615 Crozier Lane | Website

NLand Brewing

Hang 10 with some easy-drinking lagers at this brewery located in a Hill Country surf park.

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One of the most interesting breweries in Austin, NLand Brewing is all about those sessionable, day-drinking beers. Whether you’ve come to surf or not,  you’ll love exploring their long tap list and lounging in the hammocks.

Independence Brewing alum, Todd Henry, has done a phenomenal job with the taplist. It’s heavy on the lighter, lager side of styles, but has a few great representations of those darker, maltier brews (if you’re one of those crazy people who can enjoy heavy beer on a hot day).

  • Can’t Miss Beer: Pre-Prohibition Pilsner
  • Dog-Friendly? Yes, inside/outside | Beer to go? No
  • Address: 4836 Highway 71 East, Del Valle | Website

Oddwood Ales

Rustic brewery with outdoor patio serving experimental saisons and ales with thin-crust pizza.

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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

Their food menu consists of small thin crust bar pizzas and other delicious Italian fare. Plus, to complement the menu, the brewery created a list of perfectly paired Italian wines with help from Alex Bell of Aviary Wine & Kitchen.

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.

  • Can’t Miss Beer: Their house Saison, funky, dry and tart
  • Dog-Friendly? Yes, outside | Beer to go? Yes
  • Address: 3108 Manor Road | Website

Southern Heights

Large and colorful taproom with an exciting list of exceptional IPAs.

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Southern Heights is a colorful and open taproom with plenty of room for you to catch up with friend or to find a quiet spot to curl up with a beer and a book. Additionally, the brewery is dog-friendly inside and out, and comes with a staff that’s equal parts knowledgeable and friendly.

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Overall, the beer selection is quite small, but is continuing to grow and evolve in a way that will keep you excited to come back for more… especially if you’re a fan of IPAs.  The taplist leans heavy in favor of hop heads, but here’s hoping they expand to more styles soon!

  • Can’t Miss Beer: Pub Ale is my personal favorite, but they’re doing a great job at creating a board full of fresh IPAs
  • Dog-Friendly? Yes, inside/outside | Beer to go? Yes
  • Address: 6014 Techni Center Drive | Website

Zilker Brewing Co.

Urban craft brewery located in the heart of East Austin’s 6th Street.

Last, but certainly not least is Zilker Brewing Company and their lively taproom right in the heart of East Sixth. There’s plenty of seating outside if you want a great view to drink beer and people watch. But if it’s too hot, find your spot inside where every step of the brewing process is put on display.

Once you’ve taken in the beauty of the brewery’s custom bar, crafted by local artists, Petrified Design, take a peek below. You’ll see the kegs and lines that transport some of Austin’s best craft beers into your glass.

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Impressively, Zilker Brewing has become known for their skill in working with delicate trappist yeast strains and clean American techniques. Their beers are always balanced, while still complex, and with a proper finish.

  • Must Try Beer: Coffee Milk Stout, brewed with beans from local Flat Track Roasters
  • Dog-Friendly? Yes, outside | Beer to go? No
  • Address: 1701 E 6th Street | Website

What’s your favorite East Austin brewery? Let me know in the comments!

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  • Anita June 16, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Aww, I remember when Hops & Grain had their itty bitty tap room! Agreed – lots of great breweries on the East Side now! Friends & Allies is still on my to-do list. Great post, Caitlin!

  • C July 30, 2017 at 10:23 am

    What about Independence brewing company?

    • BigWrldSmallGrl July 30, 2017 at 12:46 pm

      I’m saving them for a guide to South Austin Breweries! I could never forget them 🙂

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