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The Complete East Austin Brewery Guide

May 20, 2020 Caitlin J
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It seems (for now!) the dust has settled for breweries in East Austin. Which means I can now share an updated 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 Austin a few years before I moved here, there was just Hops & Grain! Now, there are 12 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 is My Recommendation:

These four 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 Austin:

  • 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’.

Batch Brewhouse

A kolache bakery, coffee shop, taco food truck, bottle shop, and brewery combine 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.

  • 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

Blue Owl Brewing

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

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Blue Owl Brewing Company

The East Austin brewery is known for its 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. 

This was one of my first Austin breweries, so they’ll always hold a special place in my heart. But I also love to recommend them to everyone because what they’re brewing is so unique and different from what many people are used to. Plus, their sours are kind of popular with those non-beer drinkers.

  • Dog-Friendly? Yes, inside and out! Though, it is a small taproom and outdoor area, so things get a little tight.
  • Food On-Site? No, but you are in East Austin and have many good options nearby.
  • Website | 2400 E Cesar Chavez Street #300

The Brewer’s Table

Upscale brewpub incorporating beer into every element of your meal.

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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

Central Machine Works Brewery and Beer Hall

East Austin’s newest brewery boasts a large beer hall, plus pub grub menu in a spacious converted machine works with an outdoor beer garden and music stage.

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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

Friends & Allies Brewing

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

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. 

While the facility was first under construction, Friends and Allies brewed up its beers at 4th Tap Co-op Brewery 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.  Not to mention their cool neighbors such as Austin Eastciders and Austin Bouldering Project, the largest indoor rock climbing gym in the States!

  • Dog-Friendly? Yes, outside only, but they have good-sized shaded patio.
  • Food On-Site? Yes, there is a food truck on-site, as well as Bento Picnic on the other side of the climbing gym.
  • Website | 979 Springdale Road, 78702

Hi Sign Brewing 

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

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Hi Sign Brewing

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.

This East Austin brewery started out with a strong lineup of core beers (I love, love, love their Shamus Irish Red!) and have expanded from there. You never know what you’re going to get with this brewery, which is exactly why a trip out to their taproom is always a fun surprise.

  • Dog-Friendly? Yes, inside and out! Big, open taproom with lots of trees and shade outside.
  • Food On-Site? Usually, there is a food truck on the weekends.
  • Website | 1201 Bastrop Highway, 78742

Hops and Grain Brewing

Hip brewery recognized for their pioneering experimentation with hops.

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Hops & Grain Brewing

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.

  • Dog-Friendly? Technically, yes, outside only. But they have a small outdoor area that has hardly any shade, so it can be brutal on yourself and the pups.
  • Food On-Site? Call ahead for information on food trucks.
  • Website | 507 Calles Street, 78702

Lazarus Brewing

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

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Lazarus Brewing Company

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!

  • Dog-Friendly? Yes, lots of space outside, and even an indoor building for you and your pup to keep cool in summer
  • Food On-Site? YES! Some of my favorite tacos in the city.
  • Website | 1902 E 6th Street, 78702 

Live Oak Brewing

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

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Live Oak Brewing

Established in 1997 by Chip McElroy, Live Oak Brewing is one of Austin’s oldest breweries. A few years ago they moved to a bigger facility with a new taproom now located right next to the airport.

Whether you’re coming from out of town, or just arrived back home, this is a classic first stop. Swing by their dog and family-friendly spot anytime though for a unique (and authentic) selection of German and smoked beers.

This brewery is an Austin classic and if you love the beauty of Texas Hill Country or German beers (and, of course if you love both) you’ll love it here at Live Oak!

  • Dog-Friendly? Yes, outside there is plenty of space to keep cool under the shade of trees, or go for a walk on the frisbee golf course.
  • Food On-Site? Yes, there is a German food truck on site.
  • Website 1615 Crozier Lane, Del Valle, 78617
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Oddwood Ales

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

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Oddwood Ales

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 

Southern Heights Brewing

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.

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 tap list leans heavy in favor of hop heads, but here’s hoping they expand to more styles soon!

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  • Dog-Friendly? Yes, inside AND out!
  • Food On-Site? There is usually a food truck or vendor there on the weekends.
  • Website | 6014 Techni Center Drive, 78721

Zilker Brewing

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

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Zilker Brewing Company

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.

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.

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  • Dog-Friendly? Yes, outside only seating which tends to fill up quick.
  • Food On-Site? Yes, you have to get some Thai spicy chicken from the on-site Spicy Boys food truck
  • Website | 1701 E 6th Street, 78702

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

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3 Comments

  • 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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