Shangri-la and see what they do and
how they do it. Tours are available from
Wednesday to Saturday at various
times. Check the website for a
Independence Brewing Company
3913 Todd Lane
Founded by Rob and Amy Cartwright in
2004, this brewery prides itself on hand
bottling, handcrafting tap handles, and
handcrafted beer. They are the recipients
of 7 awards including two Good Food
Awards in 2012 and 2013 for their
Convict Hill Stout. The year-round beers
include, Austin Amber, Stash IPA, Convict
Hill, Bootlegger Brown Ale, and
Independence Pale Ale. Season beers
are: White Rabbit, Independence ESB,
Jasperilla and the popular Oklahoma
Suks brand. The Brewluminati’s:
Kolschish, Lemongrass Ginger, Muggles
Double IPA, and the Bombus. The
Independence Brewing company hosts a
1st Saturday event from 1-3pm each
month and has tours, tastings, and in-store
events throughout the year.
Jester King Craft Brewery
13187 Fitzhugh Road
Founded in 2010 and certified by the
USDA’s National Organic Program, Jester
King is the first (and only) brewery in Texas
authorized to label their beers as organic.
Recipients of the F.X. Matt Defense of the
Small Brewing Industry Award for 2014,
this brewery has some of the most unique
beers and beer names in Texas. Some,
but not all, include: Gotlandsdricka, Funk
Metal, Das Uberkind, RU55,
Omniscience & Proselytism Black Metal
(farmhouse Imperial Stout), Le Petit Prince
(farmhouse table beer), Mad Meg
(provisional farmhouse ale), and
Wytchmaker (farmhouse rye IPA). Tours
are available Friday, Saturday and
Sunday but check the website for hours.
Dogs and children are welcome provided
that they are well behaved and on a
leash, dogs too. (ha ha)
Live Oak Brewing Co.
3301 East 5th Street, Austin
One of Austin’s oldest brewery startups,
the winner of the Beer Advocates
Number One Beer In the Southwest (Live
Oak HefeWeizen) and a best of Austin
2010 Chronicle award winner, Live
Oak Brewery has been an Austin’s
staple since 1997. Year-round beers
include the HefeWeizen, Pilz, Big Bark
Amber Lager, and the Liberation Ale.
They also offer a selection of seasonal
brews to tempt your senses. Tours are
$10.00 plus a service fee and require a
reservation in advance. Check the
website for more information.
180 W Mill St. New Braunfels
If you’re heading a bit outside of Austin,
NB Brewing should be added to your list.
A nano-brewery located in the heart of
downtown New Braunfels since 2010,
owners Kelly and Lindsey Meyer’s motto is
“Here’s to Life”. Each of their beers are
made from 85% wheat malt, fresh hops,
house yeast, local water and fierce
individuality according to their website.
They have five Elemental beers: Luft
Weiss, Erde Weiss, Feuer Weiss, Himmel
Weiss, and Wasser Weiss. You’ll also
be able to enjoy some of their
experimental offerings if you take the trip
down IH35. Tours are open to the public
by reservation only through the brew shop
on their website.
Pedernales Brewing Co.
97 Hitcin Post Trail, Fredricksburg
Founded by a former Eagle Scout,
Wine Maker, Rotarian, Ordained
Elder, oil industry salesman, Lee
Hereford founded Pedernales Brewing
Co In July of 2009 and began
distribution in 2012. Pedernales
Brewing now brews Lobo Lito, Lobo
Premium Texas Lager, Lobo Negro,
Pedernales Clasic Hefe-Weizen, and
Pedernales Classic India Pale Ale. Lee
would love for you to come and tour
and taste on Friday or Saturday.
Check out the website for some great
youtube videos and tour times.
Real Ale Brewing
231 Haller Drive, Blanco
Another Austin stalwart, Real Ale has been
around since 1996. Year-round favorites
include Brewhouse Brown Ale, Full Moon
Pale Rye Ale, Sysyphus,4-squared,Devil’s
Backbone (named after the twisting,
turning road in the Hill Country), the easy-drinking Fireman’s #4 Blonde Ale, Lost
Gold IPA, Rio Blanco Pale Ale and Silver
Medal winner In 2012 Great American
Beer Festival-Hans Pils. They also have six
different seasonal offerings, a variety of
special offerings, and some mysterium
verum for the Latin enthusiasts. No
reservations are necessary for their Friday
tours from 2-5pm.
Rogness Brewing Co.
2400 Patterson Industrial Drive, Pflugerville
One of Austin’s newest breweries,
Rogness was established in spring 2012.
Their beer is sold in both 22oz bottles
and on draught. Recent releases include
Beardy Guard (a biere de garde-style
ale), Ost (porter), Rook (Scotch ale),
Vinton (blonde ale), and Gigantophia
(Imperial IPA). Titanoboa, Boomslang,
and Rattler. Rogness also offers seven
Seasonal and Limited Release beers for
you to enjoy. Kids and dogs are
welcome on Fridays from 4-9 and the
second Saturday of every month from 1-4
on the outdoor biergarten.