pairing for each beer. Year-round beers include Kol’ Beer (
easy-drinkin’), TPA (hoppy), and 6 String Saison (complex). South
Austin Brewing offers private tours and tastings, and happy
hour. Check out their website for the tour hours and current
Thirsty Planet Brewing Company |
11160 Circle Dr., Austin • 512-579-0679
Thirsty Planet is an environmentally savvy brewery that was
founded in 1993 with the goal of combining beer, passion,
purpose, and honor. Thus, part of their sales from Yellow Arma-
dillo Wheat is donated to local cancer research groups and sales
from Thirsty Goat Amber go towards purchasing farm animals for
communities in third-world countries. Thirsty Planet’s year-round
beers include: Buckethead IPA, the popular Thirsty Goat Amber,
and the Yellow Armadillo Wheat. Seasonal offerings are: Double
Buckethead IPA, Doctor, Hatcha’Dillo, and many others. Tours
are available with tickets purchased from the website.
Twisted X Brewing Company |
23455 W. RR 150, Dripping Springs • 512- 829-5323
Another new Austin brewery (founded in 2011) and now in a brand
new building in Dripping Springs, Twisted X not only has the best
URL ever ( texmexbeer.com), but it also offers year-round beers with
decidedly creative names like: Cow Creek Premium Tex Mex Dark
Lager, Fuego Jalapeno-Infused Tex Mex Pilsner, Senor Viejo Tex Mex
Imperial Black Lager, Siesta Prickly Pear Lager, and the Twisted X
Premium Tex Mex Lager. Its blend of flavorful, Mexican-style lagers
is what earned this brewery the title of “Official Beer of Tex-Mex” by
Draft Magazine. Twisted X offers tastings Monday-Sunday, and tours
Thursday-Sunday. Check the website for the hours.
8th Wonder Brewery
2202 Dallas St., Houston | 713-229-0868 |
Following the titular footsteps of the original “Eighth Wonder of the World,” the Houston Astrodome, 8th Wonder Brewery
opened its doors in 2013. This craft brewery has five beers in its starting line up, which include Hopston, Rocket Fuel, and Dome
Faux’m. There are also several “imagin8ion” brews in production with the hope of releasing them in the near future. 8th Wonder
currently does not host tours, but if you want a taste of its line up, check the website for a listing of stores and markets that carry
Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company
5301 Nolda St., Houston | 713-750-9795 |
Buffalo Bayou opened its doors in fall 2011 as the first urban craft brewery opened its doors in Houston. It prides itself on “
forward-thinking” brews that are offered year-round. Its Heritage Series – the 1836 and More Cowbell – is a line of beers made using classical
brewing techniques and flavors that embody the city. The Secessionist Series – a more extensive offering – is a line made from pure inspiration, no recipes required. Buff Brew offers $10 tours on Saturday from noon until 3 pm.
2032 Karbach St., Houston | 713-680-2739 |
German training is the key to this brewery located in a city that knows how refreshing a cold beer needs to be in the heat. Karbach
is both the name of the street the brewery is located on and the name of a village in Bavaria where a lot of great beer is consumed.
Come by for a tour and a taste of lager, IPA, Pale Ale, Wheat, a number of seasonal beers, and some bottled specialties that will
quench what “ales” ya.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
701 Galveston Ave., Fort Worth | 817-810-9266 |
The Rahr Family’s brewing history dates back to 1847 after Emily and William Rahr left Germany and immigrated to Wisconsin.
The Rahrs started Eagle Brewery, which was later renamed to William Rahr’s Sons Co. A century and a half later, Rahr &