barley from brewing to make natural (and
wheat-free) dog biscuits called (what else?)
Brew Biscuits. Woof-woof! Hops and Grain
encourages visitors to drop by their east
Austin Shangri-la to see what they do and
how they do it. Free tours are available from
Wednesday to Saturday at various times;
food trucks are on site on Saturday. Check
the website for a schedule.
Independence Brewing Company
3913 Todd Lane, #607; 512-707-0099
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 seven 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. Seasonal beers are: White Rabbit,
Independence ESB, Jasperilla, and the
popular Oklahoma Suks brand. The Brewlu-
minati’s single draft and batch only beers
include: Kolschish, Lemongrass Ginger,
Muggles Double IPA, the Bombus, and
a few others. 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.
If drinking their brews isn’t enough, check
out their website for beer-infused brownie
recipes and other treats.
Infamous Brewing Company
4602 Weletka Drive, #300; 512-487-8786
A shared passion for good beer is what
fueled a group of friends to create Infamous
Brewing. Over nine months, the brewery was
hand-built, piece-by-piece, until it was ready
to serve high quality, handmade craft brews.
Infamous’ year-round offerings are the
Hijack (untraditional cream ale), IPA, and
Bugsy’s (fire brush amber). The seasonals
are: Infamy (olde ale), Massacre (pumpkin
pecan), and Sweep the Leg (peanut butter
stout). Tours and tastings are on Saturdays
from 1-5 pm.
Jester King Craft Brewery
13005 Fitzhugh Road, Building B
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
NEARBY TEXAS SUDS
8th Wonder Brewery | 2202 Dallas Street, Houston
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 its brews.
Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company | 5301 Nolda Street, Houston
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.
Karbach Brewing | 2032 Karbach Street, Houston
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 Avenue, Fort Worth
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 & Sons
Brewing Co opened in Fort Worth in 2004, offering five year-round brews that are: Rahr’s Blonde Lager, Texas Red (amber
lager), Ugly Pug (black lager), Stormcloud (German-influenced
IPA), and Buffalo Butt (amber lager). They also serve six seasonal
beers and seven in its “To Thee Series.” Rahr offers family friendly
tours and tastings on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons. There is a general $10 admission fee for anyone 18 and
older, but the brewery tour and pint glass are free.