Austin Beer Bars
Mid-May in Austin, and summer is in full swing. Austinites are thirsting for refreshing wits and hefeweizens, and crisp pilsners, from local brewers. Lucky for them, and the thousands of visitors the city gets each year, there are many excellent beer bars to grab a pint at.
Craft Pride is the newest beer bar in Austin, and is located on thriving Rainey Street. The bar solely focuses on craft beer produced in Texas, and offers the best local beer selection in town. Beer is served properly in 20 oz. Imperial Pint glasses. The tap wall is filled with selections from breweries in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston. A large shaded outdoor seating area welcomes thirsty patrons. If that hunger pang hits you after a beer or two, a full-time food truck called Bacon, is on site.
The largest selection of craft beer on tap in town is at Bangers on Rainey Street, just a few doors down from Craft Pride. Over 100 local and national craft beers are available on draft, with a big selection of rotating seasonal beers. The food is a fantastic pairing with the beer; homemade sausages, bangers and mash, and poutine – a Canadian dish of fries covered with gravy and cheese curds. Seating is in a giant outdoor beer garden.
The Draught House, just north of downtown is a pub and brewery which offers more than 70 beers on tap. You can cool off in the dark indoor seating area, sit outside on their patio of tables, or pull out your own chair in their front parking area. The pub is well known and consistently makes lists of the top beer bars in the country. The Draught House frequently taps special cask beers and offers brewery glass nights on a regular basis.
The GingerMan, located downtown near 4th Street is a classic pub, offering over 50 beers on tap. Darts and pool tables are available for recreation, and seating is available both indoors and on an outdoor patio. The pub frequently hosts special tastings.
Hopfields is a newer addition to the craft beer bar scene in Austin. They are located just north of downtown. The bar offers a great selection of more than 30 local and national craft beer on tap, and always seems to have some nice selections which are not at the other bars in town. They offer a french cafe style pub menu, and have an outdoor deck for seating.
Pinthouse Pizza is another new addition. They are a brewpub which also offers about 40 guest craft beers on tap. The house beers are fantastic, and if you are looking for a fresh IPA in Austin, this is the place to go, for their rotating cask IPA or year round Man O’ War IPA. Family friendly, with hand-crafted pizzas and salads made onsite.
Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden offers over 20 craft beers on tap, in a downtown location off 6th street. Both locally brewed and national craft beers are offered. The Easy Tiger offer sandwiches and sausages served with homemade breads, and ridiculously good homemade pretzels.
North By Northwest is a long standing brewpub in North Austin. They mainly serve house brewed beers and offer a couple taps of local selections. They are well worth a visit, especially if their house brewed barrel-aged Barton Kriek -sour cherry ale or Berliner Weisse beers are on tap.
Austin has quickly become a go to city for craft beer lovers and should be thought of in the ranks of other cities well-known for craft beer, including Portland, Boston, and San Diego.
A city beer bar article wouldn’t be complete without mentioning all the fantastic local Austin brewers, who’s beers you should search out for at the beer bars; 512 Brewing, Adelbert’s, Austin Beerworks, Hops & Grain, Independence, Infamous, Jester King, Live Oak, Thirsty Planet, and South Austin Brewing.
A visit to Austin also allows sampling of some very good beers from brewers in peripheral Texas cities, like Deep Ellum Brewing from Dallas, Lone Pint from Magnolia, Ranger Creek from San Antonio, and Real Ale from Blanco. Beers from these breweries are widely available at beer bars in Austin.