The Best of Texas Craft Beer
Favorite Breweries and Craft Beers in Texas
Texas has been on a strong growth curve for craft beer sales, and has several outstanding breweries in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and surrounding areas. Too many to list, so we picked some of our favorites from each region. Whether you live in state or are visiting Texas, you can find great craft beer in and around all the major metropolitan areas.
Dallas Area Breweries and Craft Beers
Deep Ellum Brewing
Deep Ellum brews a nice selection of year-round, seasonal, and special release beers. We’re huge fans of their IPA, Farmhouse Wit, and Rye Pilsner. Deep Ellum IPA (7%), is brewed with Citra, Amarillo, Chinook, Palisade, and Summit hops, giving it complex fruity, piney, and citrusy hop aromas and flavors. Farmhouse Wit is a flavorful and refreshing hybrid combining traits of a Belgian Wit and Farmhouse Saison. Their Rye Pilsner (4.6%), is smooth and crisp with a touch of rye spiciness. The beer is brewed with Liberty, Mt. Hood, and Sterling hops.
Lakewood Brewing produces some nice beers out of Garland, Texas. Lakewood Lager (4.6%) is their year-round Vienna Style Lager, which is smooth, crisp, and balanced. They also have a great Fall seasonal Spiced German Style Dunkel, called Punkel (5.4%). Their special Winter release, Temptress (9.1%), is also very good. A Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Milk Stout, which is smooth and creamy with notes of bourbon, vanilla, and roasted malts.
Peticolas Brewing offers some great beers in the Dallas area. Our favorite Peticolas beer is their Velvet Hammer (9%), a big hoppy Imperial Red Ale brewed with Simcoe and Centennial hops. Golden Opportunity (4.6%), is a mild but flavorful German Style Kolsch, offered year round. Great Scot! (6.8%), is a Scottish Style Ale, sweet and malty with low hop bitterness.
Austin Area Breweries and Craft Beers
512 Brewing was one of the first few craft breweries to open in Austin, and they put out an excellent selection of year-round and seasonal release beers. Their Pecan Porter (6.5%), is an Austin local favorite, with rich flavors of dark malt and nutty pecans. Their Wit (5.1%) is popular year-round in the Texas heat. Brewed in the classic style, with coriander and grapefruit peel flavoring. 512 also offers a very nice IPA (7.2%), which is available year-round, and has flavors of apricot and vanilla.
Austin Beerworks has been around for a few years and does a great job with seasonal and special release beers. Their Heavy Machinery Double IPA released in June is great. Brewed with Ahtanum, Citra, and Simcoe hops, with massive floral aromas and a smooth highly bitter finish. Einhorn (3.5%) is a tart, sour summer seasonal Berliner Weisse, which is extremely refreshing in the summer heat. Black Thunder (5.3%), is their year-round German Style Schwarzbier, a crisp and smooth dark lager.
Jester King Brewery
Jester King offers Austin a fantastic selection of farmhouse ales, including sour ales, and interesting beers fermented with wild Hill Country yeast. They are typically open every Saturday afternoon, and offer a great selection of their beers to visitors. Their Salt Lick (6.7%), is an amazing Pecan Wood Smoked Saison, with smoky, sour, and earthy farmhouse flavors. Funk Metal (8%) is a Barrel-Aged Sour Stout, fermented with lactobacillus and wild yeast. The beer has complex sour and funky earthy flavors. Atrial Rubicite (5.8%), is their first barrel-aged fruit beer, releasing this summer. The beer was aged in oak barrels with raspberries, lactobacillus, and wild yeast.
Pinthouse Pizza BrewPub
Pinthouse Pizza is one of the newer Brewery/Brewpubs in Austin. They have a large open concept seating area and offer fresh onsite brewed craft beers, about 40 guest beers, and handmade pizzas. Their Fallen Cask IPA is a rotating IPA with interesting hop blends, and is probably your best choice for a great fresh IPA in Austin. Bearded Seal (6.1%), is a roasty Dry English Stout with a very smooth finish. Man O’ War (6.5%) is their year round IPA, a hop-forward, but balanced IPA with a nice level of bitterness.
San Antonio and Texas Hill Country Breweries and Craft Beers
Ranger Creek Brewing
Ranger Creek is a brewery/distillery in San Antonio. The offer a small batch series of special beers aged in bourbon barrels. No. 5 (7.5%), is a rich and malty Pecan Smoked Doppelbock. Lucky Ol’ Sun (5.5%) is a light and creamy Belgian Style Blonde Ale, with flavors of peach and honey. Ranger Creak OPA (5.8%), is an Oatmeal Pale Ale which has a creamy texture, and moderate hop bitterness.
Real Ale Brewing
Real Ale operates a brewery in Blanco, with distribution across Central Texas, including Austin and San Antonio. Their Hans Pils (5.3%), is an excellent German Style Pilsner, and silver medal winner at the 2012 GABF. Devil’s Backbone (8.1%) is a popular Belgian Style Tripel, brewed with Czech Saaz hops and Belgian Candi sugar. Sisyphus (10%), is their regularly offered Barleywine, and has a nice balance of sweet malt and bitter hop flavors.
Houston Area Breweries and Craft Beers
Karbach is a relatively new, but rapidly growing brewery located in central Houston, and is producing some excellent beers. Their Rodeo Clown (9.5%), is a Double IPA available year round. The beer is brewed with seven hop varieties and dry-hopped with Citra, Sapphir, and East Kent Goldings hops. Sympathy For The Lager (4.9%), is a crisp and hoppy European Style Amber Lager, brewed with Magnum, Tettnang, Hallertau-Mittelfrauh, and Spalt hops. Roshambo is a very nice, fruity and flavorful Belgian IPA, brewed with Chinook, Mosaic, Simcoe, and Zythos hops. The beer is available on a regular basis.
Lone Pint Brewery
Lone Pint is a small craft brewer located in Magnolia, that is producing some great beers. Their Pioneer Yellow Rose (6.8%), is a great single-hopped IPA brewed with Mosaic hops, which has flavors of grapefruit, pineapple, and blueberry. Lily & Seamus (6%) is a crisp and refreshing wheat beer which is brewed with kumquats when they are in season. 667 Neighbor of the Beast (6.6%) is a flavorful IPA with notes of citrus and sweet fruit.
Southern Star Brewing
Southern Star Brewing is located close to Houston, in Conroe. They offer a nice selection of year-round and seasonal beers. Buried Hatchet Stout (8.3%) is rich and roasty, and brewed with roasted malts, wheat, and oats. LeMort Viviant (6.6%), is a flavorful seasonally released Biere de Garde, which is fermented with French Farmhouse yeast. Walloon (5.3%), is a Belgian Style Grissette seasonal June release, a light-bodied earthy, refreshing beer, similar to a Saison.
Craft Beer Reviews for all Texas Breweries
512 Brewing – Austin
8th Wonder Brewery – Houston
903 Brewers – Sherman
Adelbert’s Brewery – Austin
Armadillo Ale Works – Denton
Austin Beerworks – Austin
Black Star Co-op – Austin
Buffalo Bayou Brewery – Houston
Cedar Creek Brewery – Seven Points
Community Beer Co – Dallas
Deep Ellum Brewing – Dallas
Faust Brewing – New Braunfels
Fort Bend Brewing – Missouri City
Freetail Brewing – San Antonio
Hops & Grain Brewing – Austin
Independence Brewing – Austin
Infamous Brewing – Austin
Jester King Brewery – Austin
Karbach Brewing – Houston
Lakewood Brewing – Garland
Live Oak Brewing – Austin
Lone Pint Brewery – Magnolia
Martin House Brewery – Fort Worth
New Republic Brewing – College Station
No Label Brewing – Katy
Noble Rey Brewing – Dallas
North by Northwest Brewpub – Austin
Peticolas Brewing – Dallas
Pinthouse Pizza Brewpub – Austin
Rahr & Sons Brewing – Fort Worth
Ranger Creek Brewing – San Antonio
Real Ale Brewing – Blanco
Revolver Brewing – Granbury
Rogness Brewing – Pflugerville
Saint Arnold Brewing – Houston
South Austin Brewing – Austin
Southern Star Brewing – Conroe
Texas Big Beer Brewery – Buna
Thirsty Planet Brewing – Austin
Uncle Billy’s Brewpub – Austin