It wasn’t too long ago when grocery store shelves in Central Texas were populated by overproduced, under-flavored domestic beers -- now, even the most casual convenience store in Killeen has a colorful craft beer lineup. Like so many other cities, Austin has seen a rapid expansion of breweries, from talented homebrewers taking a leap of faith to seasoned pros trying their hand at the taps, and things don’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.
As such, when the topic of “best local breweries” comes up, it’s incredibly difficult to whittle the playing field down to a definitive group. Instead, we’ve decided to highlight the absolute essential breweries you need to visit to be a true Austin craft beer aficionado. Try each of these breweries… and then go out and try some more.