Food & Drink

7 New Austin Breweries to Watch in 2015

Published On 02/11/2015 Published On 02/11/2015
Mike Cortez/Thrillist
Bluebonnet Beer Company LLC
Bindlestick Brewing Co.
Last Stand Brewing Company
Strange Land Brewing Company
Zilker Brewing
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1. Austin Beer Company 1700 Bryant Dr, Round Rock, TX 78664

Founded by David Hulama, a Hawaiian native who ended up in the town of Round Rock, Bluebonnet Beer Co. is brewing some solid beers, such as the Texas Pecan Brown Ale or the easy-drinking Cream Ale. The beers can be found at bars and restaurants around Round Rock and North Austin, but if you want to get it straight from the source, the taproom is open Fridays and Saturdays from 5-8pm.

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2. Bindlestick Brewing Co. 1309 Leander Drive , Austin, TX 78641

Named after those old hobo suitcases (aka bags-on-a-stick), Bindlestick Brewing Company is located in the small town of Leander, offering up unique beers like the Chimney Stack (a pale ale) and Monkey Wagon (an amber), whose names come from old locomotives.

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3. Blue Owl Brewing 2400 E Caesar Chavez #300 , Austin, TX 78702

This brewery's game is sour-mashing, the process of biologically acidifying beer to give it a tart flavor. As such, every beer on Blue Owl's roster is sour-mashed, and the brews are categorized by their tartness and your familiarity to sours -- there's Little Boss wheat for beginners, Spirit Animal IPA for intermediates, and Professor Black stout for advanced drinkers. The tasting room includes a selection of limited release brews.

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4. Last Stand Brewing Company 12345 Pauls Valley Rd, Austin, TX 78737

Located just up the road from Jester King Brewery, Last Stand is brewing some interesting beers, such as the Coffee Porter (for which cold-brew coffee is added to the batch to give it a nice coffee flavor that pairs with the chocolate flavors from the roasted malts) and the BPA, which is a 8.9% ABV Belgian-inspired strong pale ale. They also have a nice beer garden to enjoy your brews in.

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5. Rentsch Brewery 2500 NE Inner Loop Unit 3105, Georgetown, TX 78626

This father-and-son duo is looking to make big things happen in the town of Georgetown with Rentsch Brewery. Andrew Rentschler found his love for beer while studying abroad in Germany, and brings that love to the beers he brews for Rentsch. While not all of the beers will be German styles, he will stick with the German Purity Laws for brewing.

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6. Strange Land Brewing Company 5904 Bee Cave Rd, Austin, TX 78746

Strange Land Brewing Company is located on the West side of town behind Hat Creek Burgers, and is adding a little strange to the city of the weird. Strange Land's core beers are great, but it's the small-batch reserve brews that are particularly intriguing. You'll want to get your hands on selections like Bishopsgate Barley Wine, Last Gentleman Bourbon Porter, and Dewi Sant Braggot (an old-style herbed and spiced beer blended with mead).

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7. Zilker Brewing Co. 1701 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

Zilker Brewing Company, just a few blocks from Austin's 6th Street district, is a refreshingly laid-back alternative to the usual nightlife bar scene. The craft brewery focuses on American Belgo style brewing that's light, malty, and fruity. Zilker's selection includes a golden-hued pale ale, a crisp and light honey blonde ale, and seasonal brews. It doesn't have a kitchen but a varying roster of food trailers will take your order from the taproom, and you can bring your own food, too.