1. Austin Beer Company1700 Bryant Dr, Round Rock
2. Bindlestick Brewing Co.1309 Leander Drive , Austin
3. Blue Owl Brewing2400 E Caesar Chavez #300 , Austin
4. Last Stand Brewing Company12345 Pauls Valley Rd, Austin
5. Rentsch Brewery2500 NE Inner Loop Unit 3105, Georgetown
6. Strange Land Brewing Company5904 Bee Cave Rd, Austin
7. Zilker Brewing Co.1701 E 6th St, Austin
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.