Best Brewpubs and Microbreweries

With so many self-starters in Texas, no one is all that surprised that our craft beer scene has expanded with a vengeance. Most cities are—wisely—getting in on all of the hoppy action, and we’ve got the list of the best brewpubs and microbreweries in the state to get you started.  We can guarantee that the bubbly libations flowing from the taps at any of these Texas brewpubs and microbreweries are unique, made in Texas and most certainly tasty. Bottoms up!

Nine Band Brewing Allen

Allen – Nine-Band Brewing

Texas-born and-raised, the Nine-Band brewmasters provide an award-winning experience with their handcrafted styles. It’s worth the trip, so go straight to the source and enjoy a cold Toad Choker Barley Wine or a Hoop Snake Hefeweizen with the brewmasters themselves at the Nine-Band headquarters.

512 Brewing Company

Austin – 512 Brewing Company

512 Brewing Company is one of the few breweries in Texas where you will find local and organic products used in most of the beers. The environmentally-conscious brewery features predominately draft beers. If you are in the Austin area, don’t forget to stop in here for a cold one!

North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery

Austin – North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery

Immediately recognizable by its fully-functioning silo full of 25,000 lbs. of barley, North by Northwest has over thirty years of brewing experience. In addition to a variety of tasty German-style brews, North by Northwest offers Beer School for those less-versed in the art of beer.

Real Ale Brewing Co

Blanco – Real Ale Brewing Company

Located in the rolling Hill Country just outside of Austin is one of Texas’s hidden treasures when it comes to breweries. Real Ale Brewing Company started in 1996 and have stayed exclusive to Texas ever since. This brewery is perfect if you want to take a short trip into the Hill Country and what better way to enjoy the scenery than with a hand-crafted beer?

Boerne – Cibolo Creek Brewing

Family-owned Cibolo Creek Brewing Co. proudly serves Boerne, TX natives and travelers alike. Drink delicious, on-location brewed beer such as their crowd favorite, the “Boerne Blonde,” while enjoying a meal that’s locally sourced from places all over the Lone Star state.

The Dodging Duck Brewhaus Boerne

Boerne – The Dodging Duck Brewhaus

Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Texas Hill Country, The Dodging Duck Brewhaus has multiple awards to back up their brewing prowess—three gold and three silver medals from The World Beer Championships to be exact! Try: Wingman I.P.A. and the Celtic Duck Nitro Stout.

 

Deep Ellum Brewing Co

Dallas – Deep Ellum Brewing Co.

Experience Deep Ellum at Deep Ellum Brewing Co. With a name that represents more than just the brewery you are sure to get a one-of-a-kind experience. Putting an end to bad beer and showing the big corporate breweries how it’s done, this brewery is truly one of Texas’ finest.

Texas Ale Project

Dallas – Texas Ale Project

Owned by Denton locals and UNT grads, Audacity Brew House embodies the eclectic spirit of the city and it’s locals in their craft brews and relaxed taproom. Every Saturday owners take visitors on a tour of the brewery, while the taproom is open to guests six days a week, featuring fun events like weekly trivia night, live music, and open mic night.

Audacity Brew House Denton

Denton – Audacity Brew House

Owned by Denton locals and UNT grads, Audacity Brew House embodies the eclectic spirit of the city and it’s locals in their craft brews and relaxed taproom. Every Saturday owners take visitors on a tour of the brewery, while the taproom is open to guests six days a week, featuring fun events like weekly trivia night, live music, and open mic night.

Fredricksburg Brewing Company

Fredericksburg – Fredericksburg Brewing Company

Located in a city rife with German history, it makes sense that Fredericksburg Brewing Company is the oldest brewpub in the Lone Star State. Bonus: there’s an on-site “bed & brew” for when you feel like thoroughly enjoying the restaurant’s craft offerings.

Revolver Brewing

Granbury – Revolver Brewing

Revolver Brewing entered the Texas brewpub scene with an impressive background. Master Brewer and Cicerone, Grant Wood, has helped craft brews all over the nation—most notably at Pearl Brewery and a little place up north called Sam Adams.  Flagship beers include Revolver Blood & Honey, Revolver High Brass and Revolver Bock, available at a number of restaurants and bars across the DFW metroplex.

Grapevine Craft Brewery

Grapevine – Grapevine Craft Brewery

Located in a city mostly known for wine, Grapevine Craft Brewery stands out! They offer four year-round brews and were voted “Best Beer in Dallas” by D Magazine. If you can’t make the trip to Grapevine, then it is definitely worth looking for their beer on tap at one of the many bars throughout north and central Texas!

Uncle Buck’s Brewery & Steakhouse

Grapevine – Uncle Buck’s Brewery & Steakhouse

A member of the Bass Pro Shops Restaurant Family, they might as well have named Uncle Buck’s Brewery & Steakhouse “your husband’s favorite restaurant.”  Hoppy microbrews and steak is a classic combo, and it’s always on the menu at Uncle Buck’s.

Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co

Houston – Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.

The Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. in Houston is a brewery like none other specializing in untraditional and limited brews. Whether you are looking for something succulent, like the Vanilla Sunset from their Secessionist Series, or something a tad more traditional, like 1836 from their Heritage Series, you are sure to find something you like at Buffalo Bayou!

Galveston Island Brewing

Houston – Galveston Island Brewing

Galveston Island Brewing sets itself apart by more than just its beer. With cool events such as “Yoga at the Brewery,” this company really has its customers in mind. After yoga, be sure to grab one or two of their six brews offered year-round, or one of their three seasonal brews. However, if you can’t make it until after work, don’t worry because they are open until 10pm Monday thru Thursday and open until midnight on Friday and Saturday!

Karbach Brewing Company

Houston – Karbach Brewing Company

The second-fastest growing brewery in the U.S. is right here in Houston, Texas! Karbach Brewing Company offers five brews year-round and has a selection of seasonal brews and bombers throughout the year to satisfy every taste. If you are a beer enthusiast, be sure to catch one of their 15 tours offered every week!

Faust Hotel & Brewing Company

New Braunfels – Faust Hotel & Brewing Company

The brew connoisseurs at Faust Brewing Co. have their craft down pat. In operation since 1998, they offer a “stout” beer list, a beer-inspired food menu, stainless steel growlers and even an on-site hotel in historic downtown New Braunfels.

Bakfish Brewing Company

Pearland – Bakfish Brewing Company

Good brews come from passionate brew masters, which is why Bakfish Brewing Company creates nothing but quality local craft beer. Run by Pearland natives, a group of friends inspired by craft beer and their local community, Bakfish Brewing is now a go-to for good times and good brews. In their 2,000-square-foot taproom, guests can grab a drink and watch the daily brewing operations. Using a 30-barrel state-of-the-art pilot system, they create seasonal and one-off batches, which allows for continual rotation for new beers; so whether you love a good IPA or classic golden ale, Bakfish has it on tap, just for you!

Four Bullets Brewery - Richardson - Shop Across Texas

Richardson – Four Bullets Brewery

This new and upcoming brewery in Richardson should be on your list of places to visit this weekend. Specializing in fine, hand-crafted ales, you’ll be sure to find one you like. Come and spend your Saturday afternoon with Four Bullets Brewery!

Brew Pubs Alamo Beer

San Antonio – Alamo Beer Co.

Alamo Beer Co. is probably best known for its Alamo Golden Brew, but that should not shadow the other three brews they offer year-round on tap. This place is perfect for hanging out with friends and family (dogs included) during the beautiful Texas evenings. Also, don’t forget to check out their website for cool upcoming events.

Freetail Brewing Co

San Antonio – Freetail Brewing Co.

One of the younger brewpubs on our list, Freetail Brewing Co. has already made an impact on the brewing scene since its inception in 2006. As of 2012, Freetail now offers four bottled varieties—Four, Old Bat Rastard, Porto Gallito and Year of the Bat—for you to take home and enjoy.

Southern Star The Woodlands

The Woodlands – Southern Star

Best known for hosting homebrew competitions and being the first craft brewery in Texas to serve canned beer, Southern Star has a unique way of taking an all but extinct style of beer and creating something new. Come out and attend their Red Cockaded benefit and support the endangered woodpecker that is native to the region or just swing by brewery and grab a cold one!