Texas is one of the biggest states in the country, with hundreds of breweries located in different areas. Texan beer enthusiasts can find it hard to choose which brewery to visit next. In honor of National Drink Beer Day, the Eat Drink Local Texas team composed a list of 20 of the best Texas Breweries you must try.
From historic San Antonio to contemporary Austin and bustling Houston, this guide will ensure you get to all the next best breweries in your area!
1. Free Roam Brewing Company
With a passion for craft beer, Jeremy Affeldt, a former three-time world baseball champion, fell in love with beer and the process of beer making, which prompted the start of this Boerne brewery. Now, Free Roam Brewery features a variety of delicious IPA beers and an entertaining, welcoming environment for all.
2. Busted Sandal Brewing Company
Located in San Antonio, Busted Sandal opened in 2013, intending to create excellent hand-crafted beer. This San Antonio brewery features a variety of unique craft beers made with locally sourced seasonal ingredients for all beer enthusiasts to enjoy. Be sure to visit them on Wednesdays for a $3 pint per night deal!
3. Barrelman Brewing Company
A family-owned and operated microbrewery, the Barrelman is a family-friendly joint that welcomes everyone in the Boerne community. They brew high-quality craft beer in small batches, unique and full of flavor. Their menu consists of Barrelman's distinctive hand-crafted beers, such as the StrawBerry Witty, a tasty wheat beer with strawberry puree, and a variety of guest beers, including IPAs, Ciders, and more. Stop by on Fridays for wine specials, karaoke, or free live music on Saturdays.
4. New Braunfels Brewing Company
Bought by Jacklyn and Brian Herbert last year, this brewery is located at the heart of downtown New Braunfels, Texas, and is home to various flavorful craft beers. Each flavor is carefully articulated by hired brewmaster David Jones, who dedicates a new approach to toasting the barley, malts, or hops making each of their 14 flavors taste unique. Even non-beer drinkers can sit down and enjoy a variety of ciders, wine, and non-alcoholic options.
5. Second Pitch Beer Company
Voted as San Antonio's best new-ish brewery in 2022, this family-owned craft brewery strives for beer that is different from the norm, strong in flavor, and harkens back to traditional roots. Their draft list includes over 12 varieties of IPA, wheat, and specialty beers for beer lovers. Stop by the Second Pitch on Trivia night Thursday or Friday Night Singo for some entertainment.
6. Texas Cannon Brewing Company
The Texas Cannon Brewing Company features live music, cold beer, delicious food, and good times in Blanco, Texas. Enjoy various beer flavors, such as the Texas Cannon Stout On Nitro which is brewed with an abundance of chocolate and roasted malt, making it a flavorful chocolatey coffee beer. Their food menu includes giant texas pretzels, smoked brisket sandwiches, and tasty street tacos.
7. Real Ale Brewing Company
This family-owned business has produced craft beers in the Texas Hill Country area since 1996. Starting in a small antique store basement, this Hill Country brewery is now one of 55+ people who serve some of the highest quality beer in Texas. With minimal processing, their 14 signature beers are unpasteurized, unfiltered, and made from quality ingredients, to produce maximum flavor.
8. Freetail Brewing Company
Created in 2008, the Freetail Brewing Company incorporated the idea that a brewery shouldn't just make good beer; it should also embody San Antonio, the city it calls home. Now, this San Antonio brewery holds not just beer but also fun events, live music, and entertainment for locals to enjoy. Beers like La Muerta, Oktoberfiesta, and Tropical Punch Bexarliner embody San Antonian culture at this brewery.
9. Weathered Souls Brewing Co.
Named the best brewery in the United States in 2020 by the online magazine Hop Culture, this independent brewery welcomes everyone to come in and try their beers. The brewery is located in San Antonio, Texas, and includes a large taproom and open patio seating. Their core beers include Dalè Shine, MALTerial Girl, Hardwood Classic, and West Coast IPA.
10. Longtab Brewing Company
This veteran-owned brewery is located in San Antonio, Texas. The renowned Longtab Brewing Company primarily brews classic and Belgian-inspired beers, but its menu also includes a variety of other beers. They regularly give back to the SF veteran community through fundraisers and beer dedications. Visit this brewery in San Antonio to try over 20 classic Belgian-inspired beer flavors.
11. Alamo Beer Company
Located minutes from the Alamo, this beer and taproom restaurant offers various beer and food options with nightly events such as beer pong tournaments and Sunday brunch. This San Antonio joint is one you don't want to miss!
12. SpindleTap Brewery
Located in Houston, Texas, the SpindleTap Brewery is another popular joint you should visit. This Houston brewery includes an outdoor family-friendly entertainment concourse where visitors have access to playing corn hole, baseball, football, or golf, all while enjoying their various cold beer selections and delicious menu items.
13. Rahr and Sons Brewing Company
One of the most popular breweries in Fort Worth, Texas, the Rahr and Sons Brewing Company has been serving quality beers since 2004. Owned by Fritz and Erin Rahr, this brewery is known for popular beer selections such as the Dadgum IPA and their ample venue space that can hold up to 300 people. Don't be surprised when you come across local musicians performing live music at this brewery, as the owners are fond of highlighting the arts of the North Texas community. Visit them on Wednesday to get 3 pints of beer for $15.
14. Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
Established in 2010, Ranger Creek Brewing and Distilling offers a variety of hand-crafted beers and whiskey made with love, attention, and a Texas attitude. Popular favorites include award-winning products like the .36 Straight Burbon and the San Antonio Lager, a German-style lager brewed in honor of the city.
15. Thirsty Planet Brewing Company
The Thirsty Planet Brewing Company was born and brewed in Austin in 2010. Each month they offer a "special brewski" as part of their small batch pirate program. Enjoy a variety of beers, including the Thirsty Goat Amber, a red ale beer with a sweet, malty taste, or their signature Buckethead IPA, an IPA balanced by a light caramel sweetness.
16. Guadalupe Brewing Company
Driven by their love for craft beer, this independently owned brewery in New Braunfels, Texas, is a great spot to enjoy award-winning beer flavors in an open patio setting. With live music on the weekends, dog-friendly seating, and a welcoming environment, this joint is easily one of the best breweries in New Braunfels, Texas.
17. Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company
The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company is the place to enjoy great beer, delicious food, and live music with friends. Whether you're grabbing a cold beer or dinner, their menu focuses on locally sourced ingredients to ensure the highest quality. They specialize in dry beers and lagers, especially German-style Phils. When you go, try their tasty special pies, mouthwatering shrimp flatbread sandwich, or grab a bite of their peach french toast bread pudding for brunch.
18. Live Oak Brewing Company
Located near the Austin Bergstrom International Airport, this Austin brewery has been serving high-quality craft beer since 1997. They're committed to producing delicious lagers and ales for passionate beer drinkers of Austin. They've recently been named one of the 50 Best American Breweries of the 2010s by Paste Magazine.
19. True Anomaly Brewing
What started with four guys in a garage with some brewing equipment soon became one of Houston's largest and most unique barrel rooms. True Anomaly, a brewery in Houston, Texas, specializes in various Wild and Sour Ales, Old World styles rooted in Belgian, French, and German traditions, and, Hop-forward, Experimental Ales unique in taste.
20. Zilker Brewing Company
Zilker Brewing has an industrial taproom with every aspect of its process on display. Brewers at this location collaborate to ensure new techniques, ingredients, and styles are brought to the table. They offer various IPAs, Lagers, Pilsners, and more.