In the 1990s, the state’s craft brewing business experienced a second boom with the rise of craft microbreweries throughout Texas. Though it is best known for its historic craft breweries such as Shiner, the state is home to a wide variety of microbreweries and nanobreweries that offer public tasting rooms, brewpubs, and special events for community members and regional tourists alike to enjoy.
1.Alamo Beer Company
© Alamo Beer Company
Alamo Beer Company’s name is a callout to the former Lone Star Brewing Company, which began production in 1884 in San Antonio and remained one of the state’s most popular breweries through the implementation of Prohibition. The brewery was opened in 2014 by Eugene Simor, whose brewing legacy in the region dates back to the mid-1990s. Popular brews include its Alamo-label Golden Ale, Amber Lager, German Pale Ale, Pilsner, IPA, and Belgian-style White. The brewery’s beer hall offers a large-screen television and a variety of games, including outdoor cornhole setups on its patio. Live music performances are offered periodically, and Beer, Bacon, and Bingo events are hosted each Thursday.
202 Lamar, San Antonio, TX 78202, Phone: 210-872-5589
2.3 Nations Brewing Company
© 3 Nations Brewing Company
3 Nations Brewing Company was founded in 2015 on principles emphasizing traditional German, Belgian, and English brewing styles infused with American innovation and creativity. The Farmers Branch brewery follows a methodical spice-to-hops ratio in all of its brews to create bold aromas and unique flavor-forward ales and lagers. Flagship brews include the brewery’s Mango Smash IPA, Texas Gold Blonde Ale, Haze Wizard New England-style IPA, Royal Blood Orange Wit, and GPA German Pale Ale. Its taproom is open Thursdays through Sundays and presents a variety of public special events, including rock-and-roll trivia nights, pet-friendly yappy hour events, and movie and music date nights in the park at Farmers Branch Historical Park.
2405 Squire Pl #200, Farmers Branch, TX 75234, Phone: 214-642-5055
3.4th Tap Brewing Co-Op
© 4th Tap Brewing Co-Op
4th Tap Brewing Co-Op is a worker-owned microbrewery in North Austin that opened to the public in 2015. The brewery’s taproom is open seven days a week and offers 10 rotating taps in a fully air-conditioned facility with free wireless internet. Year-round taps include the brewery’s cardamom-spiced +2 Vitality Blonde Ale, Can You Dig It? Red Ale, Kung Fu Robot IPA, and Highland Scoundrel Scotch Ale, while seasonal releases include its Crystal Lake Spiced Beer, Bière de Gardeless, and Strawberry Sun Eater Gruit. Picnic tables and a projector screen are offered at the taproom, and rotating food trucks are parked on site during the weekends. Visitors may also bring their own food or order from nearby restaurants.
4520, 10615 Metric Blvd, Austin, TX 78758, Phone: 512-904-9817
4.5 Stones Artisan Brewery
© 5 Stones Artisan Brewery
5 Stones Artisan Brewery brews unique craft beers with a focus on recipes including natural spices, herbs, and produce. The family-oriented brewery is part of the Texas Beer Trail and offers a variety of taps at its public taproom, including its year-round House Farmhouse Ale, Frederick Berg Ale, Shepherd Boy Pale Ale, Manmosa Wheat Ale, and Snipe Hunter Stout. Seasonal brews include its Aloha Piña pineapple and jalapeño-spiced blonde ale, its strawberry and vanilla-flavored Norma Jean, and its Flower Child Amber Ale, which features chamomile and lemon zest notes. Barrel-aged and small-batch brews are also available periodically.
11335 FM1863, New Braunfels, TX 78132, Phone: 210-380-8215
5.11 Below Brewing Company
© 11 Below Brewing Company
11 Below Brewing Company focuses on easy-drinking, flavorful beers that are refreshing during even the hottest temperature spikes of Texan summers, offering a variety of styles to please both novice drinkers and craft beer enthusiasts. The brewery’s year-round taps include its 7 Iron Blonde Ale, Oso Bueno American Amber Ale, Lame Duck Pale Ale, and Color Blind Red IPA. Limited-release offerings include high-ABV styles such as its Negative Space Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout and barrel-aged brews such as its Big Mistake Russian Imperial Stout. Happy hour deals are offered on Thursdays and Fridays at the brewery’s taproom, which uses a beer token system for purchases and sells souvenir pint glasses.
6820 Bourgeois Rd, Houston, TX 77066, Phone: 281-444-2337
© Austin Beerworks
Austin Beerworks is a can-distribution brewery offering a wide variety of ale and lager styles. The brewery’s taproom offers an exclusive chance to taste its brews on tap, located within its production facility, offering views of ongoing production efforts. Four beers are brewed year-round, including the brewery’s Peacemaker Ale, Pearl Snap German-style Pilsner, Flavor Country Hoppy Pale Ale, and Fire Eagle American IPA. Seasonal brews emphasize European brewing styles such as Kristallweizens, Helles lagers, and Belgian styles, while a seasonal IPA series showcases styles from both American coasts. Onsite exclusive brews are also offered, including unique fruit-focused Berliner Weisse styles. Brewery merchandise is available on site at the taproom, which also offers guided tours of the brewery’s operations.
3001 Industrial Terrace, Austin, TX 78758, Phone: 512-821-2494
7.B-52 Brewing Company
© B-52 Brewing Company
B-52 Brewing Company’s motto is “too good to ignore,” both an assertion of its unforgettable ales and a reminder to its staff to keep pushing the limits to produce unique, memorable brews. The brewery, which was opened by brothers Brent and Chad Daniel, was named as the state’s best new brewery in 2014. Its seven-acre Conroe taproom offers space for outdoor games such as ping-pong and horseshoes and is a family-friendly and pet-friendly facility. Standard and limited-release brews are tapped, including barrel-aged releases. Popular beers include the brewery’s Wheat IPA, Saison and Berliner Hops, Breakfast Stout, and a tart saison series emphasizing fruit flavors.
2470 Milroy Ln, Conroe, TX 77304, Phone: 936-447-4677
8.Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.
© Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.
Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. is an old-school-style brewery that has been open since 2011, combining classic styles with cutting-edge technology and brewing techniques. The Houston brewery strives to craft beers that honor the state’s pioneer history and celebrate its adventurous spirit, showcasing a variety of styles with wildly-sourced flavor notes. Its taproom is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays, with pre-sale admission tickets recommended for visitors. Brews within the brewery’s Heritage Series include its Great White Buffalo Witbier, Don’t Fear the RIPA IPA, Sam’s Daily Cream Ale, and 1836 Cooper Ale. Its innovative Secessionist Series highlights unique flavors in brews such as its Gingerbread Stout, Watermelon Blonde Ale, Sangre Citrus Ale, and Tropikal Saison.
5301 Nolda St, Houston, TX 77007, Phone: 713-750-9795
9.Cedar Creek Brewery
© Cedar Creek Brewery
Cedar Creek Brewery was founded by Cindy and Jim Elliott in 2012 as a partnership with brewmaster Damon Lewis. The brewery is an award-winning brewery, having received national recognition for its gold medal at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival for its Belgian-style Dubbel. Its production brewery is located within Seven Points’ historic Plowboys Club building and offers a family-friendly and pet-friendly public taproom and biergarten that serves as a community gathering place, tapping beers and serving wines four days a week. Year-round offerings include the brewery’s Lawn Ranger Cream Ale, Dankosaurus IPA, Patio Pounder Pale Lager, and Oat ‘N About Oatmeal Stout, while seasonal beers include its Clover Kicker Saison, Oktoberfest Marzen, and Fisticuffs English Barleywine. The brewery’s Plowboys Cafe serves a variety of American pub fare, including craft burgers, sandwiches, bar appetizers, and shareable plates.
336 E Cedar Creek Pkwy, Seven Points, TX 75143, Phone: 903-432-2337
10.Deep Ellum Brewing Company
© Deep Ellum Brewing Company
Deep Ellum Brewing Company was founded in 2011 by owner John Reardon and has become Texas’ third-largest independent microbrewery, producing more than 45,000 bbls of beer annually. It is part of the CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective, founded in 2016 to promote can distribution of innovative craft beer styles throughout the nation. Year-round brews offered at the brewery’s taproom include its flagship Dallas Blonde Ale and Deep Ellum IPA, along with its throwback-style Deep Ellum Lager, its Local Legend Sweet Milk Stout, and its Dream Crusher Double Rye IPA. Seasonal brews include its Hop Seeker wet-hopped APA, Oak Cliff Coffee Ale, and spice-heavy Deep Summer Ale, while specialty brews and one-offs focus on barrel-aged styles, barleywines, and Belgian-style trippels and quads. Food trucks are hosted on site regularly, and special events are offered throughout the year, including the Labor of Love artisan market and festival.
2823 St Louis St, Dallas, TX 75226, Phone: 214-888-3322
11.Eureka Heights Brew Company
© Eureka Heights Brew Company
Eureka Heights Brew Company is a Houston brewery that was named for its position along the Eureka Heights fault line, which was important in the city’s early development. The brewery focuses on crafting flavorful, unique session beers, including its year-round Buckle Bunny Golden Ale, Wicket Awesome ESB, Mostly Harmless Citra Pale Kolsch, and Moo Caliente Milk Stout. Specialty and seasonal beers focus on IPA styles and brews incorporating local ingredients, including its Truckers Choice Coffee Stout, which highlights beans from nearby Boomtown Coffee Roasters. The brewery’s taproom is open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays, with brewery tours available upon request.
941 W 18th St, Houston, TX 77008, Phone: 832-953-4677
12.Freetail Brewing Co.
© Freetail Brewing Co.
Freetail Brewing Co. is named for the Mexican free-tailed bat, the state’s official flying mammal. It was opened in 2008 by Scott Metzger, Jason Davis, and Gary Butler and offers a tasting room open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays. Core beers include the brewery’s Bat Outta Helles Lager, Freetail Original, Rye Wit, Soul Doubt IPA, and San Antonio IPA, while seasonal offerings include its Yo Soy Un Berliner, Oktoberfiesta, Texicali Brown Ale, and Local Coffee Stout. Reserve barrel-aged beers are also brewed periodically within the brewery’s La Muerta series. Tours are offered on Saturday afternoons, and public special events are hosted periodically, including jazz nights, food truck pop-ups, and First Saturday events showcasing artisan markets and comedy sets.
4035 N Loop 1604 W #105, San Antonio, TX 78257, Phone: 210-625-6000
13.Hops and Grain Brewing
© Hops and Grain Brewing
Hops and Grain Brewing is an East Austin brewery committed to community involvement and sustainable practices, working with local nonprofit organizations and donating a percentage of profits to environmental groups and local growers. Its taproom is open seven days a week and serves drafts and to-go sales of its year-round and seasonal offerings, including its Lupulin Rodeo and Pellets and Powder IPAs, River Beer Premium American Lager, Haze Country Double IPA, Porter Culture Baltic Porter, and The One They Call Zoe Pale Lager. Food trucks are hosted on site Thursdays through Sundays, and tours are offered Fridays and Saturdays. The brewery also crafts a line of Brew Biscuit dog treats using its spent brewing grains, which are available for purchase at the taproom.
507 Calles St #101, Austin, TX 78702, Phone: 512-914-2467
14.Intrinsic Smokehouse and Brewery
© Intrinsic Smokehouse and Brewery
Intrinsic Smokehouse and Brewery is located in Garland’s historic downtown, offering a wide selection of its handcrafted year-round and seasonal beers on tap. Brews include its Lupulin Kloud New England-style IPA, NotoriouBFS Stout, Honey Basil Hefeweizen, Lavender Witbier, and Barrel Bevy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale. The brewery also crafts gluten-free white wines and sangrias, along with non-alcoholic craft root beer. Slow-smoked barbecue is crafted in small batches, served in dishes such as gourmet sandwiches and entrees by the pound. Food and brew happy hour specials are offered throughout the week, and a rotating list of guest beers is tapped periodically.
509 W State St, Garland, TX 75040, Phone: 972-272-2400
15.Jester King Brewery
© Jester King Brewery
Jester King Brewery has been brewing world-renowned beers out of its Austin location in 2007, opened by homebrewer Jeffrey Stuffings and his brother Michael. Since 2017, the brewery has been 100% solar powered and has brewed ales using produce grown at its own farm location on its 165-acre plot of land. The brewery’s outdoor taproom is open to the public Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, with food provided by Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza. Beer offerings focus on wild fermentations, barrel-aged offerings, natural fruit flavors, and collaborations with other local breweries. The taproom is open to visitors of all ages, including well-behaved pets.
13187 Fitzhugh Rd, Austin, TX 78736
16.Karbach Brewing Co.
© Karbach Brewing Co.
Karbach Brewing Co. is a brewery based out of Houston, formed in 2011 by Chuck Robertson, Ken Goodman, and Eric Warner. The brewery, which was named for the street it is located on within the city’s Spring Branch neighborhood, was 2013’s second fastest-growing craft brewery and joined forces with Anheuser-Busch’s High End unit in 2016. Today, it offers a diverse lineup of core and seasonal beers, including its Hopadillo IPA, Blood Orange Rader, and Weisse Versa Wheat Beer, along with several barrel-aged and experimental series. Its restaurant and biergarten offers shareable plates, pretzels, large bites, and sandwiches, with brunch served on weekend mornings. Tours are available on the hour throughout the afternoon on Fridays and Saturdays, showcasing the company’s history and brewing process.
2032 Karbach St, Houston, TX 77092, Phone: 713-680-2739
17.Lakewood Brewing Company
© Lakewood Brewing Company
Lakewood Brewing Company was founded by Belgian immigrant Win Bens, who moved to Texas at the age of seven and relocated to East Dallas after graduating from Southern Methodist University. The brewery, which released its first beer in 2012, offers a taproom and beer garden for visitors, open seven days a week. Pit Commander Texapolitan Pizza is served on select days, and tours are available Saturdays throughout the afternoon hours. Year-round beers include the brewery’s Temptress Imperial Milk Stout, Lakewood IPA, All Call Kolsch, and Lakewood Lager, while Belgian folklore-inspired beers are brewed as part of the brewery’s Legendary Series. Events at the brewery include live music performances and happy hour specials offering donations to local and national charities.
2302 Executive Dr, Garland, TX 75041, Phone: 972-864-2337
18.Live Oak Brewing Company
© Live Oak Brewing Company
Live Oak Brewing Company has been operating out of the Austin region since 1997, though it moved into its new Del Valle location overlooking the Colorado River in 2016. The brewery focuses on old-world styles rarely brewed in America, including smoked rauchbiers. Flagship brews include its Bavarian-style Hefeweizen, Bohemian Pilz, Big Bark Amber Lager, Live Oak Gold, and its Grodziskie, an indigenous Polish style that was previously believed to have ceased production. The brewery’s taproom and biergarten is open to the public seven days a week and is a family-friendly and pet-friendly facility, offering a nine-hole disc golf course for visitors.
1615 Crozier Ln, Del Valle, TX 78617, Phone: 512-385-2299
19.Lone Pint Brewery
© Lone Pint Brewery
Lone Pint Brewery is a grassroots-style brewery that crafts unique Texas ales with a local emphasis, focusing on principles sustainability and community engagement in their production methods. The brewery is a proudly all-American operation, sourcing ingredients locally and using American-made machinery within its brewhouse. Year-round brews offered at its taproom include its 667 Neighbor of the Beast American IPA, Yellow Rose IPA, Gentleman’s Relish Brown Ale, Jabberwocky Imperial IPA, and Tornado Shark American Strong Ale, while seasonal releases include its holiday-inspired experimental Knecht Ruprecht Series and its single-hop Zythophile Lone Hop Ale series. Food truck pop-ups are also hosted at the brewery on a regular basis.
507 Commerce St, Magnolia, TX 77355, Phone: 713-304-5069
20.New Braunfels Brewing Company
© New Braunfels Brewing Company
New Braunfels Brewing Company is the reincarnation of the historic Texas brewery of the same name, which began its operations circa 1915 and operated until it was raided during Prohibition. The modern nanobrewery bearing its name was opened in 2010 by Kelly and Linsey Meyer, offering a taproom in downtown New Braunfels. It focuses primarily on unique wheat beer styles, with a number of fruit-influenced sour beers also available. Beer series offered include the brewery’s Elemental, Fundamental, and Experimental Series, along with a seasonal saison series and a mixed-fermentation wine barrel-aged series. Hoppy Hour deals on drafts and to-go growlers are offered at the brewery periodically.
180 W Mill St #100, New Braunfels, TX 78130, Phone: 830-626-2739
21.Peticolas Brewing Company
© Peticolas Brewing Company
Peticolas Brewing Company was opened in 2011 by former lawyer Michael Peticolas, who acquired his love for brewing from his mother’s homebrewing hobby and brought his legal experience to the brewing industry as part of the Texas Craft Brewers Guild’s legislative committee. The brewery has received numerous industry awards for its concoctions, including several gold medals from the Great American Beer Festival. 18 of the brewery’s beers are tapped at its unique tri-level taproom, including nitro and cask ale options, along with flagship options such as the brewery’s Velvet Hammer Imperial Red Ale, Golden Opportunity Kolsch, and Royal Scandal English Pale Ale. Visitors are welcome to bring their own food to the brewery, which also hosts rotating food truck pop-ups.
2026 Farrington St, Dallas, TX 75207, Phone: 214-234-7600
22.Rahr & Sons Brewing
© Rahr & Sons Brewing
Rahr & Sons Brewing was opened to the public in 2004 by Erin and Fritz Rahr, operating out of a renovated downtown Fort Worth warehouse. The brewery has received a number of awards for its brews, including several recognitions at the United States Beer Tasting Championship. Its Rahr’s Blonde Lager has also been chosen by the Dallas Observer as the city’s best local beer. Several year-round beers are available at the brewery’s taproom, including its Rahr’s Red Amber Lager, Ugly Pug Schwarzbier, and Stormcloud IPA. Seasonal and specialty brews include the Iron Thistle Dark Scottish Ale, Bucking Bock Maibock, Summertime Wheat Hefeweizen, Gravel Road Altbier, and Oktoberfest Fall Celebration Lager. The brewery is the host of the annual Iron Mash homebrewing competition and sponsors the local Rarh Football Club soccer league.
701 Galveston Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104, Phone: 817-810-9266
23.Real Ale Brewing Company
© Real Ale Brewing Company
Real Ale Brewing Company is owned by husband and wife team Brad Farbstein and Gabriel Gregerman and has been operating in the Blanco area since 1996. The brewery operates on a minimum-processing, maximum-flavor philosophy and offers a dog-friendly downtown taproom that is open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays. Its year-round beers are tapped, including its Firemans #4 Blonde Ale, Devil’s Backbone Belgian Tripel, Pinsetter Amber Lager, Axis IPA, and Hans’ Pils. Bombers of specialty beers are also sold at local establishments, though visitors should note that to-go sales are not permitted onsite at the brewery. Free brewery tours are offered Friday and Saturday afternoons, elaborating on the brewery’s history and production process.
231 San Saba Ct, Blanco, TX 78606, Phone: 830-833-2534
24.Saint Arnold Brewing Company
© Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Saint Arnold Brewing Company is a Houston brewing company that was named in honor of Saint Arnulf of Metz, the patron saint of beer brewing. It originally opened in 1994 and operated out of its far west Houston location until 2010, when it moved to a new 104,000-square-foot location in the city’s Northside district, which increased its annual production to 100,000 barrels. Core beers include its Fancy Lawnmower German Kolsch, Weedwacker Hefeweizen, 5 O’Clock Bohemian Pilsner, Pub Crawl Pale Ale, and Art Car IPA, while specialty releases focus on seasonal styles, barrel-aged brews, and a single-batch experimental series. The brewery’s taproom is open to the public seven days a week and offers public tours and a beer hall serving a weekend menu of classic pub fare.
2000 Lyons Ave, Houston, TX 77020, Phone: 713-686-9494
25.Under the Radar Brewery
© Under the Radar Brewery
Under the Radar Brewery began as a homebrewing operation in owner Ned Davis’ garage and has expanded today to a bustling public Houston taproom and brewhouse. The brewery showcases taps of its five year-round beers, including its Radar Love Wheat Beer, Dirty Blonde American Blonde Ale, Midtown Bock, Mid Frequency IPA, and Porter Authority. Seasonal and specialty offerings include its Raspberry Love Hefeweizen and its cooler-weather Slam Dunkel. The brewery’s family-friendly and dog-friendly taproom is open to the public Wednesdays through SUndays and offers live music performances and a variety of special events, including trivia nights, comedy events, and local artisan markets on Saturday mornings.
1506 Truxillo St, Houston, TX 77004
25 Best Texas Breweries
- Alamo Beer Company, Photo: Alamo Beer Company
- 3 Nations Brewing Company, Photo: 3 Nations Brewing Company
- 4th Tap Brewing Co-Op, Photo: 4th Tap Brewing Co-Op
- 5 Stones Artisan Brewery, Photo: 5 Stones Artisan Brewery
- 11 Below Brewing Company, Photo: 11 Below Brewing Company
- Austin Beerworks, Photo: Austin Beerworks
- B-52 Brewing Company, Photo: B-52 Brewing Company
- Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co., Photo: Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.
- Cedar Creek Brewery, Photo: Cedar Creek Brewery
- Deep Ellum Brewing Company, Photo: Deep Ellum Brewing Company
- Eureka Heights Brew Company, Photo: Eureka Heights Brew Company
- Freetail Brewing Co., Photo: Freetail Brewing Co.
- Hops and Grain Brewing, Photo: Hops and Grain Brewing
- Intrinsic Smokehouse and Brewery, Photo: Intrinsic Smokehouse and Brewery
- Jester King Brewery, Photo: Jester King Brewery
- Karbach Brewing Co., Photo: Karbach Brewing Co.
- Lakewood Brewing Company, Photo: Lakewood Brewing Company
- Live Oak Brewing Company, Photo: Live Oak Brewing Company
- Lone Pint Brewery, Photo: Lone Pint Brewery
- New Braunfels Brewing Company, Photo: New Braunfels Brewing Company
- Peticolas Brewing Company, Photo: Peticolas Brewing Company
- Rahr & Sons Brewing, Photo: Rahr & Sons Brewing
- Real Ale Brewing Company, Photo: Real Ale Brewing Company
- Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Photo: Saint Arnold Brewing Company
- Under the Radar Brewery, Photo: Under the Radar Brewery
- Cover Photo: Courtesy of phoenix021 - Fotolia.com