Perfect weather all year round, a young and hip population and an area ripe with culture, it’s no wonder Austin, Texas is one of the top brewery destinations in America.

Many breweries in Austin take advantage of that perfect weather with indoor and outdoor spaces and attract crowd with their unique offerings.

With so many world-class breweries in the greater Austin area, it was not easy narrowing down this list, but here’s our staff’s top picks for breweries in Austin, in no particular order:

Zilker Brewing Company and Taproom

1) Zilker Brewing Company and Taproom

Zilker Brewing Company and Taproom is a smaller brewery on the East Side. They’ve done a great job with the indoor-outdoor feel that never has a shortage of tables, which is surprising since the beer selection is amazing and ever revolving and the food from the local food trucks is convenient and delicious. They also host frequent community events that are worth checking out.

Blue Owl Brewing

2) Blue Owl Brewing

If you love sour beer, you’ll love Blue Owl Brewing, especially hanging out in the Texas sun. This dog-friendly microbrewery specializes in sour beers and gives you the glasses to take home as well. It can get busy at times and parking can be iffy, but this quaint speciality microbrewery is a must-see.

Hops and Grain

3) Hops and Grain

Hops and Grain gives one of our favorite brewery tours in all of Austin. That’s a good enough reason for it to make this list. But on top of that, the atmosphere is amazing– happening but intimate enough for groups to hang out and bond over a board game or two. The space is large with ample amount of communal tables and decorated with fun artwork on the walls. The beer selection is wide enough to accommodate for all taste buds.

512 Brewing Company

4) 512 Brewing Company

512 Brewing Company is a no-frills brewery located inside of a large warehouse. They offer very competitive prices, a casual tour and a delicious rotating option of beers. They have seating indoors and outdoors, and are dog-friendly on their patio. It’s definitely all about the beer here.

Lazarus Brewing

5) Lazarus Brewing

If you love beer, coffee and tacos, look no further than Lazarus Brewing. They rock indoor-outdoor seating options and a dog-friendly patio. It can get a bit crowded, and parking can be difficult, but that’s to be expected with a full-service brewery like Lazarus. The beer is great, but dare we say the tacos and the chip & quero are better? You decide…

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