Texas on Tap: Craft Breweries

By Linsey Thut | September 1, 2016

Although it’s September, the summer days are still blazing hot and we’ve got quite a while until it’s officially fall. But don’t worry, there is a sure fire way that you can cool down until the heat lets up…by drinking a good ol’ Texas beer. And with the craft beer explosion that’s taken over in Texas, you can always try something new. So here’s just a few Texas breweries to quench your craft brew thirst!

Real Ale Brewing – Blanco, TX

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Surprisingly, one of the biggest contributors to the Texas craft beer scene is down a little dirt road in Blanco. Real Ale Brewing (creator of Fireman’s #4) may produce a high volume of craft beers, but when you visit this brewery, you’ll feel like you’re kicking back with a beer at a friend’s house. On the weekends, they offer free tours of the brewery and take you through the brewing process. Wednesday through Sunday, you can visit their tasting room and sample their crafted masterpieces. Real Ale even offers beers that have aged for months in wine barrels, creating a distinct taste.

Fredericksburg Brewing Company – Fredericksburg, TX

Picture by Fredericksburg Brewing Company.

Picture by Fredericksburg Brewing Company.

Prost, y’all! This brewpub combines house-brewed lagers and authentic German food in the most delicious of ways! Stop in to the Fredericksburg Brewing Co. in the historic heart of downtown for a plate overflowing with schnitzel, sauerkraut and brats, and wash it down with pint of their Enchanted Rock Red Ale. View our time at the Fredericksburg Brewing Co. here.

Save the World Brewing Company – Marble Falls, TX

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Ever wish you could change a life just by sipping a beer? Well now you can at Save the World Brewing Company! As America’s first fully philanthropic brewery, it gives 100% of its profits to charities like Meals on Wheels and Habitat for Humanity. On weekends, you can take a tour of the facility or visit the taproom to try their brews on tap. Saving the world never tasted so fantastic! Click here to see our trip to Marble Falls.

The Barber Shop – Dripping Springs, TX

Picture by John McIntosh

Picture by John McIntosh

 This bar has been the place where friends meet since 1925 when it was a gas station, then a motorcycle repair shop and then an actual barber shop in the 1980s. While you can no longer get a cool new hairdo here, can you drink an iced-cold brew at this Barber Shop. Along with craft beers on tap, you can also get a pint of other Texas beers from around the state. Check our trip to the Barber Shop here.

Pecan Street Brewing – Johnson City, TX

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At this bar, you’ll definitley get “the Johnson Treatment”. Sitting across the street from the Blanco County Courthouse, this brewpub’s beer names have courthouse and city themed names like the 1897 Jailbreak IPA, the Judge & Jury Stout or the Ladybird’s Wit. And to pair with your pint of craft beer is delicious comfort food like the Pecan Sweet Chicken (which is fried chicken topped with honey butter and pecans!) Check out our trip to Johnson City here.

Wimberley Brewing Company – Wimberley, TX

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What’s better than washing down a delicious slice of hand-tossed pizza with an ice cold pint of craft beer? Absolutely nothing. Bruce and Holly Collie and their family run both the Wimberley Brewing Company and Brewster’s Pizza, and they’re in the same building. Stop in for a pint of one of the microbrewery’s nine craft beers on tap or order a flight to try them all! And don’t forget a few slices of pizza…You can find our time in Wimberley here.

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