If you find yourself in Austin, and we hope that you all do, the large number of choices of where and what to drink can be overwhelming. That’s where we come in–we traversed Austin for four days to dig up the best breweries, beers and bars for you fine craft beer loving folks so you don’t have to do the hard work when you arrive. While we missed out on a fair amount of culture in this mission (museums? music? not enough time) we feel pretty dang confident that we hit some of the best craft beer spots that Austin has to offer.

Texas Beers at Craft Pride in Austin

Austin Day 1

We landed in Austin at 10 a.m. and had our Uber driver drop us off in the neighborhood of our Airbnb, SoCo. If you like funky shops, great food and a pleasant vibe with walkability to most of the city, I can’t recommend this neighborhood enough. We decided to walk our way downtown to find lunch, which we discovered in delicious spades at Easy Tiger: Bake Shop & Beer Garden. Easy Tiger features a giant beer garden right on Waller Creek with plenty of tables and the benefit of a bubbling creek surrounding the space. We kicked off our time in Austin with a Live Oak Hefeweizen, some of the best hefeweizen in the states for our money, and paired it with a giant pretzel with housemade beer cheese and huge cheese and sausage plates.

We headed across the street for a quick beer at Waller Creek Pub House, which features a fine beer list and menu on a more laid-back patio than its kitty corner counterpart, Easy Tiger. The Martin House Hibiscus Saison and SanTan Sex Panther rounded out our visit to the Waller Creek area nicely.

Banger's in Austin with Jester King

At this point it was still early enough in the day to make our way over to Rainey Street. Rainey Street is a stretch of historic bungalow homes that have mostly been converted to fantastic bars and restaurants with a few food trucks parked in between. While I don’t think I have the patience for all the bachelor and bachelorette parties later in the evening, an early afternoon stop to Rainey Street’s Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden was ideal. We worked our way through some fantastic Jester King beers as well as a number of other Texas favorites amid a giant community of raucous beer drinkers…the way every Friday at 2 p.m. should be. If you have a chance to stop into Banger’s, be sure to try the sausages as they’re featured in the bar’s name with good reason.

Just a few doors down from Banger’s is Craft Pride, an all-Texas bottle shop and craft beer bar that boasts a list worthy of the state’s size. If you want to get a great introduction to Texas beer, this is the perfect place to stop. We worked our way through a light and dark flight of some of Texas’ finest to finish off our Friday and then hit the bottle shop for some Jester King beers for at home.

Hell Yeah Texas Beer

Austin Day 2

Our first beer stop on Day 2 of our Austin adventure brought us to the Wright Bros. Brew & Brew, often just referred to as The Brew & Brew. This full-service coffee shop also boasts nearly 40 taps of great draft beer. We enjoyed sitting on the small patio facing an industrial part of East Austin watching the people and Bobcats roll by on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

The Brew & Brew in Austin, Texas

Our big beer highlight of our second day in Austin was definitely The Ginger Man. We bellied up to the cozy bar inside for a while and then migrated out to the patio for the sun. The Ginger Man boasted such a nice range of beers both created locally and from around the world that we had a chance to try everything from beers made down the street to some fantastic Belgians I hadn’t had a chance to sample before. If you’re in the mood for a great bar with the comfort of a dive, I can’t recommend The Ginger Man enough.

Austin Day 3

The ABGB

Texas blue laws afforded us a bit of a break from beers on Sunday, but we were able to find our way to The ABGB at high noon for the first beers day of the day–and we weren’t the only ones there right at noon. When the Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. opened its doors at 12:00 p.m., several dozen people were ready to start their day. The ABGB boasts a nice list of quaffable beers (nothing overly sour or high ABV) in a music-forward environment. The beer garden at The ABGB is fittingly huge.

Next up was a trip to the Whip In. Unlike everywhere else we had been to this point, the Whip In was not quite as friendly to walkers since it was on a frontage road, but it was an affordable trip with an Uber. The Whip In is an Indian restaurant/craft beer bar/brewery/bottle shop/convenience store and is absolutely worth a stop. The quirky feel of the place matches the laid-back vibe of the workers, and you’re welcome to sit inside and bask in the weird or head out to the beer garden to enjoy the sun. This is the ultimate slashie.

The Whip In Austin, Texas Beercation

Our final stop on Sunday was at Draught House, which is a bit off the beaten path but worth the trip. This is absolutely a no-frills bar that features one of the best beer lists I’ve ever seen. The patio in front is just a group of picnic tables, and the beer garden to the side is a long rail to place your beers, but it doesn’t need anything fancier as the beer list is plenty draw.

Austin Day 4

Hops & Grain Brewing Austin Texas

We had a few hours before our flight to kill, so our final beer stop in Austin was at Hops & Grain. Their taproom opens seven days a week at 10 a.m., so this was a giant win in our book for a great place to grab a few samples before our flight. A Pale Mosaic was my absolute favorite on tap, but it’s worth it to go for the four samples they offer.

We had a great time in Austin, and we’ll definitely be back. A quick tip from us: Walk everywhere you can, because the traffic is a bear. Here are a few more tips below for your Austin beercation.

Breweries to Drink

While we know we missed plenty more, we were lucky to try some great Austin breweries. Keep your eyes peeled for these fantastic options:

A Pale Mosaic

(512) Brewing Company
Adelbert’s Brewery
The ABGB
Austin Beerworks
Blue Owl Brewing
Jester King Brewery
Hops & Grain
Infamous Brewing Company
Live Oak Brewing Company
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

Places to Eat

With all of the beer hunting, we didn’t put as much focus on food. But we did find a few fantastic spots that were absolutely amazing.

South Congress Cafe

Easy Tiger
Gourdough’s
South Congress Cafe
Whip-In

Gourdough's Austin Texas

Things to Do

We love walking a city to get a feel for all of its neighborhoods, and Austin is a great place to walk seven miles a day. (Or more on some of our days.) But we did manage to find a couple fun activities other than walking to beer.

Blue Cat Cafe
Canoeing on Lady Bird Lake
Chicken Shit Bingo at Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon
Hiking at Zilker Park
Checking out Lake Austin
SoCo Shopping
Swimming at Barton Springs Pool

What did we miss? Please let us know where we need to head on our next Austin Beercation. And thanks to everyone who gave us recommendations on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook during our trip! Thanks for all the smiles, Austin!

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{Our new CCBA Beercation series spotlights some of the great beer spots we find on beer trips. Share in the comments what we may have missed, and watch for more Beercations in the coming months.}