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7 of the Best Craft Beers in Austin

Nicole Akers

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Austin, TX--Beer is viewed as a macho drink by much of Western society. Beer drinking is for sports watching, tooling around in the workshop, and is the long favored beverage of fraternity boys-according to the stereotypes. Hard to say if men choose beer because it's cheaper than other alcohol alternatives, they enjoy the flavor, or they can drink a larger quantity of it than other alcoholic beverages.

Some scholars believe the oldest beer recipe may actually predate the invention of wine. In Sumerian mythology, there's Ninkasi, the goddess of brewing and of beer. A cold brew can go down any day of the week, perhaps you're looking for a good brew. If It's National Beer Day, you may be looking for an especially flavorful brew to grace the palette or want to enjoy a brew just because it's beer o'clock somewhere.

National Today says: "National Beer Day celebrates the day in 1933 that the Cullen-Harrison act was signed into law, reversing the prohibition on selling beer in the United States. In 2009, a Virginian man named Justin Smith decided to commemorate this historic day, and created his own unofficial National Beer Day. Since then, it has been recognized by the state of Virginia, and unofficially by millions of brew aficionados nationwide. You may have thought business was down due to closures and quarantine, but beer business is brewing. Austinites love their craft brews and being outside to enjoy them. It must be why beer gardens are sprinkled throughout the town.

Pinthouse Pizza

There are plenty of hoppy beers to choose from: Citra, Simcoe, Chinook, Ekuanot, Azacca, and Galaxy. The Electric Jellyfish has to be one of the local faves. With notes of orange, mango, lychee, and a floral backbone, it balances bitterness in a refreshing concoction a beer connoisseur is sure to enjoy.

The Witchcraft Beer Store

The Witchcraft Beer Store is open again for your dining and sipping pleasure. According to the witches brew website, you must buy a bag of chips with alcohol purchase. Also open for off-premise sales of coffee, crawlers, growlers, and packaged beer, wine, or cider to-go.

Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden

Open for indoor seating, but plenty of picnic tables and space to enjoy being outside. Good for a group of people from work to socialize or a family hangout spot. Austin is known for its pet-friendly environment, so bring your dog. Weekends get busy. Come during off-hours to avoid crowds.

Draught House Pub & Brewery

Enjoy a low-key experience in the afternoon sun. A place to relax and sip the day away. Enjoy free bratwurst on Saturdays or the food truck experience exclusive to Austin.

Austin Beerworks

Austin Beerworks is the ubiquitous beer brand synonymous with the city. Try any of the seasonal releases or whatever fresh hoppy experimentation is available. More than 74 draft beers.

Zilker Brewing

The patio is open with beer-to-go Tuesday through Sunday. The website says, "Our entire team from production, to distribution, to our taproom staff has taken the necessary precautions to keep this train moving so we can continue to provide fresh beer when you need it the most. We can’t thank you enough for continuing to support our team during this time."

The Jester King Brewery

The Jester King offers plenty of space, an open taproom, and fields to play. Take a short drive about 30 miles south of town to Dripping Springs to enjoy a slow-paced, relaxed atmosphere. When you get hungry, you can visit the restaurant for a wood-fired pizza or appetizers of your choosing.

Austinites like their beer. Hope these spots tickle your desires for the next time you'd like to enjoy a good brew.

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