The summer may be winding down, but the temperatures keep climbing. One way to stay #TexasCool is by checking out one of Texas’ many local breweries. We asked readers and beer experts to identify the best options. Here’s what our researchers found:
5 – Sustainable brewing. Jester King Brewery in Austin is an authentic farmhouse brewery on 165 acres of land. With sustainability in mind, this brewery became solar-powered in 2017. The beer selection rotates, but it currently offers favorites such as the El Cedro, a cedar spiral aged ale, and the Mr. Mingo, a farmhouse ale.
4 – Quality brewed. Community strong. Texas proud. Rahr & Sons Brewing Company in Galveston credit its canning process for the signature taste of its beers and their low environmental impact. Take a tour (offered on Wednesdays and Sundays) to sample hits such as the Texas Red American amber and the Pride of Texas pale ale.
3 – Small town, big taste. Magnolia, TX, is home to slightly more than 2,000 people and Lone Pint Brewery. Dedicated to “creating distinctive local Texas ales,” Lone Pint uses raw whole cone hops in its brews. Along with the food trucks that frequent the venue, you can try the Yellow Rose IPA or the Tornado Shark (an American strong ale).
2 – Hoppy to help. Hops & Grain in Austin is a community-centered, sustainable brewery offering favorites such as its Haze County double IPA and River Beer lager. Hops & Grain gives back to the community by partnering with local businesses and nonprofits. Bonus points – it also makes Brew Biscuit dog treats for your furry friends!
And the No. 1 top brewery in Texas is … Saint Arnold Brewing Company in Houston! Saint Arnold claims to be the oldest craft brewery in the Lone Star State and offers a variety of year-round and seasonal beers. Plus it makes root beer! Tour the facilities and try the Fancy Lawnmower, Daydream, or 5 O’Clock Pils – they’re sure to knock the socks off any beer lover!
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