April 2, 2014

Craft beer lovers should head to these Austin top spotsThese days, beer isn’t just a way to refresh yourself and satisfy your taste buds – beer is a hobby. But not all beers are created equal – in fact, the craft varieties are beating out the big beer companies such as Anheuser-Busch and Molson Coors. According to CNBC, 2013 saw a 9.6 percent increase in craft beer production, while the overall production of beer dropped by about 1.4 percent.

Light lagers are no longer cutting it for America. It’s the craft beers that are giving the people what they want – plenty of unique taste. There are currently more than 2,700 craft breweries existing in the United States, and Austin is certainly big on craft beers. With Texas culinary arts courses, you can even learn how to brew your own beer. Here are a few establishments that are town favorites when it comes to these special beverages:

Craft Pride
This establishment has certainly made a name for itself, having appeared in BeerAdvocate as well as Draft Magazine on its 100 best beer bars in America list. When customers come to this bar, they can choose from more than 50 taps – all of which are vastly different and represent about 20 various breweries. Try an English IPA from the Austin Beer Works brewery or sip on an Oso Knotty Oyster Stout from Branchline. The bar features a rustic design with natural elements. Customers can also head outside to enjoy their craft beer on the dog-friendly patio.

Easy Tiger
The motto of this bar is “Slow down, stay awhile.” Customers enjoy a relaxed environment with an extensive list of 33 craft beers from which to choose. The establishment has an ever-changing list of beverages, so customers will never get tired of the selection. Pair your craft beer with a warm, house?made pretzel or delicious sausage.

Wright Bros Brew & Brew
Can’t decide between coffee and beer? This place has both. The bar offers customers coffee and espresso along with 39 craft beers on tap, breakfast, sandwiches and snacks. The craft beer menu changes on a daily basis, and customers can stay up-to-date on the current list by looking on the establishment’s website. There are always new breweries and beers for patrons to try out. Wright Bros Brew & Brew also offers specials, like pint nights on Mondays, where customers can sip on select beers for just $3. Wednesday is Brewery Night – a local brewery is featured each week and patrons can win special glassware and try out special tappings.