It's time to toast to the best breweries in Austin. We're celebrating them at the fourth annual CultureMap Tastemaker Awards on May 12, where we'll announce the winner of Brewery of the Year. Before the big event, meet the nominees — from hip new brew pubs to the scene's old favorites.
512 Brewing Company
512 Brewing Company crafts fresh brews in small batches from as many local and organic ingredients as possible. Its core four — 512 Wit, 512 Pale Ale, 512 IPA and the mighty tasty 512 Pecan Porter — grace taps throughout town.
Tucked away in South Austin, Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. combines a couple Austin staples: live music and good beer. In addition to an ever-rotating selection of brews, ABGB always serves Hell Yes, Industry, Day Trip, Superliner and Big Mama Red.
Adelbert's Brewery is committed to serving hand-crafted Belgian-style ales for the discerning drinker. Adelbert's distributes statewide in Texas and California, with a growing presence in New Mexico, South Florida and New York. Bonus: The brewery hosts tours and tastings on Fridays and Saturdays.
We can thank Austin Beerworks for the brilliant 99-pack of beer that surfaced last year. Local favorites like Fire Eagle American IPA, Peacemaker Anytime Ale and Pearl-Snap Pilsner are available in kegs and cans, and more than 20 seasonal beers are released throughout the year.
Independence Brewing Co.
Independence Brewing Co. has been a staple in the Austin beer scene for more than a decade. Amy and Rob Cartwright produce beers that they not only personally love, but that come from the highest quality ingredients. Year-round favorites include Austin Amber and Stash IPA.
Live Oak Brewing
Founded in 1997, Live Oak Brewing Company is one of the oldest continually operating microbreweries in the state. Its beloved brews — Live Oak Hefeweizen, Big Bark, Pilz and Liberation — are available at fine spots throughout the state.
This Burnet Road hot spot serves up stellar pizza alongside signature beers. Mainstays on the list of 40-plus craft beers include the Man O' War IPA, Iron Genny Pale Ale and the Fallen Cask IPA.
Real Ale Brewing Company
Distributed only in Texas, Real Ale's more than 20 brews are available across the state. Visit the brewery's Hill Country tap room, open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, for a true taste of this Texas favorite.
Thirsty Planet joined the craft beer scene in 2010. You can sip on its signature brews — Buckethead IPA, Thirsty Goat Amber and Yellow Armadillo — at the brewery on Saturdays from 11 am - 3 pm.
Tastemaker winners from 2013 and 2014 were not eligible to be nominated this year.