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Here's why Austin is one of America's 7 great beer cities

Here's why Austin is one of America's 7 great beer cities

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Thanks to breweries like Hops & Grain, Austin is one of the top beer cities in the United States. Hops & Grain/Facebook

Beer is an undeniable part of Austin culture, and our booming scene has cemented the city as one of the best beer destinations in the country. On its roundup of Great American Beer Cities, Wine Enthusiast highlights the seven beer destinations that should be on every traveler's list. Austin lands at No. 5. 

While the Capital City is home to almost 30 craft breweries (and counting), Wine Enthusiast takes a shine to five popular spots.

Pop into Hops & Grain Brewing for a morning coffee, and, if you ask nicely, notes the magazine, the staff will pour beer samples. Then, "Visit Adelbert’s Brewery for Belgian-inspired brews; Black Star Co-Op Pub and Brewery for dinner; and Austin Beerworks, the largest craft brewer in the city."

Jester King Brewery rounds out the Austin craft beer trip. The 5-year-old brewery "serves some of the country’s finest farmhouse and wild ales," touts Wine Enthusiast. We'd also like to mention that Jester King just purchased 58 acres of land to prevent future development. 

In addition to these top destinations, Austin is home to the nation's first sour mash-only brewery, Blue Owl Brewing, and is a passionate participant in the urban brewery trend.

Austin is in good company on the list of Great American Beer Cities: Portland, Maine; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Asheville, North Carolina; Portland, Oregon; San Diego, California; and Fort Collins, Colorado.