Texas is home to an ever-expanding population of craft beer breweries, and while their production levels may not be as high as the big name brands out there, their specialized production techniques and unique flavor combinations really help these beers to stand out. From Houston to Austin to Dallas, these are some of the breweries in the Lone Star State that are worth some extra effort to be able to tour.
Freetail Brewing Co., San Antonio
Freetail is known for producing one of the best lines of sour beers in the Lone Star State, and while there may be plenty of hype surrounding this brewery at the moment, this is all definitely well-deserved. Freetail continuously creates tasty new styles, which is possible because of the way in which they brew small batches each time. With their beers constantly changing, and many limited release specialities to try, a tour of the Freetail Brewing Co., which is offered from Thursdays to Saturdays, will no doubt be a memorable one.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company, Fort Worth
The year-round brews offered up by the Rahr & Sons Brewing Company are some of the best in the state, and feature everything from a deep American amber to a German-style India pale ale to a strong black lager. In addition to their year-round beers, their seasonal creations are also worth trying, which can easily be done on the brewery tour, as visitors are able to sample three different beers of their choice.
Community Beer Company, Dallas
As their name suggests, the Community Beer Company places a huge emphasis on giving back to the community, which they do in a variety of ways. During your brewery tour, you will notice several pieces of artwork decorating the walls, all of which have been created by local artists. The brewery also offers a beer school, enabling visitors to learn more about the process of beer making, from the history behind it to the science that makes it happen. In 2013, Community won the Best New Brewery award, and has continued to grow since then. Some of the must-try beers here include the Witbier and the Barrel Aged Legion, as well as the Mosaic India Pale Ale.
Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Houston
The Saint Arnold Brewing Company is the oldest craft brewery in Texas, with free tours of their facilities throughout the week. Every single process of beer-making is done in-house here, from the filtering to the bottling to the drinking, which can be done at the brewery’s Beer Hall, where visitors are encouraged to bring their own snacks, games and picnic blankets, so that they can spend the day sampling different beers. The tour includes four beer samples, as well as a free souvenir glass, after which you can head to the Beer Hall to purchase some more tasters.
Texas is known for its craft breweries, and there are some to be found no matter where in the state you go. While this may be the case, the breweries mentioned above are, without a doubt, some of the best in the Lone Star State, so do try to swing by and take a tour if you can.