In case you haven’t figured it out we just completed a quick trip to Austin, TX. While on our jaunt when selecting a malt beverage I tried to drink local as much as possible. What I found was the craft brews in the Austin area were quite good and pretty easy to locate. I had not done much research on the local breweries so I was at a bit of a loss. Generally when I bellied up to the bar my first words were ‘what’s local.’ I know we had brews from Live Oak, (512), Black Star, Thirsty Planet, South Austin, NXNW, and perhaps a few more.
What I really liked was most of the establishments we visited has a nice selection of local beers. Some, like The Ginger Man and The Flying Saucer did not focus on local beers, but Whip In certainly made up for their shortcoming. I like to see local beers featured as much as possible instead of a large selection of widely distributed offerings. I mean you can go almost anywhere and get Sam Adams or SNPA, so do I really need to see that on the wall in a draft establishment? I watched a table next to us of new beer drinkers at The Ginger Man order pint after pint of Sam Adams before finally stepping out of the box to order a Stone Pale Ale and I kept thinking why not order a local brew? Anyway, so long as they are finding their way to the world of craft beer, I should not worry too much.
Anyway, if you find yourself in Austin, check out the local beer scene. While Texas doesn’t have near enough craft breweries with only 14 brew pubs and 23 breweries in the Texas Craft Brewers Guild, they do make a respectable showing in many Austin draft houses and establishments.