Austin's Brewpub Bargains
Pints for Pennies:
Ain't it beautiful?
All this rabid competition means great news for Austin's beer drinkers, who can try ever-changing varieties of local beers fresh from the brewers' tanks, just as god intended. And because of the trusty supply/demand equation, it's even better for aspiring beer novices, who can begin a serious self-guided study of "Brew Styles 101" at a remarkably low cost.
Austin's brewpubs stand out among the million other local bars by brewing their own beers in house, thereby providing a thirsty public with the freshest beer in town. Instead of being shipped by boat from Amsterdam or Pwllheli, your beer travels from tank to keg to glass -- a journey of maybe 50 feet that leaves flavors intact and customers happy. Think of it as the liquid equivalent of a "pick your own" produce farm.
Small-batch brewing ensures freshness and a generally quick turnover of beer styles, so it's not uncommon to have a brewpub's selection of house brews change from week to week. If you want to test drive an unfamiliar style, all of the brewpubs listed below have knowledgeable barkeeps who cheerfully offer tastes to trial-and-error beginners. So if you can scratch up a few bucks and a willing palate, you're ready to explore a new world of beer -- or a familiar one made better by low, low discount prices.