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Let’s be honest – Austin is certainly not at a loss for breweries and tap rooms. But while some gorgeous fall days absolutely warrant a drive out to Jester King and the Argus Cidery, on some days, you want to keep it in-town and see how many great brews you can sample while traveling on foot. Thankfully, East Austin is making it easy on us all! Some of Austin’s hottest and newest breweries are neighboring up in between Caesar Chavez and 7th, making it easy to bike or walk around this little corner of Austin’s brewing scene. And even though Live Oak has officially left the neighborhood and moved into their new digs, there is certainly enough for everyone still to enjoy in this part of town!

Hops & Grains

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Hops & Grains does a lot in a seemingly small space. In between 5th and 7th, Hops & Grains has a great tap room with generous sampling allotments and fun etched tasting glasses. The space is filled with large open tables (bring games!) and they offer free tours of their brewery on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Just typing this has me craving “The One They Call Zoe” right now….

Address: 507 Calles St #101, Austin, TX 78702
Hours: Daily 10am – 10pm
Phone: (512) 914-2467

Zilker Brewing Company

A newer kid on the block, Zilker Brewing Company is conveniently located on east 6th in between most of your favorite bars in town (I, my friends, can be found at Liberty). Brewing American Belgo style beers, Zilker tap room is open Wednesday through Sunday and allows you to bring in outside food from nearby food trucks or, really, wherever you want!

Address: 1701 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Sunday: 12–8PM
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 4–10PM
Thursday: 4–10PM
Friday: 2PM–12AM
Saturday: 12PM–12AM
Phone: (512) 765-4946

Blue Owl Brewing

Sour beers are definitely a polarizing force, but this brewery absolutely deserves a mention here because this beer is GOOOOOOOD. Exclusively providing sour-mashed beers, Blue Owl offers a number of seasonal and year-round sour versions of some of your favorite types of beer, including a Pale Ale, Session Wheat, and Cherry Stout. Not only are these brews tasty and refreshing, but their logo is adorable. Truly.

Address: 2400 E Cesar Chavez St #300, Austin, TX 78702
Sunday: 12–6PM
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 3–10PM
Thursday: 3–10PM
Friday: 3–10PM
Saturday: 12–10PM
Phone: (512) 593-1262

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