Sure, Austin still has a long way to go before it reaches “beer haven” status claimed by cities like Denver, Portland, Ore. and Seattle — but the city is well on its way.
We’ve already reported a number of times on Austin’s beer boom, but to give you graphic evidence, you should check out the below map by the Washington Post.
Using data from POI Factory, a website built and used largely by GPS users plotting points of interest across the United States, the Washington Post’s Christopher Ingraham plotted 4,750 breweries and brewpubs in the lowest 48.
The end result shows you what local beer is closest to you, and points out especially diverse beer hubs (as well as wastelands). Use your mouse to hover over the map below to explore:
Credit: Washington Post. Note: Not mobile-friendly
If you take a look specifically at Texas, you’ll notice that a good portion of the Lone Star State’s breweries are concentrated in Central Texas. Just look how colorful the Austin is:
As we’ve been saying, it’s a good time to be alive and drinking local beer in Central Texas.