Going brewery-hopping has become an essential way to get to know Austin. It’s important do it safely, of course, which is where the likes of Uber and Lyft come in handy. But this weekend, a special tour returns reminding us of another transportation option in the city.
The Red Line Brewery Tour is back on track Saturday, after about an eight-month hiatus. To participate, hop on the Capital MetroRail Red Line train — it’ll make stops at four stations near the four participating Red Line tour breweries, namely Circle Brewing (Kramer Station), Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery (Crestview Station), the Brewtorium Brewery & Kitchen (Highland) and Zilker Brewing (Plaza Saltillo).
Make sure you have a couple of things handy, too. You’ll need an official Red Line Brewery tour punch card, available at all four locations, so you can get it stamped at each brewery in the hopes of receiving a limited-edition, Red Line-branded beanie. The breweries will stamp the card only if you buy (and drink) a beer at each of their taprooms. (Note that proof of a CapMetro pass is required.)
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The breweries can be visited in any order between the hours of 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Once you get all four stamps, you can turn in the punch card to receive a beanie at any one of the breweries (though these are available on a first-come, first-served basis and could run out).
All four breweries are within easy walking distance of the Capital MetroRail Red Line stations. Plan your afternoon around the official schedule. Happy brewery-hoppin’.