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Your definitive guide to Austin brewery tours and taproom hours

Arianna Auber
aauber@statesman.com

Unless otherwise noted, the brewery tours are free of charge, and no reservations are required.

4th Tap Brewing Co-op, 10615 Metric Blvd. The worker-owned brewery features a cozy taproom with 10 draft beers. 4th Tap doesn’t have designated tour times, but you may be able to get an informal tour or sign up for a guided tour and tasting with a small group that can be scheduled in advance. The guided tours cost $XX.

Taproom hours: 4 to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon to midnight Friday and Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday

The ABGB, 1305 W. Oltorf St. Find a variety of some of the country’s best pilsners at this South Austin brewpub. Tours are offered monthly. Check the calendar on the ABGB’s website to know when you’ll be able to go behind the scenes. 

Brewpub hours: 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday

Adelbert’s Brewery, 2314 Rutland Drive, Ste. #100. The North Austin brewery has specialized in primarily Belgian-style beers since opening. Tours are offered 6 and 7 p.m. Fridays and 2 and 3 p.m. Saturdays. Adelbert’s will occasionally give tours on the other days the taproom is open if staff is available. 

Taproom hours: 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday–Friday, 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday

Austin Beerworks, 3001 Industrial Terrace. 

Blue Owl Brewing, 2400 E. Cesar Chavez St. #300. Sour brews are the sole focus of this quirky beer-making outfit. Tours are offered at 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $20 gets you a full experience: a Blue Owl branded glass, four 12 oz. pours of beer, a tasting sheet, and games and fun in the brewery. You can reserve your spot ahead of time.

Taproom hours: 3 to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 12 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 12 to 6 p.m. Sunday

Celis Brewery, 10001 Metric Blvd. Austin’s original craft brewery, producing Belgian-style beers, has been resurrected by the founder’s daughter. Celis will give tours of its high-tech brewery by appointment. 

Taproom hours: 3 to 10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 12 to 10 p.m. Friday-Sunday

Circle Brewing, 2340 W. Braker Ln. Two childhood friends founded this North Austin brewery with a focus on making beers through the ancient German practice of reinheitsgebot, which dicates beer should be made with only the four main ingredients of hops, malt, yeast and water. Tours are by appointment only; inquiries can be made on the Circle website

Taproom hours: 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

Hops & Grain, 507 Calles St. Choose from a variety of taproom-only beers, as well as mainstay offerings, when you visit. Tours are offered 5 p.m Fridays and 2 and 4 p.m. Saturdays and last about 45 minutes.

Taproom hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily

Independence Brewing, 3913 Todd Ln. #607. 

Infamous Brewing, 4602 Weletka Dr. The Hudson Bend-based brewery has been rapidly expanding with the acquisition of a Spicewood brewery, Solid Rock, allowing it to increase production of its nine or so beers. Tours and tastings are offered between 1 to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Taproom hours: 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

Jester King Brewery, 13187 Fitzhugh Rd. The farmhouse brewery in the Texas Hill Country offers some of the best sour ales around. Tours are offered 6 p.m. on Fridays and 1, 3 and 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Taproom hours: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday

Live Oak Brewing, 1615 Crozier Ln., Del Valle. Tours at this East Austin brewery and biergarten focusing on Old World beer styles are not offered because of safety and space constraints. 

Taproom hours: Noon to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday

North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery, 10010 Capital of TX Hwy. N. and 5701 W. Slaughter Ln. This longtime Austin brewpub now has two locations, each with upscale dining options and a variety of in-house beers. Tours are at 2:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday or available at other times by reservation and for private parties, which you can sign up for on the website.

Brewpub hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday at Stonelake; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at Slaughter.

Real Ale Brewing, 231 San Saba Ct., Blanco. The Austin area’s oldest brewery now offers house-made spirits in addition to beers. Tours are offered 1 and 3 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Taproom hours: 12 to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday

St. Elmo Brewing, 440 E. St. Elmo Rd. In a South Austin complex featuring other beverage producers like the Austin Winery, St. Elmo makes an array of beer styles and does each of them extremely well. Tours aren’t possible at the moment, according to co-founder Bryan Winslow.

“We do not have any specific tour dates unfortunately. Since the brewery is so small, it's been tough to get scheduled tours going. It's something we're working on now,” he said.

Taproom hours: 4 to 11 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, noon to midnight Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 12 to 8 p.m. Sunday

Zilker Brewing, 1701 E. Sixth St. One of Austin’s most central breweries has a taproom just in front of the brewing equipment, lest you forget for a second you’re not just in an East Sixth bar.