The fall season is a special part of the calendar year for breweries around the world as they gear up for traditional Oktoberfest celebrations.
These are a few breweries in Central Texas that are celebrating the fall season with releases of their own brews and spirits crafted from traditional German methods and unique recipes.
4th Tap Brewing Co-op
The brewers at Austin’s 4th Tap Brewing Co-op have a full lineup of seasonal brews scheduled for release on draft as well as in cans. In time for Halloween, 4th Tap is tapping its Buried Head Pumpkin Ale—available only on draft at the taproom— which features roasted pumpkin in the beer. The cooperative also has a spiced winter ale; a scotch-style ale; and Bat Country, the brewery’s foreign extra stout, on tap for the upcoming seasons.
10615 Metric Blvd., Austin
This fall, Adelbert’s Brewery is releasing its Blackberry Barrel of Love, a Belgian-style beer aged in whiskey barrels. The result, according to brewery General Manager Sarah Haney, is a boozy beer with a slight tartness and whiskey, vanilla and blackberry notes. Look for Blackberry Barrel of Love in middle or late October.
314 Rutland Drive, Ste. 100, Austin
Austin Beerworks is kicking off fall with its release of Montecore, the brewery’s own traditional Oktoberfest German lager. The Austin brewery is also releasing an imperial red ale in time for fall as well as the popular Sputnik—a Russian imperial coffee oatmeal stout. Indian pale ale enthusiasts can also look forward to Austin Beerworks releasing Wet Hops, an IPA brewed with Oregon hops flown in on the same day they were harvested.
3001 Industrial Terrace, Austin
Bluebonnet Beer Co.
This Round Rock brewery is celebrating Oktoberfest by releasing four traditional German-style beers. Bluebonnet will roll out a märzen, a German Pilsner, a hefeweizen and a dunkel for its Oktoberfest celebration to go along with its year-round beer list.
1700 Bryant Drive, Ste. 107, Round Rock
Celis Brewery, which reopened in Austin in June, will feature several seasonal beers on draft at its taproom throughout the fall and winter. Celis’ Grand Cru, a Belgian tripel, will be back on tap the first week of November, and Celis enthusiasts can also look forward to the brewery’s Dubbel Coffee Porter and a number of in-house-only cask beers.
10001 Metric Blvd., Austin
Circle Brewing Co.
The brewmasters at Austin’s Circle Brewing Co. have two seasonal releases to roll out this fall. Now in its fourth year of production, the brewery’s popular Tuxedo T-Shirt black IPA has been slightly altered this year to offer a new hop profile. Circle Brewing Co. is additionally crafting an imperial stout with both whiskey barrel and wine barrel variations scheduled for release in late October.
2340 W. Braker Lane, Ste. B, Austin
Flying Man Brewing Co.
Flying Man Brewing Co. is Pflugerville’s newest brewery—the company is hosting a grand opening weekend beginning Oct. 6—and it is rolling out a handful of flagship beers for the occasion. Co-owners Matt Barker and Adam Caudill teamed up with Head Brewer Dan Wheeler to release a few unique brews when they open the brewery, including a watermelon wheat ale, a tangerine chocolate porter and a chipotle pepper stout.
2400 Patterson Industrial Drive, Pflugerville
Idle Vine Brewery
Pflugerville’s Idle Vine Brewery is celebrating the company’s first Oktoberfest with two releases of traditional German-style lagers to supplement the release of its seasonal beer Humping Pilgrim, an imperial coffee red ale. Idle Vine will roll out a traditional fest-style beer as well as a märzen, to go alongside the brewery’s year-round beers and small batch creations.
16920 Joe Barbee Drive, Pflugerville
Infamous Brewing Co.
Drive out to Lake Travis this fall to sample one of Infamous Brewing Co.’s many seasonal beers on tap, including the brewery’s Pumpkin Massacre—a pumpkin pie porter flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice and pumpkin. Infamous Brewing Co. will also be releasing an Indian black lager and a coffee stout in October.
4602 Weletka Drive, Austin
Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing Co.
Red Horn, located in Cedar Park, is rolling out its third annual release of the Suburban Ninja Imperial Stout in December. Red Horn will release a few barrel-aged variants of the stout in addition to releasing two experimental fruit beers in October. The coffee and brewing company will release a watermelon and basil gose as well as Pure Face, a raspberry Berliner weisse release that will raise money for breast cancer research.
13010 W. Parmer Lane, Ste. 800, Cedar Park
Georgetown’s only brewery is releasing an experimental dubble Oktoberfest, which has 9.5 percent ABV, available only in its taproom. Rentsch Brewery is also releasing a more traditional Oktoberfest beer and will be tapping specialty barrel releases in October and November.
2500 NE Inner Loop, Georgetown
San Gabriel River Brewery Inc.
This fall, San Gabriel RiverBrewery Inc., located right on the bank of its namesake river, is releasing a few seasonal beers to add to its lineup. The Liberty Hill brewery has released a unique Oktoberfest-style beer and will soon roll out its San Gabriel Christmas Spiced Ale, a winter beer that features cinnamon, clove and pineapple flavors.
500 Chaparral Drive, Liberty Hill
Texas Beer Company
Taylor’s lone brewery is celebrating its inaugural distribution of cans this fall. Texas Beer Company is set to have cans of its flagship beers on shelves soon, including its amber lager and pale ale. The brewery’s porter will also release in the late fall in the Texas Beer Company taproom and in cans.
201 N. Main St., Taylor
Cedar Park’s Whitestone Brewery has several beers slated for release in the upcoming months, including a traditional märzen for Oktoberfest. Whitestone Brewery will also release a black rye IPA, a small batch ESB and a unique Golden Stout that is light in color and flavored with cocoa nibs and coffee.
601 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. 500, Cedar Park
Spirits Run Down
There are plenty of local options for people who desire an alternative to beer. Here is a rundown of local spirits makers with tasting rooms or distillery tours.
- Armadillo Texas Whiskey
Offers: Bourbon whiskey, whiskey
1092 Hwy. 21 W., Cedar Creek
- Banner Distilling Co.
Offers: Vodka, whiskey
13201 Jacobson Road, Manor
- Cypress Creek Reserve Rum Distillery
1400 Jacobs Well Road, Wimberley
- Crystal Creek Distillery
906 Pace Bend Road S., Ste. 100, Spicewood
- Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery
2250 E. Hwy. 290, Dripping Springs
- Garrison Brothers Distillery
Offers: Bourbon whiskey
1827 Hye Albert Road, Hye
- Genius Liquids Distillery
4202 Santiago St., Ste. 2, Austin
- Meridian Hive Meadery
8120 Exchange Drive, Ste. 400, Austin
- Revolution Spirits Distilling Co.
Offers: Gin, liqueur
12345 Pauls Valley Road, Bldg. G, Austin
- San Luis Spirits
Offers: Vodka, gin
5330 Bell Springs Road, Dripping Springs
- Spirit of Texas
1715 Dalshank St., Ste. A, Pflugerville
- Still Austin Whiskey Co.
440 E. St. Elmo Road, Ste. F, Austin
- Texas Saké Company
5501 N. Lamar Blvd., Ste. A 115, Austin
- Treaty Oak Distilling Ranch
Offers: Vodka, bourbon whiskey, rum, gin, beer
16604 Fitzhugh Road, Dripping Springs