Your guide to fall beers, breweries and distilleries in the Central Texas area

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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
512-904-9817
www.4thtap.coop

Adelbert’s Brewery

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
512-662-1462
www.adelbertsbeer.com

Austin Beerworks

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
512-821-2494
www.austinbeerworks.com

Bluebonnet Beer Co.

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
512-774-4258
www.bluebonnetbeerco.com

Celis Brewery

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
512-524-2377
www.celisbeers.com

Circle Brewing Co.

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
www.circlebrewing.com

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
512-910-4099
www.flyingmanbrewing.com

Idle Vine Brewery

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
512-527-3235
www.idlevinebrewery.com

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
512-487-8786
www.infamousbrewing.com

Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing Co.

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
512-986-7038
www.redhornbrew.com

Rentsch Brewery

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
512-688-5046
www.rentschbrewery.com

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
512-627-9384
www.sangabrielriverbrewery.com

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
512-466-6939
www.texasbeerco.com

Whitestone Brewery

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
512-765-4828
www.whitestonebrewery.com

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
    512-522-9554
    www.armadillotxwhiskeys.com
  • Banner Distilling Co.
    Offers: Vodka, whiskey
    13201 Jacobson Road, Manor
    512-815-2326
    www.bannerdistilling.com
  • Cypress Creek Reserve Rum Distillery
    Offers: Rum
    1400 Jacobs Well Road, Wimberley
    512-847-6874
    www.cypresscreekreserve.com
  • Crystal Creek Distillery
    Offers: Moonshine
    906 Pace Bend Road S., Ste. 100, Spicewood
    512-923-9773
    www.crystalcreekmoonshine.com
  • Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery
    Offers: Vodka
    2250 E. Hwy. 290, Dripping Springs
    512-994-3534
    www.deepeddyvodka.com
  • Garrison Brothers Distillery
    Offers: Bourbon whiskey
    1827 Hye Albert Road, Hye
    830-392-0246
    www.garrisonbros.com
  • Genius Liquids Distillery
    Offers: Gin
    4202 Santiago St., Ste. 2, Austin
    512-710-7907
    www.geniusliquids.com
  • Meridian Hive Meadery
    Offers: Mead
    8120 Exchange Drive, Ste. 400, Austin
    877-632-3915
    www.meridianhive.com
  • Revolution Spirits Distilling Co.
    Offers: Gin, liqueur
    12345 Pauls Valley Road, Bldg. G, Austin
    512-358-1203
    www.revolutionspirits.com
  • San Luis Spirits
    Offers: Vodka, gin
    5330 Bell Springs Road, Dripping Springs
    512-858-1199
    www.drippingspringsvodka.com
  • Spirit of Texas
    Offers: Rum
    1715 Dalshank St., Ste. A, Pflugerville
    512-989-9292
    www.spiritoftx.com
  • Still Austin Whiskey Co.
    Offers: Whiskey
    440 E. St. Elmo Road, Ste. F, Austin
    512-276-2700
    www.stillaustin.com
  • Texas Saké Company
    Offers: Saké
    5501 N. Lamar Blvd., Ste. A 115, Austin
    844-438-8392
    www.txsake.com
  • Treaty Oak Distilling Ranch
    Offers: Vodka, bourbon whiskey, rum, gin, beer
    16604 Fitzhugh Road, Dripping Springs
    512-599-0335
    www.treatyoakdistilling.com
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Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. He additionally worked with an investigative news organization where he reported on environmental topics and was a featured writer for Epicast Network, a Pittsburgh podcast company. Iain has now transitioned full-time into covering Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto.

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