Austin-area breweries dominate Thrillist’s ranking of best breweries in Texas

A handful of Texas beer professionals weighed in on some of the state’s best breweries for a Thrillist article — and, no surprise, have given lots of love to beer makers in the capital city.

Photo by Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Live Oak Brewing was recently ranked one of Texas' top breweries, according to a Thrillist piece.

Photo by Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Live Oak Brewing was recently ranked one of Texas’ top breweries, according to a Thrillist piece.

In fact, Austin-area breweries take the top three spots on the list, with Live Oak Brewing at number three, Jester King Brewery at number two and the Blanco-located Real Ale Brewing at number one. Austin Beerworks and Hops & Grain also grace the ranking.

“With young guns busting out the gates with freshness, and old-school breweries upping their games, there has never been a better time for craft beer in Texas,” Thrillist writers Brooke Viggiano and Mike Cortez start the article with. “So we asked a panel of professional beer connoisseurs to weigh in on exactly who’s the best in town, errr, in state.”

These rankings were compiled after Thrillist received each of the experts’ 10 top choices, tallying all of the answers for a concrete list. The experts came from Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio and included the likes of Courtney Strange, the beer buyer at the Rainey Street bar Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden.

“The competition was tough, with heavy hitters like (512) Brewing, Lakewood Brewing, and Southern Star just barely missing out, but that only further speaks to Texas’ incredible roster of brewers,” the article noted.

As good as many of them are, it seems to be no contest that Real Ale Brewing took the top spot.

“This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Hill Country brewer’s entry into the Texas craft beer game,” Viggiano and Cortez write. “Or maybe we should say, the domination of the Texas craft beer game… Its long history shows through a solid lineup of classics and more recent exploratory numbers including sours and barrel-aged brews using rare ingredients.”

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