Austin loves beer almost as much as it loves soccer. There is no official name for the collection of breweries in northwest Austin. It’s usually referred to the Austin Brewery District, or sometimes just the Brewery District. However, given the proximity of the eight breweries with respect to the McKalla Place stadium, we’d humbly suggest a new name- the McKalla Brewery District.
The Founding Members
Adlebert’s Brewery | 2314 Rutland | 3 minute walk | Official supporter of MLS2ATX | Adlebert’s may not end up being the official brewery of Austin’s MLS franchise, but it will certainly be the closest. It’s on the corner of McKalla and Rutland, and specializes in the Belgian contribution to beer, including witbier, dubbel, tripels, quads, and saisons.
4th Tap Brewing Cooperative | 10615 Metric Blvd | 7 minute walk | Official supporter of MLS2ATX | 4th Tap’s worker-owned brewery (it’s in the name, duh) opened its doors in 2015 on the corner of Metric and Denton. They have a wide variety of beers, including the Long Walk, an almost-state-mandated Ruby Red Grapefruit IPA.
Celis Brewery | 10001 Metric Blvd | 13 minute walk | Official supporter of MLS2ATX | Celis is an Austin classic. Pierre Celis is credited with bringing Belgian Wit beer to central Texas back in 1992. But, there was a dark time after the sale to Miller (and subsequent purchase by Michigan Brewing) that the Celis brand had essentially disappeared. Luckily, Christine Celis was able to acquire the brand and brought it back to its rightful home in Austin – and near McKalla. Celis’ leading beer is (unsurprisingly) the Belgian White, but the Celis Raspberry made a comeback in 2018 to much fanfare.
Hopsquad Brewing Co | 2307 Kramer Lane | 7 minute walk | Unofficial supporter of MLS2ATX | Hopsquad’s not a real brewery – at least not yet. The brewery is expecting to open in September 2018, but based on the names of the beer, the Lord Grackle IPA will be on the list of must-trys.
Fairweather Cider Co | 10609 Metric Blvd | 7 minute walk | You know what’s good when it’s hot outside? Cider. You know what’s good when it’s not hot outside? It’s never not hot outside. Fairweather opened in late 2017, and serves hard cider in its taproom overlooking the neighboring Kingdom of 4th Tap. Cider, whilst appearing to be apple juice, is not appropriate for children in most cases.
Oskar Blues Austin | 10420 Metric Blvd | 8 minute walk | The Colorado-based Oskar Blues is not an Austin brewery by birth, but they’ve been making beer off Metric Blvd since June 2016, including their trademark Dale’s Pale Ale and Mama’s Little Yella Pilsner.
Circle Brewing Company | 2340 W Braker Lane | 5 minute walk | Circle Brewing is actually difficult to say, since usually the term “Circle” is immediately followed up with “Blur”, their Texas hefeweizen. Their original, the Envy Amber and the lighter Alibi Blonde are also Austin shopping staples.
Austin Beerworks | 3001 Industrial Terrace | 21 minute walk | Unofficial supporter of MLS2ATX | Yes, it’s a bit of a walk. But Austin Beerworks is so, so worth it. Doing craft beer before it was cool, some Austin natives realized in 2010 that a variety of quality beer served on tap and in eye-catching cans would be a great business – and here they are today. There really isn’t a leading beer in their stable, as the Fire Eagle IPA, Pearl Snap pilsner, and Peacemaker ale are Austin mainstays.
The Brewery District Challenge
Seven breweries. All within a three mile walk of each other. The Brewery District Challenge encourages everyone of legal drinking age to get out and (responsibly) support our local breweries by visiting each of the eight breweries and McKalla itself. You can hit them up in any order, but for those walking (which is the ideal way to do this safely and cost-effectively), you’ll want to start at Austin Beerworks, then work your way counter-clockwise up to the stadium entrance on Braker Lane. Alternatively, you can start at the Braker Lane entrance and work clockwise to Austin Beerworks – just make sure you hit up all eight to complete the challenge.
For walking distances, I’ve used 10335 McKalla Place (southeast entrance), 10414 McKalla Place (proposed crosswalk), 2501 W Braker Ln (north entrance), and 10632 Burnet Road (west entrance) depending on the most likely egress route.