Austin named one of the next big craft beer cities

Photo by Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Lambic fans, rejoice: Jester King is helping to bring the revered beers of Cantillon to Texas.

Photo by Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Jester King Brewery is an integral part of Austin’s growing (and increasingly buzzy) craft beer scene.

Although Texas’ laws restrict cities like Austin from becoming the craft beer meccas that many places in Colorado, California and the Pacific Northwest already are, maybe there’s still hope for us: AmericanCraftBeer.com has dubbed Austin as one of the next big craft beer cities.

That’s thanks to breweries like Jester King Brewery, in the Hill Country, that make top-notch beer and have inviting taprooms and outdoor spaces for us to come and drink it at.

The beer-focused site listed three U.S. cities that are coming into their own in the beer industry. (There are others, but this trio is the most exciting of the bunch.) Besides Austin, American Craft Beer also listed Asheville in North Carolina and Minneapolis in Minnesota.

And of these, Asheville is the most well-known “of all the emerging ‘new craft beer cities’… (boasting) 15 breweries within its city limits alone — with cutting edge breweries like Wicked Weed, Twin Leaf and Hi-Wire generating lots of buzz — and dozens more spotted throughout the region.”

Asheville is home to Colorado-founded Oskar Blues’ first out-of-state facility, and within any luck, Austin’s own Oskar Blues brewery will also open soon.

About Austin, American Craft Beer noted that “for a city long known as a music, film, and tech capital — and as home to SXSW — Austin is fast becoming an important craft beer destination.”

The article, in addition to giving a shout-out to Jester King, also mentioned Hops & Grain, (512) Brewing and Austin Beerworks, but those, of course, are just a small number of the talented beer makers that Austin now boasts.

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