Best Texas Breweries for Fall Flavors & Oktoberfest Fun
As the leaves start to turn and the air gets a bit crisper, it’s time to celebrate the changing of the seasons with some fantastic fall flavors and Oktoberfest festivities. In Texas, a state known for its love of good food and drinks, you’ll find a plethora of breweries that not only serve up delicious autumnal brews but also provide a perfect atmosphere for enjoying them. Here’s a roundup of some of the best Texas breweries to visit for a taste of fall and Oktoberfest fun.
1. Live Oak Brewing Company – Austin, TX:
Nestled in the heart of Austin, Live Oak Brewing Company is known for its traditional German-style lagers. Their Oktoberfest beer, a seasonal favorite, boasts a rich malty flavor and is often accompanied by live music and tasty food trucks.
Looking for an activity that pairs well? Live Oak offers free use of their 18 hole disc golf course. To use, check in at the bar to get your scorecard, map, and putter! Perfect for those incoming cool fall days!
2. Saint Arnold Brewing Company – Houston, TX:
Saint Arnold’s Oktoberfest, a classic Märzen beer, and Pumpkinator, a Imperial Stout, are must-try brews during the fall season. They also have a range of Ciders and seasonal brews sure to get you in the holiday mood! This Houston institution offers tours of its brewery, so you can see firsthand how these fantastic beers are crafted.
Oktoberfest was a roaring success this year at their Beer Garden in late September. For more events like this one, find the lineup and activities at their website.
3. Real Ale Brewing Company – Blanco, TX:
Real Ale Brewing Company’s Hans’ Pils and Oktoberfest are renowned in Texas. “Fall and German beer go together like Texas and tacos. So we brewed Oktoberfest, our first lager, using traditional Bavarian brewing methods and the highest quality German malt, hops, and yeast.” Enjoy them in their beautiful Hill Country taproom, complete with a picturesque outdoor area for savoring your beer in the crisp autumn air.
Don’t miss the 14th Annual Real Ale Ride bike race on October 28th. The event helps support Friends of Blanco State Park and the Blanco Fire/EMS. Join them after the race for the post-ride celebration with food trucks, music, and most importantly, BEER!
4. Künstler Brewing – San Antonio, TX:
Künstler Brewing specializes in German-style lagers and serves up a delectable Oktoberfest brew. The brewery’s charming beer garden is a great spot to soak in the fall vibes. Don’t miss their Happy Hours and make sure to try all their creatively named brews and authentic German pub treats.
5. Karbach Brewing Co. – Houston, TX:
Karbach Brewing Co. offers a variety of seasonal and fall-inspired beers, including their popular Karbachtoberfest. Their spacious beer garden and restaurant are perfect for enjoying a cold one with friends. Need a space for the whole crew? Karbach’s 3 event spaces (Hopadillo Hall, Clown Lounge, and the Biergarten) are sure to make your Oktoberfest get together a success.
6. Freetail Brewing Co. – San Antonio, TX:
Freetail Brewing embraces the Oktoberfest spirit with a special brew and often hosts festive events. Check out all 4 of their seasonal brews, Citrus Trip, Oktoberfiesta, Yeet! The Hops, and Torpor Porter. With multiple taproom locations in San Antonio and nodds to the Hispanic Culture, including the partnership with Bat Conservation programs, this is a must on your pub crawl around the state.
7. Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. – Fort Worth, TX:
Rahr & Sons Oktoberfest is a Fort Worth favorite. Visit their brewery to taste their seasonal delights and enjoy a brewery tour to learn about their brewing process. Their Oktober Fest and Barrel Fest, both seasonal Märzen Lagers, are sure to get you in that fall fest mood! Check out their weekly tasting schedules and music events at their website or on Facebook!
8. Shannon Brewing Company – Keller, TX:
Shannon Brewing Company focuses on traditional Irish ales but also gets into the Oktoberfest spirit with their own take on this classic style. Brewed with pure Texas spring water, their ales always hit home! Their welcoming taproom is a great place to enjoy their seasonal brews. Make sure to check their website for beer garden and food truck events.
9. 8th Wonder Brewery – Houston, TX:
Named after the Houston Astrodome being dubbed “the 8th Wonder of the World”, this Houston gem offers a dynamic lineup of craft beers, including Dome Faux’m, their cream ale. Visit their hip brewery and take part in the fall festivities they often host.
10. Fredericksburg Brewing Co. – Fredericksburg, TX:
Located in the picturesque Texas Hill Country and on the main street of where some would call the Little Germany of Texas, Fredericksburg Brewing Co. is dubbed the oldest Brewpub in Texas. Along with their beers, they offer a unique 12 room “Bed and Brew” above the brewery for out of town guests!
Remember to drink responsibly and, if you plan to sample the various beers at these breweries, arrange for a designated driver or alternative transportation. These Texas breweries offer not only delicious fall brews but also a welcoming atmosphere that’s perfect for savoring the flavors and traditions of the season.