America’s 20 Best Cities for Beer Lovers

Whether you like your brews hoppy, dark, or fruity—or just something that tastes good with bratwurst—Travel + Leisure readers voted on the best cities for savoring a great local beer.

No. 8 Austin

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This college town and state capital has always embraced beer lovers—and for years the dominant “local” beer has been Shiner Bock, which comes from a brewery about an hour and a half away. But more and more upstarts sit inside Austin’s city limits—like South Austin’s 512 Brewing, known for its Pecan Porter, and East 6th St.’s Zilker Brewing, which offers American-Belgo beers and whose name nods to the city’s most famous park (Austin also made the top 20 for its parks and gardens). To experience another famous garden of sorts, go to downtown’s Sholz Garten, the open-air watering hole that dates back to 1866.

America’s 20 Best Cities for Beer Lovers

No. 8 Austin

This college town and state capital has always embraced beer lovers—and for years the dominant “local” beer has been Shiner Bock, which comes from a brewery about an hour and a half away. But more and more upstarts sit inside Austin’s city limits—like South Austin’s 512 Brewing, known for its Pecan Porter, and East 6th St.’s Zilker Brewing, which offers American-Belgo beers and whose name nods to the city’s most famous park (Austin also made the top 20 for its parks and gardens). To experience another famous garden of sorts, go to downtown’s Sholz Garten, the open-air watering hole that dates back to 1866.

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