Dogs can't have beer

Mom says dogs can’t have beer. Zilker Brewing. Austin, TX

Our Austin correspondants, Kym and Gidget are back! In our third and not final Austin post (because Henri and I plan to go there ourselves), we’re getting the scoop on dog-friendly breweries.

Perfect timing for No Shave November hipster wannabes and Wookies.

P.S. Wookies can’t help it.

The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company
Both a restaurant and a brewery, the ABGB opened their doors in August, 2012 and became an immediate neighborhood hot spot in South Austin. Offering some of the best pizza in town along with sandwiches, salads and snacks, it’s a one-stop-shop for the perfect night out with your pup. They offer 5 standard beer options along with up to 5 seasonal rotating taps. There are two large, outdoor seating areas with lots of water bowls available. They just recently built a serving window into one of the walls so on busy days, you don’t even have to go inside to order your food or beer.

To top it all off, they have partnered with Austin Pets Alive! to help fundraise and provide exposure to some of their longest stay dogs at the shelter. They create special batches of American Pale Ale (APA!) and donate $1 per pint sold. They also host launch events every time a new APA is released and invite Austin Pets Alive! to bring adoptable dogs, sell merchandise and help encourage the community to adopt shelter animals.

(Insert personal commentary from Denise: Four Paws Up for ABGB!)

Austin Beerworks
A great local brewery located just off the highway in North Austin, this very casual setting offers both indoor and outdoor seating where dogs are welcome. The tap room features their standard beers, which you can buy in cans at local stores, as well as a few special brews only available at the brewery. $10 will buy you a branded pint glass and beer tokens for fill-ups at the bar, and the ‘Beerworkers’ are determined to make sure you have a good time.

South Austin Brewery
“Part inspiration, part imagination, part carbonation”, South Austin Brewery is known for their ‘Liquid Austin Soul’. Located in an industrial area just off 1-35 in South Austin, SAB is a hidden gem and worth the trip. Things kick-off on Fridays at 5:45 p.m. with free brewery tours followed by flowing beer and soulful tunes. Offering $3 pints from the tap or the can, music, pig roasts and BBQs, you never know what they’ll have on tap for the weekend.

Additionally, we consider their logo shirts to be the perfect Austin souvenir. When you see them, you will know why. While you’re grabbing a shirt, pick up a 6-pack. There’s a guitar pick hiding under one of the snap off tops.

Zilker Brewing
One of the most recent additions to the Austin Craft Beer scene, Zilker is located in East Austin, and is a great stop if you happen to be bar hopping along 6th St. They typically have 3 selections on draft with more taps expected as they continue to grow. You’re welcome to bring your own food or order from neighboring food trucks, and they are always happy to see a 4-legged beer connoisseur enter their garage doors. Small and friendly, they will welcome you with open arms and treat you like family.

Thirsty Planet
A 30 minute drive to the outskirts of town will open you up to a whole new realm of possibilities, and your first stop should be Thirsty Planet Brewery. Known for the always-drinkable Thirsty Goat Amber, their tasting room offers a variety of choices and is dog friendly both inside and out. Each month, they select a local charity and donate all bar tips to that organization. It’s often an animal welfare group, so tip generously.

After grabbing a 6-pack of Thirsty Goat Amber togo, your second stop should be the Salt Lick for some Texas BBQ. You’re practically there anyway. They are cash-only and BYOB. The outdoor patio is dog-friendly, but orders are placed inside. Take a friend to do your bidding.

Local tip (or dog-person hack): Skip the line and order your food to-go. Then bring it out to the patio, feast with your pup and share your beer with your friend.

For more on the dog-friendly scene in Austin, check out our previous posts.

Drink Up, Austin! features the best bars including a run down of Rainey Street, and Austin Eats highlights foodie favs.

Kym Goode. Gidget the PitgetKym Good moved to Austin, TX in the fall of 2011 and immediately fell in love with the area. She enjoys being outside and staying on top of the city’s ever-expanding list of food and beverage offerings. Gidget is a 6 month old Staffordshire Terrier mix from Austin Dog Rescue. Named after the 1959 surfer movie, Gidget was the runt of the litter but by far the most energetic and playful. Aptly named, she is the perfect companion for going out on the town, and always an advocate for pit bull type dogs and rescue. They share their home with 14 year old Bean, who is also a bull terrier mix. You can follow their adventures on Instagram @GidgetThePitget.