If you don't want to wait until Oct. 2 to indulge in Bavarian brews, I have good news for you. Oktoberfest festivities around the world run from Sept. 18 to Oct. 3 this year, so you don't have to wait to enjoy a few tasty beverages at some of the best local breweries around.
Home to the city's first Growler filling station, Craft and Growler proudly serves house-crafted brews like the Star of Texas Hefeweizen and the Exposition Porter. Bar hours are Tuesday and Wednesday, 4 to 9 p.m.; Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Friday, 3 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 10 p.m.; and Sunday 1 to 9 p.m.
This neighborhood brewery partners with local nonprofits to support their missions so you don't have to feel guilty when you order an extra Black Lager Schwarzbier. The taproom is open Wednesday through Friday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.
While this brewery might be small, there's nothing tiny about their taste. Find out for yourself with the Texikaner Black Lager, a dark brew with German and Mexican influences. The downtown taproom is open Wednesday and Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Friday, 4 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.; and Sunday 1 to 9 p.m.
Blending technology and innovation, Steam Theory brings beer perfection to life with the Frau Blucher Kolsch and Spitzer Helm Berliner Weisse. Hours are Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight.