(Rapidly changing is an understatement. There are two new breweries on the eastside. There’s a NEW version of this tour!)
The tour begins at the Cap Metro’s Red Line Downtown Station next to the Convention Center. The train provides easy access for riders and bikes traveling from residences and lodging north of downtown. Paid parking is plentiful and several Cap Metro buses serve the area as well. At about 9 miles of mostly flat terrain, this ride is appropriate for most riders and any type of bike should be fine.
Rental bikes are available nearby at Streamline Cycles and Eastside Pedal Pushers. Austin B-Cycle is also an option, although you might check your bike in and out near each stop to avoid a $4 per add’l 30 minute charge. There’s a station right at the Red Line/Convention Center and several near our stops.
As well as craft beer stops, the tour passes near numerous restaurants, bars, and food trailers. There are offbeat neighborhoods and local points of interest including an Austin Moonlight Tower. The moon towers are in the National Register of Historic Places and were featured in the 1993 movie, “Dazed and Confused” starring naked bongo playin’ Austinite Matthew McConaughey.
You’re guaranteed to see hipsters, old houses, old cars, old men, bizarre yard art, redevelopment, resistance to redevelopment, expensive condos, and hear conjunto music. Possibly all on the same block.
And there’s even a couple of opportunities to stop for a swim, in the summer months.
Here’s the map:
Note that the online map has been updated to reflect two new breweries. Lazarus Brewing is located on the current route between Zilker Brewing and Cuvee Coffee on the map below. Friends and Allies Brewing is opening soon at 979 Springdale Rd, approximately three miles from Hops & Grain. We’ll modify this route to include Friends and Allies ( as an optional side trip) when the brewery opens.
The full turn-by-turn guide (PDF) is three pages long. Information is included about each stop as well as links to more information about some of the other points of interest.
If you choose to access the ride information from your mobile device, please keep in mind that using mobile devices while moving in cars and bikes can earn you a traffic ticket in Austin. Be safe.
The Austin Eastside Craft Beer and Culture Bike Tour is fueled by Blue Owl Brewing