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12 Reasons The Texas Craft Brew Scene Is Vastly Underrated

The Lone Star State is a beer lover's paradise. Take a trip to Texas and taste the scene for yourself!

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1. Practice makes perfect, and Texas craft breweries have been in business since 1909.

The Spoetzl Brewery, creator of Shiner Bock, was founded in 1909. It's still independently owned and operated, making it one of the oldest independent breweries in the country.
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The Spoetzl Brewery, creator of Shiner Bock, was founded in 1909. It's still independently owned and operated, making it one of the oldest independent breweries in the country.

2. German immigrants brought recipes for old-world Bavarian drafts to Texas. That's craft brew with a pedigree.

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Texans have been brewing beer in small batches since the 1840s, before Texas was a state. These German Texans were also responsible for some of the first lagers brewed in the United States.

3. And Texas is home to some of the most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations you can find outside of Germany.

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Courtesy of Wurstfest / wurstfest.com

The two largest are Wurstfest in New Braunfels, Texas, and Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg, Texas. The festivals are a salute to sausage, German heritage, music, dance, and to BEER.

4. Today, Texas has 96 craft breweries in operation.

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That's one brewery for every three Texas counties.

5. And Texas craft brew production increased 44% in 2013 alone.

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A storm is coming. A storm of beer.

6. The Jester King Brewery is basically heaven on Earth.

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Courtesy of Jester King Brewery / jesterkingbrewery.com

Jester King brews farmhouse ales with wild yeast strains that create truly unique taste profiles. The brewery is nestled in the Hill Country outside of Austin. It offers beautiful views of the countryside, live music, a pizza kitchen, and, of course, Jester King's full lineup of ales on tap, plus limited-run draughts.

7. Texas invented the 99-pack of beer.

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The craft brewing company Austin Beerworks sells its Anytime Ale in packs of 99.

It's really, really big. And really, really awesome.

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SAME.

8. Texas craft brews are winning more medals year after year.

According to the 2004–2014 results of the World Beer Cup, Texas breweries are on the rise.
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According to the 2004–2014 results of the World Beer Cup, Texas breweries are on the rise.

9. And a Texas craft brew is now a gold-medal-winning Mexican beer.

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Pedernales Brewing Company's Lobo Texas Lager and Lobo Negro won the gold at Cerveza Mexico, the largest beer competition in Latin America.

10. Texas also has many excellent brewpubs.

Such as Freetail Brewing Company in San Antonio...
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Such as Freetail Brewing Company in San Antonio...

...and Black Star Co-op in Austin.
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...and Black Star Co-op in Austin.

And unlike other states, Texas recently passed legislation that allows brewpubs to sell their beers in bars and retailers. So now more people can taste the incredible beers coming from microbreweries all across the state.

11. And it's important to bring beer to the people, because Texans spend $2.3 billion on craft beer each year.

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That's despite being popular among a relatively small percentage of beer drinkers in Texas. This means the craft brew revolution has only BEGUN in the Lone Star State.

12. And let's not forget: Texas has over 300 days of sunshine a year.

And there's nothing quite like an ice-cold beer on a sunny day.
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And there's nothing quite like an ice-cold beer on a sunny day.

Enjoy Texas craft beer to the fullest, and remember to please drink responsibly.