Selecting a beer is serious business, and there’s nothing worse than going to a new place just to be frustrated by their lack of selection. Although Waco is host to several top breweries in Texas, it can be overwhelming trying to find the best, so we’ve compiled a list of our favorite breweries in the area that never disappoint.
1. Bare Arms Brewing
Founded by mechanical engineers who also love craft beer, Bare Arms Brewing was Waco’s first brewpub. They have several flagship beers ranging from the Lux, a “light-bodied American style lager brewed with rye for a unique, sweet, crisp finish,” to the Java Joule, a “rich, complex chocolate coffee stout with local coffee that is loaded with flavor.” They also offer trivia nights and board game nights, and their event room can be rented out for birthday parties that includes a complimentary pint of your choice.
2. Brotherwell Brewing
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Home to the famous Percy Porter, a dark beer with chocolate and coffee highlights, Brotherwell’s goal is to find that perfect beer for everyone. They understand that tastes vary, and they’re committed to creating inviting brews that satisfy even hesitant beer drinkers. Their next endeavor is to build an on-site taproom that serves beer to the public, but until that happens, you can find their brews at bars and restaurants in the greater Waco area or you can take one of their tours.
Brewing Tours are free and begin every Saturday at noon. Beer is available to buy during the tours while food trucks wait outside to provide lunch, and visitors are welcome to bring their own chairs, tents, and tables to add to Brotherwell’s “backyard tailgate atmosphere.”
3. The Dancing Bear Pub
If you’re looking for a family friendly place with a great list of beers, look no further than The Dancing Beer Pub. Since they have sixteen craft ale or lager drafts that change daily, you’re always in for a new treat every time you visit. They serve lunch and dinner — courtesy of koKo Ramen — and even have outdoor seating. The brewery is conveniently located, and visitors can easily walk to it by staying at a nearby hotel.
4. BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse
If you’re craving something a little more commercial, don’t miss your chance to go to BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse. Founded in 1978, BJ’s is famous for their handcrafted beer and southern California twist on traditional Chicago-style pizza. Their specialty beers, such as BJ’s Scarecrow Gone Rogue — a spin on Saison-styled beers, mixed with Sorachi Ace, elderberry, coriander, and Angelica root are only available for a limited time, so be sure to grab one while you’re there. BJ’s also offers take-out and delivery options for those days when you just don’t feel like dining in.
Even the pickiest of drinkers will be satisfied by the huge selections and unique tastes at these fantastic breweries. Don’t miss out on visiting one of them during your next trip to Waco.