Wine Bar Bachelorette in Washington DC

The DC area boasts a surprising number of wineries and wine bars -- for an East Coast wine-filled bachelorette, here are some of the best places to try.

Top 5: Wine Bars in Washington, D.C.
By Allie Moore of Trazee Travel

The nation´s capital slowly transformed into the capital of cuisine over the past few years. Along with stepping up its culinary game, D.C. is also stepping into the spotlight of desirable wine cities. Just a few hours down the road in Virginia are some of the country´s best vineyards, which provide delicious local libations for the elite of D.C. Sip on some of these delightful glasses at one of the five wine bars below.
Vinoteca
Vinoteca´s cozy interior and welcoming patio make for a wonderful setting in which to enjoy some of the region´s best grape varieties. After a few tastes, try your hand at bocce ball on the back patio where Vinoteca has their own court.
Proof
Located a few steps from the Verizon Center in Chinatown, Proof serves more than 40 wines by the glass and stores more than 1,000 bottles of wine. The world-renowned wines complement the make-your-own cheese plates and succulent entrees such as beef terrine, duck cassoulet and wagyu steak.
Cork
This 14th Street staple inhabited the strip long before the trendy restaurants and condos followed suit. The wine bar features a hefty menu of the world´s finest wines as well as small plates to whet your appetite. A few blocks up the street is the market and tasting room where you can sample wines and then bottle your favorite to take home.
Flight Wine Bar
Some of the world´s lesser-known wine-producing countries like Lebanon and Hungary are featured on this extensive list of global goblets. Stop by on Monday for lunch or dinner as happy hour specials last all day.
Eno Wine Bar
This cozy brownstone in Georgetown pairs wine with some of its best partners: cheese, charcuterie and chocolate. Fifty varieties are available by the glass, and a weekday happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. features select wines on tap for $5.

Guest Post: What to do in Annapolis

Annapolis is a favorite destination for a bachelorette on the water that you can make as crazy or tame as you'd like. (See what we did for one bachelorette here.) And then check out these ideas for a relaxing trip from Trazee Travel.

The capital of Maryland quaintly sits on the cusp of the Chesapeake Bay where seafood reigns supreme, naval history abounds and charming old-town accents line the streets. Start your day with a coffee and pastry for less than $4 at City Dock Café in the heart of downtown. Chat with friendly locals and plan your day within the cozy café walls or outside on the patio overlooking the docks.

After a caffeine boost, head into the streets of downtown Annapolis and window shop among colonial architecture, cobblestone streets and smiling faces. A leisurely stroll along Ego Alley provides ample opportunities for window shopping, people watching and boat gawking along the water. Pop into St. Anne’s Church for a step back in history, and inquire about the seasonal free concerts held within the church. A few steps away from the church is the Maryland State House where Maryland’s government operates. There is no cost to enter and wander the halls of history and diplomacy.

Lunchtime warrants a visit to Chick and Ruth’s Delly. Although sometimes crowded thanks to its well-earned reputation, a visit is worth it for diner favorites (burgers from $5.99 to giant sandwiches, starting at $5.99) and all-day breakfast. After lunch, visit the Pennsylvania Dutch Farmer’s Market to browse both Amish and non-Amish crafts and fresh food.
To round out the day of walking history, feed your soul at the Iron Rooster, another establishment that serves all-day breakfast as well as breakfast-inspired entrees such as Cakes on Cakes: a crab cake and a cornmeal pancake topped with fried green tomatoes and chipotle hollandaise ($24.95).

Guest Post: Savannah under $100

Savannah is one of our favorite places to visit for a bachelorette or just because, and so we are thrilled to share a day in Savannah for under $100 from Trazee Travel.

Savannah, Ga., may be the perfect blend of old-world southern style and fun, young appeal. The rising music scene, trendy bars, restaurants and eclectic shopping are well matched with cobblestone streets, timeless hotels and architecture.

Start with brunch at B. Matthew’s Eatery where there may be a line, but the food and ambiance will be well worth it. The most “basic” breakfast is anything but and with a la carte options ranging from biscuits, sausage gravy, maple cakes and cheese grits, it will be difficult to choose. The shrimp and grits may not sound like brunch food, but it is easily a top contender on the menu for $9.25 and could most likely feed the entire table.

Historic District © Sean Pavone | Dreamstime

Historic District © Sean Pavone | Dreamstime

Downtown Savannah is filled with amazing shops from vintage, homemade, high-end apparel, novelty gift stores and antiques. While browsing, stop by Forsyth Park for some Georgia culture and see the Confederate monument and famous fountain.

The Savannah District Mansion is another great stop to take in the interest of Southern history or just to take some glamorous pictures. Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia so any street corner, cathedral and river-front shop will showcase the city’s heritage.

River Street © Natalia Bratslavsky | Dreamstime

River Street © Natalia Bratslavsky | Dreamstime

The nightlife speaks for itself in Savannah, with every street lit up with bars, live music and things to do. For something a little unique to Savannah, try a hearse tour of the city. For $17, a ghoulish tour guide picks guests up from their hotel and takes them around town educating them on haunted mansions, hotels and ghost stories buried deep in the city history.

At a low cost, anyone can get to know the unique, old city of Savannah, Ga.. The dollar can stretch pretty far when the city is so accessible by foot and each street has something fun to see, do and experience.

How to Host a Luxurious Bachelorette

Wedding season is coming, which means one thing - bachelorette planning time. If you’ve been asked to be the maid of honor for your friend, sister or cousin, the time has come to start planning her last night of freedom. Bachelorette parties can be a lot of fun. They can also be messy, if you don’t plan them properly, that is.

Don’t believe everything you hear about bachelorette parties. Believe it or not, it’s not all about the drinking and dancing. When you’re 21, the idea of spending your last night of freedom drunk in a nightclub might have seemed appealing. However, once you hit your mid-twenties, that’s no longer the case.

The good news is that as the maid of honor, you’re in complete control of the bachelorette party. So you can ensure it’s exactly as the bride would want it to be. She’s picked you to be her right-hand woman because she knows that you know her inside out. The pressure's on to get her bachelorette right, but there's no need to panic.

Bachelorette parties don’t have to be all about the drinking; they can be classy events. It’s just a case of getting inspired and coming up with ideas that are luxurious and classy. Instead of ones that revolve around drinking too much. To help you come up with the perfect bachelorette party plan, here are some ideas. Have a read and get inspired.

Cocktail making class and dinner

Just because drinking until the early hours is out, that doesn’t mean alcohol can’t be involved in the bachelorette. How about organizing a cocktail making class followed by a fancy dinner?

For the cocktail making class, look for a venue that’s somewhat lavish. The fancier the venue, the better - look for somewhere that makes you feel like celebrities. The great thing about cocktail making is that it gives you the chance to learn a new skill and have fun while doing it. Plus, it’s a great excuse for having a drink or two. If there’s anyone in the party who isn’t able to drink alcohol for any reason, most cocktail bars also offer mocktail making too. So if there're any pregnant hens in the group, they won’t have to miss out. (Just make sure to tell the venue beforehand that some of the party won’t be drinking.)

To soak up the alcohol, following a cocktail class with dinner is perfect. Book a fancy restaurant that you know the bride will love - maybe there’s somewhere she’s always dreamt of eating at? To add a little luxury to the night, consider hiring a limo to take you from the cocktail bar to the restaurant in style. You can learn about limo rentals here, from the cars available to the prices. What better way to arrive for dinner than in a fancy limo?

Spa weekend

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For a bachelorette that’s luxurious and relaxing, a spa weekend is the best option. This is an excellent way to mark the bride’s upcoming nuptials as everyone, from the bride’s friends to her mother, can get involved. Take your time choosing the perfect spa as it’s important to get it right. Look for somewhere that’s luxurious but affordable, as well as somewhere with great facilities and a range of treatments.

From hot stone massages to pedicures, select a spa that offers a fantastic range of treatments. Ideally, look for somewhere that includes these in the cost of your stay, as well as full use of the on-site facilities. For an extra special weekend, look for a spa that also offers health and wellness activities like yoga, to keep you entertained.

If you think that the bride will enjoy an alcoholic spa experience, look for a venue that has an on-site bar. After all, what’s a bachelorette party without champagne and cocktails? There are some spas that offer tailored bachelorette packages. These may be worth looking into as that way you can tailor the experience to the bride’s wants and needs.

Afternoon tea with champagne

You can’t go wrong with an elegant afternoon tea. It might not be as exciting as cocktail making, but it can be just as enjoyable. For a luxurious and relaxing bachelorette party, afternoon tea is the perfect way to celebrate. Of course, if you’re going to have afternoon tea, it has to come with bubbly. What’s a bachelorette party without champagne?

There are often deals on afternoon tea at fancy hotels and venues, so make sure to have a look online. From regular afternoon tea to themed ones, there are plenty of options to choose from. There are even gluten-free teas on offer in most places, so should someone in the party have an allergy to wheat, they can still join in the fun.

The great thing about afternoon tea is that it’s an affordable hen party, so if there’s a budget in place, this is perfect. It’s not too expensive and is a celebration that everyone can enjoy. Plus, you can have afternoon tea just about anywhere - in a local hotel or in the bride’s back garden.

Head to the sun

If money's no object, then a bachelorette party abroad could be the perfect way to mark the bride’s last few days of freedom. Whether she loves the idea of sunning herself on a beach or sipping cocktails at a rooftop bar, a beach trip could be perfect. If she’s not a beach girl, a city break could be a better option.

There are so many fantastic places you could visit, from Ibiza to the South of France; there’s sure to be somewhere that’s perfect. If there’s a big group of you, hiring a villa could work out cheaper than booking hotel rooms, and will come with the luxury of having your own private pool. There are some amazing luxury villas to choose from, so there’s sure to be one that is affordable and suitable for your group.

The great thing about a bachelorette abroad is that there’s plenty to see and do. From exploring local attractions to enjoying the local cuisine. Unlike celebrating at home, it’s not just about the drinking as there are so many other activities on offer.

Hotel stay and pamper day

Does the bride fancy some time out but going abroad would be just too stressful? Then how about a hotel stay and pamper day? Think fancy hotel, champagne on tap, and fine dining, and, of course, lots of pampering. If a pamper day is just what the bride needs, then a stay at a fancy hotel could be perfect.

Have a look online for any deals - there are often a range on offer, and book the one that offers everything that you need. Think about the location - does the bride want to be close to home or would she prefer to go somewhere a little further afield? It’s important to remember that it’s the bride’s special day, so asking her what she wants is a good idea. You might be in charge of organization, but that doesn’t mean you can’t involve the bride in the decisions.

Look for a hotel that not only offers spa treatments but also, other pampering options. From hairstyling to makeup and facials, look for places that offer everything. On a girl’s getaway there’s nothing more enjoyable than getting your makeup done, so look for places that offer this service. A hotel with an on-site beautician is always a good choice.

Have a creative bachelorette

How about organizing a creative bachelorette party? If the bride would love a relaxed, low-key affair, a creative event is perfect. The great thing about getting creative is that there are so many options, from flower arranging to perfume making. You can go DIY with these or you can book yourselves in for professional classes.

Be it jewelry making or makeup application, undertaking a class or two can be a lot of fun. Especially when there’s champagne involved. Ask in advance and you can probably arrange to have a bottle of champagne on ice for your class. Because there are lots of deals online for these types of classes, it doesn’t have to break the bank either.

If paying for a class is too expensive, consider going DIY. Using YouTube tutorials, hold a DIY creative bachelorette. Ask the bride what she would like to do and organize to learn that craft. Be it baking or wine making, it doesn’t matter. What’s important is that the bride and everyone in the party has fun. If you do opt to go DIY, make it special by having a selection of cakes on offer as well as lots of bubbly to enjoy.

There are lots of other options for celebrating a bachelorette than getting drunk and dancing the night away. Be it a spa break in the country or a beach break abroad, it doesn’t matter. What’s important is that the bride is happy, the party is fun, and whatever you choose to do is affordable.

Adventurous Bride? Give these Wild Bachelorette Activities a Try

We're branching out today with some recos from all around the world today courtesy of South Africa-based guest blogger, Nazir Adams. (All photos courtesy of Nazir.) And, without further ado...

If you’re an adventurous bride looking for the perfect activity to get both yours and your bridesmaids' adrenaline pumping at your bachelorette before you walk down the aisle, we have amazing activities that will no doubt blow your hair back. Take a look: 

Aquaventure Water Park in Dubai, UAE

The perfect place to spend your bachelorette to cool off during a hot day, Dubai Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark offers the perfect balance of relaxation and thrill rides you won’t find anywhere else. You and your bridesmaids can get your adrenaline pumping with their record breaking rides and slides, get close to a sharks and rays, and take a moment to get your breath back by relaxing along their 700-metres of pristine private beach. Here, you can really feed your wild side at The Tower of Poseidon where you can ride the monstrous Aquaconda – the world’s largest water slide, experience weightlessness on the Zoomerango and test your nerves on Poseidon’s revenge. Lastly, to test how wild you really are, you can take the plunge on the Leap of faith at The Tower of Neptune, a nine story high mega-slide with a near-vertical drop.

Zip-Lining in Cape Town, Africa

If you want to take to the skies, zip-lining will give you a whole new perspective as you fly over a canyon on one of the longest aerial cable course in Africa. Located on the private Silvermist Wine Estate, it’s only 20 minutes away from Cape Town’s CBD, means that you and your bridesmaids won’t have to venture far from the city to enjoy this thrill. The whole course only takes two hours – meaning there is plenty of time to recover from this heart-stopping experience on the beach with a cocktail or two – but those who take part will need to be relatively fit as there is some climbing involved to get to the highest and longest cable.

Go Carting at The Track, Missouri

 

“The Track” in Missouri is home to 14 different track, each a different difficulty, and includes three unique, high-rise go-cart tracks – yes, you read that right! You will experience elevation, spiralling, twisting and turning on the 4-story track “Heavy Metal High-Rise” made out of steel and concrete, and on their two wooden race tracks, “Wild Woody” and “The Lumber Jack”. Nothing will quite blow your hair back like strapping on your seat belt and racing your girlfriends round their many, exciting tracks.

 

Disneyland Park, Paris

With amazing attractions, entertainment, dining options and shows to indulge in, Disneyland Park is the ideal place to spend your bachelorette. Get lost on Space Mountain: Mission 2, take a ride on Big Thunder Mountain (the runaway train), and visit Sleeping Beauty’s castle, before grabbing something delicious to eat at one of the many restaurants scattered across the theme park, and ending your day off by watching an entertaining show. There are five incredible lands to explore, and you can watch the firework and light displays over Sleeping Beauty Castle – truly magical!

How to Irish Pub Hop Your Way Through New York City!

In celebration of St. Patrick's Day (coming soon!), this post from our friends at Trazee Travel breaks down the Irish pubs to hit in New York City.

With one of the most popular St. Patrick’s Day parades in the world, New York City is a great place to celebrate all things Irish. The city is also home to many authentic Irish pubs. Visit one of these spots for a pint of Guinness, live music and an Irish meal.

© Jazz Guy | Flickr

© Jazz Guy | Flickr

McSorley’s Old Ale House

The oldest bar in New York City, McSorley’s sticks to its authentic tavern roots —you’ll find sawdust on the bar floor to soak up spilled beer. Only two types of beer are on tap, dark and light ale, poured by the Irish bartenders. A bit of history: Women weren’t allowed into McSorley’s until 1970.

© Pixonomy | Flickr

© Pixonomy | Flickr

Molly’s Shebeen

Molly’s is a traditional Irish pub and restaurant on Manhattan’s East Side. Opened in 1895, the space served as a grocery store during Prohibition. Today, Molly’s offers guests bar grub alongside classic Irish dishes, including Shepherd’s Pie.

Paddy Reilly’s, New York © Jazz Guy | Flickr

Paddy Reilly’s, New York © Jazz Guy | Flickr

Paddy Reilly’s Music Bar

 

This Irish pub is best known as a great spot for live music. Check out weekly performances by Irish rock groups and Celtic crooners. Paddy Reilly’s has a generous daily happy hour from 11 a.m.–7 p.m.

 

The Dead Rabbit © Edsel Little | Flickr

The Dead Rabbit © Edsel Little | Flickr

The Dead Rabbit

 

The newest bar on this list, The Dead Rabbit holds the prestigious title of World’s Best Bar in 2015 at the Spirited Awards, the industry’s highest accolade. Don’t let the 2013 opening deter you — The Dead Rabbit is authentic. The co-owners previously worked together at The Merchant Hotel in Belfast. Enjoy cocktails and small plates and everything in between. You can even order Irish groceries from behind the counter.

 

Donovan’s, New York © Krista | Flickr

Donovan’s, New York © Krista | Flickr

Donovan’s

 

A subway ride away in Queens, Donovan’s Pub features a full food and drink menu with Irish-American favorites. The burgers often make “best of” lists in New York City.

Travel Inspiration: Top 5 Beaches in Mexico

Photo credit: Mindaugas Danys

Photo credit: Mindaugas Danys

Cabo or Cancun? Mexico has even more to offer -- here's Trazee Travel's top 5 beaches:

There are more beaches in Mexico than you can possibly experience in one lifetime, but we suggest visiting one of these five playas.

Bahia Balandra

If you want a quiet escapae from civilization, Bahia Balandra is located in the remote Baja California Sur, a semi-desert landscape filled with wildlife and flora and semi-virgin beaches. There’s almost no tourism here, so you can enjoy the white sand and turquoise waters all by yourself.

Stone Island

Mazatlan has a lot of beaches, but Stone Island is a great daytrip for people who want to get out of the city. A small panga will take 10 minutes to get you to the island, where you can enjoy some great seafood and beach activities like jet skiing, ATVs and parasailing. There are also plenty of less intense excursions like snorkeling and horseback riding.

Playa del Amor

Most people go to Mexico for the resort life, but tourists can take a break from the commercialism and hitch a boat to la Playa del Amor, a crescent-shaped beach home to the famous El Arco. Strong waves come in from the Pacific Ocean, so swimming should be done on the Sea of Cortez side.

Zipolite

A holdover from the 60s, Zipolite was famous as a counterculture destination for hippies. This is a great surf spot for people on a budget, but a number of upscale establishments are starting to pop up, drawing an international crowd.

Sayulita Beach

Sayulita is another “discovery” from the 60s, when American surfers traversing Mexican Highway 200 stumbled upon the small fishing village. Today, it is a thriving beach destination that retains its small-town feel, filled with cafes, guesthouses and musicians, in addition to indigenous Huichol Indians selling their bead painting in the town square.

Guest Blog: How to Look Amazing for a Wedding or Bachelorette

Today we're excited to feature a new guest blogger! Zyana's survived wedding planning and bridesmaiding, and is here to share her (hard won!) tips for making sure you look (even more) awesome!

When prepping for a wedding there are a million moving pieces to arrange. Even with help of a fantastic wedding planner, which I hugely recommend, it can be difficult to make time for ourselves as well – leaving our personal health goals and plans last in line for attention.

We all want to look fantastic on our big day, and for many that means losing a few extra pounds to be able to fit into that perfect dress. There are tons of diets and exercise regimes to get you on track to weigh-loss success while also ensuring you drop needed inches. Here are a few extra quick tips for ensuring that you look as good as possible in not only those engagement and bachelorette snapshots, but also your treasured wedding photos and videos on your big day.

Getting that healthy glow

Okay, we’ve all seen those women who wear thick makeup on their wedding day, and this is a really scary trend. I’ve seen makeup disasters as well - with wrong-color foundation that makes them look like a geisha/ghost, really not a great look on your wedding day.

To stay as natural as possible also means making sure you, and your skin, have a brilliant healthy glow from the inside out. The trick to achieving this is two-fold:

Hydration

Up your water intake – studies show that drinking eight glasses of water a day will help us flush out toxins and improve skin elasticity. Proper hydration not only improves all body processes, but it also prevents disease, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reduces under-eye circles, and improves any skin discolorations.

One study, published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, found that drinking 2.25 liters (roughly 9.5 cups) of either tap or mineral water every day for four weeks altered skin density and thickness - reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In terms of immediate results, one University of Missouri-Columbia study showed that drinking about two cups of water increased blood flow to the skin - aiding in tissue repair and healing.

Water makes a big difference in skin health. Without adequate water intake, skin appears duller, and wrinkles and pores both become more prominent. The best way to determine if you are getting enough water is to use an online water hydration calculator.

Diet

Another way to boost your skin “canvas” on your big day is to commit to a diet rich in fresh fruits and veggies. Not only will this help with your number one health goal of losing excess pounds and fat before the wedding, but it will improve the color of your skin. In a study published in the journal of Evolution and Human Behavior, researchers found that eating a diet of fruits and vegetables high in carotenoids actually causes a healthy pigmentation and glow in the skin.

The best fruits and veggies to stock up on and consume to achieve this inner healthy glow are foods rich in carotenoids including; carrots, sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens, and tomatoes.

Skip the tanning booth

As mentioned above the best way to improve your skin’s coloring is to change your diet, but if you need further proof, another study of colorized faces representing carotenoid intake versus melanin skin darkening, similar to what happens in a tanning bed, were put to the test.

Researchers found that study participants rated the healthy glow faces as more attractive than the sun-tanned and sun-exposed skin. The study showed that individuals with higher dietary intakes of carotenoids from fruit and vegetables have increased skin reflectance. The study also established carotenoid coloration from consuming fresh fruits and vegetables as a valid visual cue to overall human health.

If you want to look healthy and glowing on your wedding day, then skip the tanning booth and go straight to juicing! Not only is sunlight and two types of UV rays, UVA and UVB, exposure from tanning damaging to your skin, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is quick to point out that it can even cause skin and other cancers. Also, as proven from the above studies, it’s just not as attractive as a healthy inner glow.


Looking great on your wedding day doesn’t have to be hard, and the lifestyle changes you make will have lasting positive effects to your overall health and vitality as well. Wishing you much joy on your upcoming big day!

Zyana Morris is a passionate blogger who loves to write on trending health, fitness and lifestyle topics. She is a featured author at Healthable, Uplifting Families, Inscriber Mag, Hello Mamas and few others. Currently she is working for Hourglass Express, an online store for waist trainers. Her favorite quote is “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop." You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

#BachTips: Guess What We Found!

We get it -- being a bridesmaid or a bride can be expensive. Sure, you can't put a price on love, but somehow that credit card statement at the end of the month manages to, and it's not always pretty.

That's why we were excited when we were introduced to Groupon coupons. For those among us who never think to look for coupons or always manage to lose any that we receive (hand raised emoji, right here), they've conveniently put them all in one place. We could curl up with a glass of wine and several episodes of Nashville and do everything from book a trip, send birthday flowers to a friend, order personalized bridesmaid swag, and #treatyoself. (For some shortcuts: Travelocity, Personalized Creations, FTD, Victoria's Secret).

Happy hunting!

xoxo,

Tisha & Lauren

 

Guest Post: Top 5 Austin Breweries

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Austin is one of our favorite bachelorette destinations, and a stop at one of the city's breweries is a fantastic way to spend a hot spring afternoon out on the town. Here are five of the best options from Trazee Travel.

Hops & Grain

Hop-forward beer is the focus at Hops & Grain, located downtown at the eastern end of Sixth Street. Hop heads flock to the friendly taproom seven days a week to get their fill of the brewery's latest can release of its renowned Greenhouse IPA series; each month it changes the hop varieties used in order to give drinks a different aroma and flavor experience. In addition to beers, Hops & Grain offers coffee and kombucha on tap as well as a bunch of board games and brew biscuits made from leftover grains for dogs to enjoy on the patio.

Austin Beerworks

The brewers at Austin Beerworks brew what they like to drink, and a lot of beer enthusiasts like what this microbrewery in North Austin creates, especially for its "Core Four" consisting of its Fire Eagle American IPA, Black Thunder German-style Schwarz, Peacemaker Anytime Ale and Pearl-Snap German-Style Pils. The brewery was put on the Texas beer map when it sold out of their 99-packs of Peacemaker Anytime Ale the same day they were released in 2014. Share Austin Beerworks' passion for a strong core as well as seasonal creations and exclusive beers on a visit to the friendly taproom, open at select times Thursday-Sunday.

Jester King Brewery

Nestled on a 200-acre ranch in breathtaking Texas Hill Country, Jester King Brewery is an authentic farmhouse brewery set a 30-minute drive from downtown Austin that boasts postcard-perfect views and delicious brews. Jester King is unique in that it harvests naturally occurring wild yeast from the flora at the brewery to blend and ferment its beer. The results from the process are wild ales and spontaneously fermented beers with both a sense of place reflecting the character of the location and delicious taste.

The brewery recently purchased an additional 58 acres of land to plant and harvest grains, herbs and vegetables for brewing this spring and to start both a vineyard and orchard. Take a tour to learn more and visit the tasting room for an on-site beer Friday-Sunday. Pair a beer with handcrafted, artisan pizza from neighboring Stanley's Farmhouse Pizza, set on the same ranch.

Live Oak Brewery

The city's oldest craft brewery has been producing well-liked lagers and ales since 1997. Live Oak is committed to crafting old-world style beers that are rarely commercially available, like a hefeweizen modeled after the classic wheat beers of Bavaria, a pilsner styled after the Bohemian classic and an amber lager inspired by the clean, dry lagers of Vienna. The brewery is in the middle of constructing a new space on a patch of prime Texas landscape along the Colorado River minutes from downtown Austin. Here, visitors will find the same great beers Live Oak has always offered, as well as seasonal and exclusive beers and a new taproom and beer garden.

Blue Owl Brewing

Blue Owl is a relatively new addition to the Austin craft beer scene, but boasts an impressive lineup of brews. The urban brewery is the first in the United States to exclusively make, distribute, and sell sour-mash beers, featuring delicious concoctions with unique names like Spirit Animal, a sour pale ale; Little Boss, a sour session wheat; Professor Black, a sour cherry stout; and Van Dayum!, a sour red ale. A visit to the brewery promises not to sour anyone's mood as tours guide guests through the sour-mash process and Blue Owl's different beer styles and the tasting room provides thirsty visitors the chance to enjoy the tart versions of beer styles we all know and love.