How Austin’s best new breweries barreled their way to the top

There’s little chance you could confuse Austin’s newest breweries with one another, despite the sheer number of breweries our city and the surrounding Hill Country have gained over the past few years. But there is one major thing the three best ones that opened this year have in common.

Oddwood Ales found a rustic home in East Austin for its zippy pale ales and mixed-culture blends in February. Two months later, the sprawling Driftwood brewery Vista Brewing and the sophisticated East Austin restaurant the Brewer’s Table opened their doors within days of each other. A significant component of each beer program is their prolific use of wood — for aging, yes, but also for fermentation, a far less common practice among U.S. brewers.

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