Hacienda is please to welcome our first contributed article by Landon Biehl about a topic everyone loves–local breweries! Perhaps this Spring Break you need a staycation with a build in brewery tour…..with a designated driver, of course. Enjoy!
5 South Texas Breweries to Visit This Spring Break
Filled with culture, art and ranch land, South Texas is a lively and stunning region of the state. Whether you’re a Texas native or you’re headed south for a vacation, you’re sure to fall in love with the area. With warm weather creeping in and spring break on the horizon, now is the perfect time to grab your friends and family and make the most of your stay! Check out these 5 South Texas breweries you won’t want to miss this spring break.
1. Lorelei Brewing Company | Corpus Christi
This Corpus Christi brewery makes delicious craft beers with a mermaid’s touch! Lorelei Brewing was inspired by an old German legend of sailors hearing a woman’s beautiful voice singing from a rock formation called the Lorelei in the middle of the sea. The sailors would be lured to the rock by her voice, and inevitably wreck their ships on the sharp rocks below.
Lorelei’s biergarten is the perfect spot for enjoying your brew in warm Texas sun. With beers like the Belgian Honeypot—brewed with real honey—and the Witty Tart—a sour beer with Thai Basil and Long Pepper, you really can’t go wrong. Get one of their flights to give them all a try!
2. Padre Island Brewing Company | South Padre Island
If you’re looking for a great, casual lunch spot to enjoy a couple of beers, this is definitely the place. They have a full menu—burgers, steaks, seafood, and more—and delicious brews to top it off. There’s indoor seating as well as a deck up top, so you’ll be able to bask in the sunshine while you sip!
3. Lazy Beach Brewing | Corpus Christi
Lazy Beach Brewing in Corpus Christi has a little bit of everything. A food truck stops by every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, so if you’re there at the end of the week you’ll always be well fed! If you and your crew are into yoga, you can find beer yoga there everything Thursday at 6pm.
Beers to look out for are the Lazy Beach Blonde for a smooth finish, and Taco’Bout Wit—with jalapenos, habaneros and tomatillos, but without the heat!
4. 5×5 Brewing Co. | Mission
This Mission brewery is owned and operated by veterans. With American flags on display and nose art to identify each beer, 5×5 Brewing Co. definitely has a World War II vibe.
Their Brunette Bombshell Honey Brown Ale is smooth and sweet with hints of chocolate and caramel. You’ll also get a little bite at the end with blueberry, rose blossom and citrus. The Liberator Cherry Cream Ale is perfect for a hot day—a light ale with a hint of sweet and tart red cherries with just a bit of tang!
5. Big River Brewery | Pharr
What started off as home brewing has grown into Big River Brewery in Pharr. You can schedule a private tour of the brewery, or just relax and enjoy! Check out their Cha Cha Blonde Ale for an easy drinking year-round beer. The Wanderlust IPA has unique citrus flavors, and just enough hoppy bitterness to create a delicious beer. Want to try out a few at once? Grab a flight for four 10oz brews!
A Note on SafetyAccording to lawyers in South Texas, alcohol plays a large role in the number of car accidents seen in the area. Always be aware of other drivers on the road, and if you do decide to drink alcohol, be sure to have a designated driver. Putting a plan together and following through with safety measures at all times will ensure you and your friends stay safe while visiting breweries in the area.