I achieved a long-time beer goal this weekend - a whirlwind tour of Austin's finest and most revered breweries. My reaction, in a word, is "meh." Pandering to hipsters in itself does not a good beer make. I tried over 50 beers (most of them in 4 oz flight-increments), and well over half of those were sours or saisons. I want to love Austin beer, I really do, but I can get far superior beer (and a much greater variety) here in H-town. Hops and Grain - decent, worth a stop. Good variety Austin Beerworks - their "core four" was average at best, which I get...they're the loss leaders. All their experimental stuff was sours. Meh. Jester King - I've never dropped so much cash for so little payback. I had the "privilege" (or at least the staff there thought it was a privilege for me to be served by them...) of buying 10 different saisons. Really? The brewery property itself was amazing, no doubt, and I can see a typical Austinite wiling away an afternoon here, but we've got plenty of those places (with better variety!) in the Space City. Last Stand - a short drive from Jester King, this is the only redeeming brewery in Austin, in terms of all around beer quality. The barkeep was super cool, good variety, and very good beer. Show me Last Stand at any taproom around Texas, and I'll buy a pint. Live Oak - it was fine, an average brewery experience. I thought this was supposed to be the pinnacle of what Austin had to offer tho... Anyway, I'm sure it feels like I'm hating on Austin beer, which I really don't mean to do. The experience was...average. Which is disappointing, because the word on the street in the Lone Star State is that Austin is the place for craft beer. Now I know I can get better beer without burning so much gas. Long live Houston!