Our pick: Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
, 4834 Whirlwind Drive, (210) 775-2099, drinkrangercreek.com
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling was started by three beer-loving and business-minded dudes back in 2010. The company, which places admirable emphasis on sourcing local ingredients and championing local food that pairs well with its products, has steadily won us over with each new beer and (to a lesser extent, because this pick is about the brewery side of things) whisky. Among our favorites are the toasty and nutty Oatmeal Pale Ale, the heavy yet sharp Red Headed Stranger IPA, and the Mesquite Smoked Porter, which is as gnarly and full of flavor as every Texan’s favorite barbecuing wood. Ranger Creek, the only “brewstillery” in Texas, hosts tours on Saturdays from 2-4 p.m. and tasting hours Fridays and Saturdays from 5-9 p.m. In a move that, to be honest, really puts Ranger Creek over the top for us, the place is now also hosting a monthly brunch, the next installment of which will be on Sunday, April 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.