Austin Area/Centex Beer
"Devil's Backbone" Belgian Style Trippel - is a freaking good beer. Very well balanced, some may say a bit citrusy, but I like that. Get it while it's available.
What else do you like that is brewed in Central Texas?
Also from real ale, for the winter, their Sisyphus barley wine is very good. My lawnmower beer is Fireman's 4, so I'm a big fan of real ale co. I run hot and cold on the independence brewery products... I like them but don't seek them out. I've not has enough of 512's brews to comment, for the summer I enjoy the live oak pilz... I explect like most discussions of beer, everyone's opinions are going to vary pretty widely.
Yes! I had that beer at House Pizzeria. It's really, really good... normally I'm a little wary of trippels because they're a bit too sweet for me, but The Devil's Backbone is perfect. Do they even bottle it? I need to check Whip In.
One that I keep going back to lately is Independence's Freestyle. It's a hefeweizen, but it tastes nothing like your typical citrusy, light ones. It's got a little bit of Fat Tire in it... a little more roasty. Definitely worth buying.
I'm a fan of Devil's Backbone as well and I'm hoping they bottle it again this year. I tend to drink Fireman's 4 and Live Oak Hefe when it's hot out. Recently, I've been enjoying Jester Kings beer. I've had their Commercial Suicide(on tap at the Draught House) and the Black Metal Imperial Stout(bottle at Opals).
I talked to Whip In earlier - they have it on draft now and will have it in bottles sometime soon.
My favorite readily-available bottle is Independence's Bootlegger Brown, which is gloriously rich and malty without being overpowering. For an overpowering seasonal treat, though, I favor Black Star's Moontower, which is probably my favorite beer ever.