January drinking events calendar

Banger’s New Year’s Day Recovery Brunch, 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 1. Nurse that hangover with mimosas, eggs and a loud brass band that’s sure to keep you awake.

Photo by Ralph Barrera / American-Statesman. Hops & Grain is now opening up their taproom on Sundays, and, on the first Sunday of every month, the brewery will release a special edition beer available only there.

Photo by Ralph Barrera / American-Statesman.
Hops & Grain is now opening up their taproom on Sundays, and, on the first Sunday of every month, the brewery will release a special edition beer available only there.

First Sunday Beer Release at Hops & Grain, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4. Release of the Pale Mosaic IPA to kick off new First Sunday series, which will release a special edition beer each time, and the start of the brewery opening every Sunday.

Arro’s First Mondays Pairing, 5 p.m. to close Monday, Jan. 5. Wines and regional cuisine from the Rhone Valley. $60; additional $40 with wine pairings. Reservations recommended.

Wine Workshop: 6 Picks Under $10 at Central Market North Lamar, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5. Vinum Cellars Chenin Blanc, Bosio Casa Red and more make up the list of affordable and flavorful wines. $10.

Casa Brasil and South Austin Brewery’s Up & Down Tour, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10. The neighboring beverage companies offer a backstage pass into the worlds of craft beer and coffee making. $35.

Beer Brunch with Independence Brewing at Central Market North Lamar, 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 11. Learn about the history of the 10-year-old brewery with founders Rob and Amy Cartwright and pair four of their beers with delicious brunch items. $50.

Ranger Creek Dinner at Barley Swine, 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11. Six-course feast paired with Ranger Creek brews. $100. For reservations, visit the website or email info@barleyswine.com.

Libations 101 Series at School House Pub, 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12. A new monthly series with a cocktail-based theme each time. This debut class will teach you how to make four wine-based cocktails. $10.

Lenoir and Jester King Beer Dinner, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15. A pairing dinner featuring beers such as El Cedro, Colour 5, Detritivore, Figlet and Snorkel. $95.

Jester King and Evil Twin Collaboration Release, 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16. Evil Twin Brewing’s owner helped to brew the World’s Worst Twin, an oak barrel-fermented farmhouse ale refermented with blueberries, and he’ll be at Jester King on Jan. 17.

Rogness’ Brunch at the Brewery, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18. How about beers for breakfast? Offerings include Yogi, Holiday, Sophina (a pineapple sour ale) and the brand new Iapetus Stout.

Shaving Heads for St. Baldrick’s at Hops & Grain, 12 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18. Event is free if you shave your head; otherwise, it’s $25 and you’ll get a souvenir pint glass and 4 beer tickets. Proceeds go to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund the fight against childhood cancers.

Somms Under Fire, 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18. A wine and food pairing competition that will pit three sommeliers against each other in this event organized by Keeper Collection. $60 general admission, $125 VIP.

3rd Annual Silverback Pub Crawl, 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24. Trek through Rainey Street (ideally in a gorilla suit) to raise awareness for the Austin Gorilla Run on Jan. 31.

2nd Annual Austin Bacon and Beer Festival, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25. Bacon-centric dishes from 30 notable Central Texas restaurants, including Barley Swine, Searsucker and Salty Sow; and craft beer from 12 breweries, including Independence, Save the World and South Austin.

Pappy Whiskey Flight at Easy Tiger, 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26 and Tuesday, Jan. 27. Just 32 flights of the 10 year, 12 year, 15 year and 20 year Pappy Van Winkle bourbons will be available each day for this very special offering. Plan accordingly. $50.

Firkin Tapping at Banger’s, 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29. This Thursday’s firkin tapping features Prairie Birra flavored with ginger; next Thursday’s will be Jester King Le Petit Prince dry-hopped with Mosaic hops.

Blue Moon’s White IPA Hunt, 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29. The first 20 to arrive at the designated starting location (30.172035, -97.825846) will receive a clue leading them to the second secret location — and a first taste of the new White IPA.

Live at the Deep Eddy Distillery, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30 and Saturday, Jan. 31. Live music and food trucks are now going to be fixtures at the distillery. This weekend: Whole Foods truck both days, Dawn & Hawkes Friday and Milk Drive Trio Saturday.


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