Events: Off-Centered Film Fest, WhichCraft Anniversary Party and more

As the monthly Liquid calendar proves, there’s typically something booze-related to do every weekend — but this weekend is particularly chock-full of these events and is worth its own round-up to keep ’em all straight.

Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione and Alamo Drafthouse founder & CEO Tim League are the masterminds behind the annual Off-Centered Film Festival.
Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione and Alamo Drafthouse founder & CEO Tim League are the masterminds behind the annual Off-Centered Film Festival.

Off-Centered Film Festival: The 8th annual weekend of film and beer, a collaboration between the Alamo Drafthouse and Dogfish Head Brewery, kicks off on 6 p.m. Thursday with a Rolling Roadshow Beer Party featuring Master Pancake mocking the 1997 romance classic “Titanic.” The film doesn’t start until 8 p.m., giving you plenty of time to relish the beers, which are plenty and all very good, from Austin Beerworks Furry Beagle to Jester King Repose. Plus, you can dunk a booth full of brewers and stuff yourself full of grub from a variety of food trucks.

The Austin Food and Wine Festival: Yes, it’s the big to-do starting Friday night, but if you don’t already have tickets, the festival is sold out. Although both food and wine are in the fest’s name, it leans more heavily toward food, with a few select demos devoted to, this year, wine and spirits specifically. Among them is Whole Foods sommelier Devon Broglie’s “Rosé By Any Other Name” at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Food & Wine Magazine wine editor Ray Isle’s “Texas Two-Sip” at 2:15 p.m. Saturday and Tipsy Texan’s David Alan’s “Rescue the ‘Rita” at 3 p.m. Saturday. Isle’s demo in particular is worth checking out because you’ll be blind-tasting a Texas wine and its more global counterpart to see how the Texas wine industry fares against older wine regions.

On Sunday, ELM Restaurant Group beverage director Craig Collins (who’s crafted the drinks list for local eateries like Arro and the new Italic) will be teaming up with ELM Chef Andrew Curren to showcase Italian wine and food pairings at 1:30 p.m. An 11:15 a.m. demo about rye and rye cocktails, “Ryeopeners” with winemaker and distiller Austin Hope, is also a good bet for Sunday at the Austin Food & Wine Fest. Plus, the grand tasting tent both days will have lots of good bites and sips to try, so come hungry and thirsty.

WhichCraft’s 1st Anniversary Party at Hops & Grain: Toast to many more years to come of WhichCraft, a store devoted entirely to craft beer, with this celebration at Hops & Grain on Sunday starting at 1 p.m. Fork over $15 and you’ll get a commemorative WhichCraft 1st anniversary glass, 6 drink tickets (1 ticket equals a half pour) and a fun afternoon listening to live music. The store’s own Sahara Smith and her band Girl Pilot will be among the live performers.

¡Viva Tequila! Book Signing at Metier: If you’re looking for something a little less party-centric, tequila aficionado and writer Lucinda Hutson will be at Metier Sunday signing her book about Mexico and its beloved agave spirit, complete with tequila cocktail recipes. She’ll be sharing her stories about how the book came to be (it’s a follow-up to her 1995 “Tequila! Cooking with the Spirit of Mexico”) and offering tastes of T1 Tequila and Tequila 512, as well as cocktails including her Sangrita.

Author: Arianna Auber

Arianna Auber writes in-depth news about beer, wine and spirits for Liquid Austin and keeps readers in the know about fun local events with the Planner.

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