American Craft Beer Week in Austin 2015

For American Craft Beer Week, Real Ale Brewing in Blanco will be tapping a lot of hard-to-find beers from their cellar.

For American Craft Beer Week, Real Ale Brewing in Blanco will be tapping a lot of hard-to-find beers from their cellar.

It’s not just Texans making good beer — U.S. brewers from coast to coast are making tasty examples of staple styles and also coming up with brand-new brews. To celebrate, cities all over the country are participating in American Craft Beer Week with fun events at local bars and breweries from Monday through Sunday this week, and Austin is no exception, with plenty to do throughout the week. Here’s a round-up of local American Craft Beer Week offerings:

Monday

Dogfish Head Flight + Pairing at Easy Tiger. Sample Namaste, Sixty-One, Black & Blue and 120 Minute IPA with pairings. $8 for a 3 oz. tasting of 4 beers or $15 for beer flight plus a tasting board. This event is also taking place on Tuesday. More information here.

Hopfields’ Beer and Ice Cream Pairing. Austin Beerworks brews (Heisenberg, Pearl Snap, Black Thunder and the Templar Knights Chocolate Milk Stout) are paired up with Lick ice creams. More info here.

Hops & Grain Beer Dinner at St. Philip. 5-course meal paired with both Hops & Grain mainstays and small-batch brews including Don’t Touch Willy. Tickets here.

North Coast Vertical Tapping at Flying Saucer. Go back in time with this vertical of North Coast Brewing Company Old Stock Barleywine — 2010, 2012 and 2013 vintages. More info here.

School House Pub’s Libations 101 series. This month’s cocktail how-to will feature beer cocktails with Independence Brewing. Tickets here.

Tuesday

Austin Beerworks Dinner at St. Philip. Some of Austin Beerworks’ rare seasonal brews (in other words, some stuff that’s typically only available in their taproom) will be featured at this pairing dinner. Tickets here.

Brewers Panel Discussion at Craft Pride. Listen in on a discussion with brewers and brewery owners on the latest and potential Texas beer legislation and its effects on the craft beer industry. The focus will be on HB 3389, which would limit distribution amounts for self-distributing Texas breweries. An audience Q&A will take place at the end of the talk, which will feature the likes of (512), Live Oak, Revolver, Guadalupe and more. More info here.

Hops & Grain’s Whole Foods Tap Takeover. The Domain location will offer a special Hops & Grain passport to participants, who can collect stamps by trying different beers on tap. Once they get five stamps, they’ll receive a special Hops & Grain gift. More info here.

Independence Brewing’s Beer and Cheese Pairing Class. Independence cellarman Max Saballett will lead this guided flight of 6 cheeses paired with Independence beers. Drawing on his former life as a chef, Saballett will discuss how the beer and cheese selections enhance each other and how to build a great beer and cheese plate. Tickets here.

Prairie Artisan Ales Tap Takeover at Flying Saucer. A bunch of coveted Prairie beers will be available, including Bible Belt, Cherry Funk, Christmas Bomb, Ok Si and more. Plus, owner Chase Healey will be on hand for you to meet. More info here.

Wednesday

Founders Brewing Dinner at St. Philip. 5-course feast paired with Founders Brewing beers, including Rubaeus, Dirty Bastard and Kentucky Breakfast Stout. Tickets here.

Hops & Grain Hop Night at Hopfields. Featuring the Greenhouse IPA, A Pale Mosaic, Dry-Hopped Red, Half Nelson and more, this guided tasting and talk with Hops & Grain founder Josh Hare is putting the spotlight on one of his favorite ingredients, the hop. More info here.

Independence Brewing’s Beer and Chocolate Pairing Class. Power & Light, Austin Amber, Bootlegger Brown Ale, Stash IPA and Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout are all getting paired up with some seriously tasty-sounding chocolates from Delysia Chocolatier Nicole Patel. Tickets here.

Last Stand Tap Takeover at Black Star Co-op. Three of the beer from one of Austin’s newest breweries will be on tap. More info here.

Real Ale Tap Takeover at Whole Foods Lamar. All 10 of the beer taps at Bar Lamar will be taken over by Real Ale brews. More info here.

Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel Vertical Tasting at Craft Pride. A guided tasting of all nine of the St. Arnold Bishop’s Barrel releases to date, hosted by the Saint Arnold’s founder Brock Wagner himself. Tickets here.

Star Bar Cellar Sale. $20 for bombers, $10 for 12 oz. bottles. A mouthwatering list of beers – such as Ranger Creek Small Batch 7, Prairie Wine Barrel Noir from 2013 and more – that have been aging at Star Bar will make you wish your paycheck came mid-week.

Thursday

Avery Brewing Beer Dinner at Flying Saucer. Four-course feast featuring beers from Colorado’s Avery Brewing, including Lilikoi Kepolo, Hog Heaven Barleywine, Uncle Jacobs BBA Stout and more. More info here.

Parabola Vertical Tasting at Hopfields. Try Firestone Walker Parabola from 2013, 2014 and 2015 with a house-paired dessert. More info here.

Squatters Bumper Crop Launch at Wright Bros. Brew & Brew. This honey ale is brewed with lavender and pretty much tastes like summer in a bottle. More info here.

Yodel for Odell at Hi Hat Public House. Cucumber-Pomegranate St. Lupulin, plus many other Odell Brewing goodies. More info here.

Friday

Photo by Emma Janzen East Austin bar Hi Hat Public House is one of the many spots around town participating in this year's Austin Beer Week, going from Oct. 24 through Nov. 2.

Photo by Emma Janzen
East Austin bar Hi Hat Public House is one of the many spots around town participating in this year’s American Craft Beer Week, going from May 11 through 17.

Court is in (IPA) Session at Whole Foods Domain. Eight different session IPAs are on trial at the Draft Shack tonight. Brewery reps will be there duking it out for your support. Try them all and cast your vote. More info here.

Hops & Grain Happy Hour at Star Bar. No word yet on the exact list of special tappings from Hops & Grain, but the brewery will also have a swag giveaway. More info here.

Jester King Beer Dinner at Hi Hat Public House. 5-course feast featuring Jester King favorites, such as Snorkel, Montmorency Vs. Balaton and Natural Union. More info here.

Real Ale’s American Craft Beer Week Tappings. Go out to Blanco for some of Real Ale’s cellar beers, including Scots Gone Wild, Blakkr, Baltic Porter, Real Heavy and a cask of Sisphyus 2012. More info here.

Uncle Billy’s Tap Takeover at Black Star Co-op. A tap takeover that also functions as a release party, the event will feature two of Uncle Billy’s newest beers, the Lazy Day Lager and Barton Springs Pale Ale. Black Star will also be putting on a keg of the Green Room IPA. More info here.

Saturday

American Craft Beer Week: Texas Edition at Hi Hat Public House. Yeah, yeah, the U.S. is making good beer from coast to coast, but Texans never pass up the opportunity to celebrate what our state’s got to offer: Real Ale, Buffalo Bayou, Jester King, Lone Pint and more will be tapped. More info here.

Goose Island Tapping at Easy Tiger. If you thought all those chances to get your mitts on the Chicago brewery’s famed Bourbon County Stout were gone until November, think again. Easy Tiger is tapping a keg of it starting at 3 p.m. More info here.

Rogness Brewing 3rd Anniversary Party. Three years of the Pflugerville-based brewery means lots of beers on tap. A total of 14 to be exact, including the debut of a Doppelsticke (a double altbier) brewed with award-winning homebrewer Mark Schoppe. Your $12 ticket will get you three of those beers and a mason jar Rogness glass (and if you want more beer, they are $3 a pour). Tickets here.

(512) Brewing Tap Takeover at Wright Bros. Brew & Brew. Wild Bear, White IPA, Three (a tripel), Pecan Porter and more are going on tap. More info here.

Sunday

Brunch on the Boulevard at Whole Foods Domain. Boulevard Brewing is hosting a beer brunch in the Draft Shack featuring a lineup of their beers on tap. Don’t miss out on their Imperial Stout (or any of the others, for that matter). More info here.


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