Two beer events are returning this weekend — one to bestow some care on an adorable bunch of shelter dogs and another to show some love for an unappreciated but oh-so-good beer, the lager.
First up on Saturday is an Austin Pets Alive benefit at the pizza-focused brewpub the ABGB, followed by a lager festival featuring beers from many local breweries at Billy’s on Burnet. Come thirsty.
The ABGB’s APA Release Party
Noon to 7 p.m. Saturday. Free. 1305 Oltorf St. theabgb.com.
The ABGB and Austin Pets Alive are celebrating the release of the fourth American Pale Ale brewed to promote the adoption and care of APA’s long-stay dogs. A $1 of every pint sold goes toward this program; the three prior APA APA beers and additional fundraising at the brewpub have so far raised more than $12,000. In addition to the newest pale ale, there will also be a dunking booth, a doggie swimming pool, a cornhole tournament and more.
Each beer in the APA series is single-hopped to showcase the characteristics of the hop used. This edition, according to a press release, “will feature Mosaic, a hop known for a complex array of tropical fruit, citrus, berry, herbal, earthy and pine characteristics.”
“The ABGB believes American Pale Ales share a noble characteristic with these long-stay dogs looking for homes: they are like a trusted best friend,” according to the press release. “Their beauty and strength is found in being steady, friendly and reliable.”
Austin Beer Guide’s Lager Jam 2
1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. $25. Billy’s on Burnet, 2105 Hancock Drive. austinbeerguide.com.
The lager isn’t like it used to be — the bottom-fermented beer is better than ever thanks to the craft brewers who are bringing it back to life. So many breweries have such tasty takes on the lager that the Austin Beer Guide is throwing the Lager Jam for the second year running. This year’s is even bigger, with 20 beers from 11 Texas breweries on tap.
Get your ticket soon (they sold out last year) for access to a sudsy selection that includes Austin Beerworks GalLager, a watermelon lager; Live Oak Speisse Grodz, a cask-conditioned grodziskie-style smoked lager; and Oasis, Texas Brewing’s LuchaMosa, a kellerbier with blood oranges. Austin Beerworks’ Lager Jam collaboration, a Vienna lager with soured peach juice, will also be available.
Tickets will get you three Lager Jam pours, a limited-edition Lager Jam pilsner glass and an onsite screen-printed T-shirt from Fine Southern Gentlemen that will feature art by Dusan Kwiatkowski. You can also try buying the glasses, the shirts and the beers a la carte at the event.