August drinking events calendar

Emma Janzen/American-Statesman. The Tigress Pub is one of the bars participating in Texas Tiki Week this year. On Mai Tai Tuesday, visit the North Loop bar for an $8 mai tai.

Emma Janzen/American-Statesman. The Tigress Pub is one of the bars participating in Texas Tiki Week this year. On Mai Tai Tuesday, visit the North Loop bar for an $8 mai tai.

Banger’s Third Anniversary Party, 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1. More than 100 rare or highly rated beers will be on tap at this blowout of a bash. Plus, live music and a pig roast.

First Saturday at Independence Brewing, 12 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1. The monthly tradition continues. Pay $12 for 3 of any of their beers or buy 4 oz., 10 oz., and 16 oz. options by the glass.

Texas Tiki Week, ongoing Monday, Aug. 3 through Sunday, Aug. 9. Let the seven days of boozy rum punches, bright tropical shirts and elaborate island décor commence at local bars.

Pint for Life Donor Nights Out, 6 to 8 p.m. every Thursday in August. Grab a pint of Real Ale at Doc’s Motorworks on 38th Street if you gave a pint of blood to the Blood Center of Central Texas.

Hibiscus Beer Face-Off at B.B. Rover’s, 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6. Who has the better hibiscus beer, Adelbert’s or Uncle Billy’s? Try Adelbert’s Whimsical Hibiscus Saison against Uncle Billys’ Schiso Petal-Hibiscus Lager and declare the winner of this hibisc-off.

National IPA Day at Stouthaus Coffee, 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6. 7 IPAs will be tapped in honor of this hop-loving holiday — 3 from Texas, three from around the U.S. and maybe one wildcard, too. Taste ’em for a Texas vs. U.S. blind tasting contest.

Antonelli’s Cheese at Cuvee Coffee with Juliet Ristorante, 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6. Cheese paired with a liquid offering of coffee, beer or wine from Cuvee and an Italian dish from Juliet. $30.

National IPA Day at Hops & Grain, 12 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7. A Pale Mosaic, Greenhouse IPA and the Dispensary IPA will all be on tap in honor of this very special national holiday.

Glass Half Full Second Anniversary Party, 12 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8. Big beers from Deschutes, Odell, Real Ale and more are on the beer list for this celebration — plus, there will be a $5 screening of “Strange Brew,” the best beer movie ever made (or so says the Drafthouse staff).

Waller Creek Pub House Grand Opening Party, 12 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8. Yeah, yeah, this beer bar across the street from Easy Tiger has been opened for awhile, but go toast them anyway.

Independence Brewing Beer Dinner at the Driskill, 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10. Four courses with four beers in the Driskill’s historic setting. $40.

Left Hand Brewing Flight and Seminar, 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11. The co-founder of Left Hand Brewing in Colorado, Eric Wallace, will lead an educational seminar paired with Left Hand beers, including Polestar Pilsner, Introvert Session IPA and the most well-known of Left Hand beers, the Milk Stout Nitro. $15.

Goose Island Beer Dinner at Apothecary, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11. Six courses with Goose Island beers, including the much-coveted Bourbon County Coffee Stout. $65.

Beer/Wine/Cheese/Coffee Pairing Night at Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing Co., 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12. A little bit of everything good at this pairing event.

Geraldine Memorial Celebration at Craft Pride, 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15. It’s been almost 1 year since Rainey Street lost its beloved guinea fowl, Geraldine. To remember her, Craft Pride is throwing a benefit for Austin Pets Alive. Special beers include a (512) IPA cask with peaches, apricots and nectarines.

“Beer Lover’s Texas: Best Breweries, Brewpubs & Beer Bars” author at BookPeople, 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21. Mike Cortez, the founder of Texas Beer Guide, has written a comprehensive regional guide to craft beer; meet him and enjoy some good local beer in the process.

Hops & Grain’s 1400 Mile Bike Affair, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22. This fundraiser for prostate cancer prevention-focused 1400 Miles will feature two of the brewery’s favorite things: bikes and beers.

Max’s Wine Dive’s Eat, Drink, Empower, 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22. This female empowerment dinner, featuring the bites and sips from local female chefs and beverage professionals, benefits nonprofit SafePlace. $195 and up.

Uncle Billy’s Lazy Night Beer Cruise, 8:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28. This cruise, done in partnership with Craft Beer Austin, will feature Uncle Billy’s mainstays and one-offs, as well as live music and raffle giveaways.

Lone Star Beer Texas Heritage Festival, 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29. Live music from Texas artists (Grupo Fantasma, Dale Watson, etc.) that you can tap your feet to while sippin’ good old Lone Star.

Founders Brewing Movie Night at Stay Gold, 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30. Watch “Hot Fuzz” and enjoy beer specials from Founders.

Hops & Grain and Antonelli’s Cheese Pairing, 7 to 10 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31. The eighth in Hops & Grain’s beer and cheese pairing collaboration with Antonelli’s will feature six pairings  — all of them different from the ones that came before. $42.95.


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