September drinking events calendar

Photo by Matt McGinnis. The Texas Craft Brewers Festival is one of the best ways to get a taste of all the sudsy offerings the state's brewers have to offer. This year's will be Sept. 19.

Photo by Matt McGinnis. The Texas Craft Brewers Festival is one of the best ways to get a taste of all the sudsy offerings the state’s brewers have to offer. This year’s will be Sept. 19.

Independence Brewing’s Labor of Love Brewery Party, 12 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5. At this First Saturday bash, enjoy all the usual mainstay brews as well as a special cask of Redbud with cucumber and melon, Power & Light on randall and a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Convict Hill Stout.

IronSight Brewers Grand Opening Party, 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5. The new Cedar Park brewery is kicking off with an amber, a white IPA, an oatmeal pale ale and a cream ale – and maybe a couple other sudsy surprises.

Third Annual Art of the Brew, 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5. Texas breweries and local artists have again collaborated to produce beer-related works of art that you can view while you drink.

Texas Keeper Heirloom Cider Release at Alta’s Cafe, 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5. Heirloom is a blend of three old apple varieties: Rhode Island Greening (first grown around 1650), Rome Beauty (1817) and Ben Davis (1800). The cider was aged in lightly toasted french oak.

The ABGB’s 2nd Anniversary Party & Labor Day Cookout, 12 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7. Barbecue, beer and live music – would you want to spend your Labor Day enjoying anything else?

Independence Brewing’s Reaper Madness Release Party, 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10. Independence’s new fall seasonal, a Black IPA, will be accompanied by live music at this fun celebration at the start of a new season.

Iron Cactus’s 18th Annual Tequila Tour, 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10. Oh, only about 75 of Mexico’s top tequilas at the North Austin location’s agave festival, as well as food and live music. $25.

Pig Roast at Rogness Brewing, 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. All-you-can-eat pig roast paired with 2 Rogness beers. Show up an hour early and sip on a starter beer.

Texas Craft Brewers Festival Week at Whole Foods, 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 20. Throughout the week, sample beers and meet the brewers who are participating in the forthcoming festival at Whole Foods’ Bar Lamar at the Sixth Street flagship location.

Easy Tiger’s Rye Whiskey Flight, 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14 and Tuesday, Sept. 15. Come taste the big spice and brash flavors that this historic American spirit offers with this $30, 3/4 oz. tasting of 4 whiskeys, including Sazerac Rye, Angel’s Envy Finished Rye and more.

Whiskies of the World Expo, 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17. Hundreds of whiskies to sample – from bourbons to Scotch to Canadian – as well as food, whisky masterclasses and more. $120.

13th Annual Tour de Vin, 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17. The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas’ wine tasting event is getting paired up with some of Austin’s best chefs this time around. $55-$70.

Easy Tiger Oktoberfest, 12 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19. Celebrate the release of Montecore, Easy Tiger’s Austin Beerworks collaboration German-style Märzen bier.

Texas Craft Brewers Festival, 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19. The largest gathering of Texas breweries and their beers has already sold out of VIP tickets – it’s a not-to-miss beer event. $30.

Smoke Out Saturday at Banger’s, 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19. Live music, beer and a veritable smoked feast from Banger’s chef Ted Prater.

Peche’s 3rd Annual Alzheimer’s Association Fundraiser, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22. Special cocktails (including a purple-hued French 69) and dinner, during which 10 percent of each check will go toward the Alzheimer’s Association team, Angels for Alice.

Vodka Fair at Russian House, 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24. Sample vodkas from all over the world (as well as the Russian House’s many house-infused vodkas) and enjoy appetizers, a tasting contest and music from a local DJ.

Jack Allen’s Kitchen’s Garrison Brothers Dinner, 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28. In celebration of National Bourbon Heritage Month, the Oak Hill location is hosting a five-course feast featuring Garrison Brothers whiskey. To make reservations, email or call 512-809-3653. $120.

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