January 2016 drinking events calendar

Hotel San Jose’s New Year’s Day Hangover Hangout, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1. Food and drink specials, including mimosas, coffee and micheladas.

Yard Bar’s Hair of the Dog New Year’s Day Party, 12 to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1. Food and drink specials for you all day – including mimosas and Bloody Marys – and hairy dog contests for your pup.

Uncle Billy’s Firkin Friday, 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1. A cask of Uncle Billy’s Green Room Mosaic IPA (which was dry-hopped with Mosaic hops) awaits you.

First Saturday Special at Independence Brewing, 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2. Three beers for $10 at Independence is always a great way to start your month – just to get to the brewery early.

Photo by Emma Janzen / American-Statesman. You can count on Craft Pride to be a refuge from the SXSW madness. Relax in the bar or out in the patio area with a Texas beer.

Photo by Emma Janzen / American-Statesman. Craft Pride is about to become your newest video game hangout spot.

Video Game Night at Craft Pride, 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4. A new Monday tradition, this time with the Nintendo 64 that you can play “Super Smash Brothers” and other games with in a free play format.

New Belgium Glass Night at the Whip In, 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5. So much for your New Year’s diet. The Whip In will have New Belgium’s Ben & Jerry’s collaboration brew, Salted Caramel Brown Ale, as well as beer floats featuring their Salted Caramel Brownie ice cream.

Arro’s Sommelier Smackdown, 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8. Three sommeliers with the ELM Restaurant Group are competing to see who’s the best; all you have to do is sample their wines and let them charm you. $50.

Supper Friends Beer Dinner at Hops & Grain, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8. Enjoy a four-course meal paired with five Hops & Grain beers at the brewery alongside founder and owner Josh Hare.

The Driskill’s Hops & Grain Beer Dinner, 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11. Four courses with four Hops & Grain beers for only $40.

Victory Brewing Flight & Pairing at Easy Tiger, 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11 and Tuesday, Jan. 12. Taste your way through four Victory brews and an optional food pairing. $10 for 3 oz. tasting of four beers, $15 with pairing board.

Barrel Aged Battle at Waller Creek Pub House, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12. Can the defending champ Oskar Blues Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy keep its title, or will the Karbach Bourbon Barrel-Aged Hellfighter steal its crown? You’ll help to decide.

Lakewood Brewing Debut at the Whip In, 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15. Austinites won’t have to hoard their stashes of Dallas’ Lakewood Brewing beers quite so much with its arrival to the local market. At Whip In, try the Bourbon Barrel-Aged Temptress Milk Stout and the Sin Mint Temptress Milk Stout.

Pints and Poses at Meridian Hive Meadery, 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16. Feel restored with an hour-long yoga session, then relaxed with a mead sampling in the tasting room.

Astronomy on Tap, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19. Sit back with a beer and listen to the experts explain astronomy topics like dark matter. Science has never been so fun.

Steal the Glass at Eureka Austin, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20. Firestone Walker’s Nitro Merlin, a milk stout, paired with cookies from Brown Butter Cookie Company. $12.

Italic’s Wines of Tuscany tasting, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21. Sample five wines from Tuscany with master sommelier Craig Collins and purchase any you like from retail partner the Austin Wine Merchant.

Flying Saucer Austin’s 8th Anniversary Party, 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 24. This ‘80s-themed “Magnum PI” party might be out of the ordinary, but you can count on the beer list to be great as always.

Bacon and Beer Festival, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24. Yes, this brilliant pairing brings local restaurants and their meaty offerings together with local breweries. Tickets ($46.50-$160) are technically already sold out. This event has been rescheduled to a later date.

Jack Allen Kitchen’s 6th Annual Lone Star Paralysis Patio Party, 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26. Gulf of Mexico meets South Texas roadhouse fare, along with cocktails and beer from Dulce Vida Tequila, Thirsty Planet Brewing and more. $150.

“Shaun of the Dead” Pub Run, 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26. Run from the zombies toward a pint of liquid courage, then to the film screening at Stateside at the Paramount where you’ll consume popcorn and more beer. $7-$20.

Proof & Cooper Supper Club, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27. Five-course feast along with tastings of selected Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch whiskies. $123.99.

Journey through Scotland, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30. Learn about Scotch whisky with Russ Kempton, a spirits expert. $50.

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Beer Dinner at Greenhouse Craft Food, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, January 31. This ultimate beer dinner will pair the boozy brews of Circle Brewing’s Devil’s Envy, Independence Brewing’s Bourbon Barrel-Aged Convict Hill and more with a five-course feast. $101.

As always, remember to drink responsibly and know your limits.

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