You don’t really need a fake national holiday to enjoy a good beer, but local bars and restaurants are taking advantage of the excuse and offering specials today, which has been designated as National Beer Day.
For what it’s worth, National Beer Day is not as arbitrary as some of the other dubious national holidays out there: April 7 is the day the sale of beer became legal again in the U.S. in 1933, several months before the official repeal of Prohibition.
Cool, huh? Toast to American history at one of these places recognizing National Beer Day. (You could’ve also started celebrating yesterday, which is apparently considered New Beer’s Eve. These holiday things can’t go overboard enough, really.)
Black Sheep Lodge, 2108 S. Lamar Blvd. It’s hard to think of a better beer to enjoy on this day than (512) Brewing’s SMaSH (which means it’s been brewed with a single malt and hops, in this case Cashmere hops). Buy the beer and keep the glass.
Crown and Anchor Pub, 2911 San Jacinto Blvd. Uncle Billy’s (which is just about to start celebrating a big day of their own) will be at the campus-area bar pouring Lazy Day Lager at post-Prohibition prices from 7 until 7:33 p.m.
Growler USA, 609 W. 29th St. This fairly new beer bar in the campus area is going all out for National Beer Day, with an all-day happy hour that includes 10 percent off growler fills, $2 off all Texas beers, $3 off kombucha and a free plastic growler per person.
Hat Creek Burgers, 5902 Bee Cave Rd. and 5400 Burnet Rd. All locations of this burger joint (including two additional ones in Round Rock and Georgetown) are offering $1 beer throughout the day, which is also when the restaurant is launching Strange Land Brewery’s newest beer, a pilsner called the Austinite.
Haymaker, 2310 Manor Rd. Stop in for a pint night from 7 to 9 p.m. with Hops & Grain, which will have A Pale Mosaic and the Dispensary IPA on tap.
Independence Brewing, 3913 Todd Ln. Ste. 607. Anyone can stop in for a pint of Bootlegger Brown Ale infused with Third Coast Coffee, but teachers have it especially lucky — Independence is letting them show their school ID for $3 beers.
Jack & Ginger’s Irish Pub, 11500 Rock Rose Ave. The new beer bar at the Domain, with more than 80 beers on tap, is offering a deal hard to pass up: $7 beer flights from 3 to 7 p.m. and $4 specials on Texas brews from 7 p.m. to close.
North by Northwest, 10010 Capital of Texas Hwy. N. One of Austin’s oldest brewpubs is celebrating with a playful beer: Framboyz in the Hood, a raspberry lambic, is being tapped just for the occasion.
Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing, 13010 W. Parmer Ln. Ste. 800, Cedar Park. Although Red Horn wants to make clear every day is a good one for beer, the brewpub will play along and offer beers from Deep Ellum Brewing starting at 7:30 p.m., when a brewery rep will have swag to give away.
Trace at the W, 200 Lavaca St. The hotel restaurant is hoping to draw in locals and tourists alike with $4 Circle Brewing beers, like the Hop Overboard Session IPA.
This is just a starting list; keep an eye on it throughout the day for additional bars and restaurants wanting to toast to our beer-drinking independence.