Throughout this week, bars and breweries around the country are celebrating a big occasion in beer: American Craft Beer Week. Austin is no different, with multiple events each day through Sunday this week that will offer lots of good brews and good times.
Here’s a round-up of some of the ones you won’t want to miss, starting with a couple of events today.
Avery Sour Flight at Easy Tiger: Sample a flight of four tart brews from Avery Brewing in Colorado for $8: the Avery Lunctis Viribus; the Avery Fortuna; the Avery Dihos Dactylion; and the Avery Oud Floris, a Flanders Oud Bruin. The fun starts at 4:30 p.m.
Austin Beerworks Tap Takeover at Pinthouse Pizza South Lamar: Stop in throughout the day, starting at 11 a.m., for some of Austin Beerworks’ specialty beers, including Sputnik Russian Imperial Stout, the Red Snapper Sour Ale and the Gringo Mexican lager, the brewery’s fifth anniversary beer.
Bishop’s Barrel Beer Dinner at the Dig Pub: This five-course feast features rare beers from Saint Arnold — Bishop’s Barrel brews 7, 8, 10, 11 and 13. The lucky diners will also be able to purchase Bishop’s Barrel 9 (Pumpkinator in bourbon barrels) and 12 (Christmas Ale in sauvignon blanc barrels with cherries and brettanomyces) to take home with them.
Tiny Barrel Release at Blue Owl Brewing: The East Austin brewery is releasing a tasting-room exclusive: a blend of pre-raspberry Dapper Devil, Blue Owl’s Belgian Strong Ale, with the new Saíson Puede, that’s been barrel- aged with the addition of Meyer lemon and pink peppercorn. The beer taps at 3 p.m.
The Hops & Grain Experience: The brewery is hosting a first-ever cold brew and brew event, featuring a panel with Hops & Grain founder Josh Hare and three top Austin baristas, as well as six beer styles with added cold brew. The $32.46 ticket gets you a commemorative gold-rimmed tulip glass with the brewery’s new coffee logo.
4th Tap Brewing Co-op Tap Takeover at Growler USA: In addition to $1 off all beers at the campus-area pub, there will also be a 4th Tap brewery rep handing out samples and free glassware.
The Pinthouse Pizza, Hops & Grain and Austin Beerworks Dry-Hopped Kettle-Soured Collaboration. At Pinthouse Pizza South Lamar, try three different kettle-soured beers dry-hopped with various hop combinations that the trio of local breweries have put together and discover which one you like best. The beers all tap starting at 6 p.m.
Kamala Gardens at Waller Creek Pub House: Miss the Whip In’s house beers? The Whip In’s Dipak Topiwala has started a new brewery, Kamala Gardens, and is offering an early taste on Friday evening. Try the Bitterama — a new incarnation of an old Whip In brew.
The ABGB’s Ruby Bottle Release: Tour the brewpub while securing your bottle of Ruby, an American sour that is part of the ABGB’s You’ll See, Baby series of sour beers. Reserve your spot for $6; only a limited number of spots are available for the tour, so you’ll want to do it early.
Barrel-Aged Beer Party at Craft Pride. The Rainey Street bar is tapping more than a dozen barrel-aged offerings and releasing bottles from the cellar. Some of the beers not-to-miss at this event include Community Barrel-Aged Legion, Real Ale Lux Aeterna and Buffalo Bayou Red Wine Barrel-Aged Red Velvet. The tapping starts at 1 p.m.; live music starts at 1:30 p.m.
Brewery District Bike Tour. Round out your American Craft Beer Week with this event postponed from the previous week because of rain. You’ll ride to Adelbert’s Brewery before heading to 4th Tap Brewing Co-op and finishing up at Circle Brewing.
Austin Steam Train Beer Flyer with Red Horn. The Cedar Park brewpub is pairing up its beers with a dinner from Greenhouse Craft Food in an unusual venue: aboard a train pulled by a diesel locomotive. It’s a three-hour round trip with limited seating and plenty of fun.