The Paramount to host an Olympics for beer lovers

Photo by Ralph Barrera / American-Statesman. Try a taproom-only beer at Blue Owl Brewing for American Craft Beer Week.

Photo by Ralph Barrera / American-Statesman. If you win the Beerlympics on Aug. 4, your reward is a free tour and tasting at Blue Owl Brewing.

Although most of us can’t bend it on the beam like Gabby Douglas or slice like a fish through the water like Michael Phelps, we can do one thing rather well — drink beer.

And to the Paramount Theatre, that’s worth celebrating. In honor of the 2016 Olympics, launching Aug. 5 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Paramount is launching the “Beerlympics” as a one-night competition in the American-Statesman parking lot at 305 S. Congress Ave. The $25 tickets get you automatic access to the boozy contest, which will have fun backyard and tailgating games like giant Jenga, flip-cup and more.

You’ll also get a special Beerlympics cup, and beverages come included.

To participate, either form a team of six or note when you sign up that you’re an individual, so the Paramount can add you to a team.

And if you and your teammates prove to be the best at beer-soaked fun, you’ll get a shiny gold medal for your efforts, of course — as well as something rather appropriate for games like these: a free brewery tour and beer tasting at East Austin’s Blue Owl Brewing. The top three teams, in addition to their medals, will also receive a free drink at the Beerlympics after-party at Aussie’s Grill down the street.

The Beerlympics, which begins at 7 p.m. Aug. 4, is the first event of Paramount Social Presents, a new type of programming aiming to “target the next generation of arts patrons and supporters,” according to the Paramount. Other upcoming events of Paramount Social Presents include a comedy show from Bridget Everett and a musical performance from the Skivvies.

For more information, visit austintheatre.org.


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