Austin’s drinking events calendar, September 2016

Photo by Tyler Malone. The Texas Craft Brewers Festival on Saturday has some exciting new additions on tap, including brewers' talks throughout the afternoon.
Photo by Tyler Malone. The Texas Craft Brewers Festival on Sept 24 is the biggest boozy event happening this month.

Banger’s and Brown Brewers’ Brawl, 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1. Choose the ultimate winner between two contests, Hop Heaven and Category Busters, with beers scored blindly.

Uncle Billy’s First Friday Firkin, 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2. The Back-to-School Barton is a lively pale ale with pureed apple, green apples and cinnamon and $3 a pint.

Trivia Night at Meridian Hive Meadery, 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2. Sip some mead while you and your team try to dominate at trivia, with the victors each earning a prize.

Art of the Brew, 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3. This event pairing visual and multimedia art with beer returns with one-off beer collaborations from the likes of NXNW, Pinthouse Pizza and more.

Ginger Man’s Annual Labor Day End of Summer Party, 12 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4. Bid adieu to summer with beers from Rahr & Sons and barbecue from Ed’s BBQ.

Lobby Lounge Longhorn Tailgate, 12 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4. The Four Seasons is hosting an afternoon of pre-game shenanigans, including a Bevo Ice Luge and Treaty Oak cocktails.

Photo by Knoxy Knox. Cocktail bar Backbeat, from the owners of Drink.Well, is now offering weekly happy hours.
Photo by Knoxy Knox. Say farewell to summer at Backbeat’s tiki-focused luau on Labor Day weekend.

Tikitaliano at Backbeat, 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4. The South Lamar bar is being taken over by tiki cocktails and beachside-inspired bites for this one-day-only luau celebrating summer’s end.

Shed Barbershop’s End of Summer Party, 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4. A waterslide, DJ sets, drink tickets and more await at this Cheer Up Charlies bash.

The ABGB’s 3rd Anniversary Party, 12 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5. It’s been another year of live music, beer and pizza at this brewpub, so celebrate with all of those things and more, including Austin Pets Alive puppies.

Live Oak Brewing Labor Day Pig Roast, 12 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5. A special menu from the Melted Food Truck pairs well with live Americana music and brews from Live Oak.

Burgundy Wine Tasting at Red Room Lounge, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6. The wine bar has brought French wine lovers a special treat: Jeanne-Marie de Champs is a Burgundy wine distributor who will have wines from that region, as well from the Loire Valley and Champagne. $25.

Whiskey Wednesday at Easy Tiger, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7. Dan Garrison of Garrison Brothers will lead a free seminar on Texas bourbon; a Garrison bourbon flight will also be available for $20.

National Beer Lover’s Day at Hopdoddy, 6:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7. Saint Arnold beer specials, like Divine Reserve #16, will be available to pair irresistibly with a poutine burger.

Meridian Hive Rebrand Party at Spider House, 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8. The local meadery is unveiling a new look with four meads on tap, live music and more.

Smittlefest Release at Thirsty Planet, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. It’s time for the brewery’s annual Oktoberfest beer. You might even catch some of the brewers in lederhosen.

Real Ale Oktoberfest, 12 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. Day trip to Blanco for this party that will have live polka music, Best Wurst sausages and Oktoberfest beer. Real Ale’s also offering a first taste of something special. $25.

Oktoberfest at Last Stand Brewing, 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. The Hill Country brewery will have a new Oktoberfest beer to share, as well as a $10 branded mug that includes a fill in the purchase.

Off-Flavor Tasting at B.B. Rover’s, 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. $20 will get you a guided tour through the main six off-flavors of beer, plus a control sample. You don’t have to be studying for a cicerone exam to find this lesson intriguing.

NXNW’s 17th Anniversary Party, 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11. Celebrate with live music, birthday cake, a bounce house and, of course, with an anniversary ale cask and keg tapping.

Seafood Bistro with Beer at Central Market Cooking School, 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11. Learn how to pair clam chowder, crab cakes and more with different styles of beer. $70.

Real Ale Axis IPA Tapping at Craft Pride, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13. Real Ale’s newest IPA was brewed for tap walls overrun with the white noise of West Coast IPAs.

The Prisoner Wine Company Tasting at Fixe, 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14. The California winery is offering a variety of their wines for tasting; call or make reservations online to participate. $25.

Six Pack Stories at the Highball, 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15. Listen to the designers who make a beer brand come to life at this panel that will have free snacks as well as beer before, during and after.

Fall Creek Vineyards in Tow is throwing a Wine and Roses luncheon on Valentine's Day. Photo by Rodolfo Gonzalez / American-Statesman.
Photo by Rodolfo Gonzalez / American-Statesman. Sample wines at the Wine & Food Foundation of Texas’ New Vintage event.

The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas’ the New Vintage, 8 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15. Sample wines of various styles and from various regions, with bites from Austin all-star chefs. $65-$85.

Easy Tiger’s Oktoberfest, 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 to 2 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19. This annual party will have another release of Montecore, the bar’s märzen-style collaboration beer with Austin Beerworks.

The Bloody Good Beer Fest at Craftsman, 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. This fundraiser for the Blood & Tissue Center of Central Texas will have beers from Austin Beerworks, Thirsty Planet, Deschutes and more. $10.

Oskar Blues Brewery’s Can’d Opening, 12 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. The grand opening of the Austin location of Oskar Blues will have a commemorative glass, beer pours (including a Texas-only beer) and live music throughout the day. $5-$15.

Beer Flyer with Circle Brewing, 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Hop aboard the Austin Steam Train for a night of Circle brews paired with bites from Greenhouse Craft Food. $50-$55.

The Craft Series at the Driskill, 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19. This monthly beer pairing dinner series is bringing in Blue Owl Brewing this time. $40.

Mega Mutt Monday at Banger’s, 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19. Celebrate your pooch with all day happy hour, pet-friendly vendors and live music by Nate Boff.

Oktoberfest at Black Star Co-op, 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21. The brewpub is tapping Southern Star’s German-style festbier, as well as its Bavarian Hefeweizen, for this mid-week celebration. The Oktoberfest festivities continue off and on through Sept. 28.

Texas Craft Brewers Festival, 2 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. The state’s largest beer event featuring only Texas beer returns with more than 65 Texas breweries represented. $10-$35.

Official After-Party of the 2016 Texas Craft Brewers Fest, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Special releases from more than 20 Texas craft breweries await.

Discovery Series: Hard Ciders at Central Market Cooking School, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26. Taste your way through ciders from around the world, including local Texas Keeper Ciderweizen and Spain’s Gobernador. $25.

Bourbon Heritage Month Dinner at Juliet, 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27. Five course dinner paired with some extremely rare whiskeys hosted by Aaron Beavers, the luxury spirits specialist for Beam Suntory. $100; reservations required.

Ballast Point 20 for 20 at Banger’s, 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. It’s the 20th anniversary of California’s Ballast Point Brewing, so Banger’s has rounded up 20 of their beers to put on tap, including the fruited variations on Sculpin IPA.

Whiskies of the World, 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. As one of the largest whisky tastings in the U.S., this event will have more than 200 spirits from around the globe. $140.

Oktoberfest at Infamous Brewing, 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30. This family-style dinner, paired with polka music and Infamous brews, benefits Austin’s Habitat for Humanity: the House that Beer Built project. $50.

Author: Arianna Auber

Arianna Auber writes in-depth news about beer, wine and spirits for Liquid Austin and keeps readers in the know about fun local events with the Planner.

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