Irene’s, the buzzy downtown restaurant at 506 West Ave., is hosting a tequila night special in April and May, but there’s a twist: You can also get your tarot cards read for free while you’re there.
The restaurant’s Tarot & Tequila Tuesday starts on April 4 and continues on May 2. They’ll have specials on tequila and tequila drinks all night, and Kristin of Senders Receive will be offering free tarot card readings from 6 to 8 p.m.
The cider boom is bringing lots of activity to the Central Texas distillery scene, and one of the fastest growing brands has just added its fifth flavor to the line, as well as a new variety pack.
MORE: Want to explore the dozens of breweries, distilleries and cideries through Central Texas? Check out our Austin360 Boozery guide.
Blood orange is the latest flavor from Austin Eastciders, the cidery that started in East Austin in 2013 and now has 56 employees working out of an expanded facility they opened in Southeast Austin last year.
The orange flavor is the fifth in a line that also includes pineapple, Texas honey, original and a slightly hopped version. Starting next month, Austin Eastciders will sell a variety 12-pack with the first four flavors.
The cider is sold in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Houston, as well as at Costco, H-E-B and Whole Foods Markets in New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Virginia.
From a release:
Blood Orange is a zesty, dry cider crafted with bright red Sicilian blood oranges, heirloom bittersweet apples and American dessert apples. The Sicilian blood orange has a distinct, sweet flavor with light flavors of raspberry and grapefruit, which results in the cider being medium bodied and crisp with a hint of tangy citrus. The mouth-watering blood orange flavor is slightly more pronounced than a standard orange, but not so intense as to overwhelm the apple-forward flavor profile. The tangy citrus adds a unique complexity to the effervescent cider and will delight cider drinkers, beer fans and wine enthusiasts alike.
The new cider has a 5 percent ABV, and they are also selling it as a good base for cocktails where you need something sweet and bubbly but not as boozy as a sparkling wine.
Deep Eddy Vodka is on a roll with its new flavors.
Less than a year after the release of its peach-flavored vodka, the Dripping Springs-based distiller is now selling Deep Eddy Orange, a vodka that gets its bright orange color and flavor from fresh orange juice.
The spirit, which you can drink on the rocks or mixed into a cocktail, doesn’t have any pulp, says Deep Eddy president John Scarborough, and its the sixth flavored product on the line, in addition to peach, lemon, Ruby Red grapefruit, cranberry and sweet tea.
The suggested retail price is $19.99 for a 750 mL bottle, and you can find it in stores nationwide starting this month.
Earlier this week, Real Ale Brewing announced a voluntary recall of select cases of Hans’ Pils 12-pack bottles and Devil’s Backbone 6-pack bottles due to a potential glass defect that could cause small pieces of glass to break off and fall into the bottle.
According to the Blanco-based brewery that turned 20 this year, the recall affects fewer than 500 cases that were delivered to retailers in North and Central Texas. Real Ale said that they haven’t received any reports of injury or defective bottles from consumers, but they are recalling very specific 6- and 12-packs just in case.
From a press release distributed by the company:
The recall includes two brewery production dates of Devil’s Backbone 6-pack bottles delivered to retail accounts in North Texas, and one production date of Hans’ Pils 12-pack bottles delivered to retail accounts in Austin, San Antonio, and the Hill Country areas. Real Ale is currently working with our distributor to remove any of the potentially affected bottles from the retail accounts in these markets.
Customers who have purchased Hans’ Pils 12-pack bottles or Devil’s Backbone 6-pack bottles can check the bottle codes on the back label to identify if the bottles are part of the recall, per the best before (BB) dates outlined below. If bottles are found with the impacted BB dates, they should not be opened or consumed. This recall is only for these particular brands with the following dates, and does not apply to any other Real Ale products.
Real Ale says that consumers can receive a refund for their purchase of the affected products by providing a picture of the back label and the name of the retail account where they bought the product by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Still not sure if that beer in your fridge is OK? You can see photos of the labels on the affected bottles by going to realalebrewing.com.