Armadillo’s Leap opens second winery tasting room in Fredericksburg

Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. From the founders of Pedernales Cellars, Armadillo’s Leap Winery offers a fun tasting room experience at its 290 location, with a gorgeous outdoor patio framed by grapevines. There's now a second location in the heart of Fredericksburg.
Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. From the founders of Pedernales Cellars, Armadillo’s Leap Winery offers a fun tasting room experience at its 290 location, with a gorgeous outdoor patio framed by grapevines. There’s now a second location in the heart of Fredericksburg.

There are now two locations where Texas wine lovers can taste Armadillo’s Leap wines in the Hill Country.

The winery from the owners of Kuhlken Vineyards and Pedernales Cellars — one of the state’s best producers of Texas-friendly grapes like tempranillo — introduced the Armadillo’s Leap label a few years ago as a way to experiment and have a little fun. Since then, it’s grown quickly: A tasting room on U.S. 290, on the road to Fredericksburg, went in business early last year, and now the newest location is throwing a grand opening celebration this weekend.

Located on Main Street in Fredericksburg, it will be another place where people can go to enjoy glasses of wine or pick up bottles to go.

And on Saturday, both locations of Armadillo’s Leap will have popcorn pairings, small bites and snacks to commemorate the arrival of the Main Street spot, which will also be where visitors can pick up bottles of the BFF Blend for 20 percent off and select merchandise for 10 percent off. Stop by either location from 12 to 5 p.m. to celebrate.

Visit the newest location of Armadillo's Leap on Saturday for a grand opening celebration. It's on Main Street in Fredericksburg.
Visit the newest location of Armadillo’s Leap on Saturday for a grand opening celebration. It’s on Main Street in Fredericksburg.

The BFF Blend is a blend of tempranillo, montepulciano and aglianico grapes, delivering notes of fig, chocolate and black tea in a medium body perfect for Texas cuisine like Tex-Mex and barbecue, according to the winery’s tasting notes about the red wine.

Armadillo’s Leap was started by the Osterberg-Kuhlken family, who wanted to give winemaker Dave Kuhlken an outlet for some of his winemaking ideas that didn’t involve tempranillo or viognier, Pedernales Cellars’ two specialties, and also wanted a more dedicated way to offer philanthropy to Central Texas nonprofits and organizations.

That’s the second function of Armadillo’s Leap: $1 of every case of wine sold in the tasting room goes to charity, a different one each year. Last year, the AL Gives program donated $2,000 to Westcave Preserve. This year, that money will benefit Ballet Austin.

Armadillo’s Leap is located at 6266 U.S. 290 and 134 E. Main Street in Fredericksburg. For more information, visit armadillosleap.com.

Austin’s drinking events calendar, February 2017

Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Throughout the month of February, part of the proceeds from taproom sales of the Zilker Coffee Milk Stout will go toward the Mother's Milk Bank at Austin. Plus, the brewery is hosting a chocolate pairing for Valentine's Day.
Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Throughout the month of February, part of the proceeds from taproom sales of the Zilker Coffee Milk Stout will go toward the Mother’s Milk Bank at Austin. Plus, the brewery is hosting a chocolate pairing for Valentine’s Day.

“The Founder” Founders Beer Dinner, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1. The Alamo Drafthouse is screening the McDonald’s origin story, now in theaters, with a themed menu and pairings from Founders Brewing. $64.95.

Beer, Babies and Boobs at Zilker Brewing, 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2. Drink Zilker’s Coffee Milk Stout to help out a good cause: Mother’s Milk Bank at Austin is getting a portion of the stout sales.

Dark Beer Competition at Stouthaus Coffee, 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2. Come to the dark side with beers from breweries like Hops & Grain, Austin Beerworks and Adelbert’s.

Corner Bar Five Year Anniversary Party, 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2. Friends & Allies Brewing, Thousand Oaks Brewing and others are helping kick off a whole weekend of anniversary festivities.

February First Friday at Infinite Monkey Theorem, 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. Jam out to a silent disco provided by two live DJs – just don’t spill your glass of wine.

This month's First Friday Firkin at Uncle Billy's is the Crazy in Love, an imperial lager with cherries.
This month’s First Friday Firkin at Uncle Billy’s is the Crazy in Love, an imperial lager with cherries.

First Friday Firkin at Uncle Billy’s, 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. This month’s cask is Crazy in Love: the Crazy Day Imperial Lager with the addition of sweet dark cherries.

GoldRush Re-Release Party at Texas Keeper Cider, 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. This single varietal cider is returning, and Guadalajaran food will be on site for you to pair with it.

South Austin Brewery’s 3 Year Anniversary, 12 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. A special anniversary beer, food trucks like Kebabalicious, and live music from Full Service Circus and more await at this big celebration.

Austin’s Hill Country Wine Tasting, 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. Take this interactive tour of Texas wines (William Chris Vineyards, Perissos Vineyard & Winery, and more) paired with local bands at the Gatsby bar. $45-$80.

Half Step’s 3 Year Anniversary Party, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. Celebrate the birthday of one of Rainey Street’s most esteemed cocktail bars with Stiles Switch BBQ, live DJ music and ginger palomas.

Super Sunday at Treaty Oak Distilling, 2 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5. Watch the Super Bowl at the ranch – and get a sneak peek of the distillery’s upcoming Ghost Hill restaurant.

Second Annual SOUPer Bowl Watch Party at Craftsman, 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5. Several participating breweries will make a soup, stew, gumbo or chili using one of their beers, and you’ll vote on your favorite after tasting samples of each. Oh, and watch the game, too.

Super Bowl Party at Whitestone Brewery, 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5. The Cedar Park brewery will have games, snacks, drink specials and a raffle benefiting Heroes Night Out, in addition to the big game playing on multiple screens.

Parkside Projects’ Beverage Series: Sherry, 6:30 to 10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6. Learn about the different types of sherry, a fortified wine, at this class at the Spanish-focused Bullfight. $32.50.

Rosé Party at Irene’s, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8. Relax on the patio with your first glass or bottle of rosé of the season. California-based Lorenza is also launching in Austin at this party.

How to Classic Cocktail Series at Craftsman, 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8. Russell’s Reserve Bourbon is leading this class to demonstrate how to make an Old Fashioned, Manhattan and Boulevardier. $16.82.

Cat Mezcal Pairing Dinner at Coast, 7:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8. Enjoy cocktail pairings with this special seafood dinner that will complement the flavor profiles of the mezcal. $69.57.

Ommegang Rosetta & Chocolate Pairing at Banger’s, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. Taste sweet cherry in this traditional Belgian kriek. The beer is being paired with Rosetta-infused chocolates.

Austin-Only Beer Release at Oskar Blues, 12 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. Only available on draft at the taproom is the Parliament Dunkeldelic, a Munich-style dunkel.

Adelbert’s Passion Fruit Sour Release Party, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. Celebrate Adelbert’s new taproom-only bottle release by enjoying limited samples and taking home a bottle of your own.

Wine Tasting Lounge Opening at House Wine, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. The new space will feature a rotating tasting menu of small-production wines, an exquisite bottle list and a seasonal tasting menu.

Fall Creek Vineyards’ Wine & Roses Valentine’s Day Luncheon, 12 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. Enjoy a three-course lunch with Fall Creek wines at the Tow location of the winery. $35.95.

Rodolfo Gonzalez / American-Statesman. Fall Creek Vineyards is hosting a Valentine's lunch called Wine & Roses.
Rodolfo Gonzalez / American-Statesman. Fall Creek Vineyards is hosting a Valentine’s lunch called Wine & Roses.

Valentine’s Beer & Chocolate Pairing at Zilker Brewing, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. The East Austin brewery is joining forces with another local business, Chocolaterie Tessa, to offer an evening of sweet pairings. $45.

Garrison Brothers Whiskey Dinner at NXNW Slaughter, 5:30 to 10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13. Don’t miss this six-course feast with three special whiskeys and a barrel-aged beer collaboration with NXNW. $125.

The Craft Series at the Driskill, 6 to 9 p.m Monday, Feb. 13. The monthly beer dinner at the 1886 Cafe & Bakery will feature South Austin Brewery this time. Make reservations, but you won’t pay until after the meal. $40.

Valentine’s Mega Mutt Monday at Banger’s, 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13. This extra-romantic version of the dog-friendly event will have all-day happy hour, live music and a puppy kissing booth with Heart of Texas Lab Rescue.

Galentine’s Day at Infinite Monkey Theorem, 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14. All ladies will receive 20 percent of their bar tabs, no matter whether you’re a raging cynic or a hopeless romantic.

What the Firkin? at Oskar Blues, 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14. In honor of Valentine’s Day, Oskar Blues is releasing a cask of Old Chub Scotch Ale with cherries and chocolate added.

Beer and Chocolate Pairings at Mort Subite, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14. The Belgian beer bar is partnering with Crave Artisan Chocolate to provide a self-guided beer and chocolate feast on Valentine’s Day. $25.

Stone’s Arrogant Valentine’s Day at Banger’s, 7 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14. Celebrate Stone Brewing’s 21st birthday and the day of love all in one go, with 21 Stone beers to choose from.

Cookies and Beer at the Whip In, 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15. This sweet pairing will feature Girl Scout cookies and beer from Hops & Grain, AleSmith Brewing and Goose Island Brewing.

2nd Annual Sausage Kings of Austin, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16. At St. Elmo Brewing, several sausage purveyors will compete for your vote, while you sample their wares and two beers from St. Elmo. $26.

Vigilante Grand Opening, 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17. The gaming bar is officially opening with free game rentals and other goodies – for real this time.

Strange Land Brewery’s 2nd Anniversary Party, 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. Your $20 ticket will get you commemorative glassware, two full pours of any beer (including limited-release, small-batch stuff), a slice of beer cake and more.

Brews & Brunch at Hopfields, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19. Sip on flights of beer like the (512) Brewing Cascabel Cream Stout with floaters of Chameleon Cold-Brew.

The Brewer’s Table Pop-Up at Austin Beeworks, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19. Taste the upcoming restaurant-brewery’s flagship Common Lager along with bar snacks.

First Crawfish Boil of 2017 at Infamous Brewing, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19. Stuff yourself silly with the tiny shellfish and Infamous beers. First batch of crawfish will be ready by 2 p.m.

Pappy Van Winkle Flight Nights at Easy Tiger, 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 and Tuesday, Feb. 21. Just 30 flights are available each day of bourbon like the 10 Year, 12 Year and 15 Year. $50.

Bellus Wines Free Happy Hour Tasting at Italic, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21. Sommelier Jordan Salcito, founder of Bellus Wine and beverage director for Momofuku, is pouring three of his wines in the cafe.

How to Classic Cocktail Series at Craftsman, 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22. The East Cesar Chavez Street’s boozy series continues with a workshop on making gin cocktails like a Negroni and French 75.

Barrel-Aged Stout Challenge at Waller Creek Pub House, 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23. Four competitors, including Oskar Blues with reigning champ BA Ten Fidy, are going head to head and hoping for your vote.

Spicewood Vineyards’ 9th Annual Pair It with the Claret Chili Cook-Off, 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. Taste the different kinds of chili to decide which ones pairs best with Spicewood’s 2015 Cabernet Claret. $25.

Wine & Food Foundation of Texas’ Third Annual Roast & Toast, 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. Taste Texas Monthly’s Top Texas Wines of 2016 at the picturesque Stonehouse Villa. $60-$85.

Austin Beerworks Beer Dinner at Greenhouse Craft Food, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. The Round Rock restaurant is offering another epic multi-course dinner with Austin Beerworks brews. $64.12.

Event: Parkside Projects’ beverage series returns with boozy tastings

Taste different styles of sherry during the return of Parkside Projects' beverage series at Bullfight.
Taste different styles of sherry during the return of Parkside Projects’ beverage series, which starts up again at Bullfight.

The beverage series produced by Chef Shawn Cirkiel’s Parkside Project restaurants returns in February with six boozy installments throughout the year.

Started last year at the restaurateur’s various establishments — such as the Spanish-focused Bullfight and Italian-centric Olive & June — the series highlights a specific spirit from around the world, with each of the classes featuring a tasting, an educational component and small bites. Parkside Project’s beverage director and advanced sommelier Paul Ozbirn will lead each course.

“Each class is designed to offer an in-depth understanding of the complexities of each spirit, from its origins to subtleties in flavors,” Ozbirn said in a press release.

The first one launches on Feb. 6 at Bullfight, where attendees will learn about the Spanish fortified wine known as sherry and “the rich history of the region of Jerez,” where it’s produced. People will get to taste the range of sherry styles, from dry to sweet. Spots are limited with only 36 tickets at $32.50 per person, so don’t delay in reserving your seat.

Buy your tickets to the sherry class on ticketbud.

Another coming class will be at Olive & June on March 27 and features the “brandy-based Italian after-dinner drink, amari,” which you’ll get to sip on while “discussing its history, tradition and its exciting revival on the American cocktail scene,” according to the release. That one will also be $32.50, but tickets don’t go on sale until Feb. 28.

Future classes will focus on gin, rum and mezcal. For more information about the series or the restaurants where the classes are being held, visit parksideprojects.com.

Texas wineries dominate at prestigious California wine competition

Brennan Vineyards' 2015 Reserve Viognier won a best of class award at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
Brennan Vineyards’ 2015 Reserve Viognier won a Best of Class award at the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

At the largest competition of American wines in the world, Texas wineries proved they can hold their own against some of the top wine producers in the country — taking home seven best-of-class awards for their wine and a total of 158 medals.

The only state that topped Texas’ unprecedented wins at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition was California. Texas taking second place overall, beating out lauded wine regions like Oregon, Washington and New York, is a well-earned victory for winemakers who have fought derisive perceptions of Texas wine since the 1970s.

“Texas wine may have reached a tipping point, in its development and national reputation, with the recently released results” of the wine competition, Pat Brennan, owner of Brennan Vineyards in the Hill Country, said.

One of his wines, Brennan Vineyards’ 2015 Reserve Viognier, won a Best of Class award, while two others, the 2015 Roussanne and the 2014 Tempranillo, got gold medals. (Best of Class tops gold as the highest honor to receive.) Brennan’s and other Texas wines were up against more than 7,000 wines from 28 states, all tasted blind by a panel of 60 wine experts. There were more than 100 categories for the wines to be entered into.

Brennan noted that California winemakers earned accolades in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition for their chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon wines — two French varietals that the Pacific Coast state typically dominates at making.

Texas winemakers, however, have discovered their niche elsewhere: in more warm-weather varietals such as tempranillo from Spain, which has a climate similar to ours. These often lesser-known grapes, coupled with Texas terroir, are helping to cement Texas’ status as a wine region that can compete with the best. For winemakers like Brennan, that’s been a long time coming.

“Unfortunately, many Texans do not realize the some of the best wine in the United States is made right here in the Lone Star State,” he said. “We hope more and more people will ask for Texas wine at their favorite restaurants, visit Texas wineries and pick up a bottle at local retailers.”

Here are the seven Best of Class winners:

  • Brennan Vineyards 2015 Reserve Viognier
  • Haak Vineyards & Winery Tempranillo 2015
  • Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards Sweet Blush Colibri
  • Messina Hof Winery Merlot 2015
  • Perissos Vineyards & Winery Dolcetto 2015
  • Trilogy Cellars Malbec 2015
  • Wedding Oak Winery Sweet Alyssum 2015 (white blend)

Oregon’s Willamette Valley, top producer of pinot noir, showcases wine at Austin tasting

Photo by Serge Chapuis. Domaine Drouhin Oregon is one of the Willamette Valley wineries showcasing its wines at the Pinot in the City event on Jan. 26.
Photo by Serge Chapuis. Domaine Drouhin Oregon is one of the Willamette Valley wineries showcasing its wines at the Pinot in the City event on Jan. 26.

Texas isn’t the only state with a burgeoning wine region. In Oregon, the Willamette Valley makes arguably some of America’s best pinot noir — as well as other wines that have the world’s wine experts excited about the Pacific Northwest.

On Thursday, more than 60 of the Willamette Valley’s winemakers will be at Pinot in the City, a 6 p.m. tasting that will showcase their pinot noir, as well as other top grapes like pinot gris, chardonnay and pinot blanc. The winemakers, along with winery owners and other notable people in the industry, will pour their wines to introduce local oenophiles to a place that Wine Enthusiast recently named as the Wine Region of the Year.

About an hour south of Portland, the hilly region is relatively young, having gotten officially approved as an American Viticultural Area in 1983, but already, “Willamette Valley Pinot Noir can challenge Burgundy in its ability to capture the nuance and power of the grape,” according to Wine Enthusiast’s article about the honor.

That’s no surprise for people like David Millman. He’s the general manager of winery Domaine Drouhin, which has made a name for itself with a philosophy of “French soul, Oregon soil” and specializes in — you guessed it — pinot noir.

Having lived in Oregon for 12 and a half years, he’s noticed that many wine lovers are still learning about Willamette Valley wines but love them once they do.

“There is still this sense of discovery about Oregon wine,” he said. “Oregon feels like this exciting place because it is, and there’s a lot of energy reflected in the wines and the range of wines that we make. For people raised on certain styles of wines, they suddenly have a huge diversity of often elegant, earthy, place-driven wines to dive into that are beautiful, that they can connect with, and they do.”

Like Texas, a majority of Willamette Valley wineries (total, there are about 530 of them) are family-owned to this day and making 5,000 cases or less, Millman said. The goal for them in making wine is to celebrate the lush, fertile land and cool climate that has rewarded grape growers there with a flourishing crop. Oregon winemakers are collaborative, “just alive with curiosity and passion, and there’s still a pioneering spirit,” he said.

The pinot noir, you’ll find, is the best of both Burgundy and California: balancing the minerality and higher acidity of Burgundy pinot with the brighter, more fruit-forward profile of California pinot.

“Pinot noir is almost synonymous with Oregon,” Millman said.

Become enchanted with Willamette Valley wines — from wineries including Erath Winery, King Estate Winery and Moffett Vineyards — starting at 6 p.m. Thursday with $75 general admission. Pinot in the City will take place at the J.W. Marriott at 110 E. Second St. and will have pinot-friendly appetizers and hors d’oeuvres to pair with the wines.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Austin Food & Wine Alliance.

Austin’s drinking events calendar, January 2017

Freedmen's Facebook. On New Year's Day, go out for brunch at places like Freedmen's to recover from the night before and enjoy hair-of-the-dog items like Bloody Marys.
On New Year’s Day, go out for brunch at places like Freedmen’s to recover from the night before and enjoy hair-of-the-dog items like Bloody Marys.

Bubbles & Barbecue Brunch at Freedmen’s, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 1. The usual barbecue menu is being joined by items like biscuits & gravy, plus bubbly cocktails like mimosas, poinsettias and pomelos.

New Year’s Day Brunch and Football at Uncle Billy’s, 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1. NFL games plus the usual college football bonanza on New Year’s – and the brewpub’s barbecue and beer – means football fans are starting 2017 on the right foot.

Irene’s New Year’s Day Biscuits & Booze Brunch, 12 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 1. Happy hour specials start extra early. Plus, chow down on black-eyed peas and collard greens for prosperity in the new year.

New Year’s Day Party at Adelbert’s, 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 1. Start the new year off right by sippping on beermosas while chowing down on grub from Emojis Grilled Cheese Bar.

New Year’s Day Hangover Brunch at Drinks Lounge, 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 1. No reservations or resolutions required to attend this carb-heavy feast with mimosa buckets and other boozy goodness.

2nd Annual Hair of the Dog New Year’s Day Party at Yard Bar, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 1. Hairy dog contests, gumbo and Bloody Marys sound like a perfect way to spend the first day of 2017.

Pinthouse Pizza’s 2017 Cellar Series, 6 to 11 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2. This new monthly tradition will feature a rare beer, starting with the Avery Tweak, a bourbon barrel-aged coffee stout.

Id Beer Release at Black Star Co-op, 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3. This hoppy blonde ale is special because it was brewed exclusively with Texas’ first grown and malted barley from Blacklands Malt.

Star Bar Rolling Blackout, 4 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 4 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5. Enjoy some high-gravity beers from the past two years that will certainly make 2015 and 2016 seem a little better.

Game Night at Apanas Coffee & Beer, 5 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4. Specials on beer, wine, coffee and food in honor of this game night featuring UNO, Cards Against Humanity and more.

First Friday Firkin at Uncle Billy’s, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6. The winter seasonal, Shakolad Chocolate Imperial Stout, gets a peppermint perk with the addition of candy canes.

Pints for Pups at Texas Beer Company, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6. Take a drive to Taylor, east of Round Rock, for a night supporting the Taylor Animal Shelter. $1 per pint will go toward the shelter.

Trivia Night at the Hive, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6. Win prizes at Meridian Hive Meadery’s trivia night featuring teams of 3 to 6 people powered by mead.

Greater Good Coffee Roasting’s Open House, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7. Celebrate the roastery’s new tasting room with live music, brunch goodies from local vendors, and coffee from the big-hearted company.

Vox Table’s Hangover Brunch, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8. Brunch will be extended with a $25 brunch sampling menu and $1 mimosas.

Hops for Hunger at Mort Subite, 2 p.m. Sundays in January. For every glass of Bavik sold, the Belgian beer bar will donate $1 to the Central Texas Food Bank.

Paint Your Own Pale Ale at Real Ale Brewing, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8. Paint your own interpretation of Real Ale’s Four Squared Dry-Hopped Pale Ale can.

Lone Pint Pairing Dinner at G’raj Mahal, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10. This four-course pairing dinner features Lone Pint brews and starts with an all-you-can-drink happy hour.

Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Treaty Oak brewmaster Chris Lamb has put a lot of work into crafting easy-drinking beers, and he's finally ready to say they're ready for Austin drinkers.
Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Treaty Oak brewmaster Chris Lamb is introducing locals to Treaty Oak beers at Little Woodrow’s locations.

Treaty Oak Tap Takeover at Little Woodrow’s, 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11. Taste Treaty Oak Distilling’s new beers at the Parmer location of Little Woodrow’s. Plus, meet the brewer.

Coffee, Beer & Birthdays at Banger’s, 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12. Celebrate Shiner Beer’s 108th birthday with a new release: the Cold-Brew Coffee Ale, made in collaboration with Chameleon Cold- Brew.

Viva Texas Vino, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12. The Bullock Museum is hosting a talk by certified sommelier Jessica Dupuy and a tasting featuring Texas Fine Wine.

Lazarus Brewing’s Grand Opening, 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. Welcome East Austin’s newest brewery by enjoying coffee, tacos, live music and beer, including the much-anticipated 40 Days & 40 Nights American IPA.

Flying Saucer Austin’s 9th Anniversary Party, 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday, Jan. 15. Toast the birthday with Austin Beerworks El Sputniko and other special brews, as well as ‘90s trivia and costume contest.

Lobster Brunch at Craftsman, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15. Enjoy drink specials like champagne and beer buckets with Garbo’s beloved lobster rolls.

Peat Week at the Blackheart, 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15 through midnight Sunday, Jan. 22. The Rainey Street bar loves Scotch whisky so much that it’s devoting an entire week to it.

The Craft Series at 1886 Cafe & Bakery at the Driskill, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16. This month, the beer pairing dinner will feature beers from Last Stand Brewing.

Moebius Release at Black Star Co-op, 5 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17. The brewpub is putting a very special beer on tap: Black Star’s Woodford Reserve Whiskey barrel-aged imperial stout.

Lord Admiral Gravitas Release at Blue Owl Brewing, 3 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18. This Balcones barrel-aged beer takes the Admiral Gravitas beer up a boozy notch.

Beer and Cheese Pairing Class with Sweetwater Brewing, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18. Taste five beers and three cheeses at Craftsman with the guidance of a Sweetwater representative. $15.

Silverback Pint Night at Doc’s Backyard, 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19. Proceeds from Thirsty Planet’s Silverback Pale Ale support the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund.

Vietti Winery Free Tasting and Pop-up Dinner at Italic, 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19. No reservations are required for this two-part event featuring winemaker Luca Currado and three special dishes paired with three of the wines.

Inauguration Rapture Happy Hour at the Whip In, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20. Whether in total protest or blissful celebration, day drinking because of the presidential inauguration is qualified, so every local beer is $4.

Ruggedman Brewing Grand Opening Weekend, 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 through 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22. Taste the mainstay and small-batch brews of this newly opened New Braunfels brewpub owned by three Marine veterans.

Pinthouse Pizza’s Fully Adrift Coffee-Infused Bottle Release, 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. It’s the second edition of the Burnet brewpub’s Fully Adrift Double IPA “Lost at Sea” series, this time featuring a coffee infusion.

Gorilla Pub Crawl, 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. Drink Thirsty Planet’s Silverback Pale Ale and save a gorilla at this crawl along Rainey Street, which kicks off at Banger’s.

Out of the Cellar: A Rare Texas Beer Dinner, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22. Greenhouse Craft Food in Round Rock is pairing five hard-to-find beers from breweries like (512) and Saint Arnold with five courses. $100.

Angel’s Envy Pairing Dinner at District Kitchen + Cocktails, 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23. Enjoy a specially created dinner paired with Angel’s Envy cocktails for an indulgent evening.

Amari Dinner at Olive & June, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23. Sip on craft cocktails highlighting the flavors of Italian amari while enjoying a four-course menu of Southern Italian cuisine. $68.

“Zoolander” Pub Run, 6 p.m. doors Tuesday, Jan. 24. Join Whole Foods and Stateside at the Paramount for this evening featuring Blue Steel photo sessions, dance music, and a costume contest. $20.

Robert Mondavi Winery & Casa Nobles Tequila Dinner at Oasthouse, 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25. The first chef’s tasting menu of the year will feature four courses from Chef Amir Hajimaleki paired with either a Casa Nobles spirit or Robert Mondavi wine. $65.

Cuvee Coffee Bar’s Crowler Cup Showdown, 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26. Six east side breweries are facing off in the hopes of winning your favor. Your drink equals your vote.

Vigilante Gaming Bar’s Grand Opening, 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27. Game rentals will be free at the opening weekend of the craft beer-focused gaming bar. (Grand opening has been moved to weekend of Feb. 17.)

Real Ale Scots Gone Wild + Coffissar Release Party, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. Two more Mysterium Verum bottles are getting released in one weekend. How empty is your wallet getting?

Barrel Bonanza Smoke Out Saturday at Banger’s, 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. Smoked sausage and brisket will pair nicely with barrel-aged brews like Avery Tangerine Quad and Wicked Weed Silencio.

Idle Vine Brewing’s Grand Opening, 12 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. Food trucks, 12 beers on tap, eight brewery-exclusive beers and a special bottle release mean a drive to Pflugerville will be well worth it.

Austin Bacon & Beer Festival, 12:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. Bacon-centric food prepared by local chefs with Texas craft beers – what could be better than that?

Wicked Weed Beer & Coffee Pairing at WhichCraft Mueller, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. Try five fruited sours and a bourbon barrel-aged stout from the lauded Asheville brewery alongside four different preparations of coffee from Austin Roasting Co.

The Barber Shop 6th Anniversary, 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. The small Dripping Springs brewpub is celebrating another birthday with food, fun and, of course, plenty of beer.

Winter Beer Party at Craft Pride, 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. Stouts, porters, winter warmers, barleywines and more will go on tap to warm you up on a winter’s day.

Austin bars ringing in 2017 with New Year’s Eve celebrations

Tom McCarthy Jr. for American-Statesman. Looking for a classy New Year's Eve experience? The Townsend is offering cocktails and live music from performers like Miss Lavelle White.
Tom McCarthy Jr. for American-Statesman. Looking for a classy New Year’s Eve experience? The Townsend is offering cocktails and live music from performers like Miss Lavelle White.

Whether you prefer beer, champagne or something a little harder to bring in the new year, Austin’s watering holes are making sure you’ve got your drink of choice and more during their New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Not sure where to go? Here are some options and what they are offering during the countdown to midnight.

  • Ah Sing Den: Forget the champagne toast at midnight. The Asian-inspired den on East Sixth Street — once East Side Showroom — is offering a free punch toast instead, along with late-night bites available ’til 1:30 a.m.
  • Backbeat: Because of such a prime location with downtown views, the cocktail bar is offering a fireworks viewing watch party from the rooftop, but you’ll want to get there extra early and enjoy a special cocktail and punch menu.
  • Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden: In true Banger’s fashion, the Rainey Street beer bar is readying for 2017 with a Smoke Out Saturday beginning at 6 p.m.
  • Blue Owl Brewing: The party at this East Austin brewery is kicking off a little early with a Wee Heavy toast at 6 p.m. (when it’s midnight in Scotland, the home country of one of the co-founders’ spouses)
  • Dog & Duck Pub: Once again, the beer bar is ringing in the new year British-style — that is, at 6 p.m. with a champagne toast.
  • Drinks Lounge: The 3rd Annual Soul Shindig is returning with the finest selection of funk and soul on black vinyl. Just come dressed up and, if you want a booth, make reservations ahead of time.
  • Easy Tiger: Welcome the new year with $20 bombers of beer instead of champagne, such as Left Hand 2014 Smoke Jumper, Jester King 2015 Hibernal Dichotomous and more.
  • Half Step: Delicious revelry is in store at this New Year’s Eve soiree, which will have live music, punch, a champagne toast at 12 a.m. and even a limbo contest.
  • Hopfields: Whether you’re coming for a five-course dinner to start the festivities or arriving later for the party, make sure you’re decked out in festive garb channeling Frank Sinatra, Havana nights, “Mad Men” and/or the Rat Pack. The French-inspired gastropub is going classy to finish out 2016.
  • Irene’s: It’s hard to find a better deal than $40 magnums of bubbles on the best night of the year for them. After midnight, you can also enjoy black-eyed peas and collard greens for prosperity in 2017.
  • Mean Eyed Cat: Let your final meal of the year be the black-eyed peas, gumbo and $1 chopped beef sandwiches that Stubb’s BBQ is serving at this dive bar devoted to Johnny Cash
  • Mort Subite: The Belgian beer bar on Congress Avenue wants you to party like it’s 1791. That is, that you’re sipping on Dues, the champagne of beers created by Bosteels Brewery, which was founded in 1791.
  • Oskar Blues: It’s the brewery party for music lovers. Oskar Blues is lighting up the final night of 2016 with a couple of Flaming Lips side projects and stellar Austin acts.
  • Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing: Party in the ‘burbs with beers like the Bourbon Barrel Suburban Ninja Imperial Stout and a toast of Red Horn’s golden ale at midnight.
  • Small Victory: Want a cozy New Year’s Eve with a small number of revelers? The cocktail bar is offering just such a haven for no cover charge and tasty wintertime libations.
  • St. Elmo Brewing: One of Austin’s newest breweries, off South Congress Avenue, is toasting at midnight with a free pour of Carl Kolsch for everyone; just buy your ticket in advance or at the door
  • The Townsend: This cocktail bar doubles as one of the best live music venues in town and is proving it with a New Year’s Eve show headlined by Miss Lavelle White. Reserve a ticket in advance.
  • Whip In: Go ahead and embrace those Miller High Life minis you secretly love. Plus, there will be chicken buckets to pair with ’em, a balloon drop, a champagne toast and even a cork popping competition that will get the winner a free bar tab.
  • Whisler’s: The East Sixth Street cocktail bar is throwing it back with a drinks menu of some of Whisler’s greatest hits from the past 3 1/2 years. The night will also have DJ beats and party favors.
  • Whitestone Brewery: In Cedar Park, Whitestone has double reason to party — the brewery is celebrating its one-year anniversary. As such, the fun begins at noon and will run past midnight, with food truck grub, a photo booth, live music, commemorative beer mugs and a midnight toast with Whitestone’s special release of Red Wine Saison. Note that it’s 21 and up after 8 p.m.
Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Mort Subite is offering a Belgian brew considered "the champagne of beers" for New Year's Eve festivities.
Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Mort Subite is offering a Belgian brew considered “the champagne of beers” for New Year’s Eve festivities.

Seven local products to buy for the booze lover in your life

Photo by Kevin Hobbins. Real Ale has now bottled two beers in the elusive Mysterium Verum series: Tenebra Aeterna and Benedictum, the most recent one now on sale at Texas retailers.
Photo by Kevin Hobbins. Real Ale has now bottled two beers in the elusive Mysterium Verum series: Tenebra Aeterna and Benedictum, the most recent one now on sale at Texas retailers.

Not sure what to get your picky friend or family member for Christmas? Chances are good that they’ll be happy to receive a bottle of booze — especially if it comes from an Austin-area producer.

Here are a handful of suggestions with a seasonal focus. With many of these, you won’t want to delay in grabbing a bottle.

Texas Keeper Cider's winter release was aged in oak with pecans and orange peels.
Texas Keeper Cider’s winter release was aged in oak with pecans and orange peels.

Texas Keeper Cider’s Cider Noir: Apples are a key fall flavor, but the fruit hadn’t displayed its full potential so well this time of year until the trio behind the far South Austin cidery got a little inventive.

For Texas Keeper’s winter release, Cider Noir, they decided to age Baldwin and Idared apples on oak. That’s not all they’ve done to make the cider a seasonal stunner — the apples are first double-fermented with Belgian candi (which is typically used in dubbel and tripel ales) and then aged with toasted pecans and orange peel. As a result, it’ll pour as dark as a porter and as boozy as many a stout, at a robust 10.1 percent ABV.

You can find it at the cidery at 12521 Twin Creeks Rd. or at one of the many retail shops where Texas Keeper can be found.

Real Ale Benedictum: The Black Friday release of Tenebra Aeterna, the first Mysterium Verum beer to be bottled, seemed to indicate Christmas had come early for many fans of the Blanco brewery. Now, it really has, as Real Ale is releasing another in the series of sour and barrel-aged brews this week.

Benedictum, an award-winning sour brown ale with cherries, can now be found in stores across the state. Or, if you want to get it closer to the source, Real Ale is hosting a bottle release party on Saturday encouraging you to pick up Benedictum at one of two nearby stores and then driving to the brewery to get the bottle signed by the people who made it. That’s an extra special touch if you want to gift it to a lucky loved one.

Pedernales Cellars’ Stonewall Glögg: Mulled wine is a popular seasonal beverage that many people like to make themselves. But this year, let a wine expert do it: Texas Hill Country winery Pedernales has bottles of its glögg, a traditional Swedish dessert wine, on sale in the tasting room and at both locations of sister winery Armadillo’s Leap.

I wrote about the glögg for a seasonal drinks story running in Friday’s Austin360, if you want to learn more information about it.

Adelbert’s Brewery’s Barrel of Love trio: The North Austin brewery clearly knows how great the gift of beer is because it’s offering a whole ready-made gift pack of one of its rarer offerings.

This branded gift box, available at the brewery at 2314 Rutland Dr., has a trio of beers inside of it — three different versions of the Barrel of Love, Adelbert’s whiskey barrel-aged quad.

First up is the 2015 Barrel of Love, which has had an extra year of bottle-conditioning to develop deeper, richer flavors. Then there’s the 2016 Barrel of Love, full of “complex fruity notes of figs, raisins and plums with a soft whiskey bite,” according to the brewery. Bottles of this beer are being separately shipped out to the Texas market; only this version is leaving the brewery.

Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Put this gift box of Adelbert's beers under your tree for the special beer lover in your life.
Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Put this gift box of Adelbert’s beers under your tree for the special beer lover in your life.

Rounding out the pack is the Blackberry Barrel of Love, the first taproom-only bottle release since Adelbert’s switched to a brewpub license early this year. Yes, it’s got lots of blackberries and tastes as such.

Revolution Spirits’ Chocolate Cafecito Liqueur: Although this distillery on the road to Dripping Springs has become recognized for its Austin Reserve Gin, Revolution also makes a variety of experimental products — chief among them the Cafecito Coffee Liqueur, liquid gold for any coffee fan out there.

The most recent release is even sweeter. For the Chocolate Cafecito Liqueur, a new seasonal bottling available from December through February each year, the distillers have macerated fair-trade OKO Caribe cacao nibs from SRSLY Chocolate, adding them to the coffee beans Revolution receives from local Cuvee Coffee.

There’s a lot more coffee than chocolate in the mix, but the chocolate is present enough to satisfy any sweet tooth over the holidays. Pick up a bottle at the distillery during open Saturday hours.

Last Stand Brewing’s Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout: Located just yards from Revolution Spirits, the small-batch Last Stand doesn’t bottle many of its beers, which makes the special release Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout extra special.

The brewers have had this project in the works for awhile. They “filled two freshly emptied Donner-Peltier LA1 Whiskey barrels one year ago with our first batch of Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout,” according to the brewery, and debuted the results of it last weekend at the taproom at 12345 Pauls Valley Rd. Bldg. I.

Only 200 bottles are available, so if this one looks like the winning stocking stuffer you’ve been looking for, stop by Last Stand during weekend taproom hours to grab one.

Austin Beerworks Sputnik: The seasonal necessity is only on draft for now, as it has been in winters past, but any day now — pending TABC approval — local stores will also receive six-pack cans of the Russian imperial oatmeal stout. Austin Beerworks has been in the midst of a large expansion that has allowed the North Austin brewery to start canning some of its seasonal beers, including Sputnik.

Keep an eye on Austin Beerworks’ social media accounts for news of the can launch. Once the six-packs are in stores, there’s no doubt they’ll go fast.

goBooze launches in Austin as newest alcohol delivery service

Thought the local market was already pretty drenched with on-demand services delivering alcohol to your door?

Not so fast. Austin now has another one, and it’s debuting today, just in time for holiday merrymaking, with the promise that it’s not quite like some of the others — Minibar being the most recent of these, Drizly perhaps the most well-known.

The Philadelphia-based delivery service goPuff has already been available in Austin, although before today, users weren’t able to order beer, wine or spirits from it. Now, goBooze has become part of the goPuff app. Simply click on it or the goPuff website, and you’ll be able to order beer and wine from it, including a limited number of local products. Spirits and a wider variety of local items will become available here later.

goBooze launches Dec. 13 with a supply of craft beer to choose from and have delivered to your door.
goBooze launches Dec. 13 with a supply of craft beer to choose from and have delivered to your door.

It stands out from the other alcohol delivery services (and other on-demand services, period) because goPuff has warehouses in Austin and nine other U.S. cities stocked with everything from “snacks, drinks and ice cream to home goods, beer and electronics,” according to a release.

On the other hand, Drizly and the other booze delivery apps like Thirstie rely on liquor stores around town to bring you your order. The apps merely help you place that order, while the stores are actually the ones to get it to you. But goPuff promises, because “it does not depend on other stores to operate,” that you’ll get what you requested in 30 minutes or less.

goBooze has a flat $1.95 delivery charge, but it’s waived for orders over $49. The service is in business from noon to midnight every day except Sunday, when the delivery time is expanded to 1 a.m. For now, the delivery zone is mostly central and doesn’t serve outlying zip codes. (A full map of the goBooze area is on the website.)

Plus, the app goes above and beyond to make sure you’re 21 and up if purchasing alcohol. You’ll get reminded throughout the ordering process that your ID will get checked, and if you don’t have the proper credentials or aren’t the right age, you’ll be blacklisted from the goPuff app.

The co-founders of goPuff, according to the release, are Rafael Ilishayev and Yakir Gola. They were undergrads at Drexel University in Pennsylvania when “they built the company, inspired by their own frustrations running out of drinks, snacks and supplies when hosting parties.”

Clearly — no matter which alcohol delivery app is your favorite — you won’t have any problems staying stocked up during your own holiday celebrations.

Austin’s drinking events calendar, December 2016

Photo by Ricardo B. Brazziell / American-Statesman. 'Tis the season for holiday treats like spiked hot chocolate, which will be at LaV's Christmas tree lighting on Dec. 5.
Photo by Ricardo B. Brazziell / American-Statesman. ‘Tis the season for holiday treats like hot chocolate, which will be pouring at Jacoby’s Festivus on Dec. 6.

Opal Divine’s 14th Annual Whisky Festival, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. Sample the finest whiskies from Scotland and beyond while enjoying food and holiday merriment. $40 in advance, $45 at the door.

Six Pack Stories, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. The final installment of this speaker series about beer focuses on why we love it so much – the taste. Prepare for beer pairings with food, coffee and spirits. $35.

Rolling Stones Listening Party at Irene’s, 11 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. Sip on Rolling Stones-inspired drinks as one of the first to hear the Stones’ first new record in a decade.

The Brass Tap Domain’s Grand Opening, 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2 to 2 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. It’s a full weekend of festivities, with live music, rare beer releases (including Goose Island Bourbon County Rare) and more.

First Friday Firkin at Uncle Billy’s, 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. This month’s firkin is festive: Uncle Billy’s Green Room IPA with spruce tips and cinnamon added. $3.

St. Elmo Brewing’s Grand Opening Party, 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Celebrate the opening of the new South Austin brewery with more than six beers on draft, live music and Southeast Asian bites from on-site food truck Soursop.

Thirsty Planet’s Silverback Pale Ale Release, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Silverback season has returned. Stop into the tasting room for a pint and sign up for the Austin Gorilla Run while you’re at it.

Leap into the Holidays Party at Armadillo’s Leap Winery, 12 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Both locations of the winery are offering a celebration with wine tastings and reindeer mix to snack on.

Texas Keeper's Cider Noir is a perfect Christmastime treat releasing the first weekend in December at the cidery.
Texas Keeper’s Cider Noir is a perfect Christmastime treat releasing the first weekend in December at the cidery.

Texas Keeper Cider’s Cider Noir Release Party, 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Try this special winter cider alongside smoked meats and sides from pitmaster Evan LeRoy, formerly of Freedmen’s.

Hot Drinks Menu Party at Craftsman, 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. A new menu of hot cocktails is debuting, with s’mores also available for $5. Part of the proceeds benefit the American-Statesman’s Season for Caring campaign.

Little Woodrow’s at Tech Ridge One-Year Anniversary Party, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Taste samples of Independence Brewing’s new Brown Sabbath beer, as well as other Indy beers at this tap takeover.

Champagne Class at Backbeat, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. This primer on champagne will get you all prepared for New Year’s Eve festivities – you’ll embark on a guided tasting to learn how the bubbly wine is made, why it’s so special and more. $50.

Christmas Flight Nights at Easy Tiger, 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 and Tuesday, Dec. 6. Get into the holiday spirit by sipping four winter brews, including the Ballast Point Peppermint Victory at Sea. $10.

Jacoby’s Festivus, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6. Enjoy hot chocolate and holiday cookies while gathering on Jacoby’s bluff overlooking the Colorado River. Then, Sip & Shop in Jacoby’s Mercantile.

Russian Tea Drinking & Traditions at Russian House, 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7. Sip an unlimited supply of Russian tea while learning the importance of tea in Russian culture. $12.

2nd Annual Odell Brewing Ugly Sweater Party, 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8. Come decked out appropriately for this party at Pinthouse Pizza, which will have rare and seasonal Odell beers on tap. Odell is donating $10 to the Central Texas Food Bank for every ugly sweater present.

Holiday Wine Dinner at Duchman Family Winery, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. Gift yourself this four-course feast featuring Duchman’s Italian-focused wines. $65.

Holiday Spirits Mingle at the Spirit of Texas Distillery, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Party at the Pflugerville distillery, which will have food, drink and music for the festive afternoon.

12 Bars of Charity, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Sign up for this bar crawl that will help raise money for specific local charities. Just donate $10 and you’ll be able to enjoy half-priced drink specials at participating bars.

Austin Beerworks Sputnik Launch, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. The beloved Sputnik Russian Imperial Coffee Oatmeal Stout is making its return. The launch opens to the public at 1 p.m., but come early for $30-$45.

Beer & Brunch at Blue Owl Brewing, 12 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. Pair Blue Owl’s sour-mashed suds with kolaches from the upcoming Batch Craft Beer and Kolaches eatery.

Juniper’s 1st Annual Ugly Sweater Holiday Party, 4 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. A ticket gets you two cocktails, some of the chef’s most popular treats, live music and dancing, and a chance to win door prizes. $30 in advance, $40 at the door.

The Craft Series at the Driskill, 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12. Feast on four courses with four Austin Beerworks beers — including the hotel and Austin Beerworks’ special collaboration brew, the Cattle Baron Wheatwine. $40.

Mega Mutt Monday at Banger’s, 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12. At this holiday edition of the pet-friendly event, Santa will be at the bar to pose with your furry friends, along with the usual pet vendors.

Rabbit Hole Brewing’s Austin Debut, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13. The brewery from the Texas town of Justin is coming for tap takeovers at Star Bar and other places.

Uncle Billy’s Shakolad Chocolate Imperial Stout Release, 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14. These seasonal suds contain large amounts of cocoa nibs from Srsly Chocolate to give it flavors of dark cherry, plum and chocolate.

Austin Beer Guide 2016 Awards Party, 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15. Find out who the winners of this year’s awards are while sipping on special beers. Craft Santa will even be on hand to hand out the awards.

A Founders’ Christmas Carol at Banger’s, 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15. Some harder-to-find Founders beers will be on draft and paired with different chocolates.

Real Ale Mysterium Verum Benedictum Bottle Release, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. The rare bottles of Real Ale continue their launch with Benedictum, a sour brown ale barrel-aged with wild yeast, bacteria and tart cherries.

Hi Hat Public House’s 4th Birthday Bash, 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. Drool-worthy beers on tap and a dance party with Foot Patrol music starting at 9:30 p.m.

Pinthouse Pizza’s Fully Adrift Wet Hop Double IPA Bottle Release, 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. Grab the first edition in the Lost at Sea series featuring different Fully Adrift versions.

Holiday Pop-Up Market at Circle Brewing, 12 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. Finish up your holiday shopping with local vendors. Plus, enjoy holiday cask beers, cheery tunes, food truck grub and more.

2016 FloTrack Beer Mile World Championships, 1 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. This unofficial sport’s final race dashes into Austin, featuring some of the world’s best beer milers who know how to run with a belly full of beer.

Julia Robinson for American-Statesman. Think you can chug a beer and then run a mile? These champions at the FloTrack Beer Mile sure can.
Julia Robinson for American-Statesman. Think you can chug a beer and then run a mile? These champions at the FloTrack Beer Mile sure can.

Howliday Market at the ABGB, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. The ABGB’s latest release in the APA!APA series, which raises funds for Austin Pets Alive, is debuting with a market of holiday goodies for your pup.

“Home Alone” at Live Oak Brewing, 6:30 p.m. doors Dec. 17. Bring your fold-out chairs and blankets for this outdoor screening of the Macaulay Culkin classic. Beer and food will be available for purchase. $10.

Sundayfundaymas at the ABGB, 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. On this last Sunday before Christmas, enjoy reindeer games, a holiday market and song swap, and beer from the ABGB.

More Than a Tip at the Dig Pub, 4 to 11 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19. Bartender Ben Kazda is once again donating all tips of the night to the Salvation Army’s Austin Shelter for Women and Children.

Idle Vine Brewery Debut Party, 5 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21. Get a first taste of the beers from the new Pflugerville brewery, which will have its four core beers on draft at the Dig Pub.

Tun Tun Tun Fest 4.0, 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21. The Brew & Brew’s blowout beer celebration returns with beers from Jester King, the Bruery, Dogfish Head, Cascade and more.

St. Elmo Sing-a-Long, 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21. St. Elmo Brewing is hosting musicians Craig Calvert and Mike Jackson, as well as their guitars, for this evening of merriment, beer and hot cocoa.

Prairie Christmas Bomb Tapping at Flying Saucer, 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 24. There’s no better beer for some Christmas Eve fun than this dark, spicy and chocolatey brew from Prairie Artisan Ales.

NYE Wee Celebration at Blue Owl Brewing, 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31. Ring in the New Year six hours early (hey, it’s midnight in Scotland) with Wee Beastie in hand.

Hopfields’ Rat Pack New Years Eve, 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31. Dress in your best Sinatra, Havana nights, Mad Men, Rat Pack wear and join the beer bar for a party complete with champagne toasts and a photo booth.