“De-hazed” New England IPA, 8 other beers to celebrate release of new Austin Beer Guide

I’ll be blunt: You might have other ideas about how to spend the night of April 20. But just in case you’re not all about cannabis culture, Austin Beer Guide is throwing its spring/summer release party at the Draught House.

For beer lovers, that’s the place to be on Thursday, when the Austin Beer Guide authors will celebrate the debut of another free issue exploring local beers and the beer community. Several special brews from Austin producers are going on draft, including a collaboration between the Draught House and Austin Beer Guide called Don’t Haze Me Bro. The clarified IPA, done in the juicy style of a New England IPA, will come with free glassware if you order it.

An Chih Cheng / American-Statesman. The Draught House is once again the site of the Austin Beer Guide release party.

Another beer to watch for is Friends & Allies’ new Kick Start Belgian Golden Ale with Flat Track Coffee. That will also be on tap on Saturday during the East Austin’s brewery’s grand opening celebration, but you might want to relish the unusual style early. In it, notes of berry, apple and pear mingle with hints of dark chocolate.

Plus, North by Northwest and Last Stand Brewing have collaborated on Mr. Rogers, an imperial pale lager with Citra and Mosaic hops that the two breweries created for Dripping Springs’ Founders Day this weekend.

Here’s the full list of beers to enjoy starting at 6 p.m. Thursday.

  • Draught House/Austin Beer Guide: Don’t Haze Me Bro
  • Blue Owl Brewing: Saison Puede Farmhouse Ale
  • Hops & Grain: Dispensary IPA
  • Jester King: Super Ultramega Hyperforce
  • Friends & Allies: Kick Start Belgian Golden Ale with Flat Track Coffee
  • North by Northwest: Mr. Rogers Imperial Pale Lager
  • Last Stand Brewing: Oatmeal IPA, double dry-hopped with Citra and Simcoe hops
  • Zilker Brewing: Hellsner, a step-mashed summer lager
  • Independence Brewing: Illustrated Man Dark Sour

For more information about Austin Beer Guide, visit austinbeerguide.com.

Austin’s drinking events calendar, March 2017

J. Potter-Miller. Last Stand Brewing teamed up with a group of local bars to create a beer inspired by a taco.
J. Potter-Miller. Last Stand Brewing is celebrating its 2nd anniversary with a big party at the brewery, on the road to Dripping Springs.

Bell’s Brewery Launch Party at Easy Tiger, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 1. The beloved Michigan brewery has arrived in Texas with $10 flights at Easy Tiger, as well as cans and more.

Coast’s 9 Banded Whiskey Pairing Dinner, 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 1. The downtown seafood spot is offering this three-course dinner with 9 Banded cocktails to get you in the SXSW mood. $55.

Whiskey Class with Chocolate Pairing at Craftsman, 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 1. Sample three Teeling Irish whiskeys with three chocolate pairings. $15.

Texas Independence Day with Yeti, 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 2. Buy a custom Yeti drinkware product and the new flagship store and bar will fill ‘em up on the house, with proceeds going to the Austin Music Foundation.

$2 Pint & Karaoke Night with Batch Kolache, 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, March 2. At Cuvee Coffee, make sure you’ve got a microphone in one hand, a kolache in the other and a beer nearby.

Contributed by Easy Tiger. Bell's Brewery is officially launching in Texas the first week of March.
Contributed by Easy Tiger. Bell’s Brewery is officially launching in Texas the first week of March.

Bell’s Brewery Launch Party at Via 313, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 2. Michigan pizza with Michigan beer, united at last: Via 313’s brick-and-mortar locations will bring back a pizza special for the occasion.

Gusto Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar’s 5th Anniversary, 8 p.m. Thursday, March 2. Live jazz, complimentary appetizers, drink specials, a special performance from a quartet of Conspirare singers and more to celebrate this big milestone.

The Local Post Pub Grand Opening, 10 p.m. Thursday, March 2. The Burnet Road bar promises irresistible drink specials to enjoy with a late-night food menu.

First Friday at Infinite Monkey Theorem, 4 p.m. Friday, March 2. The urban winery is celebrating the release of its 2016 Texas Rosé with live music and silent disco.

First Friday Firkin at Uncle Billy’s, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 3. This month’s cask, Hoppy Hefe, is the brewpub’s newest seasonal, the Hammock Hefeweizen, with Centennial hops added.

Real Ale’s Pinsetter Release Bowling Party, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 4. Real Ale is launching a new year-round beer, an amber lager, named after the popular Hill Country tradition of nine-pine bowling.

Welcome to Texas: Bell’s Brewery Launch at Pinthouse South Lamar, 11 a.m. Saturday, March 4. Eight of the Michigan brewery’s beers will tap when the brewpub opens for business.

Faust Brewing Grand Opening, 12 p.m. Saturday, March 4. The New Braunfels brewery has finally broken in the new location enough to have a big party, with a 12-hour extravaganza planned.

Last Stand Brewing’s 2nd Anniversary Party, 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 4. Enjoy the Anniversary Double IPA and other beers at the Hill Country brewery; bring home an anniversary glass. $20.

Aviator Pizza & Draughthouse Grand Opening, 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 4. The South Congress pizza and beer joint is donating a portion of the proceeds from this event to Austin Pets Alive.

Pinthouse Pizza’s 2017 Cellar Series, 6 to 11 p.m. Monday, March 6. On the first Monday of every month comes a rare keg on tap, in case you need a boozy start to your week.

Licha’s Cantina Tequila Pairing Dinner, 6:30 to 10 p.m. Monday, March 6. Make reservations for this special dinner with Azunia Tequila. $75.

International Women’s Day Celebration with the Beer Museum, 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 6. Head to Hops & Grain for this insightful talk about women in craft beer.

Hops & Grain River Beer Debut at Whip In, 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, March 7. Hops & Grain is releasing a premium lager meant for outdoor sipping, with free pint glasses available while supplies last.

Italic’s La Valentina Free Wine Tasting and Pop-Up Dinner, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9. Italic is highlighting Central Italy’s revered La Valentina winery with complimentary wine tastings and a special three-course dinner, no reservations required.

Bell’s Brewery Tap Takeover at Whip In, 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 9. Meet craft beer pioneer Larry Bell while enjoying beers like the new Am I Right or Amarillo, brewed just for Texas.

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Central Market Cooking School: Wrath Wines Paired with Family Favorites, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9. The winemaker will discuss the wines while you learn how to make recipes that best highlight them. $65.

Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing’s 2nd Anniversary Parties, 4 p.m. Friday, March 10 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 12. It’s a whole weekend of special beers, including Red Horn’s very first bottle releases.

Treaty Oak Brewing & Distilling’s 2nd Annual Kitetail Fest, 12 p.m. Saturday, March 11 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 12. Come for the kites; stay for the cocktails. There will also be a balloon artist, face painting and live music performances.

Photo by Ben Sklar. Texas Keeper Cider's cidery in the Onion Creek area of South Austin isn't opened with regular hours yet, but the cider release party on June 20 is a good opportunity to visit the scenic cidery in the meantime.
Photo by Ben Sklar. Texas Keeper Cider’s cidery in the Onion Creek area of South Austin is celebrating its first year open with the release of Grafter Blanc.

Texas Keeper Cider’s 1 Year in the Taproom Party, 12 p.m. Saturday, March 11. It’s been a year since the cidery opened its charming far South Austin tasting room, so celebrate with the springtime release of Grafter Blanc.

Circle Brewing’s 6th Anniversary Party, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 11. This year’s celebration coincides with a big rebranding and Circle’s first-ever cans, as well as a new seasonal, M’Lady English IPA.

Re-Release of Black Star and Blue Owl’s Collaboration, 6 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, March 15. The sour-mashed double IPA that Black Star Co-Op and Blue Owl Brewing produced last year was so popular that it’s getting a second release.

St. Patrick’s Day Festival at Opal Divine’s, 11 a.m. Friday, March 17. There will be plenty of fresh Guinness on tap for this all-day celebration also featuring live music, fish and chips, and Irish stew.

San Gabriel River Brewery’s St. Patrick’s Day Party, 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 17. Show your Irish spirit and enjoy green-hued brews. Plus, Rolling Thunder Roadhouse will be on site providing the grub.

St. Patrick’s Day at North by Northwest, 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 17. Special cask tappings, Irish stew and Irish music promise fun for the whole family (even a bouncy house and balloon artist for the kids.)

Free St. Patrick’s Day Party at Strange Land Brewery, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 17. Two limited-edition brews, a Dubliner Irish Irish Stout and its barrel-aged counterpart, are going on tap to celebrate the Irish holiday.

Hi Sign Brewing Grand Opening Party, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 18. The East Austin brewery is officially opening with a crawfish boil, disc golf tournament and more. $15.

Infamous Brewing’s 4 Year Anniversary, 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 18. A whopping 16 taps with a crawfish boil and live music will guarantee you a day you won’t want to end.

The Beer Train with the Bluebonnet Beer Co., 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 18. The Austin Steam Train is hosting another boozy train ride, this time with beers from Round Rock’s only brewery. This event has been rescheduled to May 20 due to mechanical issues.

Sophia’s Bubble Brunch Launch, 12 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 19. The supper club is debuting a monthly brunch with prosecco-based cocktails, champagne bottle service and brunch dishes with an Italian twist.

SXSW Recovery Party at Irene’s, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, March 20. Hair of the dog is sometimes the only way to recover from a week-long fest, so Irene’s will have drink specials on wine, beer and Tito’s Vodka.

Altstadt Brewery’s Launch in Fredericksburg, 12 p.m. Monday, May 20. You’ll start finding beers from this new brewery on Highway 290 on draft in this first town to carry Altstadt.

Astronomy on Tap, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21. Three out-of-this-world talks will be accompanied with pints of beer, astronomy-related art on display from local artists, and more at the North Door.

Pug Rescue of Austin Charity Brew at Pinthouse Pizza, 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 22. All proceeds from the brewpub’s Calma Muerta Session Ale will go toward the dog-friendly organization, which will be present from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

Grappa Masterclass at Drink.Well, 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 22. Learn about the Italian brandy and how it’s made with this education course from Bonollo, a world-class distillery in Italy.

Reserve Wednesday at Sophia’s, 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 22. The downtown Italian restaurant is partnering with Italian winemaker Le Monde for this happy hour wine tasting.

Balcones Whisky Dinner at the Carillon, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 22. Taste Texas whisky alongside a three-course feast. Call 512-404-3655 to make your reservations. $48.

Pints & Paws Happy Hour at Whitestone Brewery, 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 23. $1 of every pint sold will go toward Texas Humane Heroes, a rescue organization.

Yes Chef Beer Release at Black Star Co-op, 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday, March 23. The brewpub’s beer team collaborated with its kitchen staff to come up with a beer perfect for the end of a long, hot kitchen shift: an adjunct cream ale.

Fourth Saturday at Real Ale Brewing, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 25. In honor of the brewery’s 21st birthday, Real Ale is debuting two more beers in the Mysterium Verum series: Magnum Trux and Rex Indomitus.

Crawfish Boil & Craft Beer Bash at Independence Brewing, 1 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25. Enjoy fresh Louisiana crawfish with sweet corn, red potatoes and your favorite Independence beer.

Craft Pride’s 4th Annual Pepper Beer Party, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25. Spicy beers from (512) Brewing, Lakewood Brewing, No Label Brewing and more are going on tap in a heated celebration.

Red Line Brewery Tour, Spring 2017, 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 25. Train-hop to check out three local breweries near the Capital MetroRail Red Line: Zilker Brewing, Black Star Co-op and Circle Brewing.

Tiki! A Hye Rum Event, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25. A new rum distillery from the makers of Calais Winery in the Hill Country is hosting a whole hog roast buffet-style dinner. $65-$595.

William Chris Vineyards’ 4th Annual Vibes & Vino, 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 25. San Antonio’s celebrated alt-country band Two Tons of Steel will perform while you partake in a wine and seafood feast. $35.

Independence Brewing Beer Dinner at Greenhouse Craft Food, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday, March 26. This multi-course pairing dinner will feature beers from Independence, including the new Illustrated Man Dark Sour. $64.12

Mega Mutt Monday at Banger’s, 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 27. This month’s edition of the pet-friendly event celebrates the pit bull thanks to participating organization Love-A-Bull.

Antonelli’s Cheese Pairing at Adelbert’s, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 27. Adelbert’s Mango Wit, Whimsical Cherry Sour and more are being paired at this cheesy dinner at the brewery. $45.

Thirsty Thursday at the White Horse, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday, March 30. Quench your thirst for good beers and music at this late-night show that will include tunes from Mayeux & Broussard.

Texas craft brewers have one big goal for the 2017 legislative session

Tom McCarthy Jr. for American-Statesman. Currently, breweries can only sell beer in their taprooms for on-site consumption, but they are hoping the 2017 legislative session will change that.
Tom McCarthy Jr. for American-Statesman. Currently, breweries can only sell beer in their taprooms for on-site consumption, but they are hoping the 2017 legislative session will change that.

In 2013, Texas laws changed to allow breweries to sell their beers for on-site consumption — a step in the right direction — although brewers in the state are hoping that this year proves to be an even bigger boon for them.

Now that the 85th Texas legislature is in session, the lobbyists for the Texas Craft Brewers Guild, the organization that advances the interests of the state’s craft brewers, are going to push for more. Namely, they want breweries to be able to sell beer to-go from their taprooms.

“Having off-premise sales in breweries is our number one priority,” Charles Vallhonrat, director of the guild, said.

The Texas Craft Brewers Guild had hoped to make that bill law in 2015, but that didn’t happen. As a result, the Dallas-based Deep Ellum Brewing sued the state in the fall of that year — a lawsuit that has yet to be resolved.

Currently, Texas law permits brewpubs, but not production breweries, to sell beer in bottles, cans and growlers to-go from their facility. Brewpubs can also offer beers from other breweries on-site, but they are limited in the amount of beer they can produce each year: no more than 10,000 barrels.

The inability to make off-premise sales is something brewery owners believe is unfair, and as a result, some breweries have made the switch to a brewpub license, including Austin’s own Jester King in 2013Adelbert’s last year and, now, Blue Owl Brewing, which just today started offering cans and growlers to-go.)

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Introducing and then passing a bill that would give breweries more of the same freedoms as brewpubs — not to mention wineries and distilleries, which can similarly sell their products for off-site enjoyment — might not be so easy.

“We’ve been speaking with the distributor lobbies,” Vallhonrat said. “There’s certainly opposition to it, but we’re working through it. We’re also closely watching the Deep Ellum lawsuit. But we will bring a bill about off-premise sales to the legislature.”

Distributors, he said, are opposed to the idea because allowing consumers to buy beer to take home directly from the breweries could, theoretically, take away some of their business. That’s not how the guild sees it, however.

“We don’t see it as an alternative to retail sales,” Vallhonrat said. “People aren’t going to start buying their beer at the brewery all the time. They’ll go for special occasions, when there’s a big release or they have friends in town. Off-premise sales can drive beer tourism. It’s a great way to promote Texas beer.”

The guild is lobbying for breweries to sell growlers as well as their packaged products to-go, for “breweries to have the same flexibility that brewpubs, as retail licensees, have,” he said.

Only seven states in the U.S., Texas among them, prohibits production breweries from selling draft beer in growlers, according to a compilation of growler laws from the Brewers Association, the trade organization for all U.S. brewers.

January overflows with winter beer releases from Austin breweries

Uncle Billy's latest seasonal is the third beer in the brewpub's farm-to-keg series featuring locally made ingredients.
Uncle Billy’s latest seasonal is the third beer in the brewpub’s farm-to-keg series featuring locally made ingredients.

Although the temperature is heating back up to the low-80s this week, it’s still the season for dark beers — and Austin brewpubs and breweries are responding with an array of porters, stouts, barrel-aged brews and beers with winter flavors.

Here are some of the local beers to look out for this month and the next, too.

Austin Beerworks Sputnik: The one-time cans of the seasonal beer might be long gone, but you can still find Austin Beerworks’ beloved Russian imperial oatmeal stout on draft at bars around town, including at the Brass Tap Domain.

Tonight at 7 p.m., the beer bar is offering Sputnik, Sputniko, Battle Axe and Pearl Snap as part of an Austin Beerworks tap takeover.

The Elfie Sunshine, an imperial coffee milk stout, was made with cocoa nibs and coffee beans.
The Elfie Sunshine, an imperial coffee milk stout, was made with cocoa nibs and coffee beans.

Zilker Brewing’s Elfie Sunshine: The Coffee Milk Stout is a mainstay of the East Austin brewery, but Zilker has been riffing on it with a couple of additions to the taproom menu, including a version of it on nitro and an imperial coffee milk stout with cocoa nibs called Elfie Sunshine.

In it, according to Zilker, “expect everything you love about the original: the caramelized sugar, the creamy texture, and of course the locally roasted coffee (thanks, Wild Gift Coffee), just more of it.”

Independence Brewing’s Illustrated Man Dark Sour: Although this beer won’t be ready for full-scale release in cans until next month, there will be a pilot brew version of it in the Independence taproom. The Illustrated Man is tart, with blackberries, raspberries and boysenberries adding extra flavor to the dark-hued ale.

Get a pour of it starting at 4 p.m. on Thursday.

Black Star Co-op Moebius: The brewpub put out a call to action at the end of last week, asking for customers to stop in and prevent a possible closure. A good time to be there is on Jan. 17, when the house beer Moebius is tapping as a Woodford Reserve Whiskey barrel-aged imperial stout.

According to Black Star, the rich and viscous “Moebius is a decadent beast of a beer” that clocks in at a robust 10 percent alcohol by volume. It taps at 5 p.m. next Tuesday.

Blue Owl Brewing’s Lord Admiral Gravitas: Remember Blue Owl’s Admiral Gravitas, a sour imperial oatmeal stout? This wood-aged version, which spent time in Balcones Brimstone barrels, takes the Admiral Gravitas up a boozy notch and has additional notes of oak, smoke and complexity.

The barrel-aged brew will only be found at the brewery taproom starting at 3 p.m. on Jan. 18, although the Admiral Gravitas is more widely available around town.

Uncle Billy’s Shakolad Chocolate Imperial Stout: This full-bodied stout full of cocoa nibs from Srsly Chocolate is Uncle Billy’s winter seasonal, and it certainly lives up to its name — Shakolad is Russian for ‘chocolate.’ The sweet addition has imbued the dark brew, at 9.5 percent ABV, with plum, dark cherry and cocoa characteristics and will have you yearning for those chilly winter temperatures again.

Have a dark beer with a cup of coffee at Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing Co. in Cedar Park this season.
Have a dark beer with a cup of coffee at Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing Co. in Cedar Park this season.

Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing Co.’s S.O.N. Double Stout with Coconut: The Son of Ninja series is just another example of the skill at the Cedar Park brewpub, which makes these rotating dark beers using an underutilized brewing technique called Parti Gyle.

This version is a double stout with a dash of lactose sugar to give it a smooth, sweet body. Don’t miss out on getting a pour of the 8 percent ABV brew because it won’t be around for long.

Pinthouse Pizza’s Fully Adrift Double IPA with Coffee: The beer might not be a seasonal porter or stout, but it’s got the coffee we like to have this time of year.

Stop into the Burnet Road brewpub on Jan. 21 for the second edition of the Pinthouse Pizza Fully Adrift Double IPA “Lost at Sea” series, which added a coffee infusion this go round. Starting at 11 a.m. that day, bottles of the beer will go on sale, and it’ll also be available on draft. Bottles are $14.99.

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.

Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches to open in East Austin

Contributed by Batch. Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches is opening as a bakery and beer garden in East Austin in January 2017.
Contributed by Batch. Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches is opening as a bakery and beer garden in East Austin in January 2017.

Soon enough, having a pint of craft beer while chowing down on kolaches will be a winning combination.

A new kolache bakery, beer garden and retail beer shop called Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches plans to open on Manor Road in January of next year, and the two brothers who are opening it — Noah and Josh Lit, of the music group Noah and the MegaFauna — hope to make us crave having beers and kolaches together just like they do.

And for the coffee lovers who need to wash down those kolaches in the early morning hours, the Lit brothers have teamed up with Greater Goods Roasting, a locally based company that supports area nonprofits, to provide their cups of joe.

First and foremost, however, the upcoming space at 3220 Manor Rd. has been designed as a beer garden. According to a press release, Batch will have a roster of local beers from Hops & Grain, Blue Owl Brewing, Austin Beerworks and others on tap, as well as out-of-state options from breweries like Jolly Pumpkin, Prairie Artisan Ales, Mikkeller and Stillwater Artisanal.

In addition to the draft brews, Batch aims to have more than 400 bottles and cans from many of these breweries.

The beers will be easy to pair with the kolaches, which are being created by pastry chef Jasmine Jones, owner of I Knead That Bakery. She’ll have eight signature kolaches available at Batch alongside four rotating specials, with highlights including Micklethwait Craft Meats Pork Sausage & Cheese; Micklethwait Craft Meats Brisket, Pickle & Swiss; and, for people with a sweet tooth, Chocolate, Pecan and Caramel.

Having these kolaches is personal for the brothers, who “have always wanted a place where you can relax and enjoy a great brew and one of Texas’ favorite comfort foods,” Josh Lit said in the press release. “While touring with our band through Texas, kolaches became an obsession, which lead to our belief that you should be able to have a beer with your kolache for brunch and a kolache with your beer for dinner!”

He and his brother, Noah, are transforming a 1940s-era stone ranch house near Contigo into the beer garden and bakery, which will become a nice place to relax both indoors and outside, according to the press release, “under a canopy of East Austin elm trees.” The interior will keep the stone walls intact.

Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches will be opened 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 7 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays once it officially gets up and running early next year. For more information, visit batchatx.com.

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.

Austin’s drinking events calendar, August 2016

Booze and Food Series No. 9 at Jenna’s Asian Kitchen, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2. The ninth installment of Jenna’s popular food pairing series returns with beverages from Texas Saké Co. $70.

Contributed by Jenna's Asian Kitchen. Texas-made sake is the featured pairing at a Jenna's Asian Kitchen dinner.
Contributed by Jenna’s Asian Kitchen. Texas-made sake is the featured pairing at a Jenna’s Asian Kitchen dinner.

Duck Derby Happy Hour, 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4. Odd Duck and Hops & Grain are offering bites and beers in support of the Boys & Girls Club of the Austin Area’s Austin Duck Derby. $35.

The Paramount Theatre’s 2016 Beerlympics, 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4. Compete on teams to try and win backyard and tailgating games like flip cup, giant Jenga and more. $25.

Austin Beerworks’ Super Awesome Lager Release Party, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5. Get a taste of the brewery’s latest seasonal, a tribute to the Bavarian helles lager.

Infinite Monkey Theorem’s First Friday, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5. The urban winery will have tarot readings, a silent disco, henna tattoos and more for this monthly tradition.

Burgers & Beer at Central Market Cooking School, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5. Learn how to pair two of Americans’ favorite things at this cooking class, sampling both food and drink. $50.

Banger’s 4th Anniversary Party, 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. Live music and another epic beer list – with collaborations between Banger’s and certain breweries – heralds the milestone.

Waller Creek Pub House’s Grand Opening Part Two, 12 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. Celebrate the first anniversary of this beer bar with street tacos, live reggae music and special beers.

The Beer Museum Grand Premiere, 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. The pop-up museum with aspirations of a brick-and-mortar launches at Last Stand with a look at the history of beer.

White Linen Night, 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. Try bites from Second Street District restaurants, as well as wine and beer from 4th Tap Brewing Co-op. $35-$50.

Easy Tiger’s Rosé Party, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7. Try flights of French or American rosé, also available by the glass, alongside special food pairings.

Independence Brewing Pairing Dinner at Pizzeria Vetri, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7. Girls Pint Out is hosting this four-course dinner with Independence RedBud, Power & Light Pale, and more.

The Craft Series Beer Dinner at the Driskill, 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8. This monthly beer pairing dinner is a collaboration this time with Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, featuring Zilker brews.

Odell Beer Dinner at Easy Tiger, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9. Five courses paired with Odell Brewing’s suds await at this feast hosted by owner Doug Odell. $60.

Blue Owl Brewing’s Hop Totem Sour IPA Release, 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10. Yes, you read that right: a sour IPA, with heavy additions of Amarillo, Chinook and Galaxy hops.

Rogness’ Super Final Hiatus Party at Growler Bar, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10. Have one last pint of Rogness beer – such as Yogi or Heller Weizenbock – and learn about the plans for Rogness Brewing’s resurrection.

Photo by Emma Janzen/ American-Statesman. Jester King beers are a commodity in the beer community, especially for people looking to trade for other top-notch brews.
Photo by Emma Janzen. Come to Six-Pack Stories early for a meet-and-greet happy hour; the panel starts at 8 p.m.

Six-Pack Stories: Sour Showdown, 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11. The second panel in this series explores sour brews at one of the biggest local places to find them, Jester King Brewery. $16.73.

Lager Jam 3 at Billy’s on Burnet, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Enjoy pours of some cold and crisp lagers from Austin breweries, with $30 getting you a Lager Jam pilsner glass, screen-printed shirt and koozie.

Last Stand’s Big Brewery Tour, 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. It’s the first tour of the brewery since Last Stand opened the new taproom. $10 includes a branded pint glass and pour of beer.

Middle School Dance Party at Cheer Up Charlies, 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Party like it’s 1995 and come dressed like it, too, if you want. There will be a special Spice Girls tribute at midnight.

Contigo’s Local IPA Pairing Dinner, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14. A five-course meal featuring IPAs from a handful of Austin breweries, including Adelbert’s, Austin Beerworks, Real Ale and more.

Eureka’s Steal the Glass Night, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17. Buy the beer and take home the branded glass. This time, enjoy Rogue’s Honey Kolsch and Marionberry Braggot.

Tallgrass Brewing Austin Release at the Whip In, 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18. The Kansas brewery has launched in Texas with beers like the 8-Bit Pale Ale and the Buffalo Sweat Oatmeal Cream Stout.

Circle Brewing’s Pacific Jade Saison Release Party at Icenhauer’s, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19. Circle’s latest seasonal, a dry-hopped saison, will be on tap along with three other Circle brews. Plus, Icenhauer’s has whipped up a special beer cocktail for the event, the Jaded Daiquiri.

Oasis, Texas Brewing’s 2 Year Anniversary, 12 p.m. Saturday. Rain or shine, the Lake Travis brewery will have special tappings, including a cask of He-Man Session Hater. There will also be live music, food and more.

Cider Fest at the Whip In, 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. More than 15 draft ciders, special bottles and curated flights of cider from both around the globe and closer to home await at this celebration. Plus, local ciders Argus and Texas Keeper will be on hand for a Q&A.

The Spider House 20th Anniversary Festival, 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. One of Austin’s few remaining oases of “old Austin weird” is celebrating a big milestone with live music, water slide, dunk tank, custom Spider House piñata and more.

New Amsterdam Vodka’s It’s Your Town, 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. Street art and an Austin-inspired cocktail will make this bash a fun end-of-summer event.

Sierra Nevada Flight Nights at Easy Tiger, 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22 and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22. Otra Vez Gose, Kellerweis Hefeweizen and more beers from Sierra Nevada will be available in $8 flights. Fork over an extra $7 for a pairing board of Easy Tiger treats.

Summer-Friendly Wines at Central Market Cooking School, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22. The heat of the season isn’t over yet, so learn about which wines will keep you refreshed. $10.

Dog Days of Summer Yappy Hour at Little Woodrow’s, 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26. All Austin locations of Little Woodrow’s are teaming up with Tito’s Vodka’s charitable arm Vodka for Dog People to raise money for local dog charities.

1400 Miles Community Ride at Twisted X Brewing, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. Bike 24, 45 or 60 miles and then enjoy food and beer from the Beerliner, as well as good music.

Rentsch Brewery’s 1 Year Anniversary Celebration, 12 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. For this party, Rentsch’s mainstay brews, Hefeweizen, Weizen Bock, IPA and Blonde will be available, along with a few special release brews and firkins tapping throughout the day.

Yard Bar 1-Year Anniversary Party, 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. Celebrate the birthday of this pooch-friendly bar and dog park with live music and top dog drink specials.

Punch Bowl Social’s Anniversary Party, 12 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28. 100 percent of the $20 tickets are being donated to two local charities, and they get you barbecue, drink specials, carnival games and live music.

Greenhouse Craft Food’s the Endless Summer Supper with Hops & Grain, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28. The Round Rock restaurant’s monthly craft beer dinner series continues, this time with Pacific Islander flavors inspired by the 1966 surfing film “The Endless Summer.” $68.63.

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.

Tickets for September’s Texas Craft Brewers Fest now on sale

Save the date for the state’s largest craft beer festival focusing solely on Texas-made beer: Texas Craft Brewers Fest returns on Sept. 24 with more than 65 breweries pouring their sudsy wares.

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 returns this year on Sept. 24.

Tickets for the festival are now on sale at three levels: VIP for $75, general admission for $30 (an early-bird rate that expires on July 15) and designated driver for $10.

The $75 VIP ticket price might seem a little steep, but it’s a good deal for serious beer fans. They’ll get access to Fiesta Gardens, the location of the fest, two hours early, with “quality mingle time” with some of the brewers in store during that time. VIP tickets also come with a commemorative T-shirt and souvenir glassware.

Both VIP and general admission ticket holders will get 8 beer sample tickets — and plenty of time to roam the grounds, discovering new beers and breweries that might not be available in their city.

“Once again, we are excited to bring Texas craft brewers and Texas craft beer fans together in Austin for our unique celebration,” Charles Vallhonrat, the executive director of the Texas Craft Brewers Guild, the organization in charge of the festival, said in a press release. “The Texas Craft Brewers Festival is one of a kind because it really is the brewers’ festival. With nearly 200 operating and in-planning brewery members, the Texas Craft Brewers Guild is the leading advocate for Texas craft beer.”

For the second year running, part of the proceeds from festival sales are going toward a good cause. The House That Beer Built, a collaboration between local breweries and the Austin branch of Habitat for Humanity, “aims to raise $85,000 to build a new home for a deserving Austin family,” according to the release.

For more information, visit texascraftbrewersfestival.org.