Austin’s drinking events calendar, June 2017

Contributed by Olive & June. Negroni Week returns to participating Austin bars and restaurants from June 5-11. Proceeds from Negroni purchases, like this Frozen Show Pony Negroni from Olive & June, go toward good causes chosen by each place.

Thursday, June 1

Banger’s Summer Love Luau with Victory Brewing, 6 to 10 p.m. Summery outfits are encouraged at this party featuring a variety of Victory beers, including Summer Love Blonde Ale.

Boots & Bourbon at the Driskill Grill, 7 to 9 p.m.The Driskill restaurant is pairing meats from Austin’s Ranger Cattle with whiskey from Fort Worth’s Firestone & Robertson Distilling. $79.

Friday, June 2

Blue Owl Brewing Saison Puede Release, 12 p.m. Don’t miss this limited run of bottles filled with Blue Owl’s sour, spicy and fruity spring seasonal.

Uncle Billy’s June First Friday Firkin, 5 p.m. This month’s firkin is a Coffee IPA: the Green Room IPA with lightly roasted Puerto Rican Arabica coffee beans.

Saturday, June 3

Craftsman’s 2nd Anniversary Luau, 4 p.m. Pau Maui Vodka cocktails, a pig roast, hula girls and fire dancers will mark the birthday of this East Cesar Chavez bar.

Crystal Creek Distillery’s Grand Re-Opening Bash, 5 p.m. The Spicewood spirits maker has a new distillery and tasting room and wants to show it off with live music, giveaways and more.

Monday, June 5

Friends & Allies Can Release, 4 to 10 p.m. Friends & Allies Brewing is releasing its beers in cans for the first time. Pick up a six pack, but first, enjoy a draft pint of one of its limited seasonal options.

Gin Class at Bullfight, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Parkside Projects’ beverage classes continue with this study of gin, featuring gin cocktails and tapas from the Spanish-inspired restaurant. $32.50.

Astronomy on Tap, 7:30 p.m. This special edition of the monthly talks about the cosmos over beers brings in astronomers from the American Astronomical Society.

Thursday, June 8

South Lamar Negroni Stroll, 6 pm. Sip Negroni cocktails from Backbeat, Vox Table, El Burro and the Highball as part of the charity-focused Negroni Week.

Friday, June 9

Kings of Craft Series: Meet David Walker of Firestone Walker, 6 p.m. Flying Saucer is hosting a Firestone Walker tap takeover with the founder and lots of Parabola variations.

“Trappist Beer Travels” Book Release at WhichCraft Taproom, 6 to 10 p.m. The locally based authors of the new book about Trappist breweries will officially share the combination beer journal, history book and travelogue.

Saturday, June 10

Now That’s What I Call a ’90s Party at Hops & Grain, 1 p.m. Come dressed as your favorite Nickelodeon character or in straight-up ’90s garb for this old-school party at the brewery.

Reinheitsgebot Party at Orf Brewing, 2 p.m. No, Austin’s newest brewery isn’t celebrating the German purity law — just the German way of partying with beer.

National Rosé Day at Backbeat, 4 p.m. Say yes way to rosé with Backbeat, which is expanding its summer rosé list with 7 incredible rosé wines from around the world.

Sunday, June 11

Austin’s First Tequila ‘n’ Tacos Crawl, 1 p.m. Enjoy helpings of Austin’s favorite food with cocktails while exploring West Sixth bars like Star Bar and Parlor & Yard. $35.

Whisler’s 4th Anniversary Party, 1 p.m. To celebrate this boozy birthday, on-site food truck Thai Kun is whipping up something special. Plus, there will be live music, drink specials and prizes.

Monday, June 12

They’re Back! Celis Re-Launch at Whip In, 5 p.m. Celis’ iconic Celis White and new Citrus Grandis IPA will be on tap in advance of the brewery’s reopening in North Austin.

The Craft Series at 1886 Cafe & Bakery, 6 to 9 p.m. The Driskill Hotel’s beer pairing dinner series continues, this time with Blue Owl Brewing’s sour-mashed beers. $40.

Tuesday, June 13

Easy Tiger’s Celis Launch Party, 5 p.m. Raise a glass of Celis White or Celis Citrus Grandis IPA with Christine Celis, the daughter of Celis Brewery’s original founder Pierre.

Wednesday, June 14

National Bourbon Day at Easy Tiger, 5 p.m. Celebrate this most important day with a special flight of Basil Hayden’s, Maker’s Mark, Knob Creek & Booker’s for $12.

Vox Table’s Shacksbury Cider & WhistlePig Whiskey Dinner, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Chef Joe Anguiano has prepared a special four-course menu to pair with the cider and whiskey. $65.

Thursday, June 15

Cannon + Belle’s Texas Winemaker Dinner Series, 7 p.m. This month’s multi-course feast will feature wines from Lubbock’s McPherson Cellars as well as the founder, Kim McPherson.

Saturday, June 17

Hi Sign Brewing’s New IPA Release Party, 12 to 10 p.m. The brewery is making its lucky number seven beer and wants to celebrate the milestone with you. Relax in Hi Sign’s on-site hammocks.

Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Hi Sign is releasing a new IPA at the brewery, the seventh beer it has made.

Off Flavor Tasting at B.B. Rover’s, 3 to 6 p.m. Train your palate to recognize off flavors in your beer with the help of this workshop led by a certified cicerone (beer expert). $25.

Garrison Brothers’ Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner. The Hill Country whiskey distillery is hosting a dinner to celebrate filling its 10,000th barrel with booze. $25-$40

Sunday, June 18

Father’s Day BrewBCruise, 2 p.m. Feast on Uncle Billy’s barbecue and beers while enjoying a relaxing cruise down Lady Bird Lake with your old man. $40.

Central Market Cooking School: Father’s Day Beef & Beer Dinner, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Spend the evening with Dad while learning to make beefed-up dishes paired with craft beer. $140.

Monday, June 19

St. Elmo Brewing, Soursop and Lewis & LeRoy Beer Dinner, 6 p.m. This collaborative dinner between two Austin food trucks and a brewery will feature a special beer, a Sichaun Saison. $78.

Saturday, June 24

Meet the Founder of Avery Brewing, 12 p.m. Banger’s is hosting Adam Avery of the Colorado brewery and will have a variety of Avery beers on tap like Liliko’i Kepolo.

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp, 5 to 9 p.m. Beer Camp on Tour comes to Austin and will feature both Beer Camp collaborations and other beers from U.S. breweries. $40-$75.

Daughter of famed Belgian brewer to bring Celis Brewery back to Austin

Contributed by Celis Brewery. Christine Celis and her daughter Daytona Camps are resurrecting the legacy of Christine's father, Pierre Celis, with the upcoming Celis Brewery in North Austin.
Contributed by Celis Brewery. Christine Celis and her daughter Daytona Camps are resurrecting the legacy of Christine’s father, Pierre Celis, with the upcoming Celis Brewery in North Austin.

The daughter of famed Belgian brewer Pierre Celis — who introduced Austin to good beer in the 1990s with the area’s first craft brewery, Celis — gets to use her and her father’s surname after all with her upcoming brewery.

Christine Celis announced last year that she would open a brewery in North Austin using her father’s old recipes, such as the Belgian witbier called Celis White that so captivated locals nearly three decades ago, but at the time she didn’t have the rights to the name Celis Brewery and called her project Flemish Fox Brewery & Craftworks.

Now, Celis Brewery is returning in full, with a targeted opening in April at 10001 Metric Blvd.

Christine recently reacquired the ‘Celis’ trademark from Total Beverage Solution and Craftbev International Amalgamated., Inc., the former domestic and international owners of the rights. Making that deal and having the Celis name back, she says, feels like “mission accomplished.”

“I was going to do whatever it took to get the name back in my family,” she says. “I think it was important for us but also for Austin, with Celis as Austin’s very first brewery, to have that legacy. We have a beautiful brewery to show for it. It’s here to stay, and it’s not going away.”

The two companies from whom Christine was able to buy back the rights to the Celis name were the last in a line of companies starting with Miller that owned the rights after Pierre sold to Miller in 2000, being unable to fully meet the demand for his beers. Even though Pierre’s dream of gaining Celis Brewery back didn’t come to fruition, it has, at least, for Christine, who intends to preserve much of his former vision alongside her daughter, third-generation brewer Daytona Camps.

Preserving Pierre Celis’ legacy extends to many of the beers that Celis Brewery will have on tap, including Celis White and Celis Grand Cru, two of his most well-known beers. The Celis White will even be made with the same original Belgian yeast strain that he carefully preserved for many years, even after losing the rights to his Austin brewery.

“It’s been 17 years without the Celis White as he made it, as I have not had the one with the original yeast strain,” Christine says. “It’s such an important component of the beer.”

But when visitors come to Celis Brewery in its first month being open, that beer probably won’t be available just yet. She says she wants to launch with a trio of IPAs — a Belgian-style IPA and two New England-style IPAs — and have Pierre’s original brews debut in the following month or two, “to give (people) a reason to come back to the taproom,” she says.

The taproom itself might be reason enough. Its most eye-catching feature will be a bar made out of one of the original Celis Brewery’s old copper kettles, cut in half so that the bottom serves as the base around which people will sit, with the top acting as a dome above. Eventually, Celis Brewery will also have a cafe and beer garden with lots of outdoor seating, but that’s going to be a future project, Christine says. For now, the focus is on getting the brewery up and running in the more than 20,000 sq. ft. space.

A good-sized portion of that space will be devoted to a nearly 50 barrel brewhouse “modified to the way my dad had his when he first started brewing,” Christine said. She was able to get the system made with the proper specifications thanks to Bert Van Hecke, a brewery engineer and consultant for Celis Brewery.

Another future project is particularly important to her: adding a beer museum that will showcase Pierre Celis’ original brewing equipment, which include a historic but weathered open mash tun, as well as two copper kettles, an open fermenter and a coolship for open-air fermentation. These aren’t the same pieces he brewed with in Austin in the 1990s.

Before he came to America, he worked at the old Hoegaarden brewery in Belgium, making it a household name with the introduction of the Belgian witbier recipe that became Celis White. Last year, his daughter brought over much of the original equipment he used, in the hopes of restoring it and displaying it at the new Celis Brewery. As much as she wants to show it off, she knows the most important thing right now is simply getting her brewery open.

“First of all, I want to focus on the Celis Brewery and make sure that’s really done; then I can focus on the next project, which is building the museum,” she says. “I want to make sure we put it all in place like he had it in Hooegarden, so when you walk in, it’ll be almost like an identical copy.”

Contributed by Celis Brewery. The logo for the upcoming Celis Brewery will be reminiscent of the original one for fans who remember Celis in the 1990s.
Contributed by Celis Brewery. The logo for the upcoming Celis Brewery will be reminiscent of the original one for fans who remember Celis in the 1990s.

In the meantime, she and her daughter, Daytona, will be among the key people re-introducing Austin to Celis. There are plenty of people who remember Celis and are excited to have it back, but there are also many who will simply see Celis Brewery as the latest beer maker to open in this beer-loving town.

As a result, Celis Brewery will have an updated look — somewhat.

“The logo is going to be pretty much the same, but we’re going to update it to the 21st century,” Christine Celis says. “It’s going to look a little brighter. The people who bought Celis, they’ll recognize it right away.”

In addition to offering Celis beers on draft, she also plans to sell cans and bottles.

To keep an eye on the Celis Brewery’s progress and an announcement of a more official opening date, visit facebook.com/CelisBeers.

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This post has been corrected to reflect the address of Celis Brewery is 10001 Metric Blvd.

Help revive Celis legacy, a dream of Flemish Fox Brewery’s founder

Christine Celis, the daughter of renowned Belgian brewer Pierre Celis, wants to honor his legacy by opening a brewery of her own in Austin, called Flemish Fox Brewery & Craftworks.
Christine Celis, the daughter of renowned Belgian brewer Pierre Celis, wants to honor his legacy by opening a brewery of her own in Austin, called Flemish Fox Brewery & Craftworks.

When news broke last week that the daughter of Pierre Celis, a renowned Belgian brewer who opened Austin’s first craft brewery in the early 1990s, is reviving her dad’s legacy with a brewery of her own, many longtime Austinites probably salivated at the thought of the Celis beers they used to enjoy.

Many of these beers, in particular the witbier that started it all, are going to be brewed again at Flemish Fox Brewery & Craftworks, the brewery that Christine Celis is opening next year.

But that’s not the only exciting element of Flemish Fox, located at 2013 Rutland Drive in North Austin. Christine is hoping to bring the original equipment that her father used to brew with to the U.S., preserving all of it as a museum piece showcasing a far-away time when fermenters were open and coolships were far more commonplace. Once the old brewhouse is restored at Flemish Fox, Christine also plans to brew on it a couple of times a year.

For now, her father’s equipment is stuck in Belgium because the costs are too high to transport it across the Atlantic. Fans of Celis beers, however, can help — Christine has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.com that aims to provide the vital funds.

So far, the campaign has raised about $2,500 out of a total $450,000 with two months to go.

“You can have a hand in preserving the heritage of witbier’s brewing origins and bring Belgian legacy to Texas,” according to the Indiegogo campaign. “Your generous contribution will not only make sure historically significant equipment is preserved, but the very brewing techniques that are only feasible with this kind of equipment are likewise preserved.”

Christine, who has fought tirelessly to make sure her father’s memory endures, plans to “also bring the original yeast and brewing methodologies perfected in the early days in Hoegaarden to once again revive witbier in Austin for all to enjoy,” the campaign text reads. “This is a process rarely used outside of Belgium in modern brewing to continue a beloved style that deserves to be saved.”

For more information, visit the brewery’s Facebook page at facebook.com/FlemishFox.

New Saint Arnold beer a nod to Austin’s old Celis Brewery

A Houston brewery has looked back to the very beginning of Texas’ craft brewing industry for inspiration while making the latest beer in its rotating limited release series, Icon.

Saint Arnold has styled the newest Icon Gold, a Belgian-style wit, after the beer that world-class brewer Pierre Celis brought from his Belgian homeland to Austin in the early 1990s, helping to spark the explosion of Texas-based breweries that continues today. The Icon Gold Belgian-Style Wit deliberately pays homage to Celis White, that first game-changing beer, according to a press release.

Photo by Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. The latest beer in Saint Arnold's Icon series is a Belgian-style witbier, paying homage to a beer from Austin's first craft brewery.
Photo by Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. The latest beer in Saint Arnold’s Icon series is a Belgian-style witbier, paying homage to a beer from Austin’s first craft brewery.

“Pierre Celis is one of the first people I visited when I decided to open a brewery,” Saint Arnold’s founder Brock Wagner said in the press release. “Saint Arnold Icon Gold is a tribute to Celis and his pioneering of craft brewing in Texas.”

Wagner and the Saint Arnold brewing staff kept their own witbier traditional to the ancient Belgian style, albeit with some tweaks. While the beer has “the familiar aromatics of coriander and orange peel to add spice and tantalize the nose… it has a strong malt backbone due to the addition of oats to the wheat and pilsner malt bill,” according to the press release.

And it’s not an easy beer to make, either, because of its subtlety.

“Getting the herbal, citrus and spicy notes from the coriander and orange peel dialed in took some time,” Saint Arnold brewer Stephen Rawlings said in the press release. “The result is a nice balance with no one piece standing out or overwhelming the others.”

Rawlings has also brewed up Saint Arnold Divine Reserve No. 13, Bishop’s Barrel No. 4 and Saint Arnold Boiler Room Berliner Weisse in his time at the Houston brewery.

The witbier style was largely forgotten in post-war Europe before Celis revived it. Before ever coming to Austin, he honed his craft at the Hoegaarden brewery in Belgium, making it a household name synonymous with good beer.

Look for Icon Gold on draft and in 12 oz. bottles this week in local bars and stores through October, when the next beer in the series, in the American Roggenbier style, will be released.

Celebrate women brewers with Unite Red Ale triple tapping

Photo by Rodolfo Gonzalez / American-Statesman. The Unite Red Ale at Uncle Billy's (the recipe of Daytona Camps, Uncle's Billy assistant brewer) is just one of the red ales that will be available at a special tapping next Tuesday. The red ales were brewed on International Women's Collaboration Brew Day by women in the beer industry,
Photo by Rodolfo Gonzalez / American-Statesman. The Unite Red Ale at Uncle Billy’s (the recipe of Daytona Camps, Uncle’s Billy assistant brewer) is just one of the red ales that will be available at a special tapping next Tuesday. The red ales were brewed on International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day by women in the beer industry.

One Sunday in early March, women brewers all over the world came together at various breweries to produce their own versions of a beer they would call the Unite Red Ale.

Among them was Daytona Camps, who was brewing her very first beer recipe at Uncle Billy’s Smokehouse & Brewery, where she’s been the assistant brewer since late last year. The granddaughter of Pierre Celis, who introduced Austin to craft beer in 1992 with his renowned Celis Brewery, Camps is carrying on his and her mother’s family legacy by learning how to brew. (I captured her story in a big piece last week for the Statesman.)

But she was far from the only one participating in International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day. Women also crafted red ales at Adelbert’s and Middleton Brewing, and these three local breweries are tapping each of the beers next week at a special event commemorating their efforts.

At the Unite Red Ale triple tapping, you’ll have the chance to try the trio of red ales and meet the ladies behind them. The event will serve as a fundraiser for the Central Texas chapter of Pink Boots Society with a suggested $5 donation at the door, a silent auction and a raffle.

The Pink Boots Society, according to the organization’s mission statement, “empowers women beer professionals to advance their careers in the industry through educational opportunities.”

Members of the Central Texas chapter helped to brew the red ales, including Tara Carr, who sells craft beer with Favorite Brands and co-leads Pink Boots meetings here.

“The beers brewed on International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day were a great opportunity for local craft breweries to reach out to their female fans and include women in all parts of the craft beer industry to participate in an inclusive brew day,” Carr said. “It allowed women from different facets of the industry (sales, advertising, QC/Lab, etc.) to have their day in the brewhouse and work together to create unique recipes that they then get to share with fans of craft beer.”

Carr added that the beers are reflective of the women who participated in the brew day — an important collaborative effort given that, according to the Brewer’s Association, women consume almost 32 percent of craft beer volume, not quite a third of the total.

Also participating in last month’s brew day were members of Bitch Beer (which includes me), as well as Sarah Haney with Adelbert’s and Kim Middleton, Middleton investor Jeanie Lively and Faust Hotel & Brewing’s Martha Dixon at Middleton. At next Tuesday’s Unite Red Ale triple tapping at Studium — next door to the Wright Bros. Brew & Brew on East Fifth Street — the raffle will also raise money for Bitch Beer’s book project (which I’m not part of) and for some women-centric local nonprofits.

Unite Red Ale Triple Tapping, 6 to 10 p.m. April 21. $5 suggested donation. Studium, 908 E. Fifth St. #106. More information.

November drinking events calendar

Photo by Emma Janzen. Pinthouse Pizza is celebrating two years in business in November.
Photo by Emma Janzen.
Pinthouse Pizza is celebrating two years in business in November.

Pinthouse Pizza’s 2nd Anniversary Party, 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. Special Pinthouse beers from the cellar as well as a bunch of hoppy guest beers, swag giveaways, surprise entertainment and more.

Dia de Los Muertos Party at Oasis, Texas Brewing, 12 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. Lake Monster’s release in cans and two new beers, plus live music, beer-and-cheese pairings from Antonelli’s and more.

“Whiskey Distilled” author at BookPeople, 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3. Learn helpful facts about whiskey – how to drink it, store it, pick out good brands and more – from expert Heather Greene.

Jeffrey’s Wine Dinner, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4. Winemaker Christian Moueix’s first trip to Austin includes this four-course dinner paired with some of his favorite wines from the various vineyards he owns. To RSVP, email reservations@jeffreysofaustin.com. $300.

Brooklyn Brewery Cheese Pairing at the Draught House, 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5. Eight beer and cheese pairings with Brooklyn brewmaster Garrett Oliver and cheese provided by Antonelli’s. $40.

Gypsy Collaboration Beer Launch at Uncle Billy’s Brew & Que, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6. Christine Celis and Uncle Billy’s made the Gypsy Dubbel Coffee Porter together, and it’s launching in limited release.

Bitter(s) Dinner at Lenoir, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6. A five-course pairing dinner demonstrating how to cook with bitters. Bad Dog Bar Craft co-founder Lara Nixon will be in attendance. $125.

Chicago House’s Beer Never Sounded So Good, 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6. A special Fun Fun Fun Fest edition of this beer-and-music-pairing event will match up five songs from this year’s lineup with beers on tap at the bar. $20.

Deep Eddy Vodka’s Grand Opening Weekend, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9. An open house-style weekend of cocktail specials, food trucks and live music, including a concert Saturday night featuring G. Love, Dan Dyer and Tameca Jones, at Deep Eddy’s new Dripping Springs distillery.

Brown Distributing’s 4th Annual Brew Review Tailgate, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8. Sample some of the beers in Brown Distributing’s portfolio, such as Grapevine, Firestone Walker and Sixpoint. Must RSVP in advance.

Whip In and Wine for the People’s 1st Annual Tower of Bubbles, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9. Sparkling wines from around the globe paired with brunch. $30.

Licha’s Cantina’s Tequila Fortaleza Dinner, 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9. A five-course dinner paired with tequila. To RSVP, email allison@lichascantina.com.

Epicerie and Argus Cidery’s Thanksgiving Dinner, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9. Family-style, five-course Thanksgiving meal paired with Argus ciders (and even some whiskey). $75-$93.

Easy Sunday at Easy Tiger, 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16. The Brooklyn Brewery Mash edition features $1 cans of Brooklyn Lager and East IPA as well as drafts including Sorachi Ace, Post Road Pumpkin Ale, Black Chocolate Stout and Vintage Monster Ale (a special 2012 release aged in the brewery’s cellar).

Wine Workshop: Wines for the Thanksgiving Table at Central Market North Lamar, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17. A selection of wines that pair well with November’s biggest feast.

Lenoir’s Monthly Wine Tasting, 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19. This month’s tasting with in-house wine expert Chris Kelly explores the Gamay grape and the different regions it’s grown in. $25-$30.

Banger’s Founders Beer Dinner, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19. Four-course meal paired with the likes of Founders All Day IPA, Dirty Bastard, Kentucky Breakfast Stout and more. $75.

Christine Celis, Uncle Billy’s brew up new Gypsy collaboration beer

While Christine Celis, daughter of renowned Belgian brewer Pierre Celis, continues to develop a new brewery that will honor her father’s memory, she’s also been busy crafting original beer recipes with local brewers.

The Gypsy Dubbel Coffee Porter is a collaboration between Christine Celis and Uncle Billy's.
The Gypsy Dubbel Coffee Porter is a collaboration between Christine Celis and Uncle Billy’s.

This year’s Gypsy beer, done in collaboration with Uncle Billy’s Brew & Que and Austin Java, is quite different from the Gypsy collaboration, a Belgian IPA, that she partnered up with former Celis brewmaster Kim Clarke last year to create. The Dubbel Coffee Porter will feature organic cold-pressed Guatemalan and Peruvian coffee, a Belgian yeast strain and American hops and malts — “a nice blend of three different cultures,” Celis said.

It’ll be available first on draft at about 10 to 15 bars around town, including BB Rover’s, Hi Hat Public House and the Dig Pub, before it’s released in four-packs of 16 oz. tallboy cans. Like the IPA, only a limited amount of this Gypsy beer is being brewed, an intentional decision that hearkens back to the long-ago days when “brewers would travel around and experiment with other enthusiasts,” Celis’ Consulting CMO, Cindy Montgomery, said last year. “The beers they created together were typically produced for their personal enjoyment, and often brewed only once or twice.”

The Gypsy Dubbel Coffee Porter will debut at a special launch event at Uncle Billy’s on Nov. 6 with all collaborators behind the brew in attendance, including Celis, Uncle Billy’s owner Rick Engel, brewers Clarke and Brad Mortensen, and Austin Java coffee roaster Patrick Palmer. Teaming up with the Uncle Billy’s and Austin Java folks (Engel owns both businesses) on a new Gypsy beer had been a no-brainer for Celis.

“Celis (my father’s brewery) was the first craft beer brewery in Texas, and Rick opened Houston’s first brewpub since Prohibition,” she said. “I just knew I had to work with him to create another first.”

That first, the 7 percent ABV Gypsy Dubbel Coffee Porter, is “a robust yet smooth, deep chestnut-colored porter with demure chocolate undertones from the infusion of organic, cold-pressed Guatemalan and Peruvian coffees,” according to a press release.

There might be other Gypsy beers one day — but Celis ultimately looks forward to being able to brew her’s father’s old beer recipes here in Austin, in the same city where he originally lured people toward craft beer in the 1990s.

“I want to carry on (my father’s) legacy. That is the ultimate goal,” Celis said.

Keep an eye on the Gypsy Collaborations website and Facebook page for updates about when and where more Gypsy Dubbel Coffee Porter launch events will take place.

UPDATE: Here are the Gypsy Dubbel Coffee Porter launch events at various Austin bars. All start at 6 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.

Thursday, Nov. 6: Official launch party at Uncle Billy’s, 1530 Barton Springs Rd.

Friday, Nov. 7: BB Rovers, 12636 Research Blvd. B101.

Saturday, Nov. 8: Hi Hat Public House, 2121 E. Sixth St.

Tuesday, Nov. 11: Flying Saucer, 815 W. 47th St.

Wednesday, Nov. 12: Wright Bros. Brew & Brew, 500 San Marcos St.

Thursday, Nov. 13: Hopfields, 3110 Guadalupe St., at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 14: Craft Pride, 61 Rainey St.

Tuesday, Nov. 18: Little Woodrow’s, 520 West Sixth St.

Wednesday, Nov. 19: Little Woodrow’s, 5425 Burnet Rd.

Thursday, Nov. 20: School House Pub, 2207 Manor Rd., at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 4: Billy’s on Burnet, 2105 Hancock Dr.

Friday, Dec. 5: Draught House, 4112 Medical Pkwy.