Austin’s Infamous Brewing teamed up with Boston Beer Co. for SXSW beer

Infamous Brewing made a smoked oyster stout in collaboration with Boston Beer Co.
Infamous Brewing made a smoked oyster stout in collaboration with Boston Beer Co.

Bud Light might be the official beer of South by Southwest once more, but staunch craft beer fans will still be able to enjoy a local brew made in support of a business-oriented SXSW event.

Austin’s Infamous Brewing collaborated with the nationally recognized Boston Beer Co., maker of Samuel Adams beers, to create BOS X AUS, a limited-edition smoked oyster stout that will be on tap at the March 12 event and at a small amount of local bars and restaurants near the festival.

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The two breweries teamed up in part because of their history together: Infamous took part in Samuel Adams’ Brewing the American Dream program a few years ago — the same competition that the Boston brewery is staging during SXSW. Samuel Adams’ Pop-Up Pitch Room Competition runs from 3 to 5:30 p.m. March 12 at Whole Foods.

At the competition, business owners have two minutes to present the merits of their product and business to a panel of expert judges, who will then decide whose pitch is the winner based on factors like passion, creativity and quality of the presentation.

Samuel Adams brewer Jennifer Glanville, who was among the Boston Beer crew that traveled to Austin to produce BOS X AUS at Infamous, will be one of the judges, along with Lockhart Steele, co-founder of Eater.com, and two others.

“We’re privileged to create a unique brew with a truly pioneering company!” Infamous Brewing wrote on Facebook last month. “Our BOS x AUS Smoked Oyster Stout will surely be one for the books. Working alongside such experienced and knowledgeable brewers is a humbling endeavor.”

Boston Beer Co. founder Jim Koch started up Brewing the American Dream as a way to share financial help and business advice that he wishes he’d had starting the brewery 33 years ago.

Following the SXSW competition, Infamous Brewing will celebrate its 4th anniversary on March 18 with a crawfish boil, 16 draft beers and live music.

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.

Where to attend Oktoberfest events in Austin

Oktoberfest celebrations abound around Austin, many with traditional German-style food and beers.
Oktoberfest celebrations abound around Austin, many with traditional German-style food and beers.

Despite the name, Oktoberfest is traditionally celebrated in September — and many local places that host similar German-themed parties have caught on and offer them throughout this month. Here’s a round-up of the Oktoberfest events in Austin that you don’t want to miss.

Oktoberfest at Easy Tiger

11 a.m. Sept. 17, 709 E. Sixth St.

The beer garden’s Oktoberfest celebrations have revolved around a special beer Easy Tiger staff has done in collaboration with Austin Beerworks: the Montecore, a märzen-style brew that is again debuting at the Oktoberfest party. This time, it’ll be in one of the new seasonal cans that Austin Beerworks announced last month.

In addition to Montecore, Easy Tiger’s event will also have several other Oktoberfest beers, including the Live Oak Oaktoberfest, Firestone Walker Oaktoberfest, the Spaten Oktoberfest and Avery the Kaiser. Expect German food specials to pair with these as well. The menu of the day’s offerings is on the Easy Tiger Facebook page.

Whip In’s 2nd Annual Oktoberfest

4 p.m. Sept. 17, 1950 S. Interstate 35.

The Whip In will have all the elements of a proper Oktoberfest celebration: märzen-style brews from the likes of Brooklyn Brewery, Karbach Brewing, Saint Arnold Brewing and more, as well as German food and games. The food specials include house-made German brats in pumpernickel rolls, curry wurst sausage and pretzels with Berliner Weisse beer cheese. And if you’re interested in those games, prepare your arm muscles: Whip In is hosting a mug-holding competition and a hammershlagen nail-pounding competition.

Oktoberfest at Black Star Co-op

5 p.m. Sept 21-22, Sept. 24 and Sept. 28, 7020 Easy Wind Dr.

Austin’s brewpub cooperative is hosting a total of four pint nights to highlight Oktoberfest this year.

  • Sept 21: Southern Star Brewing’s German-style Festbier is getting tapped, as well as its Bavarian Hefeweizen, for this mid-week celebration.
  • Sept. 22: Black Star is bringing in Save the World Brewing’s biere de garde as a rustic French alternative to Oktoberfest. Free glassware will be available.
  • Sept. 24: Get a stein filled with beer from one of the world’s oldest monastic breweries: Weltenburger Klosterbrauerei. That’s going to be a treat.
  • Sept. 28: Left Hand Brewing’s Oktoberfest is the focus this time, with more branded glassware free for the taking.

Oktoberfest at Infamous Brewing

6 p.m. Sept. 30, 4602 Weletka Dr.

Prepare for an Oktoberfest family-style dinner from Hudson Bend chefs who are collaborating with the Lake Travis-area Infamous Brewing, which will have a couple of its beers to choose from for a dessert of ice cream floats. The $50 dinner benefits Austin Habitat for Humanity’s the House That Beer Built project. Secure your seat on eventbrite.

And looking ahead, there are also a couple of Oktoberfest events in the actual month of October.

Flying Saucer’s Oktoberfest Beer Games Day

12 p.m. Oct. 1, 815 W. 47th St.

The beer bar is offering German beer and food specials throughout the day and throwing a little competition in for good measure: a stein hoist, keg race and dachshund races.

Catoberfest at Mean Eyed Cat

5 p.m. Oct. 14, 1621 W. Fifth St.

A weekend of beer and brats is in order. Mean Eyed Cat will have both seasonal and local favorites on tap, and Stubb’s BBQ will be serving up the carnivore-friendly menu. Festivities kick off Friday evening with a Sam Adams beer hoisting competition.

AustOberfest at Scholz Garten

5 p.m. Oct. 22, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd.

This year’s big Austin Oktoberfest bash doubles as Scholz Garten’s 150th anniversary celebration — no small feat. Enjoy this day of Central Texas German heritage appreciation with sausage, beers, bowling and live music, with food vendors including Freedmen’s, Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew, Frank and more. (The drink purveyors haven’t been announced yet.) The $50 tickets get you special 150th anniversary glassware, drink tickets, unlimted sausage tastings and a hat pin.

Even though the event seems far off, don’t delay in getting tickets — this time, only 900 are being sold. To grab one, visit austoberfest.com.

Infamous brewing up funds for leukemia and lymphoma research

Josh Horowitz, brewer at Infamous Brewing Company in Hudson Bend, is campaigning to win Man of the Year through the South Central Texas chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through various fundraising activities.
Josh Horowitz, brewer at Infamous Brewing Company in Hudson Bend, is campaigning to win Man of the Year through the South Central Texas chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through various fundraising activities.

Although less than a week remains until the end of May, that’s plenty of time to help out Infamous Brewing’s Josh Horowitz with an important cause: raising money for the .

As a story for the Statesman-owned Lake Travis View explained earlier this month, Horowitz has been campaigning since the end of March to become  for the South Central Texas chapter of the LLS, which has entailed coming up and following through with creative ways to raise money for leukemia and lymphoma research.

For him, co-owner of the Hudson Bend brewery, it was probably a pretty easy brainstorm: Horowitz said in the story that in addition to sending out emails and letters asking people to donate, he’s doing a beer sales match campaign f

So far, 10,240 Infamous pints have been sold this month, according to a recent post on Infamous’ Facebook page. You can find these beers at places like Brew Exchange, School House Pub, Foxhole Culinary Tavern and more. Or, if you’re simply looking to help out, visit Horowitz’s LLS Man of the Year campaign website.

Holiday gift ideas for the beer lover in your life

Getting a Christmas gift for a beer enthusiast seems pretty easy: Just buy them a bottle of their favorite brew and put a bow on it. But in the midst of this veritable craft renaissance with quality beers galore, you might want to branch out a little and find them something truly spectacular that they’ll want to make their new go-to brew. Finding that quality bottle or other beer-related item can be harder to do if you don’t know what to look for. Here’s a gift guide to make the beer lover in your life very merry indeed. (For wine fans, I’ve got this round-up of affordable holiday wines to try.)

Photo by Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. 'Tis the season for dark brews, such as Atwater Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale and Prairie Christmas Bomb.
Photo by Arianna Auber / American-Statesman.
‘Tis the season for dark brews, such as Atwater Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale and Prairie Christmas Bomb.

The season of the stout

For holiday white elephant gift exchanges with friends who drink beer, I tend to take a couple of bombers or a six-pack, depending on the price limit, and they’re always pretty popular steals. I even wrote a story last year about some of the beers you could take to one such gift swap (it was my very first column as Liquid Austin writer, actually).

I’m now happy to see most all the recommendations I gave are ones I’d still stand by today, from Rogness Holiday, a spice-filled seasonal ale, to Firestone Walker Wookey Jack, a Black Rye IPA. But I’ve also got a few additional ones that are especially perfect for the fast approaching holidays and all the imbibing opportunities they bring.

  • Upslope Foreign Style Stout: Dark and full-bodied, this beer from Colorado embodies exactly the kind of beer you’d want this time of year, with roasted coffee notes and a lingering finish, but it lacks the high ABV that often accompanies a stout. Upslope’s version clocks in at 6.9 percent, allowing you to have more than one (because yes, indeed, you’ll want to finish the whole six-pack). It’ll hit store shelves in Texas starting Dec. 15.
  • Atwater Brewing Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale: It’s about as rich as the name suggests, with chocolate extract added in from a blend of three different types of chocolate, but it’s not overly sweet — and at 5.5 percent ABV, it’s almost sinfully sessionable. Atwater, from Detroit, Michigan, arrived in Austin earlier this year with plans to open a satellite brewing facility here next year as part of a massive expansion out of its home state. The dark chocolate ale offers an easy-drinking, if filling, taste of what’s to come if Atwater becomes a fixture in town. The beer is a year-round offering from the brewery but especially perfect in these colder months.
  • Prairie Christmas Bomb: Prairie Artisan Ales’ superstar of an imperial stout, the Bomb, is getting the holiday treatment with the addition of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg in a beer that already explodes with the bold notes of espresso beans, chocolate, vanilla beans and ancho chile peppers. Plus, the label art from this Oklahoma brewery pays clever homage to Macaulay Culkin, he of “Home Alone” fame, so it won’t be hard to get in the Christmas spirit with this brew. But beware the ABV: it’s at 13 percent.
  • Infamous Sweep the Leg Peanut Butter Stout: If you’re wanting to show off a local beer, go with a bomber of Infamous Sweep the Leg, which doesn’t let you down for including peanut butter in the name. You’ll catch prominent notes of the nut (Infamous brewers added peanut butter to the stout during the fermentation process), as well as chocolate, coffee and even some vanilla in the 8 percent ABV brew, and you’ll realize one important fact: Sweep the Leg will make you go nutty for peanut butter beers.

Do-it-yourself brewing

Photo by Rachel Malish. Give the gift of learning how to brew beer with these homebrew kits available at Whole Foods. The downtown location also offers cider kits.
Photo by Rachel Malish.
Give the gift of learning how to brew beer with these homebrew kits available at Whole Foods. The downtown location also offers cider kits.

Or if your beer-loving friend or family member already has a well-stocked cupboard of wintry brews, consider something else beer-related. Whole Foods currently has a variety of Brooklyn Brew Shop beer-making kits, from a Warrior Double IPA to a Chocolate Maple Porter, priced at $40. The grocery store is also selling a trivia board game called Beer Nerds that will test your knowledge of the beverage while you drink it.

Austin Homebrew has holiday homebrew kits as well, including the AHS Christmas Day Black IPA to the AHS Fireside Winter Warmer and more. You can either visit the store on Metric Boulevard or order online at www.austinhomebrew.com.

And if you’ve already got homebrewing supplies, Jester King is bestowing you with a gift: recipes of some of the Hill Country brewery’s most popular beers. Ever wanted to make your own version of Wytchmaker? Go here to learn how.

This post has been corrected to reflect that Infamous Sweep the Leg is 8 percent ABV.