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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 South Central Texas chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
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 Man of the Year 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 — for every pint of beer Infamous sells this month, the brewery is donating 10 cents to his LLC campaign, and Brown Distributing, Infamous’ distributor, will match up to 10,000 pints. A variety of area bars and restaurants have agreed to do the same, according to the Lake Travis View story.
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.)
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.
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.