JuiceLand opens downtown location at Frost Bank Tower

With a new location finally opening downtown on Tuesday, JuiceLand is in just about every part of the city now. The juice bar that has been rated among the best in the country is bringing its healthy drinks into the Frost Bank Tower at 120 E. Fourth St.

JuiceLand is now opened downtown at
JuiceLand is now opened downtown at 120 E. Fourth St.

Although the new spot — JuiceLand’s 14th Austin location — opens its doors tomorrow, make sure to stop by next Wednesday, too, when the official grand opening is offering half-off drinks for the entire day.

Being able to “fuel workforces for breakfast, lunch and dinner” is an exciting step for JuiceLand owner Matt Shook, who’s been operating his health-focused business for more than 13 years. “We are thrilled to be offering a convenient, fast and fresh option for the hustlers and bustlers in our urban core,” he said in a press release.

At the downtown JuiceLand, expect to grab a “fresh-­pressed juice on the way to the office, a quinoa salad for lunch or an afternoon superfood smoothie.”

Menu items also include favorites like “the Originator with fresh apple juice, banana, blueberry, cherry, peanut butter, rice protein, spirulina and flax oil… and Vegetable Kingdom with fresh apple juice, carrot, beet, spinach, lemon, mango, cherry and spirulina,” according to the press release.

It’ll operate the same hours as the other locations: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. For more information, visit juicelandaustin.com.

This article has been updated to reflect that JuiceLand’s half-off drinks celebration is Feb. 24. 

Napa Valley winemaker joins Fall Creek Vineyards team

Photo by Jay Janner / American-Statesman. Fall Creek Vineyards co-owner Susan Auler and winemaker Sergio Cuadra have added a new member to the Fall Creek winemaking team.
Photo by Jay Janner / American-Statesman. Fall Creek Vineyards co-owner Susan Auler and winemaker Sergio Cuadra have added a new member to the Fall Creek winemaking team.

The Texas Hill Country’s oldest winery continues to draw in prestigious talent from around the world: this time, from Napa Valley.

Joining Fall Creek Vineyards’ co-owner Ed Auler and director of winemaking Sergio Cuadra on the wine-producing team is Philip Boyd Price, Jr., who hails from Brand Napa Valley, a winery that specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon. Price “has a great passion for crafting world-class wines and brings a wealth of experience to the vineyard,” according to a press release.

In addition to working under top winemakers like Philippe Melka, Price has a master’s degree in agriculture with a focus on enology and viticulture and has a lot of experience working with the grapes that do particularly well in Texas’ warm climate. He’ll work side by side with Cuadra when he comes to Texas next week.

Auler, who founded Fall Creek Vineyards in 1975 with his wife, Susan, is excited to have an additional hand around to grow the grapes and develop the wines at both of Fall Creek’s locations.

“We think Price will be an excellent addition to our Fall Creek team, which has produced highly lauded Cabernet Sauvignon-blended wines,” Auler said in the press release. The winemakers look forward to collaborating with him “partly because of Phil’s experience with Brand’s Robert Parker-rated Cabernet Sauvignon wines.”

Fall Creek Vineyards has shown remarkable resilience over the years, despite the occasional difficulties of the fast-growing Texas wine industry. The Aulers brought Cuadra to the winery in 2013, who was lured from Chile’s vineyards by the promise of Texas’ hardy, drought-resistant grapes. He’s helped to bring the winery into the next chapter of Texas winemaking.

For more information, visit www.fcv.com.

Bridget Dunlap’s Parlor & Yard to take over Arro on West Sixth

Although the French bistro Arro is now closed, the West Sixth Street building that housed it won’t be empty for long.

Photo by Ralph Barrera / American-Statesman. Bridget Dunlap, owner of food-and-drink empire DunlapATX, is opening a sports lounge concept on West Sixth.
Photo by Ralph Barrera / American-Statesman. Bridget Dunlap, owner of food-and-drink empire DunlapATX, is opening a sports lounge concept on West Sixth.

Another bar is coming to 601 W. Sixth St. from hospitality queen Bridget Dunlap, who plans to open Parlor & Yard by late February. Also the founder of Lustre Pearl, Container Bar and Clive, she’ll turn her latest project into a Frank “Sinatra-esque sports and game lounge,” according to a press release.

The throwback sports bar will have — in addition to an indoor lounge space where you can relax with a drink — plenty of old-school games in the patio area to get you off your feet, including yard dice, corn hole and board games. Parlor & Yard is able to open so quickly after Arro’s shuttering because much of the design isn’t changing.

According to Parlor & Yard’s newly made Facebook page, its “homage to vintage captures an era when sports were America’s pastime, and the inclusion of interactive games is a vestige of game nights.”

Haddington’s, the restaurant that Arro took over for in 2013, didn’t last more than a couple of years, either, but Dunlap may have better luck with Parlor & Yard given her ability at opening popular bars here. She resurrected the beloved Lustre Pearl, a powder-blue bungalow, last fall in a new East Austin location.

Parlor & Yard will be open from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m. Mondays thru Fridays and 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. on weekends. Stay tuned for more details about its official opening, and for more information, visit parloryard.com.

South Lamar’s World of Beer outpost closes today

Contributed by Alyssa Ahern. The World of Beer franchise is bringing a location here after opening its first tavern in 2007 in Tampa, Florida. The Austin World of Beer will open next month.
Contributed by Alyssa Ahern. The World of Beer franchise in Austin is closing after less than a year in business.

After less than a year opened on South Lamar Boulevard near the Broken Spoke, Austin’s outpost of the World of Beer is closing today.

The pub, which straddled a tightrope between sports bar and craft beer bar, struggled to find a following in Austin, although employee Kelsey Brown said, “We may try to look for another location. That’s a silver lining.”

In the meantime, World of Beer — which opened during South by Southwest last year with more than 500 bottles and 50 rotating taps — might have one last day to serve Austinites a beer, depending upon whether the sale of the space goes through today. If it does open around 3 or 4 p.m. this afternoon, the entire inventory of alcohol is 50 percent off.

“We aren’t serving food, but absolutely everything else is half off until close,” Brown said.

South Lamar’s World of Beer location is one of nearly 70 other locations around the country. The tavern originated in Tampa, Florida, in 2007, growing quickly from a neighborhood bar to the nationwide franchise it is today. While it chose a tricky spot in Austin to try and set up shop, the World of Beer company might have better luck in a different part of town.

It’s located at 3121 S. Lamar Blvd.

Give blood and get a Bloody Mary at Craftsman in return

Knowing you’re helping someone is a reward in itself when giving blood, but East Austin bar Craftsman is offering an extra incentive for you now through the month of March.

Craftsman is offering blood donors a free Bloody Mary throughout February and March, when blood donations are at their lowest annually.
Craftsman is offering blood donors a free Bloody Mary throughout February and March, when blood donations are at their lowest annually.

Bring in proof that you’ve given blood through March 31 and Craftsman will give you a free Bloody Mary in return. Plus, all proceeds of purchased Bloody Mary drinks in the same time period will go toward the Blood & Tissue Center of Central Texas. (But keep in mind, if you do give blood, that donors should refrain from consuming alcohol on the day of their donation.)

Craftsman’s owner, Brandon Testa, decided to offer this deal in honor of the end of National Volunteer Blood Donor Month, which was in January. February and March, he learned after a meeting with the blood center, sees a big decrease in the amount of blood donations annually.

“I know countless people who have family members or friends whose lives were saved thanks to organizations that provide blood like the Blood Center of Central Texas,” Testa said in a press release. “We thought a natural fit to help such an important organization would be to donate the proceeds of Bloody Mary sales, one of our most popular and delicious selections on our menu.”

The Craftsman Bloody Mary is house-made with the bar’s own spices, tomato juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce and Tito’s Vodka. Try it out during brunch, when the East Cesar Chavez Street bungalow bar is offering a menu of Mexican items like huevos rancheros, Tacos Don Chaco and the vegetarian Tacos Mi Madre.

And even if you aren’t a fan of Bloody Marys, Testa is hoping that his promotion brings awareness to the importance of giving blood, “one of the simplest and safest ways to help someone in need,” he said in the press release.

Craftsman is located at 2000 E. Cesar Chavez St. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/craftsmanbar.

Wright Bros. Brew & Brew searching for money thief

Photo by Austin Humphreys. Wright Bros. Brew & Brew is celebrating one year in business this weekend.
Photo by Austin Humphreys / American-Statesman. The Wright Bros. Brew & Brew is located at 500 San Marcos St. #105.

The Wright Bros. Brew & Brew needs your help finding a thief.

Last week, a man walking into the Brew & Brew didn’t stop at the counter to ask for a cup of coffee or craft beer. Instead, he stole money from the East Fifth Street coffee bar, taking more than $200 in two separate trips.

KXAN reported that he wandered into a back room when no one was looking. “Surveillance video shows the man taking money from a corner of the back of the house, (where) employees are working behind this door about four feet away,” according to the news site. “The video showed the man in the back of the shop around 5:50 p.m. Thursday while workers were busy up front.”

Matthew Bolick, one of the co-founders of the Brew & Brew, was relieved that no one was hurt during the incident, according to KXAN. “If someone had come back and rounded the corner and seen him, what would he have done, and how would that have turned out?” he said in the article.

The Brew & Brew posted the surveillance video of the man stealing onto their Instagram, in the hopes of catching him before he robs someone else. If you recognize him, call the Austin Police Department or email the coffee shop at info@thebrewandbrew.com.

Real Ale, Blacklands Malt team up for collaboration brew

Real Ale Brewing’s latest beer features a special local ingredient — the Leander-malted barley of Blacklands Malt, Texas’ only malthouse.

Although Blacklands, founded by entrepreneur Brandon Ade, has been supplying the malt for many area breweries, including Jester King and Black Star Co-op, Real Ale is especially meaningful for him.

“To me, this recent collaboration is a dream come true,” Ade said in a press release. “To partner for the first time with Real Ale on the Brewers’ Cut ESB is a culmination of many years of hard work, planning and execution. Placing this beer on many store shelves gives Blacklands Malt unprecedented exposure. Not to mention it makes me extremely proud to be part of a delicious beer from a brewery I have respected for many years.”

Photo contributed by Real Ale Brewing. Real Ale's Brad Farbstein, center, collaborated with Blacklands Malt's JC Salgado and Brandon Ade for the latest Brewers' Cut release, an ESB.
Photo contributed by Real Ale Brewing. Real Ale’s Tim Schwartz, center, collaborated with Blacklands Malt’s JC Salgado and Brandon Ade for the latest Brewers’ Cut release, an ESB.

He and Blacklands’ J.C. Salgado arrived one morning in December to deliver the malt and ceremoniously add it to the brewing ESB, Brewer’s Cut Project# 23, with Tim Schwartz, Real Ale’s brewing director.

The ESB, an extra special bitter that has long been a staff favorite at the Blanco brewery, is now in six-packs at local stores and on draft at local bars. Although Real Ale has made the ESB before, this one won’t taste quite like the others.

“Real Ale’s ESB has had a diverse upbringing as a child of multiple collaborations,” according to the press release. “The first version of this classic English ale was a draft-only offering adopted, at one time, by the Alamo Drafthouse as their house beer. Round two brought Real Ale and Austin metal greats the Sword together for their first collaboration, Iron Swan.”

The recipe has changed anew “to showcase the complex malt character of Blacklands’ North American Pale Malt,” highlighting the biscuit notes the malt is known for. Plus, East Kent Goldings and Bramling Cros hops balance the beer with “elements of herbal citrus and a spicy fruitiness,” according to the brewery.

Being able to supply malt to Real Ale is a good sign of growth for Blacklands Malt, which has been bringing in barley from other states to malt in-house since late 2013. The project started out small, but Ade’s increasing list of customers keeps his business booming.

“When I first moved to Austin I cut my ‘beer-drinking’ teeth on Real Ale Fireman’s #4 in the summertime and Real Ale Coffee Porter in the winter,” Ade said in the release. “Needless to say, when I started my malthouse, I had Real Ale on the short list of hopeful customers, but the realities of scale prevented us from working together. I just could not keep up with the amount of malt Real Ale was using.”

Real Ale’s Brewers’ Cut series allows for its brewers to stretch their creative muscles on fun new beers. For more information, visit realalebrewing.com.

Where to watch the Super Bowl in Austin for a boozy good time

In case hosting a Super Bowl party sounds like too much work this year, you’ve got ready alternatives in Austin bars. We’ve gathered up some options for different parts of town, each one broadcasting the big game of the Denver Broncos versus the Carolina Panthers.

East Austin: Craftsman’s SOUPer Bowl

While you watch the Broncos and Panthers duke it out in the Super Bowl, seven breweries are going head to head in a very different challenge at Craftsman starting at 6 p.m. They’ll make a soup, stew or chili with one of their beers and you’ll decide the favorite. Participating breweries include locals Hops & Grain and Friends & Allies and regional ones like Abita and Deep Ellum; expect their creations to encompass everything from a Black Stout Chili to a Brown Ale Gumbo. Their beers will also be on tap to drink during the game, which is playing on three TVs with the sound turned up.

Photo from Brew Exchange Facebook. One option for watching the Super Bowl is Sixth Street's Brew Exchange, which has plenty of good beers on tap.
Photo from Brew Exchange Facebook. One option for watching the Super Bowl is West Sixth Street’s Brew Exchange, which has plenty of good beers on tap.

Downtown: The Brew Exchange’s Super Boil

The puns are on point this year. But instead of soup, the Brew Exchange — which remains the only bar in Austin whose concept is centered around

South Austin: the ABGB’s Make Your Own ABGB Beer Commercial Sweepstakes

All right, you’ll have to do a little bit more work with this one than just show up, but if you’ve got the creativity and the desire to show that the Super Bowl commercials have nothing on your video skills, you should enter in the ABGB’s beer ad challenge. Make a 60-second or less commercial about why you love the ABGB or Austin Pets Alive and you could have the chance to win a beer and pizza party for up to 15 people. The finalist videos will be shown during the halftime of the Super Bowl, which the brewpub will be playing on a big screen starting at 5 p.m.

Photo by Matt McGinnis. North Austinites can watch the Super Bowl at Little Woodrow's Tech Ridge Sunday.
Photo by Matt McGinnis. North Austinites can watch the Super Bowl at Little Woodrow’s Tech Ridge Sunday.

North Austin: Little Woodrow’s Watch Party

Don’t want to miss a second of the bowl game fun? Each of the five Little Woodrow’s locations in Austin are playing full broadcasts of the pre-game, game and post-game action on 16 or more HD screens in the bars and on the dog-friendly patios, including the newest one in North Austin at Tech Ridge. There, you’ll be able to take advantage of a “draftmania” special whereby most beers on tap are $1 off. Sibling business Uncle Billy’s Smokehouse & Brewery, farther south on Barton Springs Road, is going to have a special Super Bowl firkin of the Green Room IPA as well.

West Austin: Punch Bowl Social’s Super Bowl 50 Party

Bowl while you watch the bowl (OK, that’s my bad pun). The bowling alley bar — which also has vintage arcade games, ping pong, shuffle board and private karaoke rooms — is offering specials on all the sorts of food you want to eat during the game, including 50 percent off wings, chips and salsa, and brats. Or you can hole up in one of the karaoke rooms with friends for a more personal watch party, where you can get all-you-can-eat wings, nachos, Frito pies, hot dogs and Bud Light for $65 per person. The fun starts at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Easy Tiger makes list of best beer bars in America

Photo by Julie Cope. Easy Tiger's bar and beer garden is so adored that it's made a national roundup proclaiming the best beer bars in America.
Photo by Julie Cope. Easy Tiger’s bar and beer garden is so adored that it’s made a national roundup proclaiming the best beer bars in America.

Not long after Austin was rated a great American beer city by Wine Enthusiast magazine, another publication has recognized one local bar’s major love of beer.

Easy Tiger, a bakery and beer garden on East Sixth Street, is one of the bars included on USA Today’s Readers’ Choice Top 20 Beer Bars in America — but is it beloved enough to make it to the top 10 on this list? USA Today has turned the roundup into an online competition that will determine the best of these places, narrowing them down to the top 10 beer bars in the U.S. You can read a description of each bar and then vote on your favorite. Readers can register their votes once per day through Feb. 29, when the voting ends.

Here’s what USA Today said about Easy Tiger:

“With more than 30 local and boutique draft beers plus an in-house bakery producing artisan breads and pretzels, house-made sausages and a gorgeous creek-side beer garden, Easy Tiger makes it easy for Austin beer lovers to settle in for a lengthy visit. Picnic tables and large fans in the shady garden contribute to the easy-going atmosphere, making it a great place for fine beer and conversation. The youthful crowd runs the gamut from area professionals to curious students looking to broaden their beer horizons.”

Agree with that statement? Vote for the bar here. It’s certainly got stiff competition: Others on the list include Denver’s Falling Rock Tap House, which has more than 75 beers on draft and more than 130 in bottles, and Caldwell, New Jersey’s Cloverleaf Tavern, which has been serving up beers in a laid-back atmosphere since 1933 (the year, maybe not coincidentally, that Prohibition ended).

Right now, readers have ranked Easy Tiger ninth on the list. Let’s get it higher.

Austin’s drinking events calendar, February 2016

South Austin Brewery has been going through changes in the past year, including a renovated taproom, but one aspect of the brewery won't change. It's still a place where people can come to drink beer and listen to live music.
South Austin Brewery is celebrating its 2 year anniversary on Feb. 6 with beer and live music.

Slow Wine Guide, 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1. 80 producers from 15 Italian wine regions are at this tasting to familiarize you with their philosophy surrounding biodiversity, eco-friendliness and more.

Italic’s Selvapiana Wine Dinner, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1. A five-course tasting menu will showcase the wines of Selvapiana Winery, in a historic and renowned region of Italy. $75.

Whalez Bruh Rare Draft Release, 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2. Whip In is pulling rare beers from the cellar, from 2013 Deschutes the Abyss to 2014 Prairie Balcones Whiskey Barrel Bomb.

The W Austin’s Women’s Club Wednesday, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3. This new boy’s club for women features a Patron Tequila tasting this month. $32.64.

Pint Night for a Cause at Workhorse Bar, 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 4. New Belgium Brewing is featured at this event that is giving 15 percent of proceeds to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Central Austin.

Firkin Friday at Uncle Billy’s, 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5. Try a cask of the Green Room IPA, augmented with grapefruit zest and Equinox hops for flavors of green pepper and tropical fruit. $3 a pint.

South Austin Brewery’s 2-Year Anniversary, 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6. Enjoy cans of the Evel Ale, the Kol’Beer and the TPA, as well as live music, food truck eats and more.

Cocktails and Cheese at Small Victory, 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7. Antonelli’s Cheese is celebrating six years in business with this pairing of four drinks and cheeses. $40.

The Craftsman SOUPer Bowl, 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7. While you watch the Super Bowl, seven breweries are duking it out with a different challenge. They’ll make a soup, stew or chili with one of their beers and you’ll decide the favorite.

Tom McCarthy Jr. for American-Statesman. The Infinite Monkey Theorem is hosting a wine pairing dinner with Chi'lantro on Feb. 8.
Tom McCarthy Jr. for American-Statesman. The Infinite Monkey Theorem is hosting a wine pairing dinner with Chi’lantro on Feb. 8.

Chi’Fancy Wine Pairing Dinner at the Infinite Monkey Theorem, 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8. Five courses of a one-time menu from Chi’lantro paired with wines from the urban winery. $80.12.

Mardi Gras at Drink.Well, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9. $8 classic New Orleans cocktails all night, including traditional French 75s, Hurricanes, Sazeracs and Grasshoppers, as well as a Cajun feast.

Whisler’s Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9. Mardi Gras party favors and a New Orleans-inspired cocktail menu to celebrate this day of epicurean excess.

Blue Owl Collaboration Release at Black Star Co-op, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9. Black Star and Blue Owl Brewing have teamed up to make Can’t Quit You, a sour-mashed double IPA.

Boulevard Flight + Seminar at Easy Tiger, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9. Taste Boulevard Brewing beers – including Love Child No. 6, Tell-Tale Tart, Rye-on-Rye and Bourbon-Barrel Quad – with brand ambassador Jeremy Danner.

Valentine’s Day-Themed Wine Tasting at Lenoir, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11. Find the wine for your weekend for two with Lenoir’s beverage director, Chris Kelly, who will be pouring lush and blush winter reds and rosés.

Love Goes Sour Week at Flying Saucer, 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12. Sour beers are on tap from New Belgium Brewing, BFM, Prairie Artisan Ales and Cascade Brewing.

Smoke Out Saturday at Banger’s, 12 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. A special Mardi Gras edition of this smoke fest brings Cajun food, live music and beer to the Banger’s courtyard.

Galentine’s Day at Zilker Brewing, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. Ladies only for this afternoon featuring a special cask tapping, local vendors, light bites and a raffle benefiting SafePlace.

Meridian Hive Meadery’s Dynamo Release Party, 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. Austin’s only meadery is debuting Dynamo, a sessionable sour cherry mead made with two types of cherries, cinnamon, vanilla, almond and orange blossom honey.

Valentine’s Vow Renewal at New Braunfels Brewing, 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. Renew your vows brewery-style: with a beer in hand. $25 per couple.

Cafecito Meets Professor Black at Blue Owl Brewing, 12 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. This perfect pairing – a splash of Revolution Spirits’ coffee liqueur with Blue Owl’s sour cherry stout – is available with the brewery’s usual $15 sensory tour.

Special Valentine’s Day Tapping at Hops & Grain, 12 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. You’ve got a date with two Volumes of Oak Beers: Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter Culture with Raspberries and Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter Culture with Cherries.

Valentine’s Day Beer and Chocolate Flight at Craft Pride, 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. Sample five 5 oz. beers with chocolates from Austin-based Crave Artisan Chocolate. $20.

Valentine’s Beer Pairing Dinner at Hi Hat Public House, 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. A five-course dinner by Chef Thomas Reeh, paired with Live Oak Brewing beers. $80.12

Barrel-Aged Week at Eureka, 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 15 through midnight Sunday, Feb. 21. A full week of events related to barrel-aged beers, including a beer dinner featuring suds from Austin Eastciders, Real Ale, Rahr & Sons, Karbach and (512) Brewing. $6-$60.

Winner, Winner, Whiskey Beer Dinner at Flying Saucer, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. All whiskey barrel-aged brews at this dinner. More details to come.

Craft Pride’s 3rd Anniversary Party, 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. Lots of special beers going on tap to mark the occasion, including 2013 Real Ale Scots Gone Wild, Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel and many more.