The 10,796-sq. ft. space is located at the Crossroads Center, 110 East MLK Dr., a mixed-use redevelopment of a former grocery store not far from Texas State University. There, Hops & Grain will house a second production facility and tasting room, according to a press release.
“Our goal is to start brewing test batches on our new system in San Marcos by July 2017, and if all goes well, release our first beer from the new facility in October 2017,” Josh Hare, the founder of Hops & Grain, said in the release. “With our new state-of the-art facility and large, on-site tasting room with outdoor beer garden, we look forward to opening our doors to San Marcos next year.”
Many of the same people who designed the Hops & Grain taproom off East Sixth Street are also creating the look and feel of the second space, including Phillip Edgerton of Edgework Designs for metal work, Austin Evers of Woodwork at 17 for wood elements and Lilianne Steckel Interior Design.
Meridian Hive’s Limited Release Mead, 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. After two years in the making, Bounty – Meridian Hive’s bourbon barrel-aged cyser – is finally ready for enjoying.
The 7th Annual Bourbon, Bluegrass & BBQ, 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6. The U.S. Bartenders’ Guild is offering tastings of premium bourbon, live music from local bluegrass musicians and barbecue from Central Texas pitmasters. Must RSVP to attend. $15-$30.
Big Reds & Bubbles, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10. The Wine & Food Foundation’s event marries cuisine from local chefs with a mix of sparkling wine and red wine.
Brooklyn Brewery Mash, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 through 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13. The weekend-long mash-up of beer and community fun – including a dinner, a concert, something called the Beer Mansion and more – returns.
Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop, 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 through 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13. These workshops will benefit anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of wine. $200-$350.
The 78702 Beer Mile Fun Run at Whip In, 10 a.m. Nov. 12. The run sounds simple, if you can hold your beer: Drink a 12 oz. can of Hops & Grain’s 78702 Kolsch, run a quarter mile, then repeat three more times.
4th Tap’s 1st Anniversary Party, 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. The brewery co-op will have a variety of special beer releases to celebrate one year, including a Bière de Coupage. There will also be food trucks and live music.
Balcones Whisky’s Downtown Debut, 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. Get a self-guided tour of the new distillery in Waco, as well as a complimentary sampling of special edition whiskies. $10.
Pinot & Pig at Easy Tiger, 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 13. While DJ Gatsby spins his tunes, enjoy American and French flights of Pinot Noir and by-the-glass specials, all paired with a pig roast.
Beaujolais Crawl at June’s & Irene’s, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16. Taste all 10 Crus of Beaujolais and French-inspired bites with master sommeliers June Rodil, Craig Collins and Devon Broglie at June’s; then, move to Irene’s for all the Beaujolais Nouveau you could want.
Hopfields’ 5th Anniversary, 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. The entire tap wall is getting switched over to a special collection of barrel-aged, sour and rare suds from Jolly Pumpkin, Firestone Walker, Prairie Artisan Ales and more.
6th Annual Wine & Swine, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20. The Austin Food & Wine Alliance’s pig roast returns with live music and top-quality wine, beer and spirit tastings. $85.
Hops for Hope: Annual Art & Beer Bazaar, 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20. Thirty-six artists, more than 30 beers, five local DJs and three food trucks come together to support the 2016 HOPE Projects.
Mega Mutt Monday at Banger’s, 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21. It’s a special “giving back” edition of the pet-friendly event. Along with Banger’s extended happy hour, live music and favorite dog vendors, the bar will be collecting items for Austin Pets Alive.
Friendsgiving at W Austin, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23. The turkey can wait. Because you’d much rather be at all-night happy hour, right? Get the Thanksgiving festivities started early with DJ beats.
Yard Bar’s Black Dog Friday, 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 25. Yard Bar’s answer to Black Friday will have free dog ice cream for dogs with black coloring, as well as a holiday photo booth, live music and a limited release beer Yard Bar created with Austin Beerworks.
Black Friday Festival Fun at Treaty Oak Distilling, 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25. In case you need a respite from the shopping mall madness, Treaty Oak is opening the ranch an hour early with games and activities, including a family tug-of-war and a turkey waddle relay.
Wassail Fest, 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26. Downtown merchants in Bastrop will be competing for bragging rights for the best holiday brew during this inaugural event, an addition to the Lost Pines Christmas line-up.
Fall Creek Vineyard’s Cowboy Christmas & Feast, 12 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26. Get your family into the holiday spirit with a lunchtime performance by “cowboy poet” Steve Smith and singer/songwriter Reuben Darnell at the Tow location of this Hill Country winery. $24.95.
The glorious 10 days of beer-soaked fun known as Austin Beer Week have returned with the usual frenzy of events at local bars, breweries and restaurants, all to celebrate Austin’s close-knit beer industry. The Austin Beer Week website lists all of the things to do around town — and there are a lot — so consider this post your guide to what to choose throughout the next several days.
Official Kick-Off Party at Craft Pride: Welcome the week ahead with a beer list that will surely make your mouth water. Is that nearly a whole lineup of Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel brews we spot on there?
ATX Brewpub Collusion: The first of the pale ales being released for this collaboration running the duration of Austin Beer Week is being tapped at Black Star Co-op. It’s one of six local brewpubs that has brewed the same recipe, but thanks to each brewpub’s own personal touches, the beers will all result in different flavors and aromas. Try ’em all throughout the week.
Saturday, Oct. 29
The Draught House’s 48th Anniversary Party: Thank the beer gods for another year of this beloved local brewpub with another irresistible beer list, as well as craft ice cream, a live show from the Dead Music Capital Band and an event called the Beer Olympics.
(512) Brewing’s 8th Anniversary Party: Yes, it’s another year of having to choose between this brewery’s bash and the Draught House’s. But (512) makes a good argument for its own — namely, a roster of (512) brews you can’t get anywhere else. If only we could be in two places at once.
Real Ale 20th Anniversary Collaboration at Pinthouse Pizza: Real Ale and Pinthouse have collaborated on making a pilsner together to celebrate Real Ale’s big milestone. Did you know Tim Schwartz, director of brewing at Real Ale, and Joe Mohrfeld, director of brewing at Pinthouse, met at brewing school eight years ago? The beer they’ve made together will showcase elements of what both breweries do so well.
Sunday, Oct. 30
Hans’ Fest at Yard Bar: The pooch-friendly bar couldn’t be a more perfect place to host a celebration of Real Ale’s Hans’ Pils, a beer named after the owner’s beloved dog. Other Real Ale brews will be on tap as well.
Monday, Oct. 31
Hops & Grain’s 4th Annual Halloween Party: The only time the brewery is 21 and up, this boisterous Halloween bash is worth the headache you might wake up with Tuesday morning. Expect a costume contest, extra beers on tap and a DJ for your dancing pleasure.
Tuesday, Nov. 1
Blue Owl Brewing Flight & Seminar:Stop into Easy Tiger from 6 to 7 p.m. for a talk by Blue Owl’s Jeff Young and taste a flight of four sour Blue Owl beers, including the new Wee Beastie, a Wee Heavy with peated malt.
Wednesday, Nov. 2
Everything East at Hi Hat Public House: Love all of the beers made in East Austin? Hops & Grain, Zilker Brewing, Friends & Allies, Blue Owl and more will all be represented at this tap takeover celebrating neighborly love.
Jester King and Jolly Pumpkin Beer Dinner at Hopfields: Sure, it’s $120 per person, but the 8-course dinner is well worth it for the food and the beers (Jester King Cru-55! Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura! and many more!) that you’ll feast on, with rare bottles available for purchase afterward.
Austin Beer Week Discussion: What Is Hoppy?: The week couldn’t be all fun and games. Get serious with hop wizards Will Golden of Austin Beerworks, Joe Mohrfeld of Pinthouse Pizza and Josh Hare of Hops & Grain, who will focus on hops — how to source them, how hopping techniques work and what the future looks like for hoppy beers. Come early for a flight of hoppy offerings from the participating breweries.
Jester King Flight & Seminar:Grab your $25 tickets to listen to Jester King founder Jeff Stuffings discuss his popular farmhouse brewery while you sip on your flight of four Jester King beers, which include Fen Tao and Atrial Rubicite.
Gluten-Free Oktoberfest at Texas Keeper Cider: Take a break from beer (as if you’re sick of it) with this $65 three-course dinner featuring food from Anjore and three ciders, including Texas Keeper’s new Honey Thief Cyser.
Antonelli’s Cheese Pairing Class: Circle Brewing and Antonelli’s have teamed up to demonstrate all the ways that beer and cheese are a perfect match. Not that we ever doubted it, of course. Reserve your $25 ticket ahead of time.
Friday, Nov. 4
Austin Homebrew Festival: You never know — one of the featured homebrewers might one day own your favorite neighborhood brewery. Try their beers at this special fest that raises money for the AHB Community School. The $15 tickets get you access to the event, where you can vote on your favorite homebrew or bid in the silent auction.
Big Mama Red’s Magic & Mayhem: The ABGB is celebrating its biggest beer with a bodacious show featuring burlesque and vaudeville acts. If you purchase a $25 VIP ticket, you’ll be front and center for all the red-hot action.
Craft Pride Collaboration at Pinthouse Lamar: That’s right: Craft Pride made a beer with lots of help from Pinthouse Lamar, where the Alpha Beta IPA will be tapping. It was brewed using new-age hop techniques and dry-hopped with experimental hops. Sounds like a good one.
Saturday, Nov. 5
Contemplating Waterloo at Adelbert’s: The limited-release gin barrel-aged saison has returned, so get it on tap or take it in bottles to go from Adelbert’s, where you can also enjoy free games like giant jenga, corn hole and hula hoops.
Pints & Poses at Circle Brewing: Close out the week with a detoxifying hatha yoga class that will help you recover. You can also grab a pint of Circle beer if you’re up for it. And don’t forget your mat! The class and beer are $10.
It’s about to become a very big month for Austin breweries — as well as for the people who love them. In addition to three anniversaries, October is bringing us Austin Beer Week, running this year from Oct. 28 through Nov. 6 with the usual irresistible lineup of events at bars, breweries and retail stores.
But that’s a story for another day. Here are some other events coming up in the next couple of weeks that we won’t want to miss.
Hops & Grain’s 5th Anniversary Party: Austin fell in love with Hops & Grain because of beers like The One They Call Zoe, but we’re being rewarded with far rarer brews at the party, which has year-round options like Zoe available as well barrel-aged beers, kettle-soured beers and more. The 78702 Kolsch with raspberries? We’re in.
The party kicks off at noon on Saturday, and there’s no need to buy a ticket ahead of time — just fork over $15 at the bar and you’ll get a commemorative anniversary glass and a punch card good for six 8 oz. pours of your choice.
Jester King’s Funk ‘n’ Sour Fest: The celebration of fine food and beer returns on Oct. 20 with more pairings of Texas restaurants with cideries, wineries and breweries (and even a bartender or two mixing up cocktails).
Noble Sandwich Co. with the Collective Brewing Project
Salt & Time with Texas Keeper Cider
The Salty Sow with Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Stiles Switch BBQ with Prairie Artisan Ales
Texas French Bread with Live Oak Brewing Co.
Independence Brewing’s 12th Anniversary Party: One of Austin’s original craft breweries, Independence is celebrating 12 years with a day full of rare and special beer tappings, music, food, pinball and more. Keg tappings on the hour include vintage Jasperilla Old Ale, aged Ten Barleywine, barrel-fermented saisons and barrel-aged Bootlegger Brown. The family and pet-friendly event offers a full lineup of live music throughout the day as well as barbecue from Evan LeRoy and tacos from Lotus Joint.
Draught House Pub and Brewery’s 48th Anniversary Party: Nearly 50 years of this bar-turned-brewpub? That’s an impressive milestone you’ll want to toast to — and you can bet you’ll have a hard time choosing which beer to toast with because the Draught House, like always, will be bringing out all the best, rarest and most beloved brews for the celebration.
“Visitors to this British-style pub are sometimes surprised when they catch a glimpse of the tiny-but-mighty, seven-barrel brewery almost hidden in back, where brewer Josh Wilson has been creating a variety of unusual and classic beers for over 20 years,” according to the Draught House. “Creations such as grapefruit IPA and lactic black current stout have earned this neighborhood spot acclaim from near and far.”
At the party on Oct. 29 — which is technically during Austin Beer Week — there will be rare beers, ice cream sandwiches from local shop Moojo, food trucks including Best Wurst and the Beer Olympics: a series of games (yeast balloon toss, crap beer cornhole and keg lifting) for which the winners will get prizes.
Based in New York, Brooklyn Brewery has been offering the Mash as a way of exploring vibrant communities across the globe, well beyond its East Coast headquarters. For this year’s festivities, the brewery “takes a re-imagined look at four time-honored celebrations: the meal, the beer festival, the bar crawl and the concert,” according to a press release.
The Brooklyn Brewery Mash will be in Austin from Nov. 10-13, featuring Brooklyn Brewery’s Chef Andrew Gerson and Brooklyn Brewery’s Beer Education and Community Ambassador Gabe Barry, along with local chefs, musicians and breweries.
And for fans of Brooklyn Brewery, it’ll be the chance to try some beers that normally never cross our lips in Texas.
“We dug deep into our cellar of experimental and rare beers, our coveted Ghost Bottles, with the hope of pleasing the weird, wild Austin we know and love so well,” Barry said. “Without spoiling any secrets, do your best to imagine Belgian-influenced beers meeting sake lees and mezcal barrels, old favorites that simply don’t exist, as well as the continual balance of beers that whisper tradition meets innovation that makes Brooklyn Brewery who we are.”
Here are the four Brooklyn Brewery Mash events where we might stumble across such treats.
Thursday, Nov. 10
Dinner with Friends at Italic: Gerson is teaming up with the Italian restaurant Italic to create a special one-off menu paired with some of those rare Brooklyn beers that Barry hinted at. The feast starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40.
Friday, Nov. 11
Lee Fields and the Expressions, presented by Timberland: A free concert at the Mohawk? Try and turn that down. Lee Fields & the Expressions will headline the Timberland-produced show, with Amasa Hines and Mama K and the Shades opening. Brooklyn Brewery will have special deals on its canned beers. The show kicks off at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 12
Beer Mansion: Choose your own adventure through different styles of beer, which will be represented in separate rooms at the Chick Ranch events space in East Austin. Both Brooklyn Brewery and local breweries — including Hops & Grain, Last Stand Brewing, Austin Beerworks and more — will showcase their suds.
Barrel-Aging Room: Barry will share the magic of barrels with us by offering tastes of Brooklyn Brewery’s most experimental beers
IPA Room: Love dank, bitter and tropical flavors? These will be spotlighted with pours from Austin breweries and Brooklyn as well.
Saison Room: Learn how to pair beer and food together with advice from Gerson, who will also share “the secrets behind one of his most tactile dishes,” according to the release.
The $20 tickets get you access to these rooms and more from 5 to 9 p.m.; there will also be live music, games, virtual reality tours and a Cholula Hot Sauce tasting bar.
Sunday, Nov. 13
East Sixth Neighborhood Immersion: Brooklyn Brewery and Timberland are collaborating for this roving neighborhood party — reminiscent of ones the brewery has done closer to home — that will start at a pop-up shop and bar called the Trailhead for a taste of some Ghost Bottles.
The $20 tickets will then allow you to grab Brooklyn brews at the Rhino Room, the Brew & Brew, the Liberty and Rio Rita, as well as lunch at Waller Creek Pub House, Kebablicious or Hi Hat Public House. The event starts at 1 p.m., and your vouchers for beer will be valid through 6 p.m.
First Friday Firkin at Uncle Billy’s, 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7. This month’s limited release is Firkin Nutz, Uncle Billy’s Berdoll Brown Candied Pecan Ale infused with cocoa nibs and fresh raspberries. $3 a pint.
Red River Tailgate at Treaty Oak Distilling, 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. If you can’t make it to the rivalry game, the distillery has the next best thing: a festive State Fair vibe with burgers and dogs grilled over live fire, the game on multiple screens, beer on tap, and specialty cocktails.
Edi Kante Pop-up Wine Dinner at Italic, 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12. Wines from producer Edi Kante will be paired with Italian dishes from Chef Andrew Curren. $25-$75. There’s also a free Kante happy hour at Italic’s café.
Women in Whiskey Panel at Easy Tiger, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12. This special Whiskey Wednesday event will feature four whiskeys whose production is influenced by women – with three of those female industry stars present at an hour-long panel.
Oktoberfest at Banger’s, 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 through midnight, Oct. 15. Three days of German beers, German-inspired food, German-related games and more commence with a gun salute and a free firkin of Live Oak Oaktoberfest.
Beers on Pink at Lustre Pearl East, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13. This fundraising event for the National Breast Cancer Foundation features photographs of the beers from participating local breweries.
Iron Cactus Tequila Tour, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. Taste 10 tequilas of your choice from up-and-coming brands. Admission also gets you appetizers, live music and a branded snifter glass. $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
Honey Fest at Texas Keeper Cider, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Two Hives Honey will be at the cidery for a day of bee education and revelry. Plus, Texas Keeper is releasing its first cyser (honey and apple fermented together). $10.
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.
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.
The festival, which kicks off on Sept. 24 at Fiesta Gardens, is the state’s largest beer event featuring Texas-only brews. And it keeps growing. This year’s will have more than 65 breweries pouring nearly 200 of their beers, 27 of those being these special suds. They often draw the longest lines, so decide ahead of time which of them you absolutely cannot miss.
12:30 p.m.: Blue Owl Brewing’s Wine Barrel-Aged Saison Puede. It’s a collaboration with the locally based Infinite Monkey Theorem, with the beer being aged in one of the winery’s syrah barrels. (It taps twice in the day; see below).
1 p.m.: Circle Brewing’s Doppel Blur. The Blur Texas Hefeweizen has been taken up a notch and made into an amped-up imperial hefe.
1 p.m.: Real Ale Brewing’s Barrel-Aged 20th Anniversary Ale. The imperial rye IPA, an homage to Real Ale’s original flagship, was aged for four months in Woodford rye whiskey barrels. This one is being tapped twice (see below).
1:30 p.m.: Community Beer Co.’s Divinity. This barrel-aged wild ale starts as the Trinity Tripel, which matured in a variety of Brettanomyces yeast for more than 6 months with the additions of agave nectar, ginger and lime.
1:30 p.m.: Jester King Brewery’s Atrial Rubicite. You know this one: Jester King’s barrel-aged sour beer re-fermented with raspberries is so beloved, it’s got two special tapping times (see below).
2:30 p.m.: Black Star Co-op’s Ted Talk. This double IPA has a large malt backbone and a touch of rye.
2:30 p.m.: Lakewood Brewing’s Mole Temptress. Be tempted by this imperial milk stout that had ancho, pasilla, guajillo and chipotle peppers, along with cacao and cinnamon, added to it.
2:30 p.m.: Saint Arnold Brewing’s Dubbelganger. The brewery’s Sorachi Ace-hopped Belgian-style dubbel spent 14 months in red wine barrels with Brettanomyces.
3 p.m.: Big Bend Brewing’s Marfa Light. It’s actually rather dark, as an assertive Russian imperial stout.
3 p.m.: Martin House Brewing’s the Sea Witch. You’ll feel bewitched by this whiskey barrel-aged black gose.
3 p.m.: Rabbit Hole Brewing’s Barrel-Aged Rapture Brown. Rum barrels have imparted a slightly spicy and vanilla flavor to the chocolate notes of the Rapture Fusion Brown Ale.
3:30 p.m.: Ranger Creek Brewing’s Small Batch Series No. 12. This is a farmhouse-style saison brewed with barley, rye, spelt and wheat and barrel-aged with a Brettanomyces blend.
3:30 p.m.: Karbach Brewing’s F.U.N. 014 Roll in the Hay. This saison was aged in white wine barrels to impart hints of citrus with aromas of oak.
3:30 p.m. Zilker Brewing’s Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coffee Milk Stout with Espresso Beans. This stout was inspired by the Cafe Cubano and was brewed with lactose and Cuvee Coffee’s Las Mingas coffee beans.
4 p.m.: BrainDead Brewing’s Idle Playthings. This Belgian golden strong ale is a subtle reference to “Futurama.”
4 p.m.: North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery’s Barton Kriek. With a perfect Austin-centric pun, this beer is sure to please as a Belgian-style lambic with tart cherry.
4 p.m. Shannon Brewing’s Chocolate Rumble Stout. The sweet base beer, Shannon’s Chocolate Stout, is aged in Balcones Rumble barrels, which contribute vanilla notes, figs and a light booziness.
4:30 p.m.: Austin Beerworks’ Sputnik 2015. Oats. Cuvee Coffee. Alcohol. And we have liftoff! You probably know this one, too: Austin Beerworks’ Russian Imperial Coffee Oatmeal Stout is a winter must-have.
4:30 p.m.: Hops & Grain’s Dry-Hopped Brett Saison. This beer began as a traditional Belgian-style saison before getting the barrel, Brettanomyces and souring bacteria treatment. It was then dry-hopped in stainless steel.
4:30 p.m. Real Ale Brewing’s Barrel-Aged 20th Anniversary Ale. The second tapping.
5 p.m.: Blue Owl Brewing’s Wine Barrel-Aged Saison Puede. The second tapping.
5 p.m.: Oak Highlands Brewery’s Chump Change. This imperial black saison was a World Beer Cup silver medal winner.
5 p.m.: Southern Star Brewing’s Black Crack. The brewery’s Buried Hatchet Stout gets the bourbon barrel treatment and thus a caramel sweetness and vanilla notes.
5:30 p.m. Jester King Brewery’s Atrial Rubicite. The second tapping.
5:30 p.m. Peticolas Brewing’s Sledge Hammer. Consider it the Velvet Hammer on steroids, as a triple imperial red ale/ barleywine.
VIP tickets have long sold out, but general admission and designated driver tickets are still available for $35 and $10, respectively. General admission gets you in at 2 p.m. and guarantees you a commemorative tasting cup and 8 sample tickets. Purchase yours at this eventbrite link.
The party will have a la carte pricing starting at $5 and the pairings pricing starting at $10. Plus, brewery representatives will be on hand with T-shirts, glassware and giveaways. Here’s the list of beer-and-tamal pairings that will be available (tamal, as our food writer Addie Broyles has noted, being the correct singular version of the word ‘tamales’):
Saint Arnold Pumpkinator with a roasted pumpkin tahini tamal
Independence Brewing Bourbon Barrel-Aged Convict Hill Stout with a steel-cut oats and bourbon tamal
Austin Beerworks Super Awesome Lager with a smoky bacon tamal
Blue Owl Brewing Professor Black Cherry Stout with a dried rainier cherry tamal
Live Oak Hefeweizen with a brown butter banana tamal
Hops & Grain Vienna Lager with a blackened pork belly tamal
Austin Eastciders with a burnt brown sugar pineapple tamal
Lone Pint Gentleman’s Relish with a dark chocolate tamal
Lone Pint Yellow Rose with a Gulf shrimp candied grapefruit tamal
4th Tap Tamarind Wheat with a tamarindo tamal
Other beers on tap include the Karbach Hopadillo IPA, the Zilker Brewing Brutus IPA, Big Bend Brewing Oktoberfest and Avery Brewing El Gose. The event runs from 5 p.m. to midnight tomorrow at 1707 E. Sixth St.
Austin Beer Guide’s Lager Jam is returning for a third year at Billy’s on Burnet Saturday to celebrate the wonders of the bottom-fermenting brew, offering 25 beers from local breweries.
The $30 tickets, which you should buy ahead of time online, include a Lager Jam glass and koozie, on-site screen-printed T-shirt and three pours of beer. Or, if you’d prefer to pay a la carte, the event will have a limited number of glasses for $5 and shirts for $15, in addition to the beer you’ll pay for as you go.
The local publication, which releases a free twice-a-year guide to Austin’s burgeoning beer scene, started the Austin Lager Jam two years ago as a way of showcasing the talent and creativity of the area’s breweries. This year, Austin Beer Guide has also teamed up with three of these breweries — Austin Beerworks, Hops & Grain and Oasis, Texas Brewing — to bring special collaboration beers to the event.
Here’s the full list of beers you can expect to enjoy at Lager Jam 3, which runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Billy’s on Burnet at 2105 Hancock Dr.
Oasis, Texas Brewing
Luchamosa (the brewery’s Luchesa Lager mixed with orange juice)
Das Mutt (the Austin Beer Guide collaboration, a Dortmunder Export Lager)
Moment of Clarity (a dry-hopped Zwickelbier)
Gal-Lager (the Austin Beer Guide collaboration, a watermelon light lager)
Hops & Grain
Bizzaro Zoe (the Austin Beer Guide collaboration, the brewery’s pale lager made with experimental hops)