Happenings: Austin Beer Week 10/23-11/1

Austin Beer Week once again makes its triumphant return this Friday, offering beer lovers a bevy of ways to celebrate all things hops and grain. From beer dinners to happy hours, brewing classes to tastings, there are plenty of ways to get in on the fun. The full schedule of events can be found here, but I’ve listed a few highlights below to help you decide.

The 6th Annual Austin Beer Week runs from Friday, October 23 through Sunday, November 1. Full details can be found here.

Austin Beer Week

Austin Beer Week

Friday, October 23

ABW Official Kickoff party at Craft Pride – The Rainey Street bar will help get things started with a launch party that includes tappings of special and hard to find beers from a dozen craft breweries.

Saturday, October 24

Limited Release Tasting at Easy Tiger @ 1pm – Easy Tiger will be tapping special releases of several beers throughout the afternoon. Pay as you go.

Pumpkin Carving & Beer at School House @ 5pm – Join Brooklyn Brewery and St. Arnold’s for the 2nd annual pumpkin carving contest that of course includes some pumpkin inspired beers as well.

Circle Firkin Spectacular at Blackheart Bar @ 7pm – Circle Brewing is taking over all the beer taps at Blackheart Bar on Rainey Street for the evening. Expect live music to go along with some delicious brews. Pay as you go.

Sunday, October 25

Blue Owl Brewing Launch Party & Pig Roast at Contigo @ 6pm –Celebrate the launch of Blue Owl with a feast fit for a king! Tickets are $35/pp and available here. 

Odell Beer Dinner at Hopfield’s @ 7pm – Join craft beer favorites Odell and Hopfield’s for a French-infused six course dinner. Tickets are $85/pp and available here. 
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November Happenings 11/15-11/19: Brooklyn Brewery MASH & More

Brooklyn Brewery MASH Festival – 11/15-11/22

One of my favorite beer companies, Brooklyn Brewery, is making its way down to Austin for a week of events beginning Saturday, November 15 through Saturday, November 22. From special dinners to educational events, there are several ways to participate in the Brooklyn Brewery MASH week, starting with guided tastings and beer pairings at various locations on Saturday. Other highlights from the week include:

  • A beer-soaked Sunday Funday at Easy Tiger complete with food pairings, games & more (11/16; free to attend)
  • Barley Swine/Odd Duck + Brooklyn Brewery Farm Dinner at Simmons Family Farm (11/16; Tickets $55)
  • MASH Edu: Beer & Spice pairing discussion led by Brooklyn Brewery Chef Andrew Gerson at School House Pub (11/19; $6)
  • MASH Bash Finale Party ft. live music, beer and more at Red 7 (11/22; free)

Full details can be found here!

San Jose Hotel Jazz Brunch – 11/15; 10am-2pm

San Jose Hotel’s Fall Jazz Brunch returns this Saturday. Head over to the South Congress hotel between 10am and 2pm to enjoy live jazz from The Raincross Trio. $24 grants you access to an all you can eat brunch buffet with options such as housemade granola, egg tarts, bacon, and more. Details can be found here. 

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October Happenings: Austin Beer Week

From tastings to tours, Austin Beer Week, happening now through Sunday, November 2 offers a number of not to miss events for beer lovers to enjoy. You can check out the full list of happenings here, but I’ve listed a few top picks below to help guide you along the way.

Wednesday, October 29

5pm – Austin Cider Soiree @ East End Wines – Mix and mingle with three local cider companies Argus, Austin Eastciders, and Texas Keeper while tasting the latest releases from the respective cider makers.

5pm – Contigo Beer + Food Tasting – Stop by Contigo . . . → Read More: October Happenings: Austin Beer Week

Sunday Funday: Springdale Farm Aid Sip and Stroll 9/28

There are few entities that capture the spirit of Austin’s food culture quite like Springdale Farm. Located just a hop, skip, and a jump from downtown, the urban farm not only supplies produce to some of the city’s best eateries, but it also houses one of my favorite restaurants, Eden East. In addition, the farm also hosts a number of private events such as weddings and fundraisers that are essential to sustaining their viability as a small business.

However, the recent changes to the city’s zoning laws have threatened to temper or even close Springdale Farm’s operations. Keeping up . . . → Read More: Sunday Funday: Springdale Farm Aid Sip and Stroll 9/28

Weekend Field Trip: Jester King Brewery + Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza

Having been a fan of Jester King’s high-end craft beers since they hit the market a few years ago, visiting the brewery has been on my Austin bucket list for sometime now. Jester King specializes in making food-friendly, farmhouse ales in large format bottles. Their brewing process is inspired by techniques commonly used at small, rustic breweries found throughout southern Belgium and northern France. (Read more about their unique process here.

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Jester King Brewery

As for the beer tastings, no two weekends are the same at Jester King Brewery. The brewery’s focus on small production means the tasting menu is consistently changing. While guests will find staples like Jester King’s popular La Petit Prince, they will also get the opportunity to sample seasonal beers as well. Continue reading Weekend Field Trip: Jester King Brewery + Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza

July Friday Faves , Part IV

Drink of the Day
sparkling red
Though I pretty much enjoy a glass of red wine no matter how hot it gets outside, come late summer, I start to reach my limit. While a glass of rose or a good craft beer make for a solid alternative, I can never fully shake my hankering for glass of red. I found an answer to my dilemma recently at East End Wines via a delicious bottle of sparkling Shiraz. The Chook Sparkling Shiraz NV is a smooth, well-balanced blend of mainly 3-5 year old Shiraz grapes. The Australian wine is blended with a younger vintage Shiraz, which gives it a rich layer of juicy red fruit without being too sweet. Easy to drink but rich enough to stand up to hearty, spicier dishes. Pick a bottle up of the Chook Sparkling Shiraz NV ($18) at East End Wines, located at 1209 Rosewood, Austin, TX 78702.
the chook

Quesoff IV at the Mohawk Saturday, July 19 from 2-6pm

Mentioned here, the Quesoff IV features over 20 teams in four categories vying for to be named the big cheese of the competition. And, with the addition of this year’s new wild card category, expect the unexpected. Other categories include veggie, meat, and spicy. With each team cooking up at least 5 quarts per entry, there will be more than enough queso to go around, which means the real winner of the competition is you, the taster. Bags of chips for tasting will be available for purchase at $5/bag. See you there!

It’s Go Texan Week Y’all – July 21-27

We Texans have no shortage of things to be proud of, not the least of which is our amazing community of farmers, ranchers, growers and producers across the state. The GoTexan campaign is a State of Texas initiative designed to support products created from Texas ingredients and produced in the state (you have most likely seen the label at your local grocery store). In addition to that component of the campaign, each year, the restaurants across the state join together to celebrate GoTexan Week as a way to highlight their local suppliers and give back at the same time. Participating restaurants, found here, will do this by serving a special GoTexan menu beginning July 21 through July 27. More details can be found here.

Uber + National Ice Cream Day

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Friday Faves

Good Drinks: Pimm’s Cup at Goodall’s Bar
Last week’s Wimbledon Tournament reinvigorated my love for a favorite British cocktail, the Pimm’s Cup. When struck with a craving for a fancy post-work cocktail, one of my favorite go-to spots is the charming Goodall’s Bar at Hotel Ella. One can’t help but feel transported to the heart of the South while sipping top-notch cocktails on the wrap around porch at Hotel Ella. Their version of the classic gin cocktail combines spicy-sweet Pimm’s No. 1 with citrusy housemade lemonade. Garnished with cucumber and blackberry, it’s a perfectly light and refreshing summer cocktail.

Pimm's Cup at Goodall's Bar

Pimm’s Cup at Goodall’s Bar

Put on your best seersucker and let time move a little slower during happy hour Goodall’s Bar at Hotel Ella Monday through Friday from 4-7pm. 1900 Rio Grande Street. http://goodallskitchen.com

Good Eats: Pimento Cheese Recipe

Speaking of tastes of the South, I recently threw together some spicy pimento cheese spread for friends that was pretty damn tasty, if I do say so myself. To class up the kitsch, I served it on crackers layered with a slice of an heirloom tomato. The secret to a good pimento cheese spread is using homemade mayonnaise, which is a pain but so worth it. Great how-to here. Simple and delicious! Here’s my recipe: Continue reading Friday Faves

July Happenings, Part I: Quesoff, Pig Roast, and More

Quesoff IV

Quesoff IV

It might be the middle of the summer slow down, but Austin’s event calendar is just getting hotter. Here are a few top picks, with more to come soon!

Central Market Wine Week Wednesday, July 9 – Wednesday, July 15

Central Market kicks off its annual celebration of all things wine on July 9 with a week long lineup of events that includes cooking classes, sommelier wine dinners, and winemaker meet & greets. Check out the full range of events here. Want a simple, budget-friendly way to unleash your inner wino? Stop by either location on Thursday, July 9 from 5-8pm for the ‘let the good times stroll’ event to enjoy samples, wine 101, and more for $10/per person. Details here.

Monday, July 14 – Austin Restaurant Week Wrap Party + Pig Roast

Tribeza is hosting the official Austin Restaurant Week Wrap Party on Monday, July 14. Benefiting Meals on Wheels and More, the bash will celebrate a successful spring ARW with a pig roast, live music, Deep Eddy cocktails, and a few area chefs beginning at 6pm. Tickets for the event, held at the Meals on Wheels HQ, are $20 and available for purchase here. 3227 East 5th Street, Austin, TX 78702

Quesoff IV at the Mohawk Saturday, July 19 from 2-6pm

Arguably the greatest food throwdown of the year, the Quesoff IV at the Mohawk, returns on Saturday, July 19 from 2-6pm. With over 20 teams competing in four queso categories, this year’s event is primed to be the best one yet, especially with competitors representing some of Austin’s best restaurants. In addition to spicy, meat and veggie, the competition has added a new wild card queso category, meaning prepare to expect the unexpected. There will be DJ beats throughout the afternoon and of course, plenty of cold beer available for purchase from Mohawk’s expansive list.

The event is free with RSVP (here). Chips for queso tasting can be purchased for $5/bag. The Mohawk, 912 Red River. 

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