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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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.


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

Friday Faves: 4th of July Edition

One day early and not a second too soon: In honor of the good ‘ole U.S. of A., we’re going All-American for this week’s Friday Faves.

Dish of the Day: Frank Hotdog

Dish of the Day: Frank Hotdog

Drink of the Week: Twisted X Brewing Company Fuego Jalapeno Pilsner

Here’s a little 4th of July trivia for you: Americans eat on average 150 million hotdogs every Independence Day (#murica), and that’s not even counting the total tally from the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. Chances are you’ll be grilling said eats over a hot open flame. This of course requires a cold beer in hand, which leads to today’s Drink of the Week.

With all of the Texas craft beers on the market, it was only a matter of time until someone brewed up a beer meant to go hand in hand with grilling. Enter Twisted X Brewing Company’s Jalapeno Pilsner, the appropriately named Fuego. Though infused beers often sound good in theory, it’s something that can often result in more kitch than quality. This, however, is not the case for the Tex-Mex brewery’s pepper infused brew. It’s a crisp, refreshing pilsner with subtle heat to keep things interesting, especially when enjoyed alongside some grilled meat.

38th Annual Austin Symphony H-E-B July 4th Concert & Fireworks

Austin’s annual firework display has relocated this year from Auditorium Shores to the Circuit of the Americas, which is a bit of a bummer. On the plus side, organizers are promising a larger than life display as the facilities can better accommodate such events. Attendees are welcome to join in on the 4th of July fun beginning at 4PM on Friday. At 8:30pm, the Austin Symphony Orchestra will perform in advance of the fireworks display at 9:30pm. Details can be found here.

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February Happenings, Part I: Exotic Meat Pop-Up, Wine Dinners and #BaconandBeerATX Fest

February is gearing up to be quite the month of events and new openings. Here are a few quick picks to get on your calendar ASAP, but there are plenty more updates coming your way, including a full list of Valentine’s Day happenings. Stay tuned!

Beer and Bacon Fest

February 4 – Mettle Italian Wine Dinner at 7PM

Mettle Chef Andrew Francisco will prepare an amazing five-course menu to be paired with a variety of Italian wines.  The dinner is $85/per person, and reservations can be made online or by calling 512.236.1022. More information can be found here.  Mettle . . . → Read More: February Happenings, Part I: Exotic Meat Pop-Up, Wine Dinners and #BaconandBeerATX Fest

First Look: Whole Foods Domain

A few exclusive Domain store goodies…

A few exclusive Domain store goodies…

Whole Foods officially opened the doors at its newest store location at the Domain in North Austin this morning! Here are the details of the new store I gathered during a sneak peek around Whole Foods Domain as the crew finished the build out last week.

In planning for the new location, Whole Foods expanded on some of the most popular components of other stores as well as worked with neighbors in the area to incorporate new offerings based on their feedback. It is also clear in walking through the store that this location was designed to be a community gathering place rather than just a grocery store.

From the produce containers to the wheelbarrow module created by Roadhouse Relics, Whole Foods used repurpused materials as much as possible. Like all of its locations, Whole Foods Domain will feature ample selections of local products, but the team is going the extra mile to highlight these partnerships with details such as increased signage to offering products exclusive to this location.

In scouting this location, Whole Foods found there was a gap in the number of fast casual/grab ‘n go dining spots in the area. Based on this feedback, catering to this need became an essential component of the new store. For example, the coffee bar has been amped up to include hand pulled espresso drinks and a state of the art slow brewing system designed to produce killer cold brew coffee.  Continue reading First Look: Whole Foods Domain

10/24-10/27 Weekend Top Picks, Part I: Wines of South Africa, Beer Dinners, and more

BBQ to Braai this Sunday

BBQ to Braai this Sunday

With Halloween, Austin Beer Week, Austin Book Fest and more, the final few days of October are jam packed with events worth checking out around town. Part I includes plenty of weekend fun, including a special brunch at the San Jose Hotel and an amazing South African Food & Wine Sunday Funday event!

Thursday, October 24

La Dolce Vita Food & Wine Festival, 6pm-9pm @Laguna Gloria

Looking for last minute plans this Thursday, October 24? Don’t miss checking out one of the best fall food events, the La Dolce Vita Food & Wine Festival, taking place at Laguna Gloria beginning at 6pm. For more information and tickets, please visit: http://thecontemporaryaustin.org/2013/la-dolce-vita-2013/

Saturday, October 26

San Jose Hotel Courtyard Brunch 10am-1pm

Head to the San Jose Hotel this Saturday for a special brunch event this weekend. From 10am-1pm, guests will live jazz by the Rain Cross Jazz Trio while sipping $3 mimosas on the hotel’s uber-relaxing patio. The full brunch menu promises a ‘secret’ bacon recipe, Earl Grey lox, and more. Visit here for more information about this breakfast of champions!

San Jose Hotel, 1316 South Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704

Banger’s Smoke Out Saturday

Banger’s will host its October ‘Smoke Out Saturday’ event this weekend. The Hunter’s Moon themed menu will include a smoked pig served with winter squash, pumpkin and roasted apples and sides such as cornbread and greens. Dinner will be served beginning at 8pm, but go early for beers, music, and more.

Banger’s, 79 Rainey Street, Austin, TX 78701

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First Look: Haymaker

East Austin isn’t exactly known as a sports bar mecca, but Haymaker, the newly opened Manor Road bar/restaurant from the Black Sheep Lodge family, has quickly filled that void since opening in early fall. And, with plenty of beers, hearty eats, and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, Haymaker is the type of place even those with an allergy to ESPN can appreciate.

Pretzel Bites

Pretzel Bites

Because one should never be forced to watch football sans beer, Haymaker’s lengthy list of beer options includes everything from popular domestics to cult craft favorites. Though beer prices are on the mid to higher end of the spectrum, there are various daily happy hour specials available. For the non-beer drinker, Haymaker offers a number of specialty cocktails as well.

 Legendary comfort eats from around the country inspire much of Haymaker’s menu. The Louisville Slugger Big and Burly sandwich, for example, is representative of he famed Benedictine BLT from The Cheddar Box in Louisville, KY. Continue reading First Look: Haymaker

Sept. 27-29 Weekend Happenings: Beer Fest, Farewell to Breaking Bad, and More

In need of last minute weekend plans? Here are a few happenings around town to take advantage of this weekend, including my Top Pick of The Week, the Texas Craft Brewers Festival!

Texas Craft Beer Fest

 Friday, September 27

Noble Sandwich Co. Monthly Dinner – Friday, September 27 8pm at 11815 620 N. Suite 4, Austin, TX 78750

Noble Sandwich Co. will host its monthly dinner series this Friday night with a four-course menu boasting dishes such as short rib confit and pickled mushrooms with poached duck egg. The BYOB dinner is $65/per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 512.382.6248 or emailing noblepigaustin@gmail.com. Full menu and details can be found here.


All ‘Bad’ Things Must Come to Party – BC Smoke Shop/The North Door 10pm-2am at 502 Brushy Street, Austin TX 78702

BC Smoke Shop will host a Breaking Bad tribute party at The North Door in advance of Sunday’s finale. The All ‘Bad’ Things Must Come to Party will feature Djs Polymyth and Pharo spinning music from the series, contests, pizza, and more. Tickets to the event, available here, are $3 advance/$5 door. Don’t forget to return Sunday for the show’s finale. Nothing like a little group support to help let go…

Searsucker Chef Brian Malarkey Birthday Party – 10pm at 415 Colorado, Austin, TX 78701

Searsucker Chef Brian Malarkey is celebrating his birthday this Friday night with late night drink specials such as $3 beers and $5 cocktails as well as discounted small plates after 10pm. In addition, show him some b-day love and enjoy a complimentary champagne toast!

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