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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November Art Happenings: East Austin Studio Tour & More

Waller Creek Show Light Night

From 5pm – midnight this Thursday, experience downtown’s Waller Creek area in a whole new ‘light’ as the creek transforms into a walkable community space adorned with five light installations representing the intersection between nature and innovation. In addition to offering a unique view of the ongoing revitalization project, the Creek Show will feature a full lineup of local musicians taking the stage at Empire Control Room beginning at 7pm. Entrance the music portion of the evening is free with RSVP or $5 at the door (RSVP here). Kick off your Creek Show experience . . . → Read More: November Art Happenings: East Austin Studio Tour & More

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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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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April Happenings, Part I: Pop-ups, Picnics, Spring Dinners and More

April in Austin is always my favorite time of year: the weather is patio drinking perfect, the post-SXSW concert lineup is stacked with great shows, and it’s the birthmonth (yes month) of yours truly.  Considering the number of events on the calendar over the next few weeks, it seems I’m not the only with an affinity for April in ATX. Though my April has started off with a little bug not even ramen could cure, the wonders of modern medicine should have me back on track and ready to enjoy some of this month’s top happenings listed below.

WALLERCREEK

Don’t Miss the Waller Creek Picnic 4/12!

Saturday, April 5th

The Scrumptious Chef presents the Art of Charcuterie Pop-Up Dinner – 7pm
In what might be his best theme yet, The Scrumptious Chef ‘s RL Reeves, Jr. is hosting an ‘Art of Charcuterie’ pop-up dinner on Saturday. Held at Tamale House East, the menu includes some of the finest cured meats such as Benton’s country ham, a favorite of Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry restaurant. Non-meat dishes include jalapeno cheddar grits and Poteet strawberry cobbler – all of which are created from locally sourced ingredients.

The feast will be served beginning at 7pm. Full details and menu can be found here.

Sunday, April 6th
Henri’s Cheese & Wine turns two this weekend, and to celebrate, the shop is hosting a cheese and wine tasting on Sunday evening. Head to Henri’s from 7-9pm to celebrate with food, drink specials, and other festivities. More details can be found here. Henri’s is located at 2026 South Lamar, Austin, TX 78704.

Saturday, April 12th

2nd Annual Waller Creek Conservancy Picnic & Benefit – Palm Park at 6:30pm
The 2nd Annual Waller Creek Conservancy Picnic & Benefit returns on Saturday, April 12. Once again, several of Austin’s best restaurants are pitching in by offering gourmet picnic baskets available for prepurchase. Make it the fanciest picnic around by choosing a basket from the likes of Jeffery’s or LaV, or keep it casual with Home Slice or Counter Culture; either way, don’t wait too long to order because these baskets will get snapped up quick. If you can’t decide what to order, you are always free to bring your own spread. In addition, Easy Tiger and Antonelli’s have teamed up to offer a limited number of baskets available for purchase on site.

Each basket includes a full meal for two and will be available for pick up beginning at 6:30pm at the event. Prices range from $30-$150; full details, including a link to each basket’s menu, can be found here.

Apothecary Cafe & Wine Bar Spring Wine Tasting – 2-4pm
Apothecary Cafe & Wine Bar is hosting a spring wine menu tasting from 2:00 to 4:00pm. During the event, guests will test drive their new spring wine list paired with small bites from their new spring dinner menu. Tickets for the event are $25 per person and include all food and wine. Email info@apothecaryaustin.com to snag a spot. Apothecary Wine Bar, 4800 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78756 Continue reading April Happenings, Part I: Pop-ups, Picnics, Spring Dinners and More

Mardi Gras Happenings: Where to Eat, Drink and Fat Tuesday

It’s officially Mardi Gras ya’ll! Here are a few ways to get some pre-Lenten debauchery and amazing Cajun eats from now through Fat Tuesday. Do us a favor and keep your shirts on though; this is Austin, not NOLA.

Get Your Cajun On

Get Your Cajun On

It’s King Cake Season!

Need some luck that only finding a tiny plastic baby Jesus buried in sweet pastry dough can give you? The Austin Chronicle has you covered with a full round up of places selling official Mardi Gras King Cakes, but for my money, I’m heading to Easy Tiger. Their version is good enough to enjoy with or without a prize.

Not in the mood to share? Epicerie is featuring mini king cakes ($6) through Tuesday, March 4. Other special items include venison and gator gumbo and beignets.

Weekend Happenings

Eden East is infusing a little Louisiana flavor into this weekend’s dinner offerings. The menu includes everything from oysters Laveau to redfish Rex. As always, Eden East is BYOB, or in this case, BYOH (bring your own hurricanes). For reservations and other details, go here.

The Scoot Inn is combining Carnival with Mardi Gras this weekend. On Saturday evening, Austin Samba will be joined by friends from around the globe for a little live music celebration. Enjoy bands from Brazil, Louisiana and Trinidad beginning at 7:00pm. Tickets are available at the door for $12 or $6 with valid student ID.

Fat Tuesday Fun

Evangeline Café knows a thing or two about Mardi Gras, and to prove it, the South Austin Creole restaurant is hosting a Fat Tuesday bash complete with music and plenty of authentic eats. Get your party on beginning at 6pm on March 4.

Jack Allen’s Kitchen will be holding an official Fat Tuesday celebration from 5-10pm on March 4. The Mardi Gras menu will include complete with étouffées, boudin and King Cakes. In addition, there will be $5 Pepe Z Tequila drinks and music from the Austin Cajun Aces. More details can be found here.

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Weekend Happenings 2/28-3/2: Beer, Brunch, and Sunday Funday Picks

The weather gods have given Austin a short reprieve from winter weather this weekend. Here are a few ways to enjoy those sunny skies! Mardi Gras picks coming up next…

Zilker Kite Fest: The tree where kites go to die...

Zilker Kite Fest: The tree where kites go to die…

Friday/Saturday Picks

Odell Brewing Company rolled into town earlier this week as part of their Texas Launch Party (details here). The cult favorite craft brewers are sticking through the weeks and can be found pouring pints at the following places:

Friday 2/28:

Wright Bros. Brew & Brew at 4pm

Haymaker at 8pm

Brew Exchange at 8pm

Crown & Anchor Pub at 9pm

Saturday 3/1:

The Growler Room at 2pm

Black Sheep Lodge at 5pm

Workhorse Bar at 8pm

Get your tickets to April 6th’s Vaco y Vino, on sale Friday, February 28. Held at the Bridges Ranch in Wimberley, Vaco y Vino is an Argentinian celebration of beef and wine hosted by Lambert’s BBQ. Tickets are $100/per person with proceeds benefiting FARFA. More details can be found here. 

Hotel San Jose Jazz Brunch – 10am-2pm

The Hotel San Jose will host its bimonthly Jazz Brunch this Saturday featuring live jazz music, a brunch buffet, and $3 mimosas. Considering it’s going to be perfect patio weather this weekend, I’d recommend grabbing your poolside table early! Details here: http://www.sanjosehotel.com/lounge/

Sunday Funday

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