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

Summer Guide, Part II: Where to Drink This Weekend

Ready, set, start your weekend! Because four day weeks always feel the longest, here are some top picks wash away your worries!

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Make a Mezcal

One of my favorite bars, Whisler’s, has expanded its offerings to include a new Mexcal Bar. Tucked in an upstairs space above the main bar, Mezcalería Tobalá promises an array of different types of mezcal served straight up or with a traditional set up of oranges dusted with sal de gusano. The new concept is a natural fit; prior to opening Whisler’s, owner Scranton Twohey had previously opened Bar Illegal, a Mezcal bar formerly located at Clive Bar. Visit the new bar (and Whisler’s) at 1816 East 6tth Street, Austin TX 78702. http://www.whislersatx.com

Crawfish + Beer  = A Nice Little Saturday

The Rattle Inn and Brooklyn Brewery are teaming up for Crawfish Boil this Saturday from noon to 4pm. In addition to $2 Brooklyn Brewert Sixpoint Crisp beer, guests will enjoy live music and plenty of crawfish and fixings with the price of entry. Tickets, available here, are $10 in advance and $20 at the door.  610 Nueces, Austin, TX 78701.

Speaking of crawfish boils, the Buzz Mill is throwing their 2nd ‘boil of the season this weekend. Head to the Buzz Mill beginning at 4pm for $10 all you can eat mudbugs and zydeco music.  1505 Town Creek Dr, Austin, TX 78741
Sunday Funday Brunch Moves

 

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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.

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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

First Look: Licha’s Cantina

One of the most disappointing, though not entirely unsurprising, closures of last year was East Austin Mexican restaurant Papi Tino’s. Its former location, situated in the heart of East Austin, is now home to the promising Licha’s Cantina. After brightening up the space and opening the back patio, owner Daniel Brooks quietly opened the new restaurant just prior to SXSW, drawing on his Mexico roots in developing the cantina concept.

Licha's Cantina

Licha’s Cantina

Roasted Duck Tacos - $12

Roasted Duck Tacos – $12

Having earned his stripes as the GM at Austin’s Vespaio, it should have come as no surprise to find the service at Licha’s Cantina to be exceptional. The gracious and friendly staff helps create a welcoming atmosphere one can’t wait to return to again and again. Our server was also well versed on the components of each dish and extremely helpful making recommendations. Continue reading First Look: Licha’s Cantina

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

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

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!

 Saturday, September 28 Continue reading Sept. 27-29 Weekend Happenings: Beer Fest, Farewell to Breaking Bad, and More

Fall Foodie Happenings: Top Picks for Fall Fun

College football season officially kicks off this weekend, which can only mean one thing: Fall is right around the corner! Per usual, Austin has a plethora of events happening over the next few months to keep your social calendar full. With many events, like Texas Monthly’s BBQ Fest, releasing tickets imminently, it’s not too early to start thinking about what to attend. Here are a few picks that demand a Save the Date! 

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Franklin’s will be at Texas Monthly BBQ Fest on 11/3

September

In late September, the Lenoir Restaurant team will travel to New York City to host a dinner at the prestigious James Beard House, but a few lucky locals have the opportunity to enjoy a preview dinner before the team is officially Big Apple-bound. On Sunday, September 8, Lenoir will host an exclusive multicourse dinner with the same menu as the James Beard Dinner. The evening with commence with cocktails and canapés in Lenoir’s charming backyard garden followed by a seven courses dinner with wine pairings. Tickets for Lenoir’s James Beard Preview Dinner, available here, are $200/per person (dinner, wine, tax & tip are all included).

Bread and Circus Supper Club plans to give Barnum and Bailey’s a run for its money on September 27 with it’s A NIGHT UNDER THE BIG TOP & SideDish SideShow After Party. Held in honor of the group’s second anniversary, Bread and Circus Supper Club will transform The Palm Door into a big top extravaganza for a two-part night of events that includes dinner, music, and plenty of outlandish circus-themed fun. Guests are invited to join the party early for a whimsical five-course Supper Club dinner ($90 w/wine; $65/no wine) or pop in for late night revelry at the After Show ($8). Tickets for the evening’s shows are sold separately, though Dinner Party tickets include After Show entry. For the full details, including the menu, entertainment lineup, and ticket information, please visit the event webpage.

October

The 24th Annual La Dolce Vita Food & Wine Festival will be held on October 24 at Laguna Gloria to benefit The Contemporary Austin’s education programs. The annual foodie fest always features over 50 top Central Texas restaurants and wineries, and this year’s lineup of heavy hitters is certainly no exception. In addition to general admission tickets ($150/per person), La Dolce Vita organizers are also offering a limited number of VIP tickets ($200/per person), which includes access to a Cocktail Lounge curated by The Tipsy Texan. Continue reading Fall Foodie Happenings: Top Picks for Fall Fun

ACL 2013 Official Late Night Shows: Top Picks for Weekend 2

Austin City Limits Festival is right around the corner, and now that there are two weekends of music instead of one, the fest is poised to be bigger than ever. One of the best byproducts of this transition is there are now also twice as many Official Aftershows. Whether attending the fest or just hitting late night action, the Aftershows are a perfect way to see a favorite band without too large of a crowd. This year’s lineup is stacked with a bevy of options, but we’re breaking it down to help make the decision making process a bit easier. Tickets will fly off the shelves Friday, August 23 beginning at 10am sharp so be prepared to move quickly!

Check out the full lineup of Late Night Shows and buy tickets here. Ginny’s Austin nightly picks are listed below!

Pro Tip: If planning to attend an Aftershow post-fest, you will most likely need to leave Zilker Park before fest is officially over to make it to the venue in time – something to consider if your top act of the fest is the headliner that day!

 

Wednesday, October 9

**The Shouting Matches w/The Blind Boys of Alabama at Stubb’s – Though both Wednesday shows are solid options, the edge goes to this concert as it benefits the Waller Creek Conservancy. Also, the BBOA are a group I’m dying to catch!

Toro y Moi w/Classixx at Emo’s – Two words: Dance Party

Thursday, October 10

**Phosphorescent w/JD McPherson, Shakey Graves at Stubb’s – Phosphorescent, featured here, is on consistently on my Spotify rotation, and Shakey Graves is always a good time.

Friday, October 11

**Roadkill Ghost Choir at Lambert’s – A tough call because Friday is stacked with great shows, but something tells me RGC at Lambert’s will be a show to remember.

Other Friday highlights include: Continue reading ACL 2013 Official Late Night Shows: Top Picks for Weekend 2