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4th Tap Brewing Cooperative | Kung Fu Robot IPA

May 4, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

4th Tap Brewing Co-operative is one of the most interesting breweries in Texas because they are the only worker-owned cooperative brewery in the state. Founded in 2015, the brewery has taken an inspired, unique approach to their beers and just released their personal take on a new IPA, a Citra and Mosaic hop blend with a touch of flaked oats for a smooth mouthfeel. I caught up with co-founders Erin and John Stecker to find out more about Kung Fu Robot IPA.

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Flix Brewhouse | America’s Cinema Brewery is Expanding

April 24, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Flix Brewhouse opened in Round Rock, Texas in 2011 with the unique concept of combining a state-of-the-art movie theater with a microbrewery. Today they operate four locations around the country with plans to more than double that over the next year. I caught up with Greg Johnson, Director of Sales and Marketing for Flix, to learn more about this ambitious expansion. Read More

Ultimate 6er | SXSW Craft Beer

March 17, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

SXSW is coming to a close; however, the music fest is in full swing. Unfortunately the fest is sponsored by Budweiser, but don’t let that discourage you – almost every official (and unofficial) venue is a popular Austin bar, club or music venue. Here are the six staple craft beers that you are bound to find around SXSW.

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SXSW | Best Unofficial Craft Beer Events

March 10, 2018 |

SXSW 2018 officially kicked off yesterday and the influx of people and events has begun.  Here are a few ways to avoid the crowds and track down some of the best craft beer in the city. All of these events … Read More

Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day Celebrates International Women’s Day

March 8, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Each year women from all over the world participate in Pink Boots Society’s annual Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day in celebration of International Women’s Day. I sat down with President Laura Ulrich to learn more about this year’s event.

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Independence Brewing Company | Cowboys from Helles

February 21, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Austin-based Independence Brewing Company just announced the release of their newest seasonal — a Munich-style Lager inspired by Pantera’s “Cowboys from Hell.” According to head brewer Brannon Radicke, “We listened to a lot of Pantera while making that beer, so it’s kind of infused with that attitude.”
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Adelbert’s Brewery | Travelin’ Man Intercontinental IPA

February 2, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Established in 2011, Adelbert’s Brewery quickly became an Austin staple known for their variety of quality bottle conditioned Belgian Ales. But don’t let the old-world style packaging fool you, innovation has always been at the heart of this brewery. With unique beers ranging from the Whimsical series to fruited sours, Adelbert’s is all about taking risks that result in award winning beers.

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Texas Craft Brewers Guild Forms CraftPAC

January 26, 2018 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Beer Laws in Texas are Broken. That is the headline of the newly formed Political Action Committee aimed at protecting the rights of Texas breweries and championing for constructive, common sense legislative reforms. CraftPAC was established by the Texas Craft Brewers Guild earlier this week to raise funds that will be used to support various political initiatives designed to improve job growth and the economic impact of the Texas brewing industry.

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Saint Arnold Brewing Co. | Christmas Ale

January 5, 2018 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

The holidays are behind us and it’s time to put away the tree and restore the yard to it’s former non-whimsical state. While most folks are scouring stores for deeply discounted wares or decorations for next year, I’ll be driving around town looking for the last of the Saint Arnold’s Christmas Ale. Even though Christmas has officially past, this rich, malty old ale pairs perfectly with cold weather and hearty meals and is only available from October through December each year.

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Event Preview | BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival

November 20, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

The 8th annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival returns to Galveston Island November 24-26, held at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center. Originally planned for Labor Day weekend, the event was forced to reschedule due to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

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Event Preview | San Diego Brewers Guild Festival

November 2, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

San Diego is a well known craft beer haven and the city is getting ready to host one of the most highly anticipated beer events of the year, San Diego Beer Week. In its ninth year, San Diego Beer Week (SDBW) is presented by the San Diego Brewers Guild and consists of more than 500 beer-centric events spanning 10 days, highlighting the region’s innovative brewing culture.

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Event Preview | San Antonio Beer Festival

October 12, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

In it’s 12th year, the 2017 San Antonio Beer Festival is gearing up to bring more than 450 premium and craft beers from 150+ breweries around the world to Texas beer lovers. Happening Oct. 21 from 1:30-6:30 p.m., the festival will take place at Dignowity and Lockwood Parks; a portion of the proceeds will benefit the San Antonio Food Bank.

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Texas Craft Brewers Festival Beer List Announced

September 21, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 23 min

The Texas Craft Brewers Festival returns September 30 to Fiesta Gardens and features 68 craft breweries. Tickets will sell out, so get yours in advance today! See the official beer list below.

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Celis Brewery | Celis White

August 31, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

July is one of the hottest months in Texas, but back on July 11 people from all over Austin flocked to get in line for the grand reopening of an Austin legend, Celis Brewery. Anticipation had been building for months when founder Christine Celis, daughter of world renowned Belgian Brewmaster, Pierre Celis, announced the return of Austin’s first craft brewery a little over a year ago.

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Craft Beer Comes Together to Support Flood Victims in Texas

August 30, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

The devastation in Texas is far reaching and stretches from the coast to communities outside of Austin. Texans are no strangers to disasters, but even the most seasoned residents agree this is one of the most the devastating storms to affect southeast Texas. As reported by craftbeer.com, some breweries have sustained damage, too. But, in true craft beer community spirit, several breweries are hosting events and making donations in order to assist in the recovery effort.

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Ultimate 6er | Texas Charity Brews

August 30, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

Beer collaborations happen frequently and usually with other breweries; however, over the past few years, I have noticed a different type of collaboration throughout Texas.  Breweries all over the state are partnering with various charities in their communities by creating a beer, in many cases inspired by the charity, and donating a portion of their sales to the organization. For this piece, I have chosen six examples from Texas, but these are just a few examples of the many collaborations that occur all over the state. For each of the brews, I reached out to the brewery to find out what inspired the beer and why they partnered with a particular charity.
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Brewery Showcase | Real Ale Brewing Company

April 25, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Real Ale Brewing Company has just celebrated 21 years of brewing beer in the Texas Hill Country — and they don’t show any signs of slowing down. The Brewers Association recently posted the Top 50 Craft Breweries in the US by sales volume and Real Ale made the list at number 49. It’s impressive for a brewery whose motto is “unavailable in 49 states”. That’s right, you can only enjoy the popular Firemans #4 or a unique small batch Mysterium Verum release in the great state of Texas. Recently, the brewery announced the launch of the Real Spirits Distilling program that includes Hill Country Signature Whiskey, Grain to Glass Gin, and the highly limited first batch of Single Barrel Whiskey only available at the Real Ale Taproom.

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Lone Pint Brewery | Yellow Rose IPA

April 21, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

ABV: 6.8% | IBU: 62

I literally spent the afternoon driving around town and following Twitter to find a Lone Pint Yellow Rose on the shelf for this piece because I think it is one of the most perfect beers brewed in Texas. Named after a popular Texas heroine, Yellow Rose is always in short supply due to the overwhelming popularity of this Single Malt and Single Hop (SMaSH) IPA beauty.

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Real Ale Brewing Co. | Axis IPA

December 29, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

ABV: 7% | IBU: 70

This year Real Ale Brewing Co. celebrated 20 years of brewing and is the Austin area’s oldest brewery. Recently they released Axis IPA, a brand new mainstay that highlights its ability to continually innovate and produce a wide array of styles. I caught up with head brewer, Schmitty, to find out more about the new release.

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12 Beers of Christmas | Live Oak Brewing Co. | Primus

December 20, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

ABV: 8.0% | IBU: 10

You have probably heard the old adage, “if you don’t like the weather in Texas, wait thirty minutes”. Quite true, it’s more than typical for temperatures to rise and fall over thirty degrees in a matter of hours; therefore, Christmas in Texas can mean flip flops or fur lined boots. However, one thing that is consistent year to year is the release of one of my all time favorite seasonal releases Primus by Live Oak Brewing Company.

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