Outside of Austin lies what many locals call the prettiest little part of Texas: Hill Country. Small rolling hills break up the endless blue sky and Texas scrub provides shade to white-tailed deer, armadillos, and the hordes of tubers leisurely floating down the San Marcos River. Many Austin based companies will provide tubes and transportation for easy access to San Marcos’ best-known attraction. Visitors shouldn’t stick to the water; getting out and exploring Hill Country charms is best done on dry land. Some of the best boozy attractions in the state are scattered around Hill Country from the elite Jester King Brewery to the only sotol distillery in the United States, Desert Door. With over twenty-five breweries in Hill Country, visitors will find plenty of delicious reasons to keep exploring the surrounding scrubland.
The opening night event for the Texas Craft Brewers Festival on September 28, Partners in Craft, is in its third year and has quickly become a favorite among festival-goers. This unique event focuses on the spirit of collaboration among Texas breweries and their community in an intimate setting featuring an equally unique line up of beers, food, live music, specialty vendors curated by the Austin Flea, and a glimpse into beer history courtesy of the popular Beer Museum pop-up. Tickets for this event are almost sold out, so get yours today.
The phenomenon of the art car has intrigued me for some time. Have you ever seen these things? Cars covered from bumper to bumper with colorful paint jobs and anything from mosaic tile to plastic figurines. Sure, some look like a hoarder hoarked on a hooptie, but there are certainly some examples that truly are mobile art. The layers of detail and creativity are impressive, and it’s that creative spirit that inspired Saint Arnold’s Art Car IPA.
The Texas Craft Brewers Festival, featuring more than 75 craft breweries, returns September 28, 2019, to Fiesta Gardens in Austin, TX. The event, which is organized by the Texas Craft Brewers Guild and co-presented by Craft Pride, is the state’s largest beer event focused exclusively on Texas-brewed craft beer.
An Albuquerque, New Mexico, native, Kaylynn Krosche still recalls the scent of hops hitting the boiling kettle as her father homebrewed. Her passion for beer and brewing developed early. And it has evolved into her life-long pursuit. Krosche is now the founding brewmaster of Toltec Brewing Co. in Albuquerque. Her presence is well recognized through her active involvement in the community and through medals and awards.
Fall is officially upon us, but it’s still hot as heck here in the South. Luckily, I was able to spend the last week in the Netherlands and enjoy fall-like weather. How are you celebrating the start of the fall season? Here are some delicious beers to help you enjoy the changing of seasons in this week’s What We’re Drinking.
On Sunday, September 1, Texans will finally have the opportunity to take beer home from their favorite craft brewery, which makes Texas the final state to allow take-home sales from a manufacturing brewery.
A brief history: Texas brewers have been fighting for reforms for more than a decade that would allow them the same benefits a winery, brewpub, or distillery enjoys — allowing visitors the ability to take home their product. Finally, during the 86th Legislative session, the law passed with a tremendous effort from the Texas Craft Brewers Guild, brewers and thousands of supporters.
So school has started and it’s supposed to be sorta the beginning of fall. I don’t know where you are right now, but where I’m sitting we are about to hit a record consecutive days with 100-degree heat. It’s really, really hot. So what goes well with the insanely ridiculous heat? Air conditioning and a great craft beer. I’m probably the pickiest about my beer choices this time of year than any other, so take a look at what the PorchDrinking team is enjoying to help you beat the heat (unless you live somewhere with pleasant weather–in which case these are still great choices–and can I come visit?).
Summer is in full swing and that means lots of pool time, outdoor hikes, lake excursions and hopefully some great travel destinations. No matter what you have planned for your midsummer activities, your PorchDrinking team has you covered. Here’s this week’s What We’re Drinking!
People heavily involved with craft beer have been saying for quite some time that lagers were going to make a comeback and see gains in popularity. If you were one of those people, you were spot on and I applaud you. Lagers have been killing it in 2019 and it shows no signs of slowing down. Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. isn’t new to the lager game, but they’ve been ramping up their lagering efforts lately. One of their more recent releases was a light lager called Camp Light.
Pride month kicks off in June across the country, celebrating the LGBTQ community through events, marches and educational awareness. As celebrations kick off in Austin, oppressive summer temperatures also begin to emerge along with seasonal releases designed to beat the heat.
This year, Circle Brewing Company debuted its summer seasonal, Fanny Pack Kolsch, with a special release Pride can in partnership with their friends at Equality Texas to celebrate their anniversary as the largest statewide organization solely dedicated to full equality for LGBTQ Texans.
In a crowded craft beer market, breweries are working harder than ever to catch the eye of the consumer walking down their local beer aisle. Breweries are investing in slick graphic design, updated branding and wild flavors. If the outside of the can isn’t enough to make the beer stand out then perhaps what’s inside might intrigue the consumer into a purchase.
Even if you’re not from Texas, you know the state has a rich and storied history. That’s why it’s surprising to realize that throughout all the lore and legacy of the Lone Star state, there has never been a commercially produced beer using only Texas ingredients. At least, not until now. Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery head brewer, Les Locke, seized the opportunity and set out to create the very first all-Texas beer, aptly named Texas Born and Bred.
In a historic win for craft brewers and consumers throughout the state of Texas, the highly anticipated Beer-To-Go measure cleared the Texas senate unanimously as part of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) sunset bill.
To recap: Texas remains the only state that prohibits beer-to-go sales from production breweries. So if you visit a winery, distillery or brewpub, you are free to take your beverage of choice home with you. But if you stop by Real Ale Brewing Company, Austin Beerworks, or a little over 100 other production breweries in the state, you are simply out of luck.
Nobody really knows where Pepe came from, but legend has it he was born in the back of a dingy bar. As the story goes, his first drink was tequila. There are rumors his father was a traveling luchador and accidentally left him behind after one of his matches. A pack of coyotes found him and raised him as their own. Surely, you’ll hear a hundred more stories about his origins but one thing is clear: Wherever Pepe Loco came from, El Campeón is here to defend good taste, wear tight pants and give you a victory dance.
Austin’s burgeoning beer scene continues to grow despite naysayers touting a looming burst in the craft beer bubble. Recently, the city was even recognized by VinePair as the top beer destination in the world. Several new breweries opened their doors over the past year, with several more getting ready for their 2019 debut. Here are six must-try new breweries in the metro area and just beyond the city.
No need to travel to a galaxy far, far away. Or to another dimension. The 10th Annual Tour de Brewtah—dubbed Spaced-X—is set to blast off right in our own backyard.
Scheduled for May 4—May the Fourth Be With You, after all—the bicyclist-meet-brewery space-themed event brings together cyclists and craft beer enthusiasts to “tour our ever-expanding local ‘brewiverse.'”
After an arduous legal battle and three years later, McFate Brewing Company in Scottsdale, Arizona is getting their name back. Fate.
If you are unfamiliar with the story, back in 2016, Fate Brewing Company in Boulder, Colorado filed suit against then Fate Brewing Company in Scottsdale, Arizona for the rights to the name. Fate Brewing Company in Scottsdale was forced to rebrand to McFate, even though the two breweries had co-existed for more than three years under the same name. The reaction to the lawsuit by fans of both breweries was swift, with an outpouring of support for McFate and an overwhelming resentment toward Fate Brewing Company.
Having a few great beers with some good friends after a long week of work is one of the greatest feelings in the world. So, it’s no surprise that Southern Grist Brewing Company was born from moments like that.
SGBC wants every person to experience that amazing feeling and that’s why they make beers for everyone – they want to make sure that every person that walks through their doors can find a style/beer they’ll enjoy while not feeling like a customer but, rather, a friend.
Jared Welch, the co-founder and head brewer, was nice enough to sit down with us and talk all about Southern Grist and craft beer.
Female beer professionals from all over the Austin, TX area came together in February and March to participate in the annual Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day. Held every year in honor of International Women’s Day, Pink Boots members from around the world team up to brew a beer of their choice using the unique YCH Hops Pink Boots blend; a portion of the proceeds benefit the Pink Boots Society scholarship funds.