Austin’s drinking events calendar, April 2016

Photo by Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Zilker Brewing is celebrating their one-year anniversary this year with a special SMaSH beer on April 9.

Photo by Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Zilker Brewing is celebrating their one-year anniversary this year with a special SMaSH beer on April 9.

Saint Arnold’s Divine Reserve Tap Takeover at the Whip In, 4 p.m. Friday, April 1. The Whip In wants to make clear this event with Saint Arnold founder Brock Wagner is no April Fool’s Joke – which is good because the bar is offering flights of different Divine Reserve brews.

Uncle Billy’s First Friday Firkin, 5 p.m. Friday, April 1. Try this limited beer, a special 10-year anniversary double IPA made with 10 different hops, as well as pineapple, cantaloupe, and tangerines, while you can.

Brew Hop in Downtown San Marcos, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 1. A boozy new addition to San Marcos’ popular Swing on the Square event, it’ll have beers from San Marcos and Hill Country breweries, including the Root Cellar Café and Brewery.

Yoga in the Yard at Parlor & Yard, 10 a.m. Saturday, April 2. The $13.65 tickets include two mimosas, and once you finish up your relaxing hour-long session, you can get started on brunch.

Gibson Street Bar’s Crawfish Boil, 12 p.m. Saturday, April 2. Get crawfish at $8 per pound, paired with pints from Karbach Brewing.

Visit Independence Brewing for the brewery's special First Saturday event, offering 3 beers for $10.

Visit Independence Brewing for the brewery’s special First Saturday event, offering 3 beers for $10.

First Saturday at Independence Brewing, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 2. $10 wristbands gets you three beers, which you can enjoy while listening to live music and chowing down on Wholly Cow Burgers.

The Rattle Inn’s 2nd Annual Crawfish Boil, 1 p.m. Sunday, April 3. 2 lb. portions of crawfish and sides, beer specials, and live music from local zydeco band Chansons et Soûlards.

Easy Tiger’s Easy Sunday, 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 3. A celebration of local food and beer, with $1 Austin Beerworks cans, food specials, raffle prizes and more.

Trace’s Chef’s Dinner with Circle Brewing, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 3. Six course paired with Circle beers, including the Hop Overboard Pale Ale and Nightlight Irish Stout. $55.

The Bruery Beer Dinner at Hopfields, 7:30 to 10:30 Monday, April 4. A 4-course meal and 5 Bruery beers, including the collaboration with Jester King, the Imperial Cabinet, based off the Ramos Gin Fizz cocktail. $80.

The Bruery Launch Party at the Flying Saucer, 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. Welcome the Bruery to Texas with this launch party that will have some of its beers tapped and bottled and Bruery reps available for a meet-and-greet.

Dive-In Movies at Dive Bar & Lounge, 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. “Top Gun” and “The Three Amigos” with drink specials, popcorn and more.

Easy Tiger’s Whiskey Bar Launch Party, 4:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6. Check out the boozy selections at Easy Tiger’s new patio whiskey bar, as well as food and drink specials.

National Beer Day at Growler USA, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, April 7. An all-day happy hour that includes 10 percent off growler fills, $2 off all Texas beers, $3 off kombucha and a free plastic growler per person.

Adelbert’s Beer Dinner with Stella San Jac, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 7. A four-course meal featuring some of Adelbert’s most beloved beers, including Contemplating Waterloo. $45.

Single Barrel Series Release 2 at Revolution Spirits, 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 9. The second barrel-aged gin at Revolution is being released after having aged for just over 11 months in a barrel that formerly housed Jester King’s RU-55 Farmhouse Red Ale. In other words, it’s going to be very good.

The Onezie at Zilker Brewing, 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 9.  Zilker’s one-year anniversary is being celebrated with a special SMaSH beer, food from Veracruz All-Natural, ice cream, music and more.

90s Bar Crawl, 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 9. Relive the 90s glory days at this bar crawl through downtown spots, starting with Parlor & Yard, with each bar playing 90s music favorites. $20 and up.

Photo by Brian Flannery. Whisler's upstairs mezcal bar is offering a special mezcal tasting with Del Maguey.

Photo by Brian Flannery. Whisler’s upstairs mezcal bar is offering a special mezcal tasting with Del Maguey.

Whisler’s Mezcalería Tobalá’s Special Evening with Del Maguey, 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 13. Evan Meeker from Del Maguey Mezcal is offering mezcal tastings and a discussion of the history of the Mexican spirit while live flamenco music plays.

Real Ale’s 20th Anniversary Party, 12 p.m. Saturday, April 16. A party you won’t forget with a bunch of specialty and year-round beers to choose from, as well as live music, food vendors and nostalgic memory-swapping.

Beers & Best Friends at Independence Brewing, 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16. A day of events for dogs and their humans, with activities including a doggy kissing booth and cake walk. And beer, of course. It’s all to benefit Austin Pets Alive and the Austin Dog Alliance.

Brunch of Firkins at Uncle Billy’s, 10 a.m. Sunday, April 17. Celebrate Uncle Billy’s decade of brewing with a variety of different firkins and live music, as well as all-day brunch.

Hops & Grain Tasting at Benji’s Cantina, 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, April 19. You aren’t just trying Hops & Grain brews – you’re in for a full-on feast with paired plates from Benji’s. $50.

Ballast Point “Fruit Salad” Tap Takeover at Pinthouse Pizza5 p.m. Wednesday, April 20. Try the range of Ballast Point’s fruit-infused brews, including Grapefruit Sculpin IPA, Watermelon Dorado Double IPA and Barmy Apricot Ale.

Give 5 Percent to Mother Earth at Hops & Grain, 10 a.m. Friday, April 22. Hops & Grain is donating 5 percent of sales to benefit 9 earth-friendly nonprofits, so it’s a good time to visit the brewery.

Austin Food & Wine Festival, 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 22 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 24. A weekend-long celebration of food, wine and spirits with the usual tasting panels and evening events.

Real Ale’s Pre-Levitation Fest, 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 22. The Brew & Brew is getting you psyched for the music festival by offering a handful of beers from this year’s fest sponsor, Real Ale, including the funky Lux Aeterna.

Oskar Blues’ Burning Can Festival, 10 a.m. Saturday, April 23. In advance of Oskar Blues’ new Austin brewery opening, celebrate canned beer, music and sports with the Colorado brewers. $35-$70.

BS Brewing Beer Dinner at Greenhouse Craft Food, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 24. The Seguin brewery is pairing five of its beers, including an Imperial IPA cask, with five courses from the Round Rock restaurant. $64.12.

The Peached Tortilla & Live Oak Brewing Community Dinner, 6 p.m. Monday, April 25. Five courses of Chinese and Korean-flavored dishes with Live Oak brews, including Big Bark, Dunkelweizen and Schwarzerrauch. $63.24.

Bruichladdich Scotch Experience, 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 26. Find out why terroir matters so much with Scotch whisky at this tasting, which will also have blues music and light bites. The event is at Tellers on Trinity. $55.

Taste of Mexico at Brazos Hall, 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 27. Mexic-Arte Museum’s festival of Mexican cuisine and beverages from more than 30 of Austin’s most eclectic restaurants, food trucks and drink purveyors of tequila, mescal, wine, beers and other beverages.

Whiskey Round-Up at TenOak Bourbon House & Lounge, 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 27. Six tickets will get you six whiskey tastings, including one from a premium brand. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

St. Genevieve’s Grand Opening, 8 p.m. Thursday, April 28. The Domain’s new wine lounge in the Rock Rose entertainment district is officially opening with happy hour prices all night and DJ sets.

Pinthouse Pizza’s Jaguar Shark Bottle Release10 a.m. Saturday, April 30. Consider this your warning: People will likely be camped out to get their hands on a bottle of Jaguar Shark Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout, so head to the brewpub early. The bottles go on sale at 11 a.m., but the doors open an hour before that.

Jack Allen’s Kitchen Cookbook Signing at Treaty Oak Distilling, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Jack Allen’s Kitchen’s executive chef and owner Jack Gilmore is signing copies of his first cookbook, “Jack Allen’s Kitchen: Celebrating the Tastes of Texas.” Sip on Treaty Oak cocktails while you wait in line for his signature.

31st Annual Rare & Fine Wine Auction, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30. The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas’ charity event features a four-course dinner followed by a spirited live auction offering irresistible reds, whites and bubbly wines.

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