Tamale House East introduces new craft beer program this week

One of Austin’s most beloved institutions is getting into beer in a big way and kicks off a brand-new menu of draft offerings Wednesday with a special pairing event combining beers and tamales.

Photo by David Brendan Hall. Austin Eastciders is one of the new sudsy options available at Tamale House East starting tomorrow.

Photo by David Brendan Hall. Austin Eastciders is one of the new sudsy options available at Tamale House East starting tomorrow.

Tamale House East — owned by the Valera family, who opened the original Tamale House downtown in the late 1950s — recently added a beer bar with 16 taps. To commemorate the restaurant’s focus on mostly Texas brews, stop into Tamale House East beginning at 5 p.m. tomorrow to enjoy “The Tapping of the Kegs: a Taps and Tamales Party.”

The party will have a la carte pricing starting at $5 and the pairings pricing starting at $10. Plus, brewery representatives will be on hand with T-shirts, glassware and giveaways. Here’s the list of beer-and-tamal pairings that will be available (tamal, as our food writer Addie Broyles has noted, being the correct singular version of the word ‘tamales’):

  • Saint Arnold Pumpkinator with a roasted pumpkin tahini tamal
  • Independence Brewing Bourbon Barrel-Aged Convict Hill Stout with a steel-cut oats and bourbon tamal
  • Austin Beerworks Super Awesome Lager with a smoky bacon tamal
  • Blue Owl Brewing Professor Black Cherry Stout with a dried rainier cherry tamal
  • Live Oak Hefeweizen with a brown butter banana tamal
  • Hops & Grain Vienna Lager with a blackened pork belly tamal
  • Austin Eastciders with a burnt brown sugar pineapple tamal
  • Lone Pint Gentleman’s Relish with a dark chocolate tamal
  • Lone Pint Yellow Rose with a Gulf shrimp candied grapefruit tamal
  • 4th Tap Tamarind Wheat with a tamarindo tamal

Other beers on tap include the Karbach Hopadillo IPA, the Zilker Brewing Brutus IPA, Big Bend Brewing Oktoberfest and Avery Brewing El Gose. The event runs from 5 p.m. to midnight tomorrow at 1707 E. Sixth St.

For more information, visit the eventbrite link.

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