It’s about to become a very big month for Austin breweries — as well as for the people who love them. In addition to three anniversaries, October is bringing us Austin Beer Week, running this year from Oct. 28 through Nov. 6 with the usual irresistible lineup of events at bars, breweries and retail stores.
But that’s a story for another day. Here are some other events coming up in the next couple of weeks that we won’t want to miss.
Hops & Grain’s 5th Anniversary Party: Austin fell in love with Hops & Grain because of beers like The One They Call Zoe, but we’re being rewarded with far rarer brews at the party, which has year-round options like Zoe available as well barrel-aged beers, kettle-soured beers and more. The 78702 Kolsch with raspberries? We’re in.
The party kicks off at noon on Saturday, and there’s no need to buy a ticket ahead of time — just fork over $15 at the bar and you’ll get a commemorative anniversary glass and a punch card good for six 8 oz. pours of your choice.
Jester King’s Funk ‘n’ Sour Fest: The celebration of fine food and beer returns on Oct. 20 with more pairings of Texas restaurants with cideries, wineries and breweries (and even a bartender or two mixing up cocktails).
The tickets aren’t cheap — $85 per person — but the cost is worth it if you’re wanting a night under string lights at Jester King’s beautiful Hill Country brewery, with access to some of the best food and drink in Austin. (It’ll also be one of the first tastes of East Austin brewpub the Brewer’s Table.) Reserve your spot in line at the fest with eventbrite.
Here are this year’s pairings.
- Antonelli’s Cheese with Midnight Cowboy
- Bullfight with 5 Stones Artisan Brewery
- The Brewers Table with La Cruz de Comal Wines
- The Bruery (welcome beer)
- Bufalina with Blue Owl Brewing
- Dai Due with Lewis Wines
- Emmer & Rye with Firestone Walker Barrel Works
- The Hollow with Jester King Brewery
- The Mercantile with Argus Cidery
- Noble Sandwich Co. with the Collective Brewing Project
- Salt & Time with Texas Keeper Cider
- The Salty Sow with Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
- Stiles Switch BBQ with Prairie Artisan Ales
- Texas French Bread with Live Oak Brewing Co.
Independence Brewing’s 12th Anniversary Party: One of Austin’s original craft breweries, Independence is celebrating 12 years with a day full of rare and special beer tappings, music, food, pinball and more. Keg tappings on the hour include vintage Jasperilla Old Ale, aged Ten Barleywine, barrel-fermented saisons and barrel-aged Bootlegger Brown. The family and pet-friendly event offers a full lineup of live music throughout the day as well as barbecue from Evan LeRoy and tacos from Lotus Joint.
The fun runs from 2 to 10 p.m. Oct. 22. There’s no admission fee to get into the party; just pay for beer and food as you go.
Draught House Pub and Brewery’s 48th Anniversary Party: Nearly 50 years of this bar-turned-brewpub? That’s an impressive milestone you’ll want to toast to — and you can bet you’ll have a hard time choosing which beer to toast with because the Draught House, like always, will be bringing out all the best, rarest and most beloved brews for the celebration.
“Visitors to this British-style pub are sometimes surprised when they catch a glimpse of the tiny-but-mighty, seven-barrel brewery almost hidden in back, where brewer Josh Wilson has been creating a variety of unusual and classic beers for over 20 years,” according to the Draught House. “Creations such as grapefruit IPA and lactic black current stout have earned this neighborhood spot acclaim from near and far.”
At the party on Oct. 29 — which is technically during Austin Beer Week — there will be rare beers, ice cream sandwiches from local shop Moojo, food trucks including Best Wurst and the Beer Olympics: a series of games (yeast balloon toss, crap beer cornhole and keg lifting) for which the winners will get prizes.
The free 48th anniversary party starts at 1 p.m. Saturday and lasts all day.