Want a tequila shot with your tarot card reading? Irene’s has you covered on Tuesday

Irene’s, the buzzy downtown restaurant at 506 West Ave., is hosting a tequila night special in April and May, but there’s a twist: You can also get your tarot cards read for free while you’re there.

The restaurant’s Tarot & Tequila Tuesday starts on April 4 and continues on May 2. They’ll have specials on tequila and tequila drinks all night, and Kristin of Senders Receive will be offering free tarot card readings from 6 to 8 p.m.

 

Kristin Marie Bramblett is a tarot card reader (@sendersreceive on Instagram), who will be reading tarot cards at Irene’s in April and May. Contributed by @sendersreceive.

 

 

 

 

 

Austin’s drinking events calendar, April 2017

Photo by Tyler Malone. Live Oak Brewing, owned by Chip McElroy, is celebrating 20 years this month with an anniversary party.

Saturday, April 1

Pinthouse Pizza’s Fully Adrift Coffee-Infused Bottle Release, 11 a.m. The third beer in the brewpub’s Lost at Sea series is a double IPA infused with Houndstooth’s Tweed Coffee.

Starkbierfest with Dai Due, 5 p.m. Raise a stein to Austin Saengerrunde with this tasting of strong beers (like springtime doppelbocks) and a six-course paired dinner from Chef Jesse Griffiths.

Sunday, April 2

Texas Wine Revolution, 1 to 5 p.m. The tasting event at William Chris Vineyards returns with a focus on more than 25 Texas-made rosés from some of the state’s best wineries. $50.

Crawfish Boil Fundraiser at Bluebonnet Beer Co., 3 to 7 p.m. The Round Rock brewery’s first-ever crawfish fish benefits a good cause, the Muscular Dystrophy Association. $25.

Divine Chocolate & Beer Pairing at Black Star Co-op, 4 to 6 p.m. Seven of Black Star’s house beers will be tasted alongside fair-trade chocolate bars; pay for the flights, but the chocolate is complimentary.

Monday, April 3

Massican Wine Release Party at Italic, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The Italian restaurant is hosting Massican owner and winemaker Dan Petroski, who has free pours of his latest vintage.

Friday, April 7

Dutch Party at Brentwood Social House, 6 to 9 p.m. Bring your own drinks to this celebration of European food such as stroopwafels, bitterballen and maybe even herring.

Saturday, April 8

Pinthouse Pizza’s 1st Annual Hootenanny, 11 a.m. In addition to a petting zoo, caricature artist, Jim Jim’s Water Ice and more, the South Lamar location will release a special IPA every two hours throughout the day.

Real Spirits Launch Party, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Real Ale Brewing is finally launching Real Spirits Distilling with three new products: a gin and two aged whiskeys. All three will be in bottles to go.

Texas Beer & Crawfish Boil at Texas Beer Co., 1 to 10 p.m. Make the drive to Taylor for an afternoon of beer, live music and crawfish from legendary cook David Terrell of the Austin BBQ Company.

Sunday, April 9

St. Elmo Brewing Crawfish Boil, 12 to 10 p.m. The afternoon will include beer and live music from Charles Thibodeaux and the Austin Cajun Aces, in addition to a Vietnamese-style crawfish boil from Soursop.

Easy Sunday with Austin Beerworks, 2 to 6 p.m. Easy Tiger will have $1 cans of beers like Pearl-Snap Pilsner and Bloodwork Orange IPA, as well as other Austin Beerworks brews on draft.

Monday, April 10

The Craft Series at the Driskill, 6 to 9 p.m. This month’s beer pairing dinner at the Driskill’s 1886 Cafe & Bakery will feature brews from the DFW area’s Community Beer Co.

Wednesday, April 12

Hops & Games at Hops & Grain, 6 to 10 p.m. It’s the monthly board game night at the brewery; you can either bring your own or play some of the games provided.

Meet the Brewer: BOM Brewery at Mort Subite, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Bert Van Hecke of BOM Brewery, which does all its own malting, will be at the Belgian beer bar with a curated selection of BOM beers.

Thursday, April 13

Spring Wines & Chocolate Pairing, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Chocolaterie Tessa is partnering with Mark Rashap, of KOOP Radio’s Anothe Bottle Down, for this delectable tasting. $55.

Friday, April 14

Flight of the Baptist at Flying Saucer, 11 a.m. There will be a mouthwatering flight on offer of all Epic Brewing Big Bad Baptist variations, including Son of the Baptist and Baptista.

Saturday, April 15

Austin Beerworks Sputnik Event at Pinthouse Pizza, 11 a.m. Sputnik and all of its variations, as well as another Austin Beerworks brew or two, are going on tap for this celebration of the Russian imperial stout.

2nd Annual Crawfish Boil at Whip In, 12 to 8 p.m. Get to the party promptly at noon for a cheap early-bird beer menu and enjoy crawfish and New Orleans-style music all afternoon. $24 for two people.

Live Oak Brewing’s 20th Anniversary Party, 12 to 10 p.m. Enjoy food truck grub from Quality Seafood, Texas Chili Queens and others while toasting to the East Austin brewery’s big birthday.

Monday, April 17

Rosé Tasting at the Austin Shaker, 6 to 9 p.m. Drink pink with the East Austin liquor store, which is hosting a tasting of several different rosé wines from France and the Pacific Northwest.

Wednesday, April 19

Brewery Rep Death Match at Flying Saucer, 6 to 9 p.m. Two Colorado breweries, Odell Brewing and Avery Brewing, are facing off for pride and glory, with much swag to be had for the spectators.

Spirit Tasting & Class: Scotch Edition at Craftsman, 7 to 10 p.m. Craftsman’s boozy classes exploring various spirits continue, this time with a focus on Scotch from Glenlivet. $22.09.

Thursday, April 20

ATX IPA Throwdown, 4 p.m. Star Bar has created what is sure to be a heated competition, with some of the city’s favorite IPAs going hop to hop against each other.

Austin Beer Guide Release Party, 6 p.m. The spring and summer issue of Austin Beer Guide is releasing at this Draught House party that will have special tappings and more.

4/20 Fest at Banger’s, 6 to 9 p.m. Celebrate the quintessential stoner holiday with beer, with a tap list that includes such themed suds as Sweetwater Hash Session and Independence’s Hop Brownie.

Saturday, April 22

Friends & Allies Brewing’s Grand Opening, 12 p.m. Celebrate the official opening of the East Austin brewery with all your favorite Friends & Allies beers.

Real Ale’s 21st Birthday Kegger, 12 to 5 p.m. This old-school kegger is a nod to the days when beer was simpler, so for this year’s anniversary beer, simply being called 21, expect a pre-Prohibition lager. $20.

Texas Keeper Cidery’s Earth Day Gardening Party, 12 to 5 p.m. Learn about tree grafting, heirloom plants and more while enjoying the cidery’s second collaboration cider with Blue Owl Brewing. $4.

Sunday, April 23

Geraldine’s On Deck, 5 to 8 p.m. Relax poolside at the Hotel Van Zandt, where you can sip cocktails made with Treaty Oak Distilling spirits and listen to hot tracks from Mixer Rogers.

Tuesday, April 25

Boston to Austin Tap Takeover at Whip In, 5 to 10 p.m. Infamous Brewing and Samuel Adams collaborated on a beer together, the BOSxAUS, a smoked oyster stout. It’s tapping along with other beers from Infamous and Samuel Adams.

Whiskey and Cheese Pairing at Craftsman, 7 to 8 p.m. Teeling Irish Whiskey will prove that wine isn’t the only alcoholic beverage that can pair with one of our favorite foods. $16.82.

Wednesday, April 26

Whiskey Roundup at TenOak Bourbon House & Lounge, 6 to 9 p.m. You’ll get to try six of a variety of different whiskeys and meet the makers behind them; plus, food and cocktails available for purchase. $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

Friday, April 28

Dapper Devil Bottle Release at Blue Owl Brewing, 12 to 10 p.m. Love the raspberry Belgian strong ale that sour mashing brewery Blue Owl makes? It’ll be in bottles, with a limit of one case per customer.

Austin Food & Wine Festival, 5 p.m. Friday through 5 p.m. Sunday. The fest returns to Auditorium Shores with top chefs, savvy sommeliers and talented winemakers from across the country. $250-$625.

Saturday, April 29

Zilker Brewing’s 2nd Anniversary Party, 12 to 6 p.m. The East Austin brewery will have an extended tap list in honor of its birthday, as well as live music, food and more.

Return of Tiki at Treaty Oak Brewing & Distilling, 12 to 10 p.m. Delicious tiki cocktails, Polynesian-inspired food, live music, hula and fire dancers, and a live demonstration of tiki carving by Doug Moreland await you.

Love Belgian Beer Fest, 1 to 8 p.m. Taste local Belgian-style brews and authentic imports, as well as enjoy live music and comedy, for a good cause. The event benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Austin. $53.74-$111.77.

Sunday, April 30

Bluebonnet Beer Dinner at Greenhouse Craft Food, 6:30 to 9 p.m. The Round Rock restaurant’s regular beer dinners continue, this time with a Round Rock brewery. $64.12.

6 Austin breweries with outdoor beer gardens for springtime imbibing

Jester King Brewery, located a little outside of town, is one of the most picturesque breweries in the Austin area.

Now that it’s springtime, we want to spend all of our time outdoors, soaking up the sunshine before it gets too hot — in what will sadly be just a short couple of months.

In the meantime, here are a half-dozen Austin-area breweries that will deliver the transcendent outdoor experience so precious to many a beer lover.

Jester King Brewery

13187 Fitzhugh Rd., jesterkingbrewery.com.

It’s not an exaggeration to say that the farmhouse brewery in the Texas Hill Country is a veritable oasis, with much of the seating spread underneath the shade of tall leafy trees that are strung with twinkling lights to brighten the night. The surrounding landscape is made all the more meaningful when you realize that Jester King makes beers like the sublime and simple Le Petit Prince with the help of natural features around it, giving it a strong sense of place.

Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Oasis, TX Brewing has irresistible views of Lake Travis from its upper-story taproom and patio.

Oasis, Texas Brewing

6550 Comanche Trl., otxbc.com.

OK, technically the Lake Travis-area brewery in the Oasis complex doesn’t have the greenery that surrounds many of these other spots, but it’s got the view: Oasis, Tex Brewing is located on a deck high above the lake and guarantees Instagram-worthy sunset photos that will have you gasping in delight. The beers — such as the juicy Metamodern Session IPA — are also pleasing to the palate and light enough in alcohol that you can have more than one.

Live Oak Brewing

1615 Crozier Ln., Del Valle, liveoakbrewing.com.

The nearly 20-year-old brewery moved from one tiny warehouse space in East Austin at the end of 2015 to a much bigger location built on 22 acres of land near the Colorado River and the local airport. Although there’s plenty of indoor seating in the taproom, you’ll be lured outside on a nice day. The beer garden is nestled, appropriately, underneath a majestic grove of live oaks where you can enjoy the classic Hefeweizen with food truck grub.

Middleton Brewing

101 Oakwood Loop, San Marcos, middletonbrewingtx.com.

When this brewpub south of Austin upgraded to a brewing system 20 times bigger than the previous one, the owners made everything else better, too, by moving into a specially built brewery complete with an expansive patio that has seats in the sun or the shade, depending on your preference. Middleton Brewing is also staffed with dog lovers who often bring their pooches to work with them, and your own furry friends are welcome to run around outside.

Hi Sign Brewing has just officially opened, but it’s already got a patio with pretty wooded views.

Hi Sign Brewing

1201 Bastrop Hwy., hisignbrewing.com.

Not far from Live Oak Brewing, one of Austin’s youngest breweries has a modest acre of outdoor space to play with but has already made the most of it — Hi Sign Brewing’s recent grand opening celebration had a crawfish boil and a disc golf tournament out there. Visitors to Hi Sign, sipping on beers like the juice-like New England IPA, can hang out on the deck or in the tree-lined yard beyond where lights have been strung and tables set out.

Treaty Oak Brewing & Distilling

16604 Fitzhugh Rd., Dripping Springs, treatyoakdistilling.com.

Off the same road as Jester King but much closer to Dripping Springs, this “brewstillery” ranch just about has it all: live music, food, play areas for the kids, plenty of outdoor seating both in the sun and in the shade and, perhaps best of all, a variety of beers and cocktails depending upon what you’re craving. (The distillery added a brewing program that launched at the end of last year.) With so much on offer, you’ll find it hard to leave the scenic serenity that pervades Treaty Oak.

Austin Eastciders goes citrus with newest flavor

The cider boom is bringing lots of activity to the Central Texas distillery scene, and one of the fastest growing brands has just added its fifth flavor to the line, as well as a new variety pack.

Blood orange is the latest flavor from Austin Eastciders.
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Blood orange is the latest flavor from Austin Eastciders, the cidery that started in East Austin in 2013 and now has 56 employees working out of an expanded facility they opened in Southeast Austin last year.

(Orange seems to be the flavor of the season for our local brewers. Deep Eddy just announced its new orange vodka.)

The orange flavor is the fifth in a line that also includes pineapple, Texas honey, original and a slightly hopped version. Starting next month, Austin Eastciders will sell a variety 12-pack with the first four flavors.

Austin Eastciders is now selling a variety pack with four of its five flavors. Contributed by Austin Eastciders

The cider is sold in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Houston, as well as at Costco, H-E-B and Whole Foods Markets in New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Virginia.

From a release:
Blood Orange is a zesty, dry cider crafted with bright red Sicilian blood oranges, heirloom bittersweet apples and American dessert apples. The Sicilian blood orange has a distinct, sweet flavor with light flavors of raspberry and grapefruit, which results in the cider being medium bodied and crisp with a hint of tangy citrus. The mouth-watering blood orange flavor is slightly more pronounced than a standard orange, but not so intense as to overwhelm the apple-forward flavor profile. The tangy citrus adds a unique complexity to the effervescent cider and will delight cider drinkers, beer fans and wine enthusiasts alike.
 The new cider has a 5 percent ABV, and they are also selling it as a good base for cocktails where you need something sweet and bubbly but not as boozy as a sparkling wine.

Jester King named among best breweries in the South

One of Central Texas’ most popular craft breweries is also one of South’s best, according to a ranking by Southern Living.

Jester King Brewery was ranked No. 7 on the magazine’s list of the 10 best breweries in the South.

Photo by Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Lambic fans, rejoice: Jester King is helping to bring the revered beers of Cantillon to Texas.

“Jester King has become a pilgrimage site for beer geeks across the world where they come to see how they produce hyperlocal beers, from growing their own grain and fruit to using well water from underneath their property,” the magazine wrote.

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Jester King has long made lists of the region’s best breweries, and it’s in the process of expanding: Last year, the brewery purchased 58 acres of land near the current property with the plan to start farming this spring, including planting an orchard and going grapes. The brewery owners’ long-term goals include a farm-to-table restaurant and livestock to support cheese-making and cured meats, as well as distilling and winemaking using fruit and grains grown onsite, and an apiary on the land to produce honey. And yes, the brewery’s tasty tart beers are here to stay.

Other Austin staples also made Southern Living’s “best of the South” lists, including naming the Driskill Bar the best bar in Texas  and naming Austin’s Uncommon Objects as one of the best shops in the South.

RELATED: Jester King’s former head brewer plans new brewery in Texas Hill Country

New Texas bourbon, Devils River Bourbon Whiskey, to hit market in April

The current president of the Texas Distilled Spirits Association has produced a whiskey named for and made with the pure, limestone-filtered water from a feisty Texas river.

Devils River Bourbon Whiskey, thought up by Mike Cameron, will hit stores in early April as a 90-proof small-batch Texas whiskey primarily made up of corn, with rye as a strong secondary ingredient. Cameron, also the co-founder of Rebecca Creek Whiskey, named his new project after a Southwest Texas river where he used to fish in college.

When he “decided to create something new in the world of Texan distilled spirits,” he came up with several possible brand names — including Devils River Whiskey — and liked the personal connection he has with the river near Del Rio, he said in a press release.

“I had all but settled on the brand and, by chance, had lunch with a friend, who told me that he was going to go kayaking on a beautiful river in Southwest Texas. He was referring to Devils River, and that’s when it started to feel like fate,” he said.

Devils River Whiskey is made from the water of a beloved Texas river.

The whiskey is fermented using a proprietary process, distilled in traditional copper pot stills suited for making flavorful dark spirits, and matured in charred oak barrels. Pure water from the Devils River is used during the distillation.

As a result, Devils River Whiskey is “sweet yet bold,” with an “oak, honey and caramel medley” on the palate, according to the distillery. The whiskey is 75 percent corn, 21 percent rye and 4 percent barley.

That’s already proven to be a recipe for success: Devils River Whiskey recently took gold at the Denver International Spirits Competition.

The whiskey will hit the Texas market next month with a suggested retail price of $29.99. For more information, visit devilsriverwhiskey.com.

Devils River Whiskey Buck
2 oz. Devils River Bourbon Whiskey
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1 1/2 oz. chilled ginger beer
Pour all ingredients except the ginger beer into a copper mug over ice. Stir to combine. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a lime wedge.
— Devils River Whiskey

Multimillion dollar expansion underway for Banger’s on Rainey Street

Contributed by Maker Architects. Banger’s will be comprised of three buildings starting next year.

An expansion of the popular Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden will add an extra 15,000 sq. ft. of dining, lounge, event and performance space and give it one of the largest draft systems in Texas.

The new building, being constructed starting today, is located at 81.5 Rainey Street, just north of the current set of brick-red bungalows in what had previously been a staff parking lot. Banger’s is aiming for a March 2018 opening (in time for SXSW) of the additional location and assures customers the construction won’t affect operations at the current bar, according to a press release.

Once it opens, Banger’s will be able to greatly expand what it’s able to offer with food, drink and entertainment.

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One of the most exciting changes for beer lovers will be the second custom 101-tap draft system that will mean the Rainey Street bar will have a total of 207 taps — nearly the largest amount in Texas and one of the largest in the world. There will also be a special beer cellar to age and store rare and small-batch brews.

But Banger’s owner Ben Siegel is perhaps most excited about the expansion of the food program.

“We’ve spent about three years designing this project, and I’m very proud of where we landed. This expansion allows us to not only grow our existing business, but also expand the experience that we offer to our customers, both now and well into the future,” Siegel said in the press release.  “More than anything, this expansion is going to allow us to do a lot more cool stuff in the world of cooking, curing, roasting and smoking whole animals and their various parts.”

That’s because the new building will have a smokehouse and a full meat processing facility, as well as a basement vegetable fermentation and pickling area, among other additional amenities.

For more information, visit bangersaustin.com.

This post has been updated to clarify that the new Banger’s draft system is one of the largest in the state.