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.

Austin’s drinking events calendar, March 2016

Photo by Ben Sklar. Texas Keeper Cider's cidery in the Onion Creek area of South Austin isn't opened with regular hours yet, but the cider release party on June 20 is a good opportunity to visit the scenic cidery in the meantime.
Photo by Ben Sklar. Texas Keeper Cider’s tasting room, built out of a historic farmhouse, is finally ready to open this month with a grand opening celebration.

Drink.Well’s Anniversary Week, 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 1 through 11 p.m. Sunday, March 6. Toast to four years of this North Loop bar with a week full of throwback cocktails from earlier menus.

6th Annual Republic of Jack at Jack Allen’s Kitchen, 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 2. Celebrate Texas Independence Day with $6 Z Tequila and Republic Tequila cocktails, as well as plenty of snacks.

Parlor & Yard’s Grand Opening Party, 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 2. The newest Bridget Dunlap bar opens on West Sixth with live music, free T-shirts and a roll-out of the cocktail menu.

Ballast Point Sculpin Tap Takeover at Pinthouse Pizza, 5 p.m. Thursday, March 3. How do you like your Sculpin? Taste all five varieties – from nitro to grapefruit to pineapple – in a side-by-side flight.

White Rabbit Pub Crawl on Rainey Street, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3. Chase the white rabbit – a.k.a. a pint of Independence Brewing’s white ale – through various bars, including Craft Pride, Banger’s and Bungalow.

Uncle Billy’s First Friday Firkin, 5 p.m. Friday, March 4. Kick off your weekend with a refreshing version of the popular Lazy Day Lager made with prickly pear, sour orange, and lemon zest.

Twisted X 5K Beer Run, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 5. When you’ve finished up this easy street run through Dripping Springs, you can return to the brewery for a post-race party with beers, food trucks and music.

Wurstfest’s Craft Beer Festival, 12 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 5. Pours of more than 80 craft beers are available at this New Braunfels festival. $35 in advance, $50 at the door; $100 VIP tickets.

Contributed by Independence Brewing. Chase the white rabbit at a pub crawl and at Independence Brewing this month.
Contributed by Independence Brewing. Chase the white rabbit at a pub crawl and at Independence Brewing this month.

Independence Brewing’s Crawfish Boil & Craft Beer Bash, 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 5. Wash down pounds of fresh Louisiana crawfish with White Rabbit White Ale, the brewery’s spring seasonal.

Last Stand Brewing’s 1-Year Anniversary Party, 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 5. Limited release brews will commemorate the milestone along with food truck grub and live music.

Pints for Pits at Opal Divine’s Penn Field, 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 5. Love-A-Bull’s annual St. Pittie’s Day event invites you to bring your pup, wear green and enjoy a beer – all for a good cause.

BeerYoga at Hops & Grain, 10 a.m. Sunday, March 6. A one-hour, all-levels yoga class will relax you just in time for a pint of beer. $19.44.

Craftsman Monthly Crawfish Boil, 1 p.m. Sunday, March 6. $5 per pound of crawfish, along with $5 Tito’s Handmade Vodka and $10 Tecate 6-packs (or $2 Tecate singles).

Wine Slushies at the Infinite Monkey Theorem, 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 8 through 10 p.m. Monday, March 21. Slurp your wine throughout SXSW, when the urban winery is offering a very fun alternative to the normal way of drinking wine.

Victory Brewing’s 20th Anniversary Celebration at Easy Tiger, 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 9. Special tappings of Anniversary 20 Experimental IPA and Ten Years Alt.

Books & Beers at Blue Owl Brewing, 5 p.m. Thursday, March 10. Librarians will be at this happy hour, pairing their favorite books with Blue Owl brews. Plus, bring in gently used books for donations and sign up for your very own library card.

Irish Whiskey at Twin Liquors Round Rock, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10. Prep yourself in advance of St. Patrick’s Day with this guided tasting of Beam Suntory whiskeys, including Kilbeggan and Connemara. RSVP in advance to secure a seat.

Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing’s Unoversary, 7 a.m. Friday, March 11 through 11 p.m. Saturday, March 12. Two days of celebrations, including special beer releases: Unoversary Smash, You Be Forty Barrel-Aged Belgian Red, Vanilla Whiskey Barrel Suburban Ninja and more.

Circle Brewing 5th Anniversary Party, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 12. Celebrate five years of Circle with the brewery’s new Archetype Historical IPA. There will also be food trucks, live music, fun games and firkin tappings.

Photo by Kooper Family Whiskey Co. Austin's finally got a rye whiskey produced here with the arrival of Kooper Family Rye to the local market.
Photo by Kooper Family Whiskey Co. Try the locally aged Kooper Family Rye at the brand-new tasting room in Dripping Springs.

Kooper Family Rye Tasting Room Opening, 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 12. The Dripping Springs tasting room and barrel house will have whiskey samples and Old Fashioneds to enjoy Saturdays starting this weekend. $5.

Texas Keeper Cider Taproom Opening Party, 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 12. The doors of a historic farmhouse are officially opening at this party with special-release cider, lawn games and more. $10.

Treaty Oak Distilling’s Inaugural Hill Country Kitetail Fest, noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 13. Bring your kite to fly with dozens of others, and even if you don’t win one of the contests, you’ll still get to enjoy a Treaty Oak cocktail.

Cheese-Y Movie Night Part II at 4th Tap Brewing Co-op, 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 16. 4th Tap beers paired with Antonelli’s Cheese and a screening of the St. Patrick’s Day movie “Leprechaun.”

Jack & Ginger’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, 12 p.m. Thursday, March 17. This Irish pub is going all-out with live music throughout the day, including bagpipes at 5 p.m. There will also be lots of beer and street vendors.

St. Patrick’s Day at Opal Divine’s, 12 p.m. Thursday, March 17. Two Opal locations – Penn Field and Marina – are offering live music all day, as well as the usual pints of beer (that won’t be dyed green).

St. Patty’s Day Celebration at Zilker Brewing, 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 17. You probably won’t have to worry about green beer at this party, but you will drink Zilker beer to the sounds of Irish music.

Black Star Co-op Crawfish Boil, 1 p.m. Saturday, March 19. A whole boatload of Gulf Coast crawfish awaits for a boil on the patio, where you can chow down on a 2 lb. plate for $12.

Infamous Is Turning Three, 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 19. Ten Infamous Brewing beers – including Sweep the Leg, Party Juice and a third anniversary brew – will be the highlights of this special day.

Fixe’s Halter Ranch Vineyard Happy Hour, 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23. Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting with small bites on the patio with the Paso Robles winemakers. RSVP through Facebook to attend.

Banger’s Smoke Out Saturday, 12 p.m. Saturday, March 26. You know the drill. Enjoy a feast (a seafood boil this month) with live music and one of Banger’s many beers.

The ABGB’s A Nice Pear Bottle Release, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 26. Tour the brewery and pick up a bottle of the latest brew in the You’ll See, Baby series of sour beers.

Blue Owl Brewing’s Blue Egg Hunt, 2 p.m. Sunday, March 27. Spend your Easter at the brewery searching for eggs and expect surprises, prizes and – naturally – lots of fun. $20.

Austin named one of the best beer cities in America

Photo by Ralph Barrera / American-Statesman. Adelbert's Brewery's Tripel Treat is in stores now, so grab a bottle before they're all gone.
Photo by Ralph Barrera / American-Statesman. Adelbert’s Brewery was mentioned in a Wine Enthusiast list naming the top beer cities in the U.S.

Well, it’s official: Austin’s many breweries have now made the city one of the top destinations in the U.S. for grabbing a freshly made brew.

Wine Enthusiast magazine recently listed the seven “great American beer cities” — and our beloved Texas town took a bow at number five, alongside Portland, Maine at #1; Milwaukee, Wisconsin at #2; and Asheville, North Carolina at #3. (Strikingly, two well-known beer states, Oregon and Colorado, weren’t in the top three; Washington, another big beer spot, didn’t even place.)

Here’s what Wine Enthusiast had to say about Austin:

Hops & Grain opens daily at 8:00 a.m. for coffee, but if you politely ask, staff will pour beer samples. Visit Adelbert’s Brewery for Belgian-inspired brews, Black Star Co-Op Pub and Brewery for dinner and Austin Beerworks, the largest craft brewer in the city. Jester King Brewery, on a sprawling ranch along the city line, serves some of the country’s finest farmhouse and wild ales.”

There are a couple local beer makers that should’ve been mentioned in a list like this one — Blue Owl Brewing in East Austin, for one, which has the distinction of being the only brewery in the country to focus solely on sour-mashed brews. And where’s Live Oak Brewing? One of Austin’s oldest breweries is back in the local spotlight after releasing its beers in cans and preparing to open a brand-new brewery across the street from the Austin airport. (Live Oak’s updates are probably too new to get it on the list, in all honesty. Next year, OK?)

Wine Enthusiast still got one thing right. Austin’s becoming a destination for beer, in addition to all the other reasons it’s so loved.