10 Texas beers to enjoy all summer long

Texas brewers know just the kinds of beers we need to combat the heat. Here are 10 mostly Austin beers (and a cider-wine hybrid because it’s divine) to keep you cool all summer long.

Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Brazos Valley Brewery, in Brenham, has made a peach wheat with a couple of sneaky musical references.

Austin Beerworks Einhorn: The essential summer beer of Austin was recently put into powder blue cans decorated with unicorns (‘einhorn’ means unicorn in German) and sent all over town. Crisp, a little tart and very refreshing, the Berliner Weisse-style brew might not be as rare a find as the mythical horned horse now, but it’s not any less beloved. The North Austin brewery has even helpfully supplied a map to help us locate a six-pack, although you don’t have to rush out to find it: Einhorn will be available throughout the summer.

Live Oak Hefeweizen: A lot of the beers on this list are new, seasonal or small-batch, or some combination of the three. This one’s on here because it’s trusty — easy to get both in cans and on draft and always the straw-colored, aromatic gem we expect — and we should never take it for granted. Go get some.

The ABGB’s Rocket 100 Pilsner: This one is another reliable Austin brew and one of the beers that helped to cement the ABGB’s win as the Great American Beer Festival’s Brewpub of the Year. A pre-Prohibition example of a pilsner, it’s brewed with corn, one of the ingredients that German immigrants to our country would have used. Take it home in a growler or, better yet, a three-pack of crowlers.

Hops & Grain River Beer: Modeled after light lagers like Coors Banquet, with corn in its grain bill, River Beer is intended to accompany you on all your boat rides on Lake Travis, your tubing trips down the San Marcos River, anytime you are in or over a body of water in Texas. With it, Hops & Grain is hoping to attract people who drink the likes of Coors and Budweiser, but it’s flavorful (even a little sweet, thanks to the corn) and will no doubt be the favorite of regular craft beer lovers, too.

Adelbert’s Mango Wit: As I noted in a roundup of beers suited for springtime imbibing, the year-round Mango Wit is especially suited for the spring and summer months thanks to its sweet tropical notes. Now that it’s summer, let me just go ahead and quote myself: Adelbert’s made the Mango Wit with lemon peel and real, true, juicy mango, and let me emphasize the word “juicy” again. That’s exactly how this beer tastes: as if Adelbert’s filled cans with the sweet liquid squeezed from pounds of mangoes, threw in some citrus for balance and carbonated the result.

Brazos Valley Millions of Peaches Peach Wheat: Probably, the Brenham brewery is making a reference with the name and the can design to the Allman Brothers’ “Eat a Peach” record. But the six-pack I stumbled on at Whole Foods immediately made me crack a grin because Millions of Peaches is, to me, a nod to the insanely catchy ’90s diddly “Peaches” by the Presidents of the United States of America.

I bought the cans for the memory of belting out “millions of peaches, peaches for me” the summer in between high school and college and that alone, without knowing a thing about the beer, but fortunately it’s delicious. In the wheat beer, the sweet nectar of one of Texas’ most beloved fruits is preserved without being overly cloying, a danger that some fruit beers can face.

Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Got any outdoor summer activities planned? Don’t leave your six-pack of Oasis at home.

Oasis, Texas’ You May All Go to Helles and I Will Go to Texas: Are your Texan heartstrings tugging yet at this Davy Crockett reference (and well-placed beer pun)? Even if they’re not, the Lake Travis-area brewery has crafted a beer, light and thirst-quenching, that seems tailor-made for our state. The cans are a limited release, so don’t miss them.

Zilker Brewing’s Parks & Rec Pale Ale: Brewed in collaboration with the Austin Parks Foundation to celebrate Zilker Park’s 100th anniversary, the seasonal pale ale, now in cans, doubles as a good cause. A portion of the proceeds from the beer, made with old-school hops like Centennial to emphasize bright citrus notes, is being donated to the Austin Parks Foundation for Zilker Park’s upkeep. Not that you needed an extra reason to go buy it, right?

Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Zilker Brewing’s newest canned beer was made to highlight Zilker Park’s 100th anniversary.

Jester King Foudreweizen: The brewery’s big and boozy Boxer’s Revenge, a a barrel-aged sour strong ale, releases this weekend, but it’s not exactly conducive to summer drinking. Buy a few bottles of that to go, since it ages so nicely, but don’t miss out on Foudreweizen. The collaboration between Jester King and Live Oak Brewing is also back and so nicely captures what both breweries do best.

It was made when wort brewed at Live Oak and inoculated with its hefeweizen yeast was taken to Jester King to transform at the hands of the native yeast and bacteria, alive in the walls of the farmhouse brewery’s foudres, and the resulting Foudreweizen tastes in essence like a funky wheat beer — bonkers good.

A crowler of Pinthouse Pizza’s latest IPA: Both locations of the brewpub are producing fresh examples of the hazy, juicy IPA they’ve perfected, from the This Is Juice at the flagship on Burnet Road to the Electric Jellyfish IPA that the South Lamar brewpub can’t seem to make enough of. IPAs generally aren’t my go-to style on hot summer days, but Pinthouse makes the beer low in bitterness, albeit with the aroma and flavors that hops can impart. Like the ABGB, both locations have crowlers.

Texas Keeper Cider’s Grafter Rosé: The best drink of 2016 is back in bottles and available at the cidery starting tomorrow afternoon, where you can sip it while enjoying barbecue from the new LeRoy and Lewis. This year’s Grafter Rosé, dry, spritz-like and tart, is made with Rome Beauty apples and Texas-grown Tempranillo and Carignan grapes.

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’s drinking events calendar, December 2016

Photo by Ricardo B. Brazziell / American-Statesman. 'Tis the season for holiday treats like spiked hot chocolate, which will be at LaV's Christmas tree lighting on Dec. 5.
Photo by Ricardo B. Brazziell / American-Statesman. ‘Tis the season for holiday treats like hot chocolate, which will be pouring at Jacoby’s Festivus on Dec. 6.

Opal Divine’s 14th Annual Whisky Festival, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. Sample the finest whiskies from Scotland and beyond while enjoying food and holiday merriment. $40 in advance, $45 at the door.

Six Pack Stories, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. The final installment of this speaker series about beer focuses on why we love it so much – the taste. Prepare for beer pairings with food, coffee and spirits. $35.

Rolling Stones Listening Party at Irene’s, 11 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. Sip on Rolling Stones-inspired drinks as one of the first to hear the Stones’ first new record in a decade.

The Brass Tap Domain’s Grand Opening, 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2 to 2 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. It’s a full weekend of festivities, with live music, rare beer releases (including Goose Island Bourbon County Rare) and more.

First Friday Firkin at Uncle Billy’s, 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. This month’s firkin is festive: Uncle Billy’s Green Room IPA with spruce tips and cinnamon added. $3.

St. Elmo Brewing’s Grand Opening Party, 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Celebrate the opening of the new South Austin brewery with more than six beers on draft, live music and Southeast Asian bites from on-site food truck Soursop.

Thirsty Planet’s Silverback Pale Ale Release, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Silverback season has returned. Stop into the tasting room for a pint and sign up for the Austin Gorilla Run while you’re at it.

Leap into the Holidays Party at Armadillo’s Leap Winery, 12 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Both locations of the winery are offering a celebration with wine tastings and reindeer mix to snack on.

Texas Keeper's Cider Noir is a perfect Christmastime treat releasing the first weekend in December at the cidery.
Texas Keeper’s Cider Noir is a perfect Christmastime treat releasing the first weekend in December at the cidery.

Texas Keeper Cider’s Cider Noir Release Party, 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Try this special winter cider alongside smoked meats and sides from pitmaster Evan LeRoy, formerly of Freedmen’s.

Hot Drinks Menu Party at Craftsman, 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. A new menu of hot cocktails is debuting, with s’mores also available for $5. Part of the proceeds benefit the American-Statesman’s Season for Caring campaign.

Little Woodrow’s at Tech Ridge One-Year Anniversary Party, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Taste samples of Independence Brewing’s new Brown Sabbath beer, as well as other Indy beers at this tap takeover.

Champagne Class at Backbeat, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. This primer on champagne will get you all prepared for New Year’s Eve festivities – you’ll embark on a guided tasting to learn how the bubbly wine is made, why it’s so special and more. $50.

Christmas Flight Nights at Easy Tiger, 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 and Tuesday, Dec. 6. Get into the holiday spirit by sipping four winter brews, including the Ballast Point Peppermint Victory at Sea. $10.

Jacoby’s Festivus, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6. Enjoy hot chocolate and holiday cookies while gathering on Jacoby’s bluff overlooking the Colorado River. Then, Sip & Shop in Jacoby’s Mercantile.

Russian Tea Drinking & Traditions at Russian House, 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7. Sip an unlimited supply of Russian tea while learning the importance of tea in Russian culture. $12.

2nd Annual Odell Brewing Ugly Sweater Party, 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8. Come decked out appropriately for this party at Pinthouse Pizza, which will have rare and seasonal Odell beers on tap. Odell is donating $10 to the Central Texas Food Bank for every ugly sweater present.

Holiday Wine Dinner at Duchman Family Winery, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. Gift yourself this four-course feast featuring Duchman’s Italian-focused wines. $65.

Holiday Spirits Mingle at the Spirit of Texas Distillery, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Party at the Pflugerville distillery, which will have food, drink and music for the festive afternoon.

12 Bars of Charity, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Sign up for this bar crawl that will help raise money for specific local charities. Just donate $10 and you’ll be able to enjoy half-priced drink specials at participating bars.

Austin Beerworks Sputnik Launch, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. The beloved Sputnik Russian Imperial Coffee Oatmeal Stout is making its return. The launch opens to the public at 1 p.m., but come early for $30-$45.

Beer & Brunch at Blue Owl Brewing, 12 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. Pair Blue Owl’s sour-mashed suds with kolaches from the upcoming Batch Craft Beer and Kolaches eatery.

Juniper’s 1st Annual Ugly Sweater Holiday Party, 4 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. A ticket gets you two cocktails, some of the chef’s most popular treats, live music and dancing, and a chance to win door prizes. $30 in advance, $40 at the door.

The Craft Series at the Driskill, 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12. Feast on four courses with four Austin Beerworks beers — including the hotel and Austin Beerworks’ special collaboration brew, the Cattle Baron Wheatwine. $40.

Mega Mutt Monday at Banger’s, 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12. At this holiday edition of the pet-friendly event, Santa will be at the bar to pose with your furry friends, along with the usual pet vendors.

Rabbit Hole Brewing’s Austin Debut, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13. The brewery from the Texas town of Justin is coming for tap takeovers at Star Bar and other places.

Uncle Billy’s Shakolad Chocolate Imperial Stout Release, 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14. These seasonal suds contain large amounts of cocoa nibs from Srsly Chocolate to give it flavors of dark cherry, plum and chocolate.

Austin Beer Guide 2016 Awards Party, 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15. Find out who the winners of this year’s awards are while sipping on special beers. Craft Santa will even be on hand to hand out the awards.

A Founders’ Christmas Carol at Banger’s, 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15. Some harder-to-find Founders beers will be on draft and paired with different chocolates.

Real Ale Mysterium Verum Benedictum Bottle Release, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. The rare bottles of Real Ale continue their launch with Benedictum, a sour brown ale barrel-aged with wild yeast, bacteria and tart cherries.

Hi Hat Public House’s 4th Birthday Bash, 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. Drool-worthy beers on tap and a dance party with Foot Patrol music starting at 9:30 p.m.

Pinthouse Pizza’s Fully Adrift Wet Hop Double IPA Bottle Release, 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. Grab the first edition in the Lost at Sea series featuring different Fully Adrift versions.

Holiday Pop-Up Market at Circle Brewing, 12 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. Finish up your holiday shopping with local vendors. Plus, enjoy holiday cask beers, cheery tunes, food truck grub and more.

2016 FloTrack Beer Mile World Championships, 1 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. This unofficial sport’s final race dashes into Austin, featuring some of the world’s best beer milers who know how to run with a belly full of beer.

Julia Robinson for American-Statesman. Think you can chug a beer and then run a mile? These champions at the FloTrack Beer Mile sure can.
Julia Robinson for American-Statesman. Think you can chug a beer and then run a mile? These champions at the FloTrack Beer Mile sure can.

Howliday Market at the ABGB, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. The ABGB’s latest release in the APA!APA series, which raises funds for Austin Pets Alive, is debuting with a market of holiday goodies for your pup.

“Home Alone” at Live Oak Brewing, 6:30 p.m. doors Dec. 17. Bring your fold-out chairs and blankets for this outdoor screening of the Macaulay Culkin classic. Beer and food will be available for purchase. $10.

Sundayfundaymas at the ABGB, 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. On this last Sunday before Christmas, enjoy reindeer games, a holiday market and song swap, and beer from the ABGB.

More Than a Tip at the Dig Pub, 4 to 11 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19. Bartender Ben Kazda is once again donating all tips of the night to the Salvation Army’s Austin Shelter for Women and Children.

Idle Vine Brewery Debut Party, 5 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21. Get a first taste of the beers from the new Pflugerville brewery, which will have its four core beers on draft at the Dig Pub.

Tun Tun Tun Fest 4.0, 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21. The Brew & Brew’s blowout beer celebration returns with beers from Jester King, the Bruery, Dogfish Head, Cascade and more.

St. Elmo Sing-a-Long, 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21. St. Elmo Brewing is hosting musicians Craig Calvert and Mike Jackson, as well as their guitars, for this evening of merriment, beer and hot cocoa.

Prairie Christmas Bomb Tapping at Flying Saucer, 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 24. There’s no better beer for some Christmas Eve fun than this dark, spicy and chocolatey brew from Prairie Artisan Ales.

NYE Wee Celebration at Blue Owl Brewing, 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31. Ring in the New Year six hours early (hey, it’s midnight in Scotland) with Wee Beastie in hand.

Hopfields’ Rat Pack New Years Eve, 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31. Dress in your best Sinatra, Havana nights, Mad Men, Rat Pack wear and join the beer bar for a party complete with champagne toasts and a photo booth.

Texas brewers remain in fight over distribution rights with TABC appeal

Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Austin beer maker Live Oak Brewing has been involved with a case about distribution rights that the state is now appealing.
Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Austin beer maker Live Oak Brewing has been involved with a case about distribution rights that the state is now appealing.

Texas brewers and others in the beer industry have been winning court victories  — most recently, the fight for retailers to use crowlers — but one battle, it seems, is not over yet.

In August, a group of brewers successfully convinced a state district judge that a current Texas law wasn’t constitutional. The law, part of the bundle of 2013 legislation that otherwise advanced the interests of breweries in the state, prohibited them from receiving monetary compensation from distributors for the right to distribute their beers.

Austin-based Live Oak Brewing, along with the Dallas/Fort Worth-area’s Peticolas Brewing and Revolver Brewing, decided to sue the state in 2014 in the hopes of getting the valuable earnings they believed they could get from selling those rights. A judge ultimately sided with them.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, however, has decided to appeal the decision. Now, the case goes to the Third Court of Appeals in Austin.

As before, the state will argue that the law was important in maintaining the three-tier system — Texas’ regulatory system dictating that makers of beer, wine and spirits create their products, distributors sell them to retailers, and those places, in turn, peddle them to the public. Brewers being able to sell their distribution rights, rather than give them away as the law dictated, would be a violation of the system.

That’s not the issue at stake at all, according to the lawyers who represented Live Oak, Peticolas and Revolver in the suit. Instead, they argue that the law unfairly hurts brewers’ ability to grow their businesses.

Institute for Justice senior attorney Matt Miller, the breweries’ attorney, said in a statement after news of TABC’s appeal that they believe the Texas courts will still side with the breweries in a state that has always cherished small business.

“The trial court correctly saw that this law was written by distributors to do one thing: enrich themselves at the expense of craft brewers,” Miller said. “That is unconstitutional, and we are confident the appellate court will agree.”

In August, when the court ruled in favor of Live Oak and the North Texas breweries, Miller noted that the Texas Constitution doesn’t allow the legislature to pass laws “that enrich one business at the expense of another.”

TABC’s public information officer, Chris Porter, declined to comment because of the pending legal matter. The commission is also expected to appeal the ruling of the crowler case and has until Friday to make that appeal.

Austin’s drinking events calendar, November 2016

Brooklyn Brewery Mash will give Austinites plenty of chances to try some beloved Brooklyn brews and meet the folks behind them.
Brooklyn Brewery Mash, returning Nov. 10-13, will give Austinites plenty of chances to try some beloved Brooklyn brews and meet the folks behind them.

Mort Subite’s Grand Opening Party, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. The long-awaited Belgian beer bar on Congress Avenue officially opens with a raffle, ribbon cutting, special tappings and more.

Wines of Tuscany at Italic, 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. Master sommelier Craig Collins is sharing a tasting of six of his favorite wines from the Italian region of Tuscany. $20.

Ventura Wine Dinner at Bullfight, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2. Explore Spain’s recent fascination with the mencía grape with this four-course dinner. $68.

First Friday Firkin at Uncle Billy’s, 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4. Taste Uncle Billy’s newest beer: the Brew Oyster Cult Figgy firkin, an oyster stout being served in 22 oz. mugs for $3.

The Dig Pub’s 9th Anniversary Party, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4. Expect a lineup of rare beers that are tapping on the hour, including Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin ’14.

Austin Homebrew Festival, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4. The annual event celebrating the best of local homebrews, from beer to cider to mead, returns with tastings, a silent auction and more. $35-$50.

Harvest Flavors with Wine at Central Market Cooking School, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4. For your girls’ night out, learn how to pair seasonal foods with wine (and try them all, of course). $45.

Jay Janner/American-Statesman. The Whip In will have a variety of sparkling wines available at its third annual Bubbles & Brunch event.
Jay Janner/American-Statesman. The Whip In will have a variety of sparkling wines available at its third annual Bubbles & Brunch event.

Whip In’s 3rd Annual Bubbles & Brunch, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. Enjoy sparkling wines from around the world at this brunch featuring locally sourced ingredients. $35-$40.

Meridian Hive’s Limited Release Mead, 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. After two years in the making, Bounty – Meridian Hive’s bourbon barrel-aged cyser – is finally ready for enjoying.

The 7th Annual Bourbon, Bluegrass & BBQ, 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6. The U.S. Bartenders’ Guild is offering tastings of premium bourbon, live music from local bluegrass musicians and barbecue from Central Texas pitmasters. Must RSVP to attend. $15-$30.

Movember Kick-Off Party at Easy Tiger, 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7. Raise a glass for a great cause. The proceeds of six featured beers will be donated to the Movember Foundation all week.

Election Night Watch Party at Black Star Co-op, 6 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8. Drinks, food and entertainment await to get you through the final stretch of the 2016 presidential election.

2016 Election Party at Infinite Monkey Theorem, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8. Await results of the election with a glass of wine, on tap and on special for the event. Plus, come dressed as your favorite American.

Yoga + Beer 1-Year Anniversary at Zilker Brewing, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9. It’s been a year of yoga at the brewery. Bring your mat, towel, water and $15; leave feeling relaxed (and maybe with a new pair of yoga pants).

Big Reds & Bubbles, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10. The Wine & Food Foundation’s event marries cuisine from local chefs with a mix of sparkling wine and red wine.

Brooklyn Brewery Mash, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 through 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13. The weekend-long mash-up of beer and community fun – including a dinner, a concert, something called the Beer Mansion and more – returns.

Live Oak Brewing’s Primus Release Party & Ugly Sweater Contest, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11. ‘Tis the season for Primus Weizenbock and for you to break out your best ugliest sweater.

Nice Wine: A Holiday Meal at Central Market Cooking School, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11. Just in time for the holidays, learn to pair food and wine from the perspective of two winemakers who are also chefs. $70.

Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop, 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 through 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13. These workshops will benefit anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of wine. $200-$350.

The 78702 Beer Mile Fun Run at Whip In, 10 a.m. Nov. 12. The run sounds simple, if you can hold your beer: Drink a 12 oz. can of Hops & Grain’s 78702 Kolsch, run a quarter mile, then repeat three more times.

4th Tap’s 1st Anniversary Party, 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. The brewery co-op will have a variety of special beer releases to celebrate one year, including a Bière de Coupage. There will also be food trucks and live music.

Balcones Distilling moved into a more than 65,000 sq. ft. building in downtown Waco.
Balcones Distilling moved into a more than 65,000 sq. ft. building in downtown Waco and is planning a first look at the distillery in November.

Balcones Whisky’s Downtown Debut, 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. Get a self-guided tour of the new distillery in Waco, as well as a complimentary sampling of special edition whiskies. $10.

Pinot & Pig at Easy Tiger, 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 13. While DJ Gatsby spins his tunes, enjoy American and French flights of Pinot Noir and by-the-glass specials, all paired with a pig roast.

Feast of San Martino at L’Oca d’Oro, 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13. Make reservations for this dinner celebrating the patron saint of winemaking by calling 737-212-1876. $65.

The Craft Series at 1886 Cafe & Bakery, 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14. The Driskill Hotel’s beer pairing dinner series continues, this time with Real Ale Brewing. $40.

Beaujolais Crawl at June’s & Irene’s, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16. Taste all 10 Crus of Beaujolais and French-inspired bites with master sommeliers June Rodil, Craig Collins and Devon Broglie at June’s; then, move to Irene’s for all the Beaujolais Nouveau you could want.

Hopfields’ 5th Anniversary, 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. The entire tap wall is getting switched over to a special collection of barrel-aged, sour and rare suds from Jolly Pumpkin, Firestone Walker, Prairie Artisan Ales and more.

Blue Owl Brewing’s Paper Anniversary Celebration, 12 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. One year of Blue Owl means music, food, games and all kinds of special barrel releases are in store for a party at the taproom.

Wine & Cheese Pairing at Pilot Knob Vineyard & Winery, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. Five Pilot Knob wines are getting paired with five gourmet cheeses. $30 for wine club members, $35 for everyone else.

Red Line Brewery Tour 1 Year Anniversary, 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 Take the Capital MetroRail Red Line to visit three local breweries: Circle Brewing, Black Star Co-op and Zilker Brewing.

Austin Beerworks & New Belgium Collaboration Release, 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. The Texas-Style Mango Berliner Weisse that the two breweries teamed up to make debuts at the Draught House.

Grand Opening of Jackalope South Shore, 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. Celebrate the second location of the Sixth Street bar with screen printing, an interactive photo booth and more.

6th Annual Wine & Swine, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20. The Austin Food & Wine Alliance’s pig roast returns with live music and top-quality wine, beer and spirit tastings. $85.

Hops for Hope: Annual Art & Beer Bazaar, 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20. Thirty-six artists, more than 30 beers, five local DJs and three food trucks come together to support the 2016 HOPE Projects.

Mega Mutt Monday at Banger’s, 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21. It’s a special “giving back” edition of the pet-friendly event. Along with Banger’s extended happy hour, live music and favorite dog vendors, the bar will be collecting items for Austin Pets Alive.

Collaboration Release with 4th Tap at Black Star Co-op, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22. The fellow co-operators have teamed up to make Jim Crust’s Friendship, a cherrywood-smoked imperial “friendship” brew.

Friendsgiving at W Austin, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23. The turkey can wait. Because you’d much rather be at all-night happy hour, right? Get the Thanksgiving festivities started early with DJ beats.

Yard Bar’s Black Dog Friday, 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 25. Yard Bar’s answer to Black Friday will have free dog ice cream for dogs with black coloring, as well as a holiday photo booth, live music and a limited release beer Yard Bar created with Austin Beerworks.

Black Friday Festival Fun at Treaty Oak Distilling, 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25. In case you need a respite from the shopping mall madness, Treaty Oak is opening the ranch an hour early with games and activities, including a family tug-of-war and a turkey waddle relay.

Mysterium Verum Bottle Release Party at Real Ale, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26. Bottles of Real Ale’s Tenebra Aeterna, a barrel-aged sour porter, are debuting in the Texas market for the first time. Celebrate at the brewery.

Wassail Fest, 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26. Downtown merchants in Bastrop will be competing for bragging rights for the best holiday brew during this inaugural event, an addition to the Lost Pines Christmas line-up.

Fall Creek Vineyard’s Cowboy Christmas & Feast, 12 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26. Get your family into the holiday spirit with a lunchtime performance by “cowboy poet” Steve Smith and singer/songwriter Reuben Darnell at the Tow location of this Hill Country winery. $24.95.

Harry Potter-Inspired Beer Yoga at Circle Brewing, 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 27. A third installment of this outrageously popular yoga session promises more magical brews and poses. $20.

Japanese Whiskey Dinner at Vox Table, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29. Tour the versatile tastes of Japanese whisky with this pairing dinner featuring six courses of Japanese-influenced cuisine. $120.

Italian restaurant in Mueller, L’Oca d’Oro, adds happy hour

One of Austin’s most promising Italian restaurants is adding one of our favorite things — happy hour.

Jay Janner / American-Statesman. Enjoy happy hour at Mueller's L'Oca d'Oro starting on Oct. 17.
Jay Janner / American-Statesman. Enjoy happy hour at Mueller’s L’Oca d’Oro starting on Oct. 17.

The Mueller eatery L’Oca d’Oro will have food and drink specials on the menu starting on Monday. The goal behind the restaurant’s happy hour, which will run 5 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, is to have snacks, small plates and creative drinks not on the regular menu available at lower prices. (The restaurant is closed Tuesdays.)

Here’s what you’ll get during L’Oca d’Oro’s hour-and-a-half of dining deals.

Drinks:

  • Beet-chelada: spicy mezcal-beet puree with 10 oz. of Live Oak Berliner Weisse. $3.
  • Argento Americano Spritz. $4.

Snacks:

  • Mozzarella sticks with dandelion-hazelnut pesto. $6.
  • Grilled sourdough with Bagna cauda. $4.
  • Spiced chicharrones. $4.
  • Pickle plate. $4.

The Statesman’s restaurant critic Matthew Odam just published a glowing review of L’Oca d’Oro, located at 1900 Simond Ave., in this week’s Austin360 and on mystatesman.com. Read up on what to expect before you go.

For more information, visit locadoroaustin.com.