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Craft Beer Austin Staff Picks | April 2020

By David Kulczar | Apr 1, 2020

Craft Beer Austin Staff Picks | April 2020 We sincerely hope that all of you are staying safe and socially distancing to the best of your abilities. I especially want to thank and send appreciation to all of our service industry friends who we all know and care about deeply. Thank you so much for all that you do and please keep the faith, we will all get through this together. Please take time to […]

How to Support Local Breweries in These Uncertain Times

By Pam Catoe | Mar 30, 2020

Sign the Petition! Allow Texas Brewers to Deliver & Ship Beer during COVID-19 I don’t even know where to start with this post. So many of my dear friends just lost their jobs or their business is at risk. For those of you that love our beer community, now is the time to act. Let’s don’t sit by and let this damn thing destroy the community that we love so much. Please do what you […]

What the New Stay at Home Order Means for Austin Area Breweries

By Pam Catoe | Mar 25, 2020

As of today, both Travis and Williamson counties have implemented “Stay home – Work Safe” orders in effect until Monday, April 13. Under the order, restaurants are considered essential businesses and can continue to provide food for pick up or delivery, including food trucks. Liquor stores and grocery stores also will remain open, all while maintaining social distancing. The City of Austin order Section 6.f.ii outlines details for food manufacturers and liquor stores: Stores that […]

Want Beer Delivery During the COVID-19 Crisis? Act Now!

By Pam Catoe | Mar 21, 2020

Austin rejoiced when we heard local restaurants can now add alcohol to the line up of delivery and to-go options with a food order. Governor Abbott signed the waiver earlier this week as a temporary measure to help business affected by the statewide mandate to close dining rooms and bars. However, the measure only allows relief to businesses holding a mixed beverage license; therefore, does not apply to breweries, who can currently only sell beer-to-go […]

Craft Beer Austin Staff Picks | April 2020

Craft Beer Austin Staff Picks | April 2020 We sincerely hope that all of you are staying safe and socially distancing to the best of your abilities. I especially want to thank and send appreciation to all of our service industry friends who we all know and care about deeply. Thank you so much for all that you do and please keep the faith, we ...

Texas Brewery Update | January 2020

Texas Brewery Update | January 2020 I got around to running the numbers for the number of breweries/brewpubs in the state of Texas. Before we go into the data, here are the a couple of notes on the numbers: All data is coming from the TABC licenses Duplicate entries have been removed (meaning, if a place has two licenses for the same location, it counts ...

Austin Craft Beer Events | March 9th-March 15th, 2020

Austin Craft Beer Events | March 9th-March 15th, 2020
Howdy Austin! Check out Austin Craft Beer Events and special tappings that are happening around town this week. Austin Area Brewery Hours and Map Monday, Mar. 9th :  Seinfeld Trivia | Growler USA Austin | 7   Tuesday, Mar. 10th:  Harry Potter Trivia | Hops and Grain | 7-9 Beer with the Brewer | Flix Brewhouse | 5-7   Wednesday, Mar. 11th: Bramble Time! | Blue ...

Feature | COVID-19 Impact on Craft Beer

By Feature Blogger | Mar 19, 2020

Feature written by Brian Trivitt COVID 19 AKA, Coronavirus. The continual impact and panic it continues to inflict worldwide is astounding. I am trying to remember any modern epidemic that has escalated so quickly literally day by day. It’s coincidental name, is, of course, spawned some jokes on social media about Corona beer, but at this point, things have gotten so serious any humor regarding this has pretty much vanished. After having the pleasure of […]

Craft Brewers Conference Canceled and Other Austin Brewery COVID-19 Updates

By Pam Catoe | Mar 16, 2020

It was an amazing opportunity for Texas brewers to have the largest craft beer industry conference planned for San Antonio this year. The Brewer’s Association hosts the Craft Brewers Conference each year in a different location around the country. This was going to be the first time it was held in Texas and boy; we were all looking forward to it. I’ve said it many times, we don’t get the recognition we deserve in the […]

Beer with Gin | The History of St. Patrick’s Day

By Feature Blogger | Mar 16, 2020

Read First | Austin Area Brewery COVID-19 Updates Welcome to our new series “Beer with Gin” where we hear from local beer expert Virginia (Gin) Benavidez, co-founder of The Beer Museum (and most recently the hostess with the most-est at the Austin Beer Guide Best of 2019 Party) to discuss the origin of St. Patrick’s Day. Guest post written by Gin: If you’re like me, then you probably celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by drinking way too […]

BREAKING NEWS | Hops and Grain San Marcos Permanently Closed

By Pam Catoe | Mar 15, 2020

  Hops and Grain San Marcos Permanently Closed Announced on social media this morning, the San Marcos location of east side favorite Hops and Grain is permanently closed. They opened the taproom almost one year ago and started production last summer. Funds were raised for the project early on through a Wefunder campaign, where the founder Josh Hare was able to raise one million dollars for the second production facility. In the beginning, the project […]

Book This Unique Beer Inspired Cottage For Your Next Getaway

By Feature Blogger | Mar 15, 2020

Read First | Austin Area Brewery COVID-19 Updates Guest Post Austin is famous for its beer, and Portland, Oregon is no slouch with over 100 breweries and nearly weekly beer festivals. If you’ve ever dreamed of heading to the great Northwest on beer safari, book this unique beer inspired cottage for your next getaway: The Brewmaster’s Cottage. Craft beer veteran, Teri Fahrendorf, is not only the Founder of Pink Boots Society and an award-winning Brewmaster, […]

Postponed | Ninth Annual Big Texas Beer Fest set for March 27th & 28th

By Pam Catoe | Mar 15, 2020

Ninth Annual Big Texas Beer Fest set for March 27th & 28th POSTPONED: New dates set for the BTBF July 17-18 The Big Texas Beer Fest is back and bigger than ever.  The event takes place over two days in Dallas at the Fair Park Automobile Building featuring over one hundred breweries pouring over four hundred beers. Look for this year’s beer list to be released about one week proir to the festival date. But […]

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BREAKING NEWS | Two Wheel Brewing Co. in Buda For Sale

By Pam Catoe | Mar 13, 2020

Latest Update: The brewery is still open for business and will remain open pending the sale. You can find their hours here. Two Wheel Brewing Co. For Sale Located at 535 S. Loop 4 in Buda, Texas 78610 Update: The first and only brewery in Buda, TX is now on the market. Marc Woffenden co-founded the brewery with his wife, Alexis, building the brewery from scratch in 2015. The brewery features a 5,000 square foot taproom on […]

SXSW Austin Craft Beer Guide

By Andrew Schwab | Mar 12, 2020

Read First | Austin Area Brewery COVID-19 Updates Downtown for unofficial #SXSW events and looking for something more than PBR? Well, maybe I can help. I put together a list of breweries and bars that are easily accessible to the unofficial SXSW action. I will start off by saying that 6th Street is generally NOT where many of the Austin beer drinkers hang out. Luckily, that does not mean there are not some good beers […]

Women in Beer | Karen Killough

By Pam Catoe | Mar 11, 2020

Women in Beer | Karen Killough When I started writing for Craft Beer Austin back in 2015, my first series of articles was about Women in Beer. I am happy to announce that thanks to the ladies of the Austin chapter of the Pink Boots Society, I am bringing back the Women in Beer series. This edition features Karen Killough, Co-Founder of Vista Brewing. Describe your average week. What are you responsible for? Marketing & […]

Austin Craft Beer Events | March 9th-March 15th, 2020

Austin Craft Beer Events | March 9th-March 15th, 2020

By Dani Schwab | Mar 9, 2020

Howdy Austin! Check out Austin Craft Beer Events and special tappings that are happening around town this week. Austin Area Brewery Hours and Map Monday, Mar. 9th :  Seinfeld Trivia | Growler USA Austin | 7   Tuesday, Mar. 10th:  Harry Potter Trivia | Hops and Grain | 7-9 Beer with the Brewer | Flix Brewhouse | 5-7   Wednesday, Mar. 11th: Bramble Time! | Blue Owl | 3 Weekly East Side Beer Runners Workout | […]

Altstadt Brewery Launches Core Beer Line-Up Available in Cans

By Pam Catoe | Mar 6, 2020

Altstadt Brewery out of Fredericksburg, Texas just announced they are releasing their core beers in cans including their Kolsch, Lager, Amber, and Hefeweizen, previously only available in bottles or on draft. Altstadt recently made news when they won double gold medals at this years Great American Beer Festival for their German style Kolsch and Munich Style Helles Lager, both first time entries. Other notable awards include the 2019 US Open Beer Championships for German Style […]

The Hill Country Brewery You Need to Visit Now

By David Kulczar | Mar 5, 2020

On February 22nd, the Craft Beer Austin team embarked on a small team outing to visit some breweries that are new, interesting or different; or that we had just not been to before. The highlight of what we found was “The Hill Country Brewery You Need to Visit Now” (before it’s too crowded to manage). Carter Creek Winery and Resort in Johnson City recently opened a brewery called Old 290 Brewery next to their wine […]

Are Craft Beer Seasonals Released Too Early?

By Feature Blogger | Feb 5, 2020

Are Craft Beer Seasonals Released Too Early? Guest post by Brian Trivitt Way back in October of 2011 (holy cow does time fly), I wrote my first entry on my personal blog titled “Craft Seasonal Releases are too Early.” Back then, craft beer was still growing double digits year over year, and seasonal releases were still in their early (no pun intended) phase of being released earlier than their appropriate season. Since then, craft beers’ […]

Women in Beer | Clare Hulama

By Pam Catoe | Feb 4, 2020

When I started writing for CraftBeerAustin.com back in 2015, my first series of articles was about Women in Beer. I am happy to announce that thanks to the ladies of the Austin chapter of the Pink Boots Society, I am bringing back the Women in Beer series. This edition features Clare Hulama, Owner/Assistant Brewer/Director of Everything Else for Bluebonnet Beer Company. Describe your average week. What are you responsible for? I am responsible for all […]

Beer with Gin | Winter Warmer

By Pam Catoe | Jan 30, 2020

Photo courtesy of the Beer Museum Beer with Gin | Winter Warmer Welcome to our new series “Beer with Gin” where we hear from local beer expert Virginia (Gin) Benavidez, co-founder of The Beer Museum (and most recently the hostess with the most-est at the Austin Beer Guide Best of 2019 Party) to discuss the origin of the Winter Warmer. Guest post written by Gin: Winter warmers are a bit odd because, as a beer […]

Texas Brewery Update | January 2020

By Andrew Schwab | Jan 28, 2020

Texas Brewery Update | January 2020 I got around to running the numbers for the number of breweries/brewpubs in the state of Texas. Before we go into the data, here are the a couple of notes on the numbers: All data is coming from the TABC licenses Duplicate entries have been removed (meaning, if a place has two licenses for the same location, it counts as one. If a place is contract brewing while having […]

CraftBeerAustin.com Under New Ownership

By David Kulczar | Jan 23, 2020

We are pleased to announce that CraftBeerAustin.com is under new ownership. Rich and Irina are moving on to exciting new adventures and are passing the torch to longtime CraftBeerAustin.com writer Pam Catoe and her husband David Kulczar.    We are very excited about the opportunity to be leading the #1 source for news and beer events in Austin and Central Texas. Our focus will be on providing all of the most important beer news and information, […]

Craft Beer Marketing Awards Launches First Annual Series

Craft Beer Marketing Awards Launches First Annual Series

By Irina Plakas | Jan 13, 2020

Craft Beer Marketing Awards Launches First Annual Series The Craft Beer Marketing Awards is a nationwide competition and the very first awards program in the US to focus exclusively on retail beer marketing efforts. The entry deadline is Jan. 31st 2020. The awards will take place in San Antonio, Texas. We reached out to get a little more information about the folks behind the Craft Beer Marketing Awards. Who are the organizers? CBMAS co-founders Jim McCune […]

Oskar Blues Brewery, Including the Original Craft Beer in a Can, Gets New Look

Oskar Blues Brewery, Bold New Packaging to Roll Out in 2020

By Irina Plakas | Jan 9, 2020

Bold New Packaging to Roll Out in 2020 (January 9, 2020) Dale’s Pale Ale just scored new duds. Oskar Blues Brewery introduces a fresh look for Dale’s and its entire lineup of adventure-crushing, boundary-stomping craft beers. A pioneer in the craft beer space, Oskar Blues was the first brewery to cram craft beer into a can in 2002, starting with Dale’s Pale Ale, the Original Craft Beer in a Can. In its first major design […]

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Top 10 Rated Craft Beers in Austin Texas For 2019

By Irina Plakas | Dec 26, 2019

If you live in Austin or just visiting, you have a plethora of tasty craft beer options. With so many available year round beers, everyone can find something to quench their thirst anytime of the year. It’s a great time to be in Austin with all the great Craft Beer to choose from. Amongst all the brews, a few standouts naturally rise to the top. If you think of a particular brewery in Austin, a […]

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Texas Craft Brewery Rankings 2019 From Hopalytics

By Irina Plakas | Dec 21, 2019

Texas Craft Brewery Rankings 2019 Survey Results From Hopalytics  Rating & Ranking Reports tend to get some controversy especially if the readers favorites are not listed. It happened to us when we posted our Top 10 Rated Craft Beers back in 2017. The Hopalytics rankings were calculated using input from consumers and craft brewing professional in 4 categories: overall consumer perception (40%), reputation for producing the best beer (40%), excitement for the next 12 months […]

Independence Brewing Releases Up and Down: Brazil, Nitro Coffee Beer

By Irina Plakas | Dec 10, 2019

Independence Brewing Co. Collaborates with Little City Coffee Roasters to Release Packaged Nitro Coffee Blonde Ale AUSTIN, TX ﹣November 25, 2019﹣ Independence Brewing Co. announced today the release of Up and Down: Brazil, its first packaged nitro coffee beer. The fall/winter seasonal is a coffee blonde ale brewed in collaboration with pioneering Austin-based coffee roaster, Little City Coffee Roasters, and features direct trade beans from an award-winning micro lot in the largest coffee producing region […]

Holiday Beer Gift Guide Under $20

Holiday Beer Gift Guide Under $20

By Irina Plakas | Dec 4, 2019

The holidays are nearly here. It is hard to find something for craft beer lovers under $20 unless you are buying beer. Craft Beer Austin brings you this guide for great gift ideas for beer lovers for this holiday season under $20 *Disclaimer: Most if not all links on this page will be Affiliate Links. It doesn’t cost you any more to purchase through them, but it does help us to pay for things like […]

Austin Ale Trail Passports Available Now 2019

By Pam Catoe | Dec 4, 2019

Austin’s craft beer scene is booming and shows no signs of slowing down. With so many breweries to choose from, visiting them all can be a daunting task. That’s where the Austin Ale Trail comes in, grab a passport for $5 at one of the participating partners, visit local breweries to get a stamp and redeem your passport for unique swag. I caught up with founder Kwaku Kankam to learn more about the Austin Ale […]

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