Aaron Stevens

My fascination with craft beer began in college as a bartender and grew as a volunteer at Peticolas Brewing in Dallas. Since relocating to Austin, I have closely followed the growth and evolution of Central Texas' brewing scene.

The Definitive Guide to Austin Mug Clubs

The Definitive Guide to Austin Area Mug Clubs Updated January 2023 Mug Clubs have been an essential part of the craft beer scene in the United States for decades. These clubs are a great way to reward regulars, foster loyalty to tap rooms, and help small breweries make money. Almost a third of Central Texas breweries have some sort of rewards or membership program. Many others have clubs under development. Some bars have even gotten …

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Austin’s Big Country is First Ever Organic, Fair Trade Hard Seltzer

Austin’s Big Country is First Ever Organic, Fair Trade Hard Seltzer The rise of hard seltzer continues to be one of the biggest trends in craft brewing. Central Texas is no stranger to the fad. Austin is already home to more than half a dozen hard seltzer brands. Newcomer Big Country Organic Hard Seltzer has a standout claim that goes beyond exotic flavors. Big Country is the first and only hard seltzer that is USDA …

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Looking to Make a New Beer’s Resolution? Join the American Homebrewers Association!

Looking to Make a New Beer’s Resolution? Join the American Homebrewers Association! Looking for a new hobby in 2023? Want to learn more about brewing? Just trying to save money at your favorite brewery? Got get an American Homebrewers Association (AHA) membership! Founded in 1978, AHA is a non-profit organization that supports the homebrewing community and empowers newcomers to make the best beer possible at home. The AHA has a wide variety of helpful resources for …

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Brewer’s Association Publishes 2022 Year in Beer Report

The 2022 Year in Beer The Brewers Association looks back at a year marked by varied recovery Boulder, Colo. • Dec. 14, 2022—As the year draws to a close, the Brewers Association—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American craft brewers—recounts a year filled with varied growth, continued supply chain disruptions, and increased competition. Despite these challenges, 2022 also saw a return to in-person events and the nurturing of the next generation of …

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Central Texas Continues to Shine at the 2022 CBMAs

Central Texas Continues to Shine at the 2022 CBMAs Most craft beer enthusiasts have heard of brewing contests like the Great American Brew Fest and the World Beer Cup, but they may not know about the Craft Beer Marketing Awards. Founded in 2019, the CBMAs celebrate excellence in craft beer marketing and design around the world. A global panel of 300 beer, marketing, and design experts vote on entries to 38 different categories (increased from …

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4th Annual Beer for Water Event Happening at Live Oak October 2nd

4th Annual Beer for Water Event Happening at Live Oak October 2nd While less heralded than hops, grain, or yeast, water is essential to any craft beer. Water is used from beginning to end of the brewing process, and 80 to 90 percent of the final product is water. Breweries also use water to clean, cool, and package beer. As a result, the average brewery uses seven gallons of water for each gallon of beer. …

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Chicago’s Cruz Blanca Brewery Launches Distribution in Texas

Chicago’s Cruz Blanca Brewery Launches Distribution in Texas Mexican cervezas are on the rise with U.S. consumers. In 2021, Modelo Especial became the second-most popular beer brand in America after Bud Light. Fellow Constellation Brands brews Corona and Pacifico are running just behind Modelo as the third and fourth most-purchased import beers (Dutch mainstay Heineken has held on to the second slot). Other Mexican heavyweights like Dos Equis, Sol, Carta Blanca,  Tecate, and Estrella Jalisco …

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Trouble With the Cans: BA’s Midyear Economic Report Shows Gap between On- and Off-Premise Sales

Trouble With the Cans: BA’s Midyear Economic Report Shows Gap between On- and Off-Premise Sales The latest findings from Brewers Association Chief Economist Bart Watson suggest that draught and taproom sales are on the road to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic while packaged sales have tailed off. The overall retail census data overall for restaurants and drinking places shows an inflation-adjusted 15% increase in sales from last year. Reservation data from OpenTable also suggests that …

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Gen Z Alcohol Trends Report Paints Complicated Picture for Craft Beer

Gen Z Alcohol Trends Report Paints Complicated Picture for Craft Beer The global COVID-19 pandemic has been among the most disruptive events in the history of craft beer. Thousands of breweries have had to make fundamental, business-altering decisions on the fly. As craft beer emerges from the COVID years, breweries will have to reassess the consumer landscape and adjust their businesses. A crucial piece of the puzzle is the arrival of Generation Z as legal …

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Three Texas Breweries Make BA’s Annual Production List

Three Texas Breweries Among Top 50 in Craft Beer Production A trio of familiar Lone Star breweries were among the top 50 craft breweries by production in the country last year according to the Brewers Association. The trade group published their annual Craft Brewing Industry Production Report for 2021 earlier this month. Gambrinus, which owns Shiner Bock maker Spoetzl, came in at #5 on the BA list. CANarchy (the parent company of Austin’s Oskar Blues …

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Oskar Blues Acquired by Makers of Monster Energy Drink

Oskar Blues Acquired by Makers of Monster Energy Drink Monster Beverage Corporation entered the beer business for the first time on Thursday. The energy drink maker announced the acquisition of CANarchy Collective, the parent company of Oskar Blues Brewery in an all cash deal. The deal is worth $330 million and will take effect at the end of the first quarter. Oskar Blues and the other members of the CANarchy collective will continue to function …

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Central Texas Brings Home the Gold (and Platinum) at the 2021 CBMAs

Central Texas Brings Home the Gold (and Platinum) at the 2021 CBMAs Most craft beer enthusiasts have heard of brewing contests like the Great American Brew Fest and the World Beer Cup, but they may not know about the Craft Beer Marketing Awards. Founded in 2019, the CBMAs celebrate excellence in craft beer marketing and design around the world. A global panel of 300 beer, marketing, and design experts vote on entries to 27 different …

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