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Time to Give Thanks…With Good Beer

Time to Give Thanks…With Good Beer This is a sponsored post in partnership with BrewStubs We’re not sure how it happened but Turkey Day is just a few days away…Gobble, Gobble.  We want to highlight a few great craft beer selections to pair with your Thanksgiving feast. For the appetizer round you don’t want to get a full-on beer before the meal even starts, so we recommend Acopon Brewing’s Czech Pilsner.  As an added bonus …

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Desert Door Sotol Barrel Aging | A New Central Texas Beer Trend

Desert Door Sotol Barrel Aging | A New Central Texas Beer Trend Feature post by Ruvani De Silva Few things in life genuinely qualify as unique, so Desert Door Distilling has pulled off quite a coup. They are, at least to the best of the knowledge of the internet, the only producers of Sotol liquor in both Texas and the USA. While there are many Mexican brands of Sotol, Desert Door have created a truly …

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Beer with Gin | A Look at the History of Texas Beer Laws

By Feature Writer Gin Benevidez Y’all, every state has messed up laws when it comes to beer, and Texas is no exception. Our “S” is “effed” as the kids say. I think they say that. I know they love to use single letters as entire words, so that’s probably something they say. Either way, the point is Texas beer laws are wack. For example, did you know that you still can’t buy kegs from some …

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Circle Brewing Company is Expanding to Elgin

Feature post by Ruvani De Silva North Austin’s Circle Brewing is the latest Central Texas craft brewery to join the growing community of farm-to-glass breweries in the region. On August 24th, Circle broke ground at their new site out in Elgin TX, where they plan to brew up the first-ever ‘truly Texan’ beer made from ingredients grown entirely on their 7 acres of farmland. Founded back in 2010 by Ben Sabel and Jud Mulherin, Circle …

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Beer with Gin | The History of Oktoberfest

By Feature Writer Gin Benevidez Once upon a time, somebody gleefully asked me if I could explain how Texans do Oktoberfest differently from the beer’s homeland, Germany. I took a long pause and a deep breath. I looked that person in their beautiful and innocent eyes, knowing that they weren’t ready for the havoc their question was about to wreak, but that they would have to suffer through it anyway. I touched their hand gently …

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Beer with Gin | The History of Taprooms

The History of Taprooms By Feature Writer Gin Benevidez I know it’s been a while since my last article. Maybe it’s just me, but the thought of writing cheery pieces on beer history that are mostly just excuses to make terrible puns hasn’t been all too appealing during a time when so many of our local breweries are struggling. It seems like it’s almost a daily occurrence that TABC throws a new curveball their way. …

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Being a Beer Enthusiast Can be Hard Work

Feature written by Brian Trivitt What typically comes to your mind when you are shopping for beer? Or, how about before you crack open a cold one after work? Are analysis and looking back over past notes two things that came to mind? Probably not. Believe it or not, being a beer connoisseur is actually quite challenging, especially when you have a very analytical personality. Before I get into what I analyze while sipping a …

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Real Ale 24th Anniversary Pack is Still Available

You can still snag your anniversary pack here Feature post by Ruvani De Silva For beer lovers across Central Texas, the Real Ale anniversary party is an annual highlight. A phenomenal bash for a 2,000-strong crowd of thirsty Texans, the party fills the huge Real Ale ranch, located just outside Blanco. Arriving rather fresh off the boat from the UK at my first Real Ale party back in 2018, I was blown away by the …

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Event Recap | Celebrating One Year of 12 Fox Brewing

Feature post by Ruvani De Silva When we attended the bustling 12 Fox launch party one year ago, we could never have imagined that twelve months later we would be celebrating not just the brewery itself but the end of a pandemic-based lockdown. As Texas slowly reopens, the scenic, expansive 12 Fox taproom is ideally positioned to welcome guests back, with almost all of its seating completely outdoors and plenty of space to move around …

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Barking Armadillo Brings Craft Beer to Georgetown During a Pandemic

Feature post by Ruvani De Silva Most of us have been put out, inconvenienced and financially disadvantaged by Covid-19, but when you’ve put years of planning, preparation, love, and investment into building your very own brewery taproom, only to have it closed down just two weeks after your launch party, that’s got to be a huge kick in the head, right? Well yes, but for Barking Armadillo’s Jacob Trimm and Brian Cantu, they are not …

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Beer with Gin | The History Behind Lagers

By Feature Writer Gin Benevidez Lager? I hardly know her! I agree with you that this is probably the worst way to open an article, but it was the first thing that popped into my head when I tried to figure out a succinct way to convey the point that, as much as beer drinkers love lagers, there’s quite a bit of mystery and misunderstanding surrounding the beer. Plus, the alternative jokes I thought up …

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Believe in Beer | The Craft Brewery Relief Fund

Donate HERE Press Release: The craft beer industry needs your help. Craft breweries have announced an average of 65% drop in sales since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic almost 2 months ago. Many have had to lay off or furlough the majority of their staff. 46% of breweries anticipate they can only survive 1-3 months given the current operational restrictions. These are scary and sobering statistics. But we don’t want dwell on the negative. We want to inspire hope. And we’re …

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