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Beer with Gin | History of Diversity in Beer

By Feature Writer Gin Benavidez A while back, I was asked if I could write on the topic of beer and diversity. I of course agreed, as I’d done some research on the topic and knew that it was something I needed to delve into more deeply. To start to prepare, I purchased the book Beer and Racism: How Beer Became White, Why It Matters, and the Movements to Change It by Nathaniel G. Chapman …

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Barks For Beers 2021

Dogs + beer + a good cause = Barks for Beers 2021 A local nonprofit called Divine Canines is coordinating an event called “Barks for Beers” that runs for the entire month of May. Yes, Barks for Beers is back for 2021. Come enjoy the Austin area’s beer scene during the entire month of May, meet fellow dog- and beer-lovers, and toast the tail waggers that make Divine Canines possible. They have partnered with 22 of the …

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

Welcome to our series “Beer with Gin” where we hear from local beer expert Virginia (Gin) Benavidez, co-founder of The Beer Museum to discuss the origin of St. Patrick’s Day. Feature post by Gin: If you’re like me, then you probably celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by drinking way too much, telling people you’re wearing green panties, and constantly singing all the lyrics you know to “Danny Boy,” which means you really just sing the first …

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Beer with Gin | Winter Warmer

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 …

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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 Benavidez 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 Benavidez 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 Benavidez 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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