Irina Plakas

Love bbq & craft beers. Crazy for sours. Really enjoy sampling different beers, bottle sharing & meeting other beer nerds. Owner of 2 rescue dogs (Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Duke & Star). Robotics coach, I also have a passion for photography & travel. Editor-in-chief for Craft Beer Austin Follow me on Twitter -- Untappd

Craft Beer Marketing Awards Launches First Annual Series

Craft Beer Marketing Awards Launches First Annual Series

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 …

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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

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

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

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 …

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

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 …

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Holiday Beer Gift Guide Under $20

Holiday Beer Gift Guide Under $20

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 …

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Meanwhile Brewing Co. to Open in SE Austin in Spring 2020

Portland, Oregon Beer Pros to Launch Meanwhile Brewing in SE Austin in Spring 2020 Brewery will house brewing facility along with food trucks, a music stage, soccer field, and playground space Austin, TX — Meanwhile Brewing announced today that it will be opening a brewery in Austin in April 2020. Located in SE Austin at 3901 Promontory Point Drive, Meanwhile Brewing Company will be a small 15 BBL brewery and taproom, dedicated to the production …

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NewAir “Beers of the World” Custom Designed 126-Can Beer Fridge

NewAir “Beers of the World” Custom Designed 126-Can Beer Fridge We have spent many nights upstairs in our family room entertaining or just watching TV and always having go downstairs to the kitchen to grab cold beers. These extra steps (Sorry Fitbit!) are no longer necessary as we recently received a complimentary NewAir “Beers of the World” Custom Designed 126-Can Beer Fridge to try out. Note: This is a sponsored post. What does that mean …

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21st Amendment Brewery Launches in Texas June 17, 2019

21st Amendment Brewery Launches in Texas June 17, 2019

EVERYTHING’S BUZZIER IN TEXAS WITH THE ARRIVAL OF 21ST AMENDMENT Texan Craft Beer Drinkers, Rejoice! Big News is Brewing… SAN LEANDRO, Calif. (May 29, 2019) ― Hey, Lone Star State, you’re about to get a little less lonely. That’s right, we’re cozying up to you in a big way. The team at 21st Amendment Brewery, the twenty-sixth largest craft brewery in the US, is thrilled to announce our statewide Texas launch this summer! Craft beer …

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Finding Craft Beer in Colombia - Beer Travel

Finding Craft Beer in Colombia – Beer Travel

Finding Craft Beer in Colombia (Bogota, Medellin & Cartagena) Colombia is known for their great diversity, food, coffee, culture & the natural beauty among some other things that I will not go into, but lets face it, they are not known for their craft beer scene. Read on to learn about how craft beer is a growing trend in Colombia. The saying here is, “It’s Colombia not Columbia!” (We got in trouble on Instagram for …

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TABC Sunset Bill Passes Texas Senate With Beer-To-Go!

TABC SUNSET BILL PASSES TEXAS SENATE WITH BEER-TO-GO! Comprehensive Bill Which Has Now Passed Both Legislative Chambers Contains Historic Gains for Texas Craft Brewers and Consumers AUSTIN, Texas (May 23, 2019) — In a landmark victory for the Texas craft brewing industry and craft beer consumers, substantial modernizations to Texas beer laws, including the ability for manufacturing craft breweries to sell Beer-To-Go, passed the Texas Senate Wednesday evening with a unanimous vote. Contingent upon the …

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Best Cideries To Visit in Austin Texas

Best Cideries To Visit in Austin Texas

Cider (/ˈsaɪdər/ SY-dər) is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermented juice of apples. Cider is popular in the United Kingdom and Ireland, especially in the West Country, and widely available. The UK has the world’s highest per capita consumption, as well as its largest cider-producing companies, per Wikipedia. If you are gluten-free or like just like apples here are top local Austin Cideries you should visit. Please check their websites for updated taproom hours …

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