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

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Uncle Billy’s Unveils New Smokehouse Menu

Popular Austin Craft Brewery and BBQ Joint Rolls Out Updated Menu with Beer Pairings. Billy’s Brewery & Smokehouse, an Austin staple known for its mouthwatering eats and specialty craft brews, has announced that it will be offering a new Smokehouse menu, complete with beer pairings for select items. Fans of longtime Uncle Billy’s favorites will still find popular original items on the updated menu, along with twelve special additions. Inspired by the array of craft …

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Addicted To Sour Craft Beers

I must confess that I have become addicted to sour craft beers. That was not always the case. A few years ago in 2011, I went to Belgium and visited Cantillon Brewery, where Lambic, Gueze, Faro and Kriek are made. This brewery has not changed since it  was founded in 1900. I tried my first sour a classic Gueze  there and rated it a whopping 2 stars on Untapped (the beer app tracker I use). It was so …

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CRAFT PRIDE – Texas Craft Beer Bar

Austin Craft Beer Bar Profile: CRAFT PRIDE Located at 61 Rainey Street which opened on February 28th, 2013. Austin’s Craft Beer scene is booming! We were lucky to be invited for a preview of this unique bar which has an amazing 54 local Texas craft beers on tap! Craft Pride offers 20 oz pints for most beers and 13oz for some Belgian style/high ABV beer. Half pints and flights are also available.  In addition, there …

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Tripel – Craft Beer Style

One of my favorite Craft Beer Styles is the Belgian Tripel. This style originated in Belgium in the 1930s and is in the family of strong Belgian pale ales. The ABV usually ranges from 8% to 10%. They are generally gold in color with a nice big head. The taste is generally sweet which comes from the malts and high alcohol content.  The aroma is usually spicy, sweet and fruity from the Belgian yeast. You …

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512 Brewing Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter

A Story about 512 Brewing Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter

A Story about 512 Brewing Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter April 2012 was the first time Rich and I came to visit an old high school friend in Austin. Our first night out in Austin we asked him to drop us off downtown. We decided to go craft beer bar hopping (until he could join us later).  Our first stop was the Ginger Man on Lavaca St. Of course I wanted to have something …

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Tap List Update @ Whole Foods, Bee Caves Austin

Here is today’s updated Craft Beer List at the Buzz Bar in Whole Foods, Bee Caves. I had the Primus by Live Oak Brewing which was very nice at 8% ABV.         The bartender Seth was very pleasant and knowledgeable as always in craft beers. Seth said that the Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter by 512 Brewing Company will be available very soon within a day or so (can’t wait to get …

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