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

South Austin Beer Garden Slated To Open So Soon

South Austin Beer Garden Slated To Open So Soon Location: 10700 Manchaca Rd Austin, Texas 78748 Austin, TX – March 19, 2019 – South Austin Beer Garden is the newest spot for a cold beer in South Austin. The business owned by David Pearce, Ryan Thomas, and Christopher Cantu has been a dream and a process but is finally coming to fruition. The business concept was designed in 2014 when the “old blue house on …

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5 Breweries To Visit in San Antonio

5 Breweries To Visit in San Antonio

If you are taking a trip to San Antonio or happen to be there, here is a list 5 Breweries To Visit in San Antonio. Alamo Beer Co. 202 Lamar St, San Antonio, TX 78202 Large indoor and outdoor space featuring craft beer and live music. Alamo Beer is on a list of “top 50 beer breweries worldwide that are using solar (PV) energy to brew their beers”. Beers: Golden Ale, Amber Lager, German Pale …

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Texas Craft Brewers Guild & Beer Alliance of Texas Reach Historic Agreement on Beer-To-Go Bills

TEXAS CRAFT BREWERS GUILD, BEER ALLIANCE OF TEXAS REACH HISTORIC AGREEMENT ON BEER-TO-GO BILLS Update: Craft Beer Austin attended the Beer-to-Go press conference at the Texas Capitol on Tuesday where Senator Dawn Buckingham and Representative Eddie Rodriguez revealed the historic agreement between the Texas Craft Brewers Guild and the Beer Alliance of Texas. This marks the first time the Guild, who represents craft brewers, and the Beer Alliance, who represents distributors, have agreed to terms …

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The Beer Plant - A Vegan Gastropub in Austin

The Beer Plant – A Vegan Gastropub in Austin

Beer Plant-Based Gastropub   Located at 3110 Windsor Road, Austin, TX 78703 (next door to Austin Pets Alive) The Beer Plant, 100% plant derived (Vegan) Gastropub located in old west Austin. The first beer plant-based gastropub in Austin where all menu and drink options are 100% plant-derived (vegan). The Beer Plant combines craft beer, wine and cocktails with a menu of hearty, artfully prepared plant-based fare.  “We wanted to create a place where craft beer and …

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Craft Beer Predictions: What lies ahead in 2019?

Much has changed in the Craft Beer scene both in Austin and beyond in the last several years. When we moved to Austin in 2012, there were maybe 17 breweries and now in 2019 we are at or approaching 70. But that’s just Austin…other Texas cities such as Dallas and Houston have seen similar or higher growth. Much of that, along with an increase of out-of-state Breweries, is available to the Austin Craft Beer consumer. …

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Bipartisan Beer-To-Go Bills Filed in Both Texas Legislative Chambers

BIPARTISAN BEER-TO-GO BILLS FILED IN BOTH TEXAS LEGISLATIVE CHAMBERS Texas Craft Brewers Support the Filing of SB 312 /HB 672 Which Would Make Texas the Final State in the Country to Permit Beer-to-Go Sales From Craft Breweries AUSTIN, Texas (January 8, 2019) — Texas State Senator Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway) and State Representative Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin) have filed SB 312 and HB 672, for consideration in the 86th Legislative Session. These important companion bills propose to …

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Uncle Billy’s Brewery Introduces New Muddy Water Coffee Liqueur

Uncle Billy’s Brewery Introduces Muddy Water Coffee Liqueur

Uncle Billy’s Brewery Introduces Muddy Water Coffee Liqueur AUSTIN, Texas (December 12, 2018) — Uncle Billy’s Brewery & Smokehouse, is expanding its line of distilled spirits with the release of Muddy Water coffee liqueur. The “Brewstillery” on Barton Springs Road first introduced its distilled spirits program in the spring of this year with Uncle Billy’s Bourbon Whiskey and Vodka, followed by ready-to-drink craft cocktails in cans, and is now introducing its first liqueur. “Making a …

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Uncle Billy's Brewery Introduces Barrel-Aged Beers

Uncle Billy’s Brewery Introduces Barrel-Aged Beers

UNCLE BILLY’S BREWERY INTRODUCES BARREL-AGED BEERS Program Kicks Off with Flights and Bites Week AUSTIN, Texas (December 10, 2018) — For the first time in its twelve years of brewing, Uncle Billy’s Brewery & Smokehouse, is releasing barrel-aged beers. The brewery is simultaneously introducing four fall and winter seasonal beers barrel-aged in whiskey and tequila barrels. The new brews are available individually by the glass, as flights, or served as “Flights & Bites” paired with …

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UNCLE BILLY’S BREWERY and theCHIVE Release KCCO Austin-Style Lager

Uncle Billy’s Brewery and theCHIVE Release KCCO Austin-Style Lager

UNCLE BILLY’S BREWERY and theCHIVE Release KCCO Austin-Style Lager  AUSTIN, Texas (November 15, 2018) – Uncle Billy’s Brewery & Smokehouse, one of Austin’s oldest craft brewpubs, is introducing the KCCO (Keep Calm and Chive On) Austin-style Lager in collaboration with the local entertainment media company, Chive Media Group. With millions of fans of its popular entertainment website, theCHIVE, its streaming TV channel, Chive TV, and product website, The Chivery, the company has a built-in loyal fan base for its …

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CELIS BREWERY TO OPEN NEW BEER GARDEN & LIVE MUSIC VENUE

Celis Brewery To Open New Beer Garden & Live Music Venue

CELIS BREWERY TO OPEN NEW BEER GARDEN & LIVE MUSIC VENUE Membership Clubs Offer Exclusive Access AUSTIN, Texas (October 29, 2018) — Celis Brewery is changing the face of entertainment in North Austin with the opening of its new Beer Garden & Live Music Venue slated to open before the end of 2018. This major live music and special events outdoor venue has the capacity to host up to 2,500 people for concerts and events …

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Texas Craft Brewers Festival Austin 2018

Texas Craft Brewers Festival Returns To Austin on Sept. 29, 2018 Don’t Miss the State’s Largest Beer Event Focused Exclusively on Texas-Brewed Craft Beer AUSTIN, Texas (June 19, 2018) — The Texas Craft Brewers Festival, the state’s largest beer event focused exclusively on Texas-brewed craft beer, returns to East Austin’s Fiesta Gardens September 29, 2018. The event, which is organized by the Texas Craft Brewers Guild and co-presented by Craft Pride and Paychex, will feature more …

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The Big Give 2018 Austin Charity Benefit Sept 7

The Big Give 2018 Austin Charity Benefit Sept 7

  Craft Beer Austin is participating in the The Big Give 2018 Austin Charity Benefit! We hope you will join us on Friday, September 7th at Hotel Van Zandt for The BIG Give to celebrate a decade of giving back! This year we will highlight our community’s accomplishments over the past decade and honor the individuals and businesses that have supported our mission. The event will also feature local food, music, and an exciting silent auction …

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