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

Texas Party Platforms Show Bipartisan Support for Craft Beer-to-Go Sales

Texas Party Platforms Show Bipartisan Support for Craft Beer-to-Go Sales

Texas Republicans, Democrats Support Beer-to-Go Sales from Craft Breweries in 2018 Party Platforms At State Conventions, Parties Show Bipartisan Support For Granting Manufacturing Breweries the Same Rights as Breweries in 49 Other States AUSTIN, Texas (June 25, 2018) — As the 2018 Midterm Elections and 2019 Legislative Session approach, Texas Democrats and Republicans have included planks in their party platforms supporting expanded rights for Texas craft breweries. As the only state in the country to …

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Uncle Billy's is Becoming Austin’s First “Brewstillery”

Uncle Billy’s is Becoming Austin’s First “Brewstillery”

Uncle Billy’s Brewery is introducing a line of distilled spirits, celebrating it’s 12th anniversary with a series of events, and is launching a crowdfunding campaign to further expand. UNCLE BILLY’S BREWERY & SMOKEHOUSE is Now Austin’s First “Brewstillery” AUSTIN, Texas (April 25, 2018) – Uncle Billy’s Brewery & Smokehouse, one of Austin’s oldest craft brewpubs, is launching a new line of distilled spirits. Known for its award-winning craft beers served with slow-smoked Texas barbecue in …

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Best Spring Beers for Every Style: From Anchor Brewing

Best Spring Beers for Every Style: From Anchor Brewing

Foodies will gladly pair just-released Brewers’ Pale Ale with warm-weather favorites like fish tacos and pesto pasta, while celebrators will prep for spring & summer barbecues by stocking up on Anchor Liberty Ale, the beer that sparked a revolution. Nature-lovers will chug Anchor California Lager, knowing that every sip celebrates California State Parks. From classic brews to just-released brews, Anchor Brewing has something for every beer-lover. For the Foodie – Your Go-To Beer Pairing for …

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Celis Brewery Releases Its First Beers in Cans

Celis Brewery Releases Its First Beers in Cans

Celis Brewery Releases Its First Beers in Cans AUSTIN, Texas (March 6, 2018) — Celis Brewery is now distributing Celis White, the legendary witbier created by Pierre Celis in 1965, packaged in aluminum cans for the first time. Celis White, made with the original Celis recipe and passion for quality, is fully portable just in time for spring and summer outdoor activities. “Selling our beer in cans offers more choice and accessibility for beer-lovers in …

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Uncle Billy’s Brewery Acquires Pedernales Brewing Company’s

Uncle Billy’s Brewery Acquires Pedernales Brewing Company’s

Uncle Billy’s Brewery Acquires Pedernales Brewing Company’s Craft Beer Brands AUSTIN, Texas (February 28, 2018) – Uncle Billy’s Brewery has acquired the Pedernales Brewing Company’s craft beer brands. The Fredericksburg based brewery, founded in 2012 by Lee Hereford, was well known for its Texas Hill Country and German influenced Pedernales Classic series, Lobo series, and Robert Earl Keen brand of beers. The original recipes will continue to be brewed by Uncle Billy’s Brewery at the …

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Celebrates Texas Independence Day with Lone Star's “Come and Take It”

Celebrates Texas Independence Day with Lone Star’s “Come and Take It”

Lone Star Brewing Co., The National Beer of Texas, has introduced its special Lone Star “Come and Take It” Independence Day cans in all Texas markets. The commemorative packing celebrates Texas Independence Day, March 2, with a special salute to the courage of a rebellious group of Texas settlers who fought a detachment of Mexican army soldiers near Gonzales on October 2, 1835, during the Texas Revolution. During the first quarter of 2018, Lone Star …

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Katy Wild West Brew Fest

Katy Wild West Brew Fest 2018

The Wild West Brewfest the only craft beer dedicated event in Katy and recently named the #1 Brewfest in North America for the second year in a row by BeerYeti.com! The Wild West Brewfest (Wild West Brewfest) is an energized and purposeful celebration of craft beer for the Katy, Richmond, west Houston, and surrounding communities. With well over 7500 guests at our last Wild West Brewfest, this event partners businesses with the community by providing …

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Dark Odyssey Release Party At Celis Brewery

Dark Odyssey Release Party Celis Brewery is having a celebration which includes plenty of beer, a pig roast, live music, and free t-shirts for the first 50 attendees. When: Sunday, Feb 11, starting at 12 noon Where: Celis Brewery, 10001 Metric Blvd., Austin, Texas 78758 What: Christine Celis will introduce the second beer release in the Celis Single Tank Series, Dark Odyssey, a wonderfully rich and silky stout. Brewed with chocolate, oatmeal and roasted de-husked …

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CANarchy Craft Beer Collective Leads the Pack as Number One Provider of Craft Beer in a Can

CANarchy Craft Beer Collective Leads the Pack as Number One Provider of Craft Beer in a Can

LONGMONT, Colo., – Jan. 23, 2018 – CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective, a disruptive collective of like-minded craft brewers, kicks off 2018 as the largest supplier of independent craft beer in a can. In 2017, Cigar City Brewing’s Jai Alai IPA and Oskar Blues’ Dale’s Pale Ale led CANarchy as the #1 and #2 craft can six-packs sold in the nation. The portfolio of craft breweries including Oskar Blues Brewery, Cigar City Brewing, Perrin Brewing Company, …

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Texas Brewers Create CraftPAC To Battle Broken Beer Laws

Texas Brewers Create CraftPAC To Battle Broken Beer Laws

Texas Brewers Create CraftPAC To Battle Broken Beer Laws Howdy Craft Beer Drinkers, We probably don’t need to tell you that beer laws in Texas are broken. But we’ll tell anyone who will listen that we won’t stop until they’re fixed. That’s why the Texas Craft Brewers Guild is launching CraftPAC, a political action committee created to fight for the rights of Texas craft breweries (and craft beer drinkers!) and champion common sense, 21st century …

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In The Weeds and Oasis Texas Brewing Release Collaboration Pale Ale

In The Weeds and Oasis Texas Brewing Release Collaboration Pale Ale

“In The Weeds and Oasis Texas Brewing Company collaborate to release $2.13 Pale Ale” The name “$2.13”spotlights that the federal tipped minimum wage has not changed since 1991 Austin, TX – January 10th, 2017 – Oasis Texas Brewing Company (OTXBC) and local service industry community forum In The Weeds recently collaborated to create a beer called $2.13 in appreciation for those in the service industry. $2.13 Pale Ale is also meant to increase public awareness that …

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Hops & Grain Brewing

Hops & Grain Brewing Switches To Brewpub License

Editor Note: We are so happy for Hops and Grain that they are now able to sell beer to go, six-packs, growlers, crowlers & more at the brewery! Hops & Grain Brewing announces switch to Brewpub license this week, enacting this Thursday, 12/21, at 10am – allowing our brewery/tap room to sell beer to go, six-packs, growlers, crowlers & more! From the Founder & President, Josh Hare: Can I buy beer to go? YES!! We …

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