Melanie Ross

My love for craft beer really started while traveling for work as a performer after college. As I drank around the world I found that good beer brought with it beautiful adventures and wonderful people. My adoration has grown over the years to a pretty time-consuming hobby, and I wouldn't have it any other way! If I'm not drinking a beer, I'm likely hanging with my rad husband, Alec, and two rescue pups, Luna Saison and Mickey Short & Stout. I so enjoy championing the Austin beer scene and look forward to seeing what the future holds for this vibrant community! You can reach me at Melanie@CraftBeerAustin.com. Cheers!

Beer Necessities

Beer Necessities Austin Chapter Celebrates 8th Anniversary

“Beer is what brings us together, but the relationships are what make us stay.” | Sarah Eshelman, Beer Necessities Austin Founder Beer Necessities is a very casual group of Austin women and those that identify as such who get together to drink and chat craft beer, making wonderful connections along the way. Established in September 2014, the group meets monthly at breweries, pubs, and beer bars around Austin. Beer Necessities (BNATX) offers everything from laid-back …

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Hi Sign Brewing Opens Doors to Swanky New Space in East Austin

Hi Sign Brewing Opens Doors to Swanky New Space in East Austin Since shutting the doors on its original space in late February of 2022, Hi Sign Brewing is slated to unveil its stunning new 13,000-square-foot taproom and production facility in East Austin this weekend! Not only will this help ring in their fifth year of business, but also celebrates the resiliency of the Austin beer community and its loyal fans! As Founder and CEO …

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Austin Small Businesses Unite for Stop AAPI Hate, Celebrate Asian Heritage Through Beer

Austin Small Businesses Unite for Stop AAPI Hate, Celebrate Asian Heritage Through Beer Photo credit to Tyler Hood, Austin Beerworks UPDATE: there is a relaunch and a new event happening this Saturday, May 21, 11 am to 6 pm “This is more than a beer, this is a celebration and a way for us to bring awareness to Stop AAPI Hate. I’m really looking forward to seeing the Austin community coming out and supporting the …

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Barks For Beers Returns

Barks For Beers Returns Dogs + beer + a good cause = Barks for Beers 2022 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 2022. 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 …

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Julia Herz, Executive Director of the American Homebrewers Association

Julia Herz, Executive Director of the American Homebrewers Association At CraftBeerAustin.com we are proud to support women in beer. As we continue celebrating Women’s History Month in March, the significance of the plethora of talented brave women contributing to the craft beer world’s success can’t easily be ignored. For a list of stellar Women in Beer we have featured, check out our many features on CraftBeerAustin.com. (Spoiler alert, another inspiring woman’s story awaits!)  One beer …

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Hops for Houses + Passport Program for Habitat for Humanity

Hops for Houses + Passport Program for Habitat for Humanity Photo credit to Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County, TX The Hops for Houses Craft Beer Festival supporting Williamson County Habitat for Humanity  Date: February 26, 2022, Tickets are on sale NOW! Located at the Williamson County Expo Center, 5350 Bill Pickett Trail, Taylor, TX Hops for Houses Craft Beer Festival fundraiser is back this February to raise funds for Williamson County Habitat for Humanity …

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Nomadic Beerworks Saves 6k Can Toppers From the Landfill (and counting!)

Nomadic Beerworks Saves 6k Can Toppers From the Landfill (and counting!) Photo credit to Nomadic Beerworks; Founding brothers Bryce (left) and Dan (right) Tyranski Nomadic Beerworks owners, Dan and Bryce Tyranski bring a staunch commitment to creating a positive environmental impact to their Austin beer-making business. Conscious awareness of how their talents can be used for good truly shines. Advocates leading by example everyday to make the Austin beer world a better place.  The team …

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Slackers Brewing Joins the North Austin Beer Scene

Slackers Brewing Joins the North Austin Beer Scene Photo credit to Slackers Brewing Address: 12233 Ranch Road 620 N #204, Austin, TX 78750 Hours: Weekends: Noon-Midnight; Weekdays: Noon-10pm; Closed Mondays   North Austin, welcome the newest brewery to the area, Slackers Brewing! According to Co-Founder, Haley Law, “Our whole theme is ‘approachably adventurous.” Intriguing, right? Joining the fast-growing Lake Creek Village Shopping Center, Slackers Brewing opens Friday, November 12th and they can’t wait to welcome …

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Meridian Hive Invites Patrons to “Grow with Them” to Save the Bees and the Environment

Meridian Hive Invites Patrons to “Grow with Them” to Save the Bees & the Environment Photo credit to Meridian Hive Austin’s own Meridian Hive announced exciting new efforts to make the world a more eco-friendly place and they want their customers to join the mission! Through a combined mission of seeking earth-loving packaging and their “Grow with Us” campaign to champion the honeybees’ future existence, they are raising awareness for a sustainable world.  What is …

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Austin Brewery Tours Turns Six Years Old

Austin Brewery Tours Turns Six Years Old! “Behind every good beer is a good story” – Austin Brewery Tours   Photo credit to Austin Brewery Tours Fall is here and the world of beer events has looked more familiar once again. Great American Beer Festival and Texas Craft Brewers Festival re-emerged, Oktoberfests commenced, several breweries are celebrating milestone anniversaries, and overall, the Texas beer community is hanging tough! Austin tourism is back in full swing …

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Sam Adams Brewing the American Dream

Samuel Adams Brewing Hosting “How to Grow a Brewery” Workshop

Samuel Adams Brewing Hosting “How to Grow a Brewery” Workshop   Exciting news for any Austin-area beverage makers looking to take their business to the next level! Samuel Adams Brewing Company alongside PeopleFund is hosting the American Dream program’s, “How to Grow a Brewery” workshop on Thursday, October 7th at 11am CST. Photo credit to Samuel Adams Brewing Post-workshop, attendees are encouraged to apply for the Brewers’ Pitch Room Competition to not only pitch their …

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St Elmo’s Spicy Ones, Round Two feat. Urban Jungle Brewing

St Elmo’s Spicy Ones, Round Two feat. Urban Jungle Brewing Spicy Ones is back for round two! If you missed the first go-around, St Elmo Brewing has joined forces again with Spicy Boys Fried Chicken food truck to bring the HEAT. Last go around, host extraordinaire, John Gross, interviewed guests Michael Graham and Will Golden of Austin Beerworks. Round two promises to be an exciting night featuring Shannon Harris, diversity and inclusion advocate, The Brew …

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