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!

Urban Jungle & Meanwhile Brewing Release First Collaboration

Feature Label Artwork credit to @Justinwilliamrobert What a week, huh? We hope everyone is safe, warm, and thawed out a bit after the #Snowpacalypse of 2021! Thank you to the amazing beer community we have here that went out of their way to donate water, food, and get up and running as quickly as possible to offer some neighborhood TLC. Who Are These Awesome Folks? Urban Jungle Brewing is the product of the husband and …

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Pinthouse Brewing Expands Distro to San Antonio & Collabs with Zilker Brewing to Kick off 2021

Photo credit to Pinthouse Brewing 2021 has finally kicked off, and what better way to get rolling than to celebrate a stellar Austin beer community collaboration and some neighboring expansion?! This Friday, January 29th you can get your hands on the first-ever Pinthouse Brewing (Congrats again on the new location) and Zilker Brewing Collaboration.    View this post on Instagram A post shared by 𝐏𝐈𝐍𝐓𝐇𝐎𝐔𝐒𝐄 𝐁𝐑𝐄𝐖𝐈𝐍𝐆 (@pinthousebeer) Thank goodness breweries have mastered social distancing and …

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Ghost Note Brewing Joining the Dripping Springs Beer Scene

Opening Saturday, January 30, 2021, Noon-8pm; Sunday, January 31 Noon-6pm Address: 23663 Ranch Road 12, Dripping Springs, TX 78620 Ghost Note Brewing’s taproom lit up at night; Credit to Ghost Note Brewing Although Covid is still lingering, we can celebrate the resilient craft beer community and the opening of another delightful Dripping Springs brewery. Ghost Note Brewing is the newest addition to the beer family, and I hope you’ll join me in giving them a …

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Pinthouse Brewing Opens in South Austin

Update: Pinthouse Brewing is Now Open! Pinthouse Brewing Located at 2201 East Ben White Boulevard, Austin, TX 78741 After eight years in the biz, the Pinthouse Pizza brand is opening the doors to its fourth and largest location yet, Pinthouse Brewing. Drumroll… official opening will commence with a limited menu this week! Yet another stellar southeast Austin brewery opening! Brewmaster & Co-Owner Joe Mohrfeld, Head Brewer Kirkland Wheeler, and Marketing Manager Rob Larry played tour …

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The Beerdtographer | Austin’s Splashy Beer Photographer

Pinthouse Pizza’s Island Kitty Tiki IPA; Photo credit to Brian Ledden, @thebeerdtographer Here at CraftBeerAustin.com, we love championing our local beer community. Featuring breweries, events, brewers, owners, and other beer folk doing awesome things is our cup of…beer. If you follow just about any brewery in town on the socials, you’ve likely seen the brilliant liquid splash photography of Brian Ledden, the Beerdtographer. He does a fantastic job boosting (and spilling) beer and deserves his …

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A New Destination Brewery Open in Spicewood | Frontyard Brewing

Open! Location: 4514 Bob Wire Road, Spicewood, TX 78669 How exciting that the friendly faces at Frontyard Brewing’s dreams are coming to fruition! The Frontyard family has tackled its business model in a unique way. Instead of jumping headfirst into opening a taproom, they opted to brew their beer out of a temporary leased space with the intention of showing the world how great their product was as a “proof of concept”. Co-Founder & Brewer, …

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Nomadic Beerworks | A Texas Craft Brewery Profile

Photo of Nomadic Beerworks’ owners Dan & Bryce Tyranski. Credit to Nomadic Beerworks Location: 3804 Woodbury Dr. Ste. A Austin, TX 78704 Hours of Operation: SUN – WED:  12PM –  8PM, THUR – SAT:  12PM – 10PM Indoor & Outdoor Seating | No Reservations Required | Order in Person or Call Ahead for To-Go: 512-587-9669 There’s so much great beer in Southeast Austin and watching it continue to grow and thrive is exciting! Nomadic Beerworks …

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GABF 2020 | Features Black is Beautiful Initiative

Photo ©2020 Brewers Association & Jason E. Kaplan This year, the Great American Beer Festival went virtual. There was a clear focus on diversity and inclusion in this year’s tasting sessions. There were multiple segments labeled “Brewing For Change” and “Beer Culture” featuring the team from queer and women-owned Lady Justice Brewing, the team from Latino-owned Raíces Brewing Co., and focusing on Weathered Souls Brewing’s Black is Beautiful Project.  Black is Beautiful Collaboration Feature The …

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Bear King Brewing | Winner of 4 Craft Beer Marketing Awards 2020

  Photo credit to Bear King Brewing Happy beer award season! Congratulations to the Bear King Brewing team for bringing home the most recent Texas awards! Even through a pandemic, the resilient craft beer industry continues to grow and find innovative solutions for success. There are competitions for home brewers and professional brewery’s beers, but what about that vibrant can label that catches our eye and convinces us to grab a 6 pack? As the …

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Amy George of Earthly Labs Tackling Climate Change with Beer | Part ||

Continuing the conversation with Amy George, CEO of Earthly Labs: How Would You Describe the State of the Beer Industry During COVID? With having such an interesting perspective of the craft beer industry, I was curious about what George’s thoughts were on the current challenges the pandemic has brought.  “It’s an extremely resilient industry. I’ve been so impressed with how quickly breweries have pivoted to focus on customers; whether it’s direct to consumers in places …

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Amy George of Earthly Labs Tackling Climate Change with Beer | Part I

Not all heroes wear capes. Some trail blaze and create exciting new paths to show how beer can make our world a cleaner, more conscious place. Entrepreneur, mother of two great teenage boys, and all-around Wonder Woman, Amy George, Founder & CEO of Earthly Labs is showing the masses how impactful women can be in the world of carbon capture. She has a deep love for our planet and a passion for sharing that sustainable …

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Dripping Springs Gets A New Brewery | Fitzhugh Brewing

Location: 15435 Fitzhugh Road, Dripping Springs, TX 78620 Adding to the ever-growing, popular Fitzhugh “brewery row” Road in Dripping Springs is aptly named Fitzhugh Brewing. The picturesque Hill Country winding roads will be welcoming their newest brewing family member on October 23rd. I sat down in their gorgeous bright new space to learn all things Fitzhugh from the woman behind the idea and the brewer behind the beer.  Who is Fitzhugh Brewing? Fitzhugh Brewing is …

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