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 & 2 rescue pups, Luna Saison & Mickey Short & Stout. I so enjoy championing the Austin beer scene and look forward to seeing what the future holds for this vibrant community!

Black Pumas & 4th Tap Brewing Beer for Justice

While 2020 has been overshadowed by plight and uncertainty it has also brought creativity and innovation. Watching as the brewery world consistently collaborates using their position to bring awareness to meaningful causes is truly inspiring. Breweries and artists alike are fighting to survive and many are doing their best to also make the world a better place in the process. Supporting our local artists and creators is crucial. A world without music, beer, good food, …

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Black is Beautiful, Support Marvis Dixon & the Virtual 5k

The Black is Beautiful worldwide beer collaboration has been lovingly embraced by many Austinites & local breweries. For those that are not familiar with the initiative, Weathered Souls has asked breweries globally (over 1k now worldwide participating) to come together to help bridge the gap for equality, to raise awareness & funds for the injustices people of color face daily. Weathered Souls provided the stout recipe as well as artwork, provided by Austin artist, KD …

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Banger’s 8th Anniversary Party, Pandemic Edition

Although Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden has been closed since March 16th due to that pesky pandemic, they are not letting it spoil their anniversary fun! Krissy Carter, Director of Event Operations, shared, “During this time, we have worked diligently to plan and prepare for when we might reopen. Though we don’t have a date in mind just yet, we did know one thing- we want to celebrate Banger’s 8 Year Anniversary (even if …

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Black is Beautiful Austin Brewery Releases, Part 2

Below is Part 2 of a 2 Part Series that will announce the Austin area Black is Beautiful releases.  What is the Black is Beautiful project? It is the creation of San Antonio’s Weathered Souls Head Brewer & Co-Owner, Marcus Baskerville raising awareness of the injustices people of color face. “With the current tensions that are rising we thought that it was of grave importance to start the Black Is Beautiful initiative. We took a …

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Black is Beautiful Austin Brewery Releases, Part 1

Black is Beautiful is a beer collaboration on a fierce mission to raise awareness of the daily injustices people of color face. The project is the brainchild of Marcus Baskerville, Head Brewer & Co-Owner of San Antonio brewery, Weathered Souls. Baskerville expounded via the Black is Beautiful site, “This platform and collaboration is about understanding and supporting people of color and inclusion… With the current tensions that are rising we thought that it was of …

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Your Own Brewday with Beerburg Brewing

Are you a huge fan of craft beer? Have you ever wondered what it is like to brew alongside a professional brewer & produce a delicious product you can enjoy & be crazy proud of? Beerburg Brewing is offering JUST THAT! Trevor Nearburg, Owner & Brewer is hosting an innovative virtual home brewing experience that is sure to kick the blues of Covid19. The virtual brew will consist of ingredients specially foraged from Beerburg’s land. …

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Six Austin Area Breweries Opening During the Pandemic

Well, it is already June and COVID-19 is still rearing its ugly head. Austin businesses are continuing to kick butt figuring out the ins and outs of the madness and do their best to navigate the various reopening regulations. The Austin beer community is supporting each other in such a lovely way and the camaraderie is inspiring. The plethora of new breweries that are in the process of opening to varying degrees during this pandemic, …

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Black is Beautiful, Breweries Raise a Glass to Fight Racial Discrimination

Photo credit to Weathered Souls Brewing  In recent years, beer-lovers have watched in awe of the camaraderie and supportive power the beer community can foster. Massive initiatives like Sierra Nevada’s Resilience IPA raising money to rebuild after the California wildfires, and more recently, Other Half’s All Together mission supporting hospitality professionals affected by Covid19, are testaments to how beer can rally people around a cause. The power of unity through beer is undeniable and sparked …

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Homebrewing During a Global Pandemic

While we all hunker down, a copious amount of unexpected time to investigate untapped hobbies and get creative has suddenly appeared. People are taking up new fitness practices, crafting, learning musical instruments, languages…homebrewing? Why not? With extra time abounding, what better opportunity to take up the skill of brewing your own beer? Some of Austin’s homebrewing gurus were happy to share their tips on how to get started on the journey.  I had the pleasure …

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Five Austin Area Breweries Opening During the Pandemic

Many businesses are struggling to some degree during Covid19. Maintaining a consistent stream of clientele whilst having to implement new rules and constantly adapt can be daunting. Imagine pouring your heart and soul into a new endeavor where you are planning for scenarios of every potential kink in the system. No surprise, opening during a pandemic is not typically in anyone’s realistic contingency plan.  I reached out to five breweries that are defying great odds …

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Five-Way Texas Brewery Collaboration Giving Back to First Responders

Do you have a soft spot for foeder beers? Are you trying to find ways to support our brave First Responders during this difficult time? How about showing support for your local craft breweries? Lucky for those of us answering with a resounding, “yes!”, five Texas craft breweries have joined forces to collaborate on a new foeder beer they are calling, Good Grief. A portion of donations from the beer’s sales will be made to …

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