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!

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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A New Destination Brewery Coming to Spicewood | Frontyard Brewing

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, Kevin …

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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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Meanwhile Brewing Co Opens in South Austin

Photo of Meanwhile’s outdoor stage; Credit to Meanwhile Brewing Co/Chris Mumford  Location: 3901 Promontory Point Drive, Austin, TX 78744 Open 7 Days/Week Hours: 8am-10pm Monday-Thursdays, 8am-11pm Fridays, 9am-11pm Saturdays & 9am-8pm Sundays  Although 2020 has been the year of relentless unknowns and insecurities, the Austin beer community can celebrate a successful fall brewery opening! There are several more in the works, so make sure to subscribe to CraftBeerAustin.com for all the upcoming scoop.  Meanwhile Brewing …

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Family Business Beer Co Reopens For On Site Consumption!

19510 Hamilton Pool Rd Dripping Springs, TX 78620 | New Hours: Thursday & Friday – 3pm-9pm, Saturday & Sunday – 12pm-9pm   We have some exciting news to update from our friends at Family Business Beer Company! They are reopening their doors for on site, outdoor consumption on Friday, September 25th! Continue reading for details. Beer to go is also available to order for curbside service here.   What to Know? If you want to …

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Oddwood Ales Brewing | A Texas Craft Brewery Profile

Oddwood Ales Brewing | Texas Craft Brewery Profile Location: 3108 Manor Road, Austin, TX 78723 Open: Wednesday – Saturday 12pm – 10pm, Sunday 12pm – 9pm If you find yourself keeping it weird in funky East Austin a must-stop is Oddwood Ales. This cozy neighborhood bar has provided fantastic beer, food, atmosphere, and service for coming up on 2 years now. Pre pandemic Oddwood hosted weekly video game competitions, live jazz happy hours, wine down …

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Beer Necessities Austin Chapter’s 6th 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 & discuss craft beer, making wonderful connections along the way. Established in September 2014, the group typically meets several times a month at various bars & breweries around Austin. Remember pre-COVID when meeting …

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Urban Jungle Brewing | Austin’s First Black Owned Brewery, Coming Soon!

Austin’s proudly adopted West Coast transplant, Shannon Harris is on a trailblazing mission to bring the first Black-owned brewery to the city of Austin. I had the pleasure of sharing some pints with him to learn about his impressive efforts to make the brewing world a more diverse & inclusive community. As a true advocate for BIPOC, he is leading by example in creating his own cultivated space, Urban Jungle Brewing. See how you can …

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Beerburg Brewing’s Wildcraft Series

Our friends at Beerburg Brewing have continued to overcome the hurdles of opening during a pandemic and have even released an exciting new beer series they are calling the Wildcraft Series. Not only that, but they are also excited to stay ahead of the curve with some innovative technology as well!  Beerburg was founded on the love for the great outdoors & connecting with the natural beauty that the Texas Hill Country offers. This series …

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