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!

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 …

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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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Women in Beer | Elle Thomas

Our lovely editor & badass owner here at CraftBeerAustin.com, Pam Catoe, has written the inspirational Women in Beer series since 2015. She has so graciously allowed me to write a guest article focused on an Austin woman in beer that inspires me every day.  Elle Thomas is the owner of AirBrewNB. She offers tours of up to 10 attendees or private sessions for up to 30. She & her topnotch Lady Brew Crew provide a …

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Hold Out Brewery | A Texas Craft Brewery Profile

Hold Out Brewing | Texas Craft Brewery Profile Location: 1208 W 4th, Austin, TX 78703 Open: Thursday – Saturday 11am – 10pm, Sunday 12pm – 8pm Hold Out Brewing is the newest spot to hit the Downtown West Austin neighborhood. Nestled behind their sister restaurant, Better Half Coffee & Cocktails, Hold Out is a fun surprise off the beaten path…or 4th Street, that is. The space comes to life after living its former days as …

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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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