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!

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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Beer Necessities

Beer Necessities Austin Chapter’s 7th 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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The Watering Bowl | South Austin’s New Dog Park and Beer Bar

Photo credit to The Watering Bowl; (L) Heather Spearman Chief DOGperations Officer, (R)– Leslie Paetschow, Founder  Address: 820 FM-1626 Austin, TX 78748 Open Monday-Friday 2p-10p, Saturday & Sunday 10a-10p Dog-owner/beer-lovers, are you paying attention? An exciting new endeavor combining pups, people, puns, and beer is opening soon in South Austin! With dreams of providing a space where dog owners can go watch their canine friends play, romp, run, and zoomie to their hearts’ desire, while …

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Black is Beautiful Beer Release Part 3

Photo Credit to Moontower Cider Co Below is Part 3 of a 3 Part Series announcing the Austin area Black is Beautiful releases.  What is the Black is Beautiful project? Sprouted from San Antonio’s Weathered Souls Head Brewer & Co-Owner, Marcus Baskerville, the initiative aims to raise awareness of the injustices people of color face. “Our mission is to bridge the gap that’s been around for ages and provide a platform to show that the …

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Pinthouse Brewing Collaborates with Artist Alannah Tiller for Juneteenth Beer

Pinthouse Brewing Collaborates with Artist Alannah Tiller for Juneteenth Beer Pinthouse Brewing is honoring Juneteenth by releasing a collaboration brew with Central Texas artist, Alannah Tiller. Saturday, June 19th at 11 am you can purchase 4-packs of 16oz cans of their Starlit Rosé Lager (5.2% ABV) exclusively at the newly opened Ben White location. To add to the wins, a portion of the proceeds for Starlit will be donated to the African American Youth Harvest …

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Zane Lamprey’s Laughs & Drafts Comedy Tour Coming to Austin

Zane Lamprey’s Laughs & Drafts Comedy Tour Coming to Austin After a year of so much seriousness, a night of good beer and hilarity might just be what the doctor ordered. Central Texas is lucky enough to have snatched two nights in a row of comedian Zane Lamprey’s brilliance during his 90-brewery Laughs & Drafts comedy tour! July 23rd, 2021 you can join him in New Braunfels hosted by Guadalupe Brewing Co and July 24th, …

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Meridian Hive Invites Patrons to “Grow with Them” to Save the Bees & 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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Cork & Barrel Craft Kitchen & Microbrewery Opens St. Patrick’s Day

Location: 4000 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78665   “Irish happy and Texas friendly.” Are you ready for a fusion of authentic Irish pub meets Central Texas hospitality? Almost one year after breaking ground on what was a poison-ivy-ridden jungle of Round Rock earth, to the stunning multi-dimensional beer garden and Irish pub, the talented brains behind Cork & Barrel Craft Kitchen & Microbrewery are finally opening their doors! View this post on …

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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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