Pam Catoe

Like most people, my love for craft beer started in college when most craft consisted of imports. Austin has come a long way since then and I love being a part of the Austin beer culture and consistantly expanding my beer knowledge. Follow Me on Twitter @PamCraftBeerATX

What Does the Governor’s Latest Announcement Mean for Breweries?

This week the Governor announced he was relaxing more restrictions on a variety of businesses including restaurants. However, he stated that bars must remain closed. So what does this mean for Texas breweries? If the business is a brewpub that was already operating as a restaurant (with the blue sign), not much changed except their ability to open indoor spaces to 75% capacity. A few weeks ago, TABC announced a path for all other breweries …

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Downtown Pflugerville Gets it’s First Brewery | Prost Alehouse Coming Soon

A new German-inspired brewpub is headed to downtown Pflugerville later this year. Prost Alehouse is opening in the historic downtown square occupying a two-story building that dates back to 1905. Husband and wife team Troy and Iven Dudley searched for several years to find the perfect location to build their vision of a destination, community-focused brewery when they settled on the perfect spot in Old Town Pflugerville. “We hope Prost Alehouse to be a catalyst …

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Two Wheel Brewing Co. - Texas Craft Brewery Profile

BREAKING NEWS | Two Wheel Brewing Co. Closed Permanently

Update as of 9/2: Two Wheel Brewing Co. announced on social media they have decided to close permanently. From their Facebook post: “Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us over the last 4 years! We have decided to close our doors. We hope to see you all out and about sometime soon. Stay safe, take care of each other, and drink local beer!! “   Update 3/13: The brewery is still open …

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Women in Beer | Pink Boots Society Austin

To Donate to Pink Boots Society – Click here! Women work in all aspects of the beer industry from brewery owners, to packaging, cellaring, sales and taproom management. The Pink Boots Society was established for female beer professionals to assist, inspire, and encourage women to advance their careers through education. Recently, Pink Boots Society extended its membership to include all women in the fermented / alcohol beverage industry. Austin’s PBS chapter was established back in 2014 …

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An Interview with the Black Pumas & 4th Tap Co-op

On Friday, August 7th,  4th Tap Brewing Co-op released their newest beer Stay Gold, a collaboration with 2020 Grammy Nominated Black Pumas that features can artwork by Austin’s own Rory Blank. In addition to its release, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Austin Justice Coalition, AAYHF and Austin NAACP. CraftBeerAustin.com caught up with the Black Pumas Eric Burton and Adrian Quesada and 4th Tap Brewing co-owner, John Stecker to learn more about this unique collaboration …

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Find & Visit Over 200 Texas Breweries with the New Texas Brewery Explorer App

The Texas Craft Brewers Guild announced the release of a new app that will help beer lovers across the state find & visit more than 200 independent breweries. Texas Brewery Explorer allows beer enthusiasts to create their own brewery trails, find deals and earn rewards – including free merch! Focused on over 200 small and independent TCBG members across Texas, the app features include maps, a digital passport, badges, and a point program that includes …

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Women in Beer | Sheila Garcia

When I started writing for CraftBeerAustin.com back in 2015, my first series of articles was about Women in Beer. I am happy to announce that thanks to the ladies of the Austin chapter of the Pink Boots Society, I am bringing back the Women in Beer series. This edition features Sheila Garcia, Marketing & Hospitality Manager at Hold Out Brewing and Austin Chapter Co-Leader for Pink Boots Society. Describe your average week. What are you responsible for?   …

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Skull Mechanix is Permanently Closed

Another victim of the COVID-19 pandemic, Skull Mechanix announced on social media they are permanently closed. Rumors of the popular music venue and brewery’s closure have been swirling around since the start of the pandemic and after their brewing equipment showed up for sale on a few websites. We reached out for confirmation but didn’t have the chance to speak with them prior to their social media post. From their heartfelt social media post: “As …

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Did More Texas Breweries Just Get the Green Light to Reopen? Maybe…

In yet another reversal, some breweries are now presumably allowed to open for onsite consumption. In mid-July, the TABC advised Saint Arnold Brewing Company to abruptly shut down its beer garden and restaurant operations because the Governor’s office advised them that their distribution sales counted as part of the 51% revenue calculation. Further, there was no advanced warning, (which is no surprise at this point). This past Friday, the TABC posted new guidance about the …

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Want Beer Delivery During the COVID-19 Crisis? Act Now!

Austin rejoiced when we heard local restaurants can now add alcohol to the line up of delivery and to-go options with a food order. Governor Abbott signed the waiver earlier this week as a temporary measure to help business affected by the statewide mandate to close dining rooms and bars. However, the measure only allows relief to businesses holding a mixed beverage license; therefore, does not apply to breweries, who can currently only sell beer-to-go …

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Save Texas Breweries! 2 Out of 3 Members May Close by 2021

According to a survey of members by the Texas Craft Brewers Guild, two out of every three Texas craft breweries will be forced to permanently close by the end of 2021 due to the public health crisis brought on by COVID-19 and back-to-back shutdowns of on-premise business at “51% establishments.” Key Survey Takeaways: One in three Texas craft breweries says they’ll be forced to close in the next three months without some change to the …

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Breweries Are Not Bars | One Brewery’s Unique Fight to Reopen

When the Governor decided to yet again close bars in order to slow the spread of the pandemic, he did so by lumping breweries that were operating safely in with bars that clearly were not. Local Austin area breweries went out of their way to safely open, most only opening their outdoor patios. They required masks, distanced tables, provided contactless payments, and some even created outdoor spaces that didn’t exist before the pandemic. While breweries …

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