Rich Plakas

Ever since I had a taste of a "Real-Stick-a-Fork-in-it" Guinness many years ago in Europe, I became a fan of great beer! My next "A-ha" Craft Beer moment was the first time I had Chimay Red about 12 years ago. This malty high ABV experience really accelerated my Craft Beer journey. When I'm not out hunting for the latest Craft Beers, I spend my time doing IT & Wordpress Consulting to pay the bills. Follow Rich Plakas on Untappd Twitter Google+

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Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Austin to close Jan 1 2018

☹️ This is somewhat unexpected and sad news 🙁  We thought 2017 was a really good year for Flying Sauce and attended several well put on events by them, including Avery and Firestone Walker events and of course BeerFeast! Not sure exactly how Texas Beer legislation affected them as a retailer and would like to hear more about that. Official Press Release below: —————————————————- For more information, contact: Murray Lace Obsidian Public Relations Phone: 870-588-7492 …

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Weyerbacher Brewing Coming To Texas Late 2017

Weyerbacher Brewing Coming To Texas Late 2017

When we lived in New York and New Jersey, we would drink plenty of Weyerbacker beers and have really missed not being able to get them here in Austin. Thankfully, that will soon change since Weyerbacher Brewing is Coming to Texas!  They will likely be looking for an Austin based sales rep soon so we suggest you keep an eye here on on their social media accounts. Weyerbacher Brewing was founded in 1995 downtown Easton, …

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Samuel Adam Brews Collaboration Beer with Infamous Brewing – BOSxAUS

Samuel Adams flew a crew to Austin, including Brewer Jennifer Glanville, to brew a collaboration beer with Infamous Brewing. The beer is called BOSxAUS and it is an Oyster Stout which we be available in March right around the time SXSW is going on. Samuel Adams is also hosting a Pop-up Pitch Competition in March where small businesses will compete with their pitch to win up to $10,000! Infamous Brewing was part of Samuel Adams “Brewing …

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Big Bend Brewing Plans To Open Facility in San Antonio

Big Bend Brewing Company Announces Plans to Open a Second Production Facility in San Antonio, Texas. Big Bend Brewing Co. is pleased to announce our second production expansion since we started in 2012—and our first expansion into a new facility. We have been fortunate enough to have amazing fans, an excellent network of distribution partners, and some of the best retailers in Texas supporting our growth over these last four years. We are truly grateful. …

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New Braunfels Brewing Upsets the Gods

In recent years, we’ve scene seen several beer name disputes among breweries such as: Avery and Russian River: Collaboration Not Litigation Whipin(Namaste) and Dogfish Oasis and New Belgium: Slow Ride New Braunfels and Shiner(Gambrinus): Wicked Fuel But Kelly Meyers of New Braunfels Brewing, not happy with the status quo, has now taken beer name disputes to a new level. Recently several of us received an email complaining about New Braunfels Brewing use of Hindu deities in …

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Uncle Billy’s Brewery and Smokehouse Celebrates 10th Anniversary

We had the opportunity to talk to Uncle Billy’s Co-founder Rick Engel yesterday about their upcoming 10th Anniversary. I asked Rick if 10 years ago where he expected things to be with Uncle Billy’s. Rick said he had hoped they would be this successful and that the recent Brewpub TABC law changes in 2013 really helped them, specifically in regards to being able to distribute. (Silly Texas Beer laws!) A lot has changed for Uncle Billy’s in the …

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Oddwood Ales Releases New Beer – Taming of the Savage Heart

Oddwood Ales Newest Beer, Taming of the Savage Heart, has been released this week and y’all should start seeing on the shelves over the next few days! Try some tonight(February 2) at WhichCraft Beer Store 6-8pm and tomorrow (February 3) at Sunrise Mini Mart.     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Sarah Haney Adelbert’s Brewery 512-662-1462 Sarah@adelberts.com Oddwood Ales Releases New Beer – Taming of the Savage Heart January 25, 2016 – AUSTIN – The …

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Kamala Gardens Brewery Coming Soon from Texas Craft Brewers Dipak Topiwala and Jim Sampson

Dipak Topiwala formerly of Whip In  has joined forces with Jim Sampson formerly of Twisted X Brewing to open yet another Austin brewery! We look forward to seeing what these two bring us in the near future! Kamala Gardens Brewery Read the press release below: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 12, 2016 FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: namaste@kamalagardensbrewery.com KAMALA GARDENS BREWERY — Kamala Gardens Brewery — Inspired by the season with locally sourced ingredients. Coming to Austin, …

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Jester King Brewery Black Metal Beer Injected Brisket

Jester King Brewery Black Metal Beer Injected Brisket….doesn’t that sound delicious! In this Cooking with Beer post, we take a 17 pound brisket and inject it with Jester King Black Metal Farmhouse Stout about 3/4 of the way through the smoke! We started with a 17 pound untrimmed Choice brisket from Randall’s (hey they were on sale for $1.59 per pound!). Normally we use Prime briskets but couldn’t pass up this deal! I like trimming the …

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Texas Loses a Brewing Pioneer to Cancer – Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson of Big Bend Brewing Co. passed last Wednesday November 25 to prostate cancer. Our condolences go to Steve’s family, friends and the crew at Big Bend Brewing Co. From Amy Fletcher of Big Bend Brewing Co.: “I work for an amazing company. This past week we lost our brewmaster Steve Anderson, and I took this weekend to reflect on what he meant to others and to the brewing community, which is why I didn’t …

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TABC Seizes Cuvee Coffee Crowler Equipment

The TABC has just seized Cuvee Coffee’s “Crowler”( Developed by soon-to-be-in-Austin Oskar Blues Brewery) canning equipment and any filled Crowlers that were on premise! Despite a written warning giving Cuvee Coffee 30 days to cease illegal crowler operations on June 25 2015, Mike Mckim of Cuvee touted on social media they would continue selling Crowlers. RT in support: I disagree with @TexasABC's interpretation of the law, @CuveeCoffee E6th continues to sell #crowlers pic.twitter.com/SqWpbe45Tz — Mike McKim (@MikeMckim) …

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1400 Miles – Bikes and Beer for Prostate Health

1400 Miles, is an Austin, Texas non-profit that raises money using bikes and beer to raise awareness for Prostate Health. Prostate Cancer is the second leading cause of death in American Men and if detected early, can often times be treated successfully. Early detection is key and it starts with a conversation. Davis Tucker of NXNW, Red’s Porch (more on him in an upcoming article) was motivated by his brewmaster Don Thompson at NXNW Restaurant and Brewery …

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