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+

Uncle Billy's Lazy Night Cruise

Uncle Billy’s Lazy Night Beer Cruise

Craft Beer Austin Presents:  Uncle Billy’s Brewery Lazy Night Beer Cruise Friday, August 28, 2015 @ Capital Cruises 8:45pm (sailing 9PM) Come sail with us on the weird waters of Town Lake/Ladybird Lake for this very awesome cruise with Uncle Billy’s Brewery! On board will be: Christine Celis daughter of Pierre Celis(of Hoegaarden & Celis White fame) Trevor Nearburg – Uncle Billy’s Brewmaster Daytona Camps (3rd Generation Brewer, daughter of Christine Celis) & the Uncle Billy’s team! Join us as we sample beers from …

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Central Texas Flood Help

We are going to use this page to centralize all the ways you can help those affected by the recent storms and floods that happened in Central Texas such as Wimberley. Also, a few our friends from Staten Island, New York reached out to us as well. Their houses were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. They want to “pay it forward” from all the help and support they received a few years ago. For this …

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In Search of Nessie Cruise with Strange Land Brewery

Friday, June 19, 2015 @Capital Cruises 8:15pm (sailing @8:30PM) Craft Beer Austin Presents: In Search of Nessie Cruise with Strange Land Brewery! Hit the high seas and come sail with us on the weird waters of Lake Austin for this very special Cruise featuring: Strange Land Brewery Join us as we search for Nessie on Ladybird Lake while enjoying a Firkin of Strangeland’s Atholl Rose Scotch Whiskey Ale! Last month we had a great time with Alamo …

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Jester King Brewery Craft Beer Western Caribbean Cruise 2015

Jester King Brewery Craft Beer Cruise on Royal Caribbean Sailing August 16 – 23 2015 from Galveston, TX to Cozumel, Belize City, & Roatan **Click Here if you want to jump right to the Reservation form!** Jester King Brewery’s Founder Jeffrey Stuffings will be on board to host 5 private events. Jeffrey has reached deep into the Jester King cellars to bring you an amazing beer list! The Jester King Beer List Includes: Snörkel  分桃 …

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Craft Beer Events for Saturday March 28 2015

Howdy Austin! There are a few Craft Beer events not on our calendar today you should know about: Founders Tap Domination with CBS at Flying Saucer  Join Myk O’Konnor from Founders with these special tappings! 1pm: Blushing Monk 3pm: Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS) Also Tapping: Centennial IPA, Porter, Dirty Bastard, Nitro Oatmeal, Nitro Pale, Red’s Rye, Black Rye, Imperial Stout Odell Brewing – Keep the Growler 5 Odell Beers on Draft – Get a fill – Keep the growler – Myrcenary – Runoff Red IPA …

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TABC Label and Brewery Approvals Feb 3 2015

On most weeks, TABC releases Label and Brewery approvals that have been approved for sale in Texas. Every beer that is sold in Texas has to go through this process before you can see it on store shelves or on tap at your favorite Craft Beer Bar. It is a way to see what beer will be coming into the Texas market before it shows up at your local bottle shop. The time frame between …

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Naughty Brewing Releases Kentucky Streetwalker Bourbon Aged Imperial Porter

We had some of this at Adelbert’s recently and really enjoyed it! Naughty Brewing Releases Kentucky Streetwalker Imperial Vanilla Porter to Begin Shipping in November November 25, 2014 – AUSTIN – Naughty Brewing is excited to announce the release of its newest beer, Kentucky Streetwalker, an Imperial Vanilla Porter that aged in a collection of bourbon barrels for almost a year. There is a copious amount of bourbon flavor and aroma in the initial pour into …

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Guns & Oil Beer Puts Their Stamp on Downtown Austin

Guns & Oil Beer, a Brewery based out of Austin, Texas, has signed a long-term deal to build a flagship brewery in downtown Austin. A space previously occupied by Cothron Safe & Locks at 807 E 4th St. “We have been searching for a flagship location in our hometown for about 18 months, so this has been a long time coming. I’ve had my eye on this building for a couple of years now, and …

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Hops & Grain Debuts a Baltic Porter: PorterCulture

HOPS & GRAIN DEBUTS A PORTER FOR EVERY SEASON WITH “PORTERCULTURE” Austin-based Brewery Adds Fifth Can to its Permanent Portfolio (Austin, Texas) – Austin-based Hops & Grain Brewery is adding a fifth can to its permanent lineup, a Baltic style porter aptly named PorterCulture, which will join its predecessors Pale Dog, The One They Call Zoe, Greenhouse IPA and the award-winning, ALT-eration. Brewed with Austin’s absence of a true winter in mind, PorterCulture is the …

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I Feel Bad For You Son, I Got 99 Problems But A Beer Ain’t One

You may have seen some pics of Austin Beerworks’ Crazy 99 pack (going for a ultra reasonable $99.99) going to some lucky beer peeps today. Seemed like most stores were raffling off the chance to buy one. If you were lucky enough to get one send us your pics and we will post up here. Austin Beerworks launches renamed Peacemaker Anytime Ale with world’s first 99-Pack   August 2014, Austin, TX – Austin Beerworks partnered with Helms Workshop to christen …

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Adelbert’s Brewery Launches New Gin Barrel Aged Special Series with Contemplating Waterloo Release

To be honest when we first saw this beer at Adelbert’s recent anniversary party I didn’t think I would like a Gin Barrel Aged Saison but boy was I pleasantly surprised! Can’t wait to grab a bottle or two! August 14, 2014 Austin, Texas: Adelbert’s Brewery is pleased to announce the first release of a new special series it will be creating with barrels from Treaty Oak Distilling Co. Contemplating Waterloo, the inaugural beer for the …

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Are Beer Pairing Dinners Too Expensive?

Are Beer Pairing Dinners Too Expensive or are they worth it? Earlier today on twitter(June 18, 2014), I said that the upcoming Banger’s – Avery Beer Pairing Dinner was “pricey” at $85.39. A few people agreed with me, although one person insinuated I was “broke” and needed to “live a little”. While I was sitting on the balcony of my 10,000 ft square foot house on Lake Austin* drinking a Hops and Grain Green House …

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