Ruvani de Silva

Ruvani de Silva (she/her) is a travel-loving beer writer with bylines including Good Beer Hunting, PorchDrinking, Beer Is For Everyone, Texas Highways and VinePair. She writes about beer in Central Texas and beyond, and is a vocal advocate for diversity, equality and inclusion in beer. Ruvani has been recognised as one of Good Beer Hunting's 2021 Signifiers and Highly Commended by the British Guild of Beer Writers in their 2021 Awards Best Beer Writer, National Media category. As a British South Asian woman living in Texas, Ruvani brings a unique voice to the world of craft beer. She is also the founder of #SouthAsianBeerClub. Find her on Twitter and Instagram as @amethyst_heels, and read her articles at CraftBeerAmethyst.com.

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Craft Pride: Rainey Street Institution Closes For Relocation

Craft Pride: Rainey Street Institution Closes For Relocation Back in 2017, when I first announced my intention to relocate to Austin, a beer industry friend in London messaged me with a link to the Craft Pride website, hugely excited that I’d be in the vicinity of such an incredibly cool craft beer establishment showcasing the best beers Texas has to offer. Fast-forward a few months and Craft Pride was, indeed, one of our first ports …

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Hedgehog Brewing Celebrates Cocal Beer-fundraising Legend Marvis ‘The Middleman’ Dixon with His Own West Coast IPA

Hedgehog Brewing celebrates local beer-fundraising legend Marvis ‘The Middleman’ Dixon with his own West Coast IPA In June 2020, at the height of the Black Lives Matter protests going on across the US, San Antonio TX’s Weathered Souls Brewing launched their Black Is Beautiful collaboration beer fundraising project, which swiftly became a huge international success. Here in Central Texas, the campaign to raise awareness about the Black Is Beautiful project, recruit breweries and even cideries, …

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Brewery Travels (aka Joel Geier) pays a visit to Central Texas

Brewery Travels (aka Joel Geier) pays a visit to Central Texas A substantial number of our Central Texas brewery taprooms were recently treated to a visit from a popular beer blogger and explorer known as Brewery Travels, aka Joel Geier. A native of Milwaukee WI, beer writer and full-time dad, Geier has become well-known in the beer community for his intrepid adventures across the US, so far encompassing 41 states (plus DC), 276 cities and …

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Top 5 Central Texas TCGB Liquid Bake Sale Beers – Part 2

Top 5 Central Texas TCGB Liquid Bake Sale Beers – Part 2 The Texas Craft Brewers Guild’s Liquid Bake Sale fundraiser may be drawing to a close, but there are still plenty of exciting, delicious baking-themed beers to sample before the sale ends. With releases rolled out across early summer, here are some top picks from the most recent LBS beers in the Central Texas region, all brewed with local grains from DFW’s TexMalt. Wild …

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Bastrop’s 602 Brewing & Astro Records Launch Collaboration Beer

Bastrop’s 602 Brewing & Astro Records Launch Collaboration Beer Just 40 minutes south-east of Downtown Austin, Bastrop, the ‘Heart of the Lost Pines’, may have a population of fewer than 10,000 but, like many Central Texas towns, it has a lively, buzzing cultural scene, including two microbreweries, a craft beer bar, a distillery, regular live music events, and its very own record store. Kevin Mawby, a native of London, England, relocated to Central Texas from …

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Top 5 Central Texas TCBG Liquid Bake Sale Beers – Part 1

The Texas Craft Brewers Guild Liquid Bake Sale brewing fundraiser is now in full swing. This exciting and innovative initiative, modeled around a traditional community bake sale, gives Texas breweries the opportunity to support the TCBG by brewing a beer of their choosing with local malt from Fort Worth’s TexMalt. Twenty-eight breweries from across the state have already signed up, and our own Central Texas region is strongly represented with some fantastic beers from some …

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Desert Door Sotol Barrel Aging | A New Central Texas Beer Trend

Desert Door Sotol Barrel Aging | A New Central Texas Beer Trend Feature post by Ruvani De Silva Few things in life genuinely qualify as unique, so Desert Door Distilling has pulled off quite a coup. They are, at least to the best of the knowledge of the internet, the only producers of Sotol liquor in both Texas and the USA. While there are many Mexican brands of Sotol, Desert Door have created a truly …

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Circle Brewing Company is Expanding to Elgin

Feature post by Ruvani De Silva North Austin’s Circle Brewing is the latest Central Texas craft brewery to join the growing community of farm-to-glass breweries in the region. On August 24th, Circle broke ground at their new site out in Elgin TX, where they plan to brew up the first-ever ‘truly Texan’ beer made from ingredients grown entirely on their 7 acres of farmland. Founded back in 2010 by Ben Sabel and Jud Mulherin, Circle …

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Real Ale 24th Anniversary Pack is Still Available

You can still snag your anniversary pack here Feature post by Ruvani De Silva For beer lovers across Central Texas, the Real Ale anniversary party is an annual highlight. A phenomenal bash for a 2,000-strong crowd of thirsty Texans, the party fills the huge Real Ale ranch, located just outside Blanco. Arriving rather fresh off the boat from the UK at my first Real Ale party back in 2018, I was blown away by the …

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Event Recap | Celebrating One Year of 12 Fox Brewing

Feature post by Ruvani De Silva When we attended the bustling 12 Fox launch party one year ago, we could never have imagined that twelve months later we would be celebrating not just the brewery itself but the end of a pandemic-based lockdown. As Texas slowly reopens, the scenic, expansive 12 Fox taproom is ideally positioned to welcome guests back, with almost all of its seating completely outdoors and plenty of space to move around …

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