Tripel – Craft Beer Style

By Irina Plakas / March 14, 2013 / 0 Comments

One of my favorite Craft Beer Styles is the Belgian Tripel. This style originated in Belgium in the 1930s and is in the family of strong Belgian pale ales. The ABV usually ranges from 8% to 10%. They are generally gold in color with a nice big head. The taste is generally sweet which comes from the malts and high alcohol content.  The aroma is usually spicy, sweet and fruity from the Belgian yeast. You […]

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512 Brewing Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter

A Story about 512 Brewing Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter

By Irina Plakas / March 12, 2013 / 2 Comments

A Story about 512 Brewing Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter April 2012 was the first time Rich and I came to visit an old high school friend in Austin. Our first night out in Austin we asked him to drop us off downtown. We decided to go craft beer bar hopping (until he could join us later).  Our first stop was the Ginger Man on Lavaca St. Of course I wanted to have something […]

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My First Homebrew

By Rich Plakas / March 6, 2013 / 2 Comments

A few years ago a friend of mine(not into craft beer) gifted me a Mr. Beer kit for Christmas. At the time I didn’t cook( I can burn water) so it just sat in a closet. When we moved to Austin, I decided to take the kit with us with the intention of attempting my first home brew. Fast forward a few months when I decided it was time! OF course at this point the Mr Beer  ingredients […]

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Tap List Update @ Whole Foods, Bee Caves Austin

By Irina Plakas / March 5, 2013 / 0 Comments

Here is today’s updated Craft Beer List at the Buzz Bar in Whole Foods, Bee Caves. I had the Primus by Live Oak Brewing which was very nice at 8% ABV.         The bartender Seth was very pleasant and knowledgeable as always in craft beers. Seth said that the Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter by 512 Brewing Company will be available very soon within a day or so (can’t wait to get […]

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New to the Craft Beer Community

By Feature Blogger / February 26, 2013 / 1 Comment

If you are new to craft beer, one thing you’ll notice right away is the sense of community. For those of us who grew up with the corporate beer culture, you know hot babes, beer bongs, 6er of the good stuff (which was new castle or heineken) and a case of the nasties.  Those days of drinking until you can’t feel your limbs or waking up in a neighbors lawn or getting thrown out of […]

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Day 3 of Firestone Walker Austin Release Events

By Rich Plakas / February 21, 2013 / 0 Comments

Still plenty of Firestone Walker Release Events today including two tastings: Firestone Walker Tasting – 02/21/2013 at 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm @ Spec’s #61Brodie Firestone Walker Tasting – 02/21/2013 at 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm @ Whole Foods HQ Firestone Walker Release – 02/21/2013 at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm @ The Barber Shop Firestone Walker Release – 02/21/2013 at 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm @ Red’s Porch Firestone Walker Release – 02/21/2013 at 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm […]

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Don’t Judge a Beer by its Color

By Feature Blogger / February 21, 2013 / 0 Comments

One of the first things I noticed when started to drink real beer instead of sports advertised, super cold, tasteless, trouble fuel that so many of us grew up on, was the color. There’s a natural tendency to make assumptions about what the taste, and alcohol content is of a darker beer. I am here to tell you, this is utter hogwash. Corporate Beer, which you been drinking for years has trained you to believe […]

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Craft Pride Austin Craft Beer

Craft Pride Grand Opening February 28!!

By Rich Plakas / February 15, 2013 / 0 Comments

With 54 Texas Beers on Tap, ‘Craft Pride’ Provides Local Brews & Unique Pours From half pints to beer flights, one-of-a-kind craft-only beer bar opens on Rainey St on Feb 28th Austin, TX (February 15, 2013) – Rainey Street’s newest resident Craft Pride announced today they will open their doors on Thursday, February 28th. In line with Austin’s community consciousness and support of local businesses, the bar features only the highest quality craft beer from […]

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Austin Brewery Tours & Tastings are in Full Swing!

By Rich Plakas / February 2, 2013 / 0 Comments

Weekends offer lots of choices for Craft Beer enthusiasts in and around Austin when it comes to Brewery Tours & Tastings! This Saturday February 2 we have 5 Brewery Tour & Tastings going on! Thirsty Planet Brewing* Sat 11am – 3pm Hops & Grain* Sat 12 – 4pm (also does  Friday 2-6pm so you can start your weekend early!) Jester King Brewery* Sat 1 – 4pm Rogness Brewing*** Sat 1 -4pm Independence Brewing** Sat 1-3pm […]

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Tap List at @WholeFoodsATX Bee Cave

By Rich Plakas / October 8, 2012 / 0 Comments

I stopped in today and had a @THIRSTY_PLANET Jittery Monk…liked it so much I picked up a growler!! Thirsty Planet(ATX) Jittery Monk – Coffee Dubbel 8%ABV 512 Brewing(ATX) Pecan Porter 6.8%ABV Deep Ellum(Dallas) IPA 7%ABV Great Divide(Colorado) Wolfgang Doppelbock 8%ABV Dogfish Head (Delaware) Punkin 7%ABV Great Divide(Colorado) Hercules Double IPA 10%ABV Thirsty Planet(ATX) Amber 5.6%ABV Saison Dupont Belgian Farmhouse 6.5%ABV  

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512 Brewing Craft Beer Austin

512 Brewery Tours Start Nov 10

By Rich Plakas / October 5, 2012 / 0 Comments

512 Brewery Tours Start Nov 10 Click here to reserve your spot  

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Win 2 Tickets to Flying Saucer’s BeerFeast Taking Place This Saturday Sept 29 1-7pm

By Rich Plakas / September 27, 2012 / 0 Comments

You need to be following us @CraftBeerATX, @FlyingSaucerAUS & you need to tweet the following: Follow @CraftBeerATX & @FlyingSaucerAUS to win 2 Tix to #BeerFeast taking place Saturday Sept 29 1-7p! #CraftBeer #ATX   We will randomly pick a winner Friday night(9.28) at 11pm Details on BeerFeast here:   When: Back to Calendar September 29, 2012 @ 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm Where: Flying Saucer 4800 Guadalupe St San Marcos,TX 78666 USA Report a map error View Full-Size Map […]

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