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Beer with Gin | A Look at the History of Texas Beer Laws

By Feature Writer Gin Benevidez Y’all, every state has messed up laws when it comes to beer, and Texas is no exception. Our “S” is “effed” as the kids say. I think they say that. I know they love to use single letters as entire words, so that’s probably something they say. Either way, the point is Texas beer laws are wack. For example, did you know that you still can’t buy kegs from some …

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Beer with Gin | The History of Oktoberfest

By Feature Writer Gin Benevidez Once upon a time, somebody gleefully asked me if I could explain how Texans do Oktoberfest differently from the beer’s homeland, Germany. I took a long pause and a deep breath. I looked that person in their beautiful and innocent eyes, knowing that they weren’t ready for the havoc their question was about to wreak, but that they would have to suffer through it anyway. I touched their hand gently …

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Beer with Gin | The History of Taprooms

The History of Taprooms By Feature Writer Gin Benevidez I know it’s been a while since my last article. Maybe it’s just me, but the thought of writing cheery pieces on beer history that are mostly just excuses to make terrible puns hasn’t been all too appealing during a time when so many of our local breweries are struggling. It seems like it’s almost a daily occurrence that TABC throws a new curveball their way. …

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Being a Beer Enthusiast Can be Hard Work

Feature written by Brian Trivitt What typically comes to your mind when you are shopping for beer? Or, how about before you crack open a cold one after work? Are analysis and looking back over past notes two things that came to mind? Probably not. Believe it or not, being a beer connoisseur is actually quite challenging, especially when you have a very analytical personality. Before I get into what I analyze while sipping a …

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Beer with Gin | The History Behind Lagers

By Feature Writer Gin Benevidez Lager? I hardly know her! I agree with you that this is probably the worst way to open an article, but it was the first thing that popped into my head when I tried to figure out a succinct way to convey the point that, as much as beer drinkers love lagers, there’s quite a bit of mystery and misunderstanding surrounding the beer. Plus, the alternative jokes I thought up …

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Fresh Lager

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a fresh lager from one of your favorite breweries. Feature written by Brian Trivitt One of the best things about being a beer writer is that most of the topics you write about are for the most part, positive, upbeat, and entertaining, especially if you are a beer lover. Even with my business like writing style that tends to be geared towards thoroughly analyzing a wide range of topics, generally …

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We Have a New Look! Interview with 50 Foot Websites & Branding

We have a new look thanks to our good friends over at 50 Foot Websites & Branding. I caught up with co-founder Martha Dixon to learn more about their business. What’s behind the name 50 Foot Websites & Branding? Martha is a big woman! Martha chose the name based off the poster for the 1950’s movie “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman”, our name is actually a nod to the original poster designer William Reynold …

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Beer with Gin | The History of St. Patrick’s Day

Read First | Austin Area Brewery COVID-19 Updates Welcome to our new series “Beer with Gin” where we hear from local beer expert Virginia (Gin) Benavidez, co-founder of The Beer Museum (and most recently the hostess with the most-est at the Austin Beer Guide Best of 2019 Party) to discuss the origin of St. Patrick’s Day. Guest post written by Gin: If you’re like me, then you probably celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by drinking way too …

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The Wild World of Non-Alcoholic Beer

Feature post by Brian Trivitt As I write this, we are well into February. In an effort to be healthier, I made the decision to eliminate alcohol from my diet for the first couple of weeks after the new year. Notice, I didn’t say completely “alcohol free,” as despite what some people think, is virtually impossible, considering everything from rye bread to ripe fruit has a tiny bit of alcohol. I will delve into the …

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Beer with Gin | Farmhouse Ales

Beer with Gin | Farmhouse Ales Welcome to our new series “Beer with Gin” where we hear from local beer expert Virginia (Gin) Benavidez, co-founder of The Beer Museum (and most recently the hostess with the most-est at the Austin Beer Guide Best of 2019 Party) to discuss the origin of the Farmhouse Ales. Learn more on 2/27 during WhichCraft & Beer Museum Style Night – Local Farmhouse Ales Guest post written by Gin: Could understanding …

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Are Craft Beer Seasonals Released Too Early?

Are Craft Beer Seasonals Released Too Early? Guest post by Brian Trivitt Way back in October of 2011 (holy cow does time fly), I wrote my first entry on my personal blog titled “Craft Seasonal Releases are too Early.” Back then, craft beer was still growing double digits year over year, and seasonal releases were still in their early (no pun intended) phase of being released earlier than their appropriate season. Since then, craft beers’ …

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Beer with Gin | Winter Warmer

Photo courtesy of the Beer Museum Beer with Gin | Winter Warmer Welcome to our new series “Beer with Gin” where we hear from local beer expert Virginia (Gin) Benavidez, co-founder of The Beer Museum (and most recently the hostess with the most-est at the Austin Beer Guide Best of 2019 Party) to discuss the origin of the Winter Warmer. Guest post written by Gin: Winter warmers are a bit odd because, as a beer …

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