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FROM THE EDITORS

Contents

It’s after 1am and I’m listening to Christmas tunes play in my headphones, nursing a solid buzz, and frantically wrapping up my last few articles for this, our eighth guide. Eight is such a small number, but in the context of guide life, it’s an eternity. We’re grandpas guide-wise. What was initially conceived as a fun hobby and exercise in print media with perks has now turned into what is essentially a part time job (on top of our full time jobs; yeah, we’re still amateur). Sorry, this is my second draft and I’m not going to go back into the “woe is me” bit about how much work we put into this. Fuck it. We love it. If we quit this one, we’d start another one. We can’t not guide Austin to beer. Yeah it’s a sacrifice, but we love it—and we get so much free beer from this we wash our cars in it. It’s counter productive, but we can’t help it. So, now that I got that out of my system, I want to tell you how great this issue is. Beer Jacket is the seasonal style. How awesome is that? So awesome. This may be my favorite Brewer’s Brain. Ogershok is a monster among men. GABF was fun, and so was trying to recall it two months later. And of course, what we’ve all been waiting for: the results of the 2012 Readers’ Poll. Not many surprises, but it was a good representation of the state of the Austin beer scene. And we had a good time, albeit a few arguments and some compromises, putting together the Editors’ picks for 2012. Perhaps you’ll disagree now, but come late 2013 you’ll be singing a different tune. Probably a Christmas tune. We’ve lost two breweries since last issue, but we’ve added one. Lovejoy’s, we’ll miss you. Uncle Billy’s on the Lake, we barely knew you. Pinthouse, we expect great things of you. So read on, come to the release parties, share with friends, and keep on drinking fresh crafted beer made locally in and around Austin. –CT Chris Troutman Aaron Chamberlain Josh Spradling Shawn Phillips

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NEWS & BREWMORS ........................................ 02

SEASON’S DRINKING .......................................06

OVER A PINT .......................................10 BREWER’S BRAIN .......................................12

BEST OF 2012 .......................................15 GABF’D AGAIN .......................................22 BEER & LOATHING ............................................30

BREWERIES .......................................36 BREW PUBS .......................................60 BP: DAYTRIPPERS .......................................66

MAPS .......................................70 PODCAST .......................................76

BONUS STAFF PROOFREADERS ... Sofia, Sarah, and Kim


NEWS & BREWMORS

This is the News MAKE US FAMOUS It might seem weird for us to start off the news with an item about ourselves, but it’s necessary. We recently shot a “Booze a la Cart” video with Emma Janzen of the Liquid Austin blog of the Austin American Statesman. In this issue we make a number of references to Egg Dogs or Egg Dogging. These will only make sense if you’ve seen the video. So log onto your internet machine and watch now.

HALF THE UNCLE HE USED TO BE

many first thought, “What about Spencer?” Worry not, he has ended right side up with a brewing gig at Live Oak. Not bad.

JESTER KING TODDLER STATUS Jester King is two. They are walking and hopefully talking by now. They are into everything, but don’t worry the electrical plugs are blocked. They are celebrating their second year with an anniversary party and market on Saturday, January 26th from noon to 5pm. Check website (ours and theirs) as date gets closer.

Last issue we brought you news of the shake up at Uncle Billy’s—Brian Peters and Amos Lowe leaving to start up The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. and Michael Waters (from Independence) and Spencer Tielkemeier (From (512)Brewing) coming on to fill their shoes. Well, things got a little more shaky when word came out in midNovember that Uncle Billy’s was closing their Lake Travis location. Upon hearing this news,

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Brewmors

(brew·mor [broo-mer]: 1. a beer related story or statement in general circulation without confirmation or certainty as to facts. 2. brewing gossip; hearsay)

Nate Seale of (512) Brewing leaves brewing behind to follow the jam band Phish full time. Says Seale, “I’m going Phishing, bitches!”

Vacant Uncle Billy’s (Lake Travis) being eyed by currently nomadic Lovejoy’s. Oasis reportedly has “just a little trepidation” regarding possible new neighbors.

Group of Houston homebrewers scurry to get Texas Beerworks off the ground upon news Austin Beerworks has no immediate plans to expand distribution area.

Live Oak brewers start new rogue series called “Chafing Chip” in order to create one-off, ridiculous, rushed-to-market beers to meet demand of bored beer geeks.

Local farmers experience egg boom as craft beer bars and bottle shops across town scramble to keep up with the demand for new popular breakfast beer rage, Egg Dogging.

Following closure of two area brew pubs in 2012, investors grow weary that Austin’s craft beer boom is coming to an end and divert funds to ramen-based endeavors.


NEWS CONTINUED . . . TEX MEX WONDERLAND Twisted X Brewing Co. recently broke ground on their new Dripping Springs location. They plan to build a 7,000 square foot facility. Equipment is on track to begin arriving in January.

Top 5 Trends in Craft Beer for 2013 2012 is almost gone. Time to start predicting “what’s next?!” in craft beer. All of these will be HOT next year, mark our words:

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(#Hfj^ggZah AUSTIN BEERWORKINGS Austin Beerworks will be producing a seasonal IPA series. With access to new hops, they decided to explore the possibilities of the IPA. Though Fire Eagle will remain untouched, SCREEE! They are planning to have these IPAs available on draft and in 4-packs of tallboys. They hope to have four different recipes in 2013, beginning in February.

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SEASON’S DRINKING

Winter Beer Jackets BRRR. IT’S COLD OUTSIDE (OR AT LEAST that’s what we’re projecting as we write this in 80 degree November days). And what goes better with cold weather than beer? BEER JACKETS! That’s right, beer jackets are the hottest wardrobe item this season and they can’t be acquired at JCPenney, Kohl’s, Macy’s, or even REI. They come from straight up high-mother-fucking-gravity beers. “What’s a beer jacket?” you ask. Well, we’re talking about that warm fuzzy feeling you experience  L]VibV`Zhndjg7ZZg?VX`" Zi]^\]\gVk^indg^beZg^Va heZX^VaVcY$dgY^[[ZgZci4 AMOS LOWE The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. (ABGB) I’m not into residual sweetness so I keep my imperials on the dryer side. MICHAEL GRAHAM Austin Beerworks Bourbon Barrel-Aged Sputnik Russian Impy Coffee Oatmeal Stout is special because of its long name. We just cost you an extra $.12 in printing fees. JEFF YOUNG Black Star Co-op We have the “Infinite Series” which is imperial beers aged on oak. For example, Epsilon (9.6%abv) is a peated Scotch ale aged in Balcone’s Brimstone whiskey barrels. That’s pretty special! JOSH HARE Hops & Grain We’ve brewed a few of them and what makes ours unique is a special process we call “vibraferm” where we employ a low frequency vibration to the fermentation tanks to

across your torso and upper extremities after downing your third Russian imperial stout, barelywine, imperial IPA, or amped up dunkelweise on a chilly winter evening. Although, not actually a sanctioned beer style, the “beer jacket” category applies to any malty beverage that delivers the appropriate amount of heat (read: alcohol) to sufficiently “warm” the consumer’s body, as would a jacket. Remember, please beer jacket responsibly. –Chris Troutman

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schwarzbier—one of a kind Tex Mex styled.

ERIK OGERSHOK Real Ale Brewing Co. We will have three strong beers out this winter, two of which are from the Brewer’s Cut series. The Black Quad is a dark Trappist inspired strong ale. The newest of the three is the Imperial Red Ale. It is a very hoppy strong ale with a firm malt background. Sisyphus is our barleywine. It is an American version of the style and incorporates rye malt in the recipe for complexity. I have to mention Phoenixx since it is actually our winter seasonal. It doesn’t fit neatly in a style category, but it is a dark, hoppy English style ale.

MICHAEL WATERS Uncle Billy’s Brew & Cue Attenuation. Save the syrup for the pancakes.

JAKE MADDUX Thirsty Planet Brewing Co. We brew several. Our regular Bucket Head IPA is a healthy 8.5% and the Double Buckethead came in at 14%. It’s just a massive dose of flavor and good times-inspiring alcohol! SHANE BORDEAU Twisted X Brewing Co. Señor Viejo is aged in Tequila barrels and is a lager—black

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ger more badass version. We want it to have repeat appeal, not freak show value.

JOSH HARE Hops & Grain Steel Reserve, no questions asked.

SHANE BORDEAU Twisted X Brewing Co. Rich. Smooth. Balanced alcohol hidden taste. Make it sneak up on you.

ERIK OGERSHOK Real Ale Brewing Co. Pliny, Pliny, Pliny. Oh and Old Rasputin . . . and Bigfoot.

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AMOS LOWE ABGB I like pairing a nice dry and bitter imperial IPA with wild caught Sockeye or Steelhead cooked rare or a nice dry Belgian style tripel with red snapper spiced up and cooked by Jesus. I enjoy contrast in my food pairings.

MICHAEL WATERS Uncle Billy’s Brew & Cue Pizza Port’s Poorman’s IPA.

JEFF YOUNG Black Star Co-op A warm bowl of shepherd’s pie! JOSH HARE Hops & Grain I recommend a couple of double cheeseburgers from P. Terry’s for the intestinal alcohol sponge effect and then go food free whilst imbibing. JOE MOHRFELD Pinthouse Pizza I prefer to pair my imperial beers to pair well with 3 more. ERIK OGERSHOK Real Ale Brewing Co. It depends on the beer and the goal. Do you want to compliment or contrast? Basically intense beers pair well with intense foods.  L]ViÉhndjg[Vkdg^iZXdb" bZgX^Va7ZZg?VX`Zi4 MICHAEL GRAHAM Austin Beerworks Bud Light Unobtanium.

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AMOS LOWE ABGB I believe the gravity is what makes the beer imperial and the additional malt required drives everything else hops, body, etc.

JEFF YOUNG Black Star Co-op I’m a light-weight, so it only takes 4 or 5 barleywines for me to don the beer jacket.

MICHAEL GRAHAM Austin Beerworks A regular beer becomes imperial when it is shipped to Russia to be consumed by the early 18th century Royal Family.

JOSH HARE Hops & Grain I’m of the belief that any beer above 10% ABV could serve as a “beer jacket.” If the brewer decided to add some organic, free range turbinado sugar and gluten free molasses, forget about it . . .

JOSH HARE Hops & Grain I think that ABV is the biggest determining factor for imperial styles but not sure there is an actual percentage where something becomes imperial. We’re working on a rum barrel aged imperial session beer right now . . . ERIK OGERSHOK Real Ale Brewing Co. The imperial designation is sign of increased starting gravity and hence ABV.

ERIK OGERSHOK Real Ale Brewing Co. I’m going against convention and I’ll say tripel because of it’s drinkability. Before you know it, the jacket is on. The amount will differ due to food uptake and tolerance, of course. SHANE BORDEAU Twisted X Brewing Co. 2 or 3 Señor Viejos and you’re set. MICHAEL WATERS Uncle Billy’s Brew & Cue A tripel, like UB’s Tres Hombres Tripel.


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OVER A PINT

Spencer Tielkemeier WE MET UP WITH SPENCER TIELKEMEIER AT BILLY’S ON BURNET THE OTHER NIGHT FOR A FEW BEERS AND TO TALK ABOUT HIS CAREER AND EXPERIENCES AS A YOUNG BREWER IN AUSTIN. IT’S GOOD, READ ON. ABG: What are you drinking? Spencer: It’s the Lost Gold IPA from Real Ale, yup always good. Never fails me. Solid. I’m drinking the Live Oak Primus, because it’s out. Oh yeah. Also a solid choice. Every year, it never fails. So Spencer, tell me how you got into brewing, your brewing background, what lead you to go into professional production brewing as a career. Well, I kind of came into it organically, as many Texas brewers especially do. My father was a homebrewer when I was in College. I went to UT, I was an English and French major. I started homebrewing with him and he kind of taught me how to do it. And as I did a few batches, I got more serious with it and began to really take an interest in it. I was unsure with where I wanted to head with my career, especially being an English and French major. I was kind of on a wandering path already. Yeah, there’s not a lot of must-have English and French degrees jobs. That’s right, exactly. I didn’t exactly know where I was going. And I had a big passion for it. I would read homebrew books in my French classes and really not pay attention. It really became a heavy distraction in my life towards the end of my college days. I would skip class sometimes and go hang out at Independence Brewing in south Austin and they were welcoming to, sort of, “would-bes” such as myself, and they allowed me to work on their bottling line just for beer, and to hang out and soak it all in. It was really kind of them. After I graduated in December of 2009, I was fortunate enough to be able to get a job with (512). I had just enough experience- I think Kevin’s [Brand] ears perked up when he heard I had keg washing experience. I got in at a very good time with (512). I was able to move into

production fairly quick because of the pace at which they were growing. Nate [Seale] needed help in the brewery. He was doing it all by himself at that point. I learned a lot at (512). I owe most of what I know to those guys and I definitely have a lot of respect for them as a brewery and just as people in general. I was there for almost about two and a half years and brewed for about a year and a half of it. It was an incredibly good experience. I love that crew and I love their beers . . . and I, I uh . . . I’m going to print that you’re crying about it right now. Yeah, I’m in tears as I say this. I have a picture of Kevin in my wallet. He’s just stroking the face on it. [Chuckles!] They’re great people, all of them and they’re still doing well. So that’s more or less of how I got into the industry. So then, this fall, you moved from (512) over to Uncle Billy’s on the Lake. August 2012 I transitioned to Uncle Billy’s on the Lake. I took a job over there. It was an opportunity that presented itself and I would hang out with Amos [Lowe] and Brian [Peters] quite often. I always admired


those guys a lot. And we always had a good rapport. I would talk with them a lot, even when I was a delivery driver about lagers, because I like lagers and those guys are big lager-heads. We always had a good relationship, and it always appeared to be a dream job to me. To me it seemed the best of best worlds, because it was less work, smaller batches and also more creative freedom, and I always thought that pub life was the deal. And I told my wife, Haley, that if that job ever came up I’d apply for it. And so I did when it came open when Brian and Amos announced they were going to move forward on their own thing [Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co]. So it came open and I talked to Amos and Brian about the job and it was a good opportunity for me to be a little more autonomous and put some recipes out there on my own. I applied for the job and got it. Michael Waters took the Barton Springs job and I took the Lake job. It was a really great, if short run at running a pub brewing operation. It was really awesome. Like I said it was short, it ceased to exist. I think that’s common knowledge at this point. Well it’s not in the guide anymore, so . . . Not in the guide, so exactly, it’s ceased to exist at this point. So the entire time I was there, Brian was in his transition out phase. So he was on his way out while I was on my way in. But we never even got past that phase, so really it was me and Brian partnered up the whole time. So basically, if you chalk it up, I had a four month pub gig where I got to brew with Brian Peters, and that was great. Too good to be true. Yeah it really was. As it proved to be, it really was too good to be true. Any brewer in Texas, should strive to brew a couple batches with Brian if you get a chance, because he one of those mainstays in the industry. It was great working with those guys. I love all of those guys. They have very specific individual personalities and I know they’re going to do great at their new operation. The time at the Lake was great, the system is great, the people were great and we won a medalwhich was badass, obviously. It was awesome, it was thrilling as you might imagine. It was a great experience overall and in a different time and place maybe it would have continued, but that’s OK. You know, onward and upward. So what is next? What’s the next step in your brewing map? Now that the Lake has ceased operations, tomorrow [we both struggle to recall the date], December 5th, will be my first day as a brewer

at Live Oak in east Austin. The crew at Live Oak, Chris [Cherry] and Dusan [Kwiatkowski], reached out to me when they heard the Lake was ceasing its operations. It’s just a testament to their character, and the tight knit nature of the community. They reached out and said that if I needed a place to land, that I had one. Which is a very kind gesture. We talked, and they needed a brewer and I needed a place to brew. And I’m really excited about it because I’ve always admired Live Oak. I’ve always considered Live Oak to be the “brewers’ brewery,” because I think I speak for a lot of Texas brewers when I say, when they go out they drink Live Oak. I know we did at (512). It’s a good story. You ended up on your feet. Yeah, it’s a testament to the tight-knittedness— that’s not a word—and how the community is tight knit and they take care of each other. I almost consider my time over at Uncle Billy’s as a four month educational session where I got to brew with Brian. The community around here is really strong and it says a lot to me about the respect the people in the brewing community in Austin have for each other. There was no resume, and no “we need to see your GPA” or anything like that with Live Oak. It was “we understand where you came from and we respect you and we’d like to have you.” That’s the best way to get a job. Yeah, it was flattering and it’s a testament to the character of those guys over there. So I’m thrilled that they thought enough of me to offer me the job. And they make badass beer. I’m not unhappy about the idea of being able to drink Pilz everyday. Sounds pretty nice. And plus I get tons more eastside cred by working over there. I’m going to have to start wearing skinnier jeans and riding a fixed gear bike. Oh, well it’s a completely different culture than Oasis, TX. Yeah, I had my boat shoes on out at the Lake, but I’m going to have to get way more hip. I can’t grow facial hair so my ironic mustache will have to be on hold. But I’m happy to have a job. I feel very blessed to have a job. And we’re happy for you, too. Good to hear it worked out. Yeah, all’s well that ends well. Cheers!


BREWER’S BRAIN

From the Mind of Erik Ogershok THE BREWER’S BRAIN. WHAT A NAME for an article, for that could take you anywhere. Most brewers I know, myself included, are “Jacks” or “Jills” of all trades. We are the consummate multitaskers. The skill set varies from brewer to brewer as does the proportion of each “ingredient.” Artistry, engineering, mechanics, biology, chemistry, psychology, marketing, and sales are only some of these. Boil for 90 minutes, allow to ferment and mature (hopefully), and out comes the brewer’s brain. This variety is one of the main reasons that I chose this line of work seventeen years ago. The added bonus was the opportunity to work in an industry that is commonly perceived to be 95% asshole free. This brewer’s brain has lately been obsessing over the current brewing climate. I feel very fortunate to have been able to make a career of brewing. There was no certainty to that outcome back in 1995. To be honest, while the chances are better now, there is still no certainty. I don’t want to break up the pep rally, but there is no guarantee that we will not be drowned by the river of “liquid gold.” I have been speaking with many of my peers lately from across the US and we “veterans” are just as excited as everyone to see this boom in craft beer. It is what we had all hoped for, but we are concerned. We can’t help but think that this has happened before and it will happen again. This is the second boom that we have witnessed. When the dust settled after the first, we learned that it only ended well for those prepared to navigate treacherous waters. When I hear people throwing around terms like “recession proof,” I don’t think their mind is in the right place. If that is your main reason for getting

into brewing, try opening a salon instead. People (not me!) are always going to need a haircut. Sound business practices are of course important, but brewing is first and foremost about beer. Marketing will only take you so far. The “if you brew it they will come” mentality can work if you are making something worth drinking. We have a responsibility as brewers to each do our part to keep this momentum going. Being vigilant to ensure that we release a quality product is paramount, especially in these times. All the hops and alcohol in the world are not going to cover up a poorly crafted beer. That “experiment” that you are considering releasing might be better suited for the drain than the market. Respect the brewer’s art and those who practice it. Our reputations are on the line. We only get a few chances. Don’t forget to respect the consumer. Thankfully we have craft beer fans in Texas that are proud to willingly indulge our creativity. Let’s do


our best to not disappoint them. Resting on our laurels is the fastest way to ďŹ nd ourselves back at our old jobs. Sure GABF medals are awesome (shameless plug!), but they should not be the reason to brew. Every good brewer I have known feels compelled to do it. It is an all consuming passion. I am not writing this to call anyone in particular out, but as a public reminder to myself and the rest of us fortunate enough to be employed as brewers of the job we signed up for. Constantly striving for quality and seeking to innovate are the hallmarks of the longest standing American craft brewers. If we want to be viewed as a world class beer state, then let us put forth the necessary effort to produce world class beers. All of us who brew craft beer in Texas are in the same boat. Now grab an oar and start rowing. Hopefully we’ll do it in the same direction.

Erik Ogershok is Brewmaster and Woodmaster General at Real Ale Brewing Co.


WE LOVE THE BEST OF POLL. IT’S GREAT FOR OUR WEB TRAFFIC, GETS brewers talking about us online, and strokes our ego when we walk in anywhere proudly displaying those dollar store framed certificates. Beyond that it gives us editors the chance to “thoughtfully” hash, rehash, and re-rehash our favorites over the past year and you, our dear readers, an opportunity to shower your local breweries, bars and personalities with adoration. The poll is also a peek into what’s trending in Austin from the people actually buying, Instagramming and Untappd-ing local beer. So what was H-O-T in 2012? The newer guys. The crop of new breweries that came onto the scene in late 2010 and 2011 have found a place in your beer-loving hearts. With only a little time and experience under their belts, both the readers and ABG editors have determined that these guys aren’t just getting by on hype alone. Even the force that is Draught House saw some strong competition from the newest beer bars. This year’s winners are making a name for themselves with solid yearround beers, sought after seasonals, and creative small batches. Throw in how friendly, approachable, and visible they are and you can see why they rose to the top. And while it’s great to see the new guard staking their claim, it was ever-so-slightly disconcerting to see the absence of the more established breweries. But fear not, beers like Scott’s Gone Wild (Real Ale), (512) Pecan Porter, and Stash IPA (Independence) all saw lots of love. Even I tried (unsuccessfully) to make my case for Live Oak Hefeweizen as the best overall beer. So thanks to everyone who indulged us by voting once in this year’s poll. Remember, when brewers say they don’t brew to win medals, it’s true. They brew to win this. –Josh Spradling Illustration by John Rubio

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Editors’ Choice

BREWERY OF THE YEAR

HOPS AND GRAIN BREWERY In only their second year, Hops and Grain really blew us away in 2012. With the arrival of the Pale Dog and Alt cans on shelves across town in early spring, followed by a ceaseless onslaught of killer Green House offerings, the exciting Volumes of Oak series, several fun collaborations, great events both in and outside the brewery, and Alt winning gold at the 2012 World Beer Cup, this pick was almost a no-brainer. They also scored big bonus points for their two-day a week access to the tasting room and Josh Hare’s indomitably positive attitude and support of all things authentic, sustainable, craft, and local. After we realized Hops & Grain were landing at or near the top of nearly every editors’ pick category, Mr. Hare and co., easily clenched the Best Brewery of 2012 title. Readers’ Choice: AUSTIN BEERWORKS

Editors’ Choice

BEST BREW PUB

BLACK STAR CO-OP We’ve always been fans of the cooperative brew pub on North Lamar, but as 2012 played out, we began to realize more and more that we were ending up at Black Star Co-op, whether it be for a well crafted meal and drink or to seek out the latest house beer releases or cask tappings. And as the dining area and patio began to come into their own, we found ourselves getting more comfortable in the space and returning on a regular basis. Jeff Young’s house beer program really began to mature this year with interesting variations and versions of several of their popular staple beers, educational events, and lots of homebrewer involvement. Add in a well thought out national and local selection on the guest tap wall and it makes for the complete package. Readers’ Choice: DRAUGHT HOUSE


Editors’ Choice

BEST NEW BREWERY/BREW PUB

PINTHOUSE PIZZA This was a tough one. Between five new breweries/brew pubs in 2012, all bringing something exciting and unique to our beer town, it really came down to evaluating everyone on the beer alone. Without exception, everything Pinthouse brewer Joe Mohrfeld has put on their brand new tap wall has been delicious, solid, and especially tasty. Sure, they’re pretty new, still rolling on some of that “new car smell” hype, possibly untested and maybe an irresponsible pick for Best New Brewery/Brew Pub, but that’s how we roll; and what can we say, Joe’s beers won our hearts. Please don’t break them in 2013. Readers’ Choice: PINTHOUSE PIZZA

Editors’ Choice

BEST OVERALL BEER

EINHORN

No, that’s not a typo. Einhorn, Austin Beerworks’ American style Berliner Weisse, is our pick for best beer of 2012. The logic is simple: we fucking craved it. We consumed more of this beer in the short period it was out than ANY other beer all year. It was the perfect first beer, last beer, session beer, binge beer, etc. We found it accessible enough to get it often, but rare enough to keep us hunting. Debuting at our summer release party wasn’t a factor in the decision, but it sure didn’t hurt. And as a bonus, it’ll be in cans next year. Long live the Einhorn. We yearn for you year-round. Readers’ Choice: AUSTIN BEERWORKS PEARL SNAP

Editors’ Choice

BEST NEW BEER

DAS ÜBERKIND Although not super accessible in 2012, what little we had of Das Überkind really made an impression on our collective palates. Like it’s younger sibling, Das Wunderkind, Überkind delivers a dynamic array of yeast and bacteria derived flavors in a well balanced and bodied beer. Jester King released some excellent beers from their wild yeast barrel program this year, and in our opinion, this one could easily be their signature creation of the series. We’re looking forward to drinking it more in 2013. Readers’ Choice: AUSTIN BEERWORKS EINHORN

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Editors’ Choice

BEST ADVOCATE/PERSONALITY

JAKE MADDUX, THIRSTY PLANET BREWING CO. After a run-in with Jake you walk away with three impressions: guy’s got a firm handshake, looks you straight in the eye, and is fucking passionate about what he does. And what he does is beer evangelism. And he does it well—well enough to be our 2012 best advocate/personality. Three times out of four he’ll buy you a beer (most likely a Buckethead, one of his favorite Thirsty Planet beers to brew), and if not he’ll get you the next time. He comes out in spades for Austin craft beer events and is a venerable event unto himself at the Thirsty Planet Saturday tours. Find this guy, shake his hand, look him in the eyes, and buy HIM a beer. Readers’ Choice: JOSH HARE, HOPS AND GRAIN BREWERY Editors’ Choice

BEST TOUR/TASTING

JESTER KING CRAFT BREWERY

Hill Country views, farmhouse pizzas, eclectic live music, untouchable guest beers, beards sporting beards, and often times the only place to find their latest releases are just a few of the reasons Jester King’s Saturday tasting room and brewery tour got our best of 2012 vote. The convenient drive southwest on a Saturday turns this tasting room/tour day into an event worth Instagramming. With such a pleasant atmosphere, this is a place that’s appealing to non-beer geek folk as well, like motherin-laws, babies, and other jerks that are most likely not reading this and thus not offended that we call them jerks. Readers’ Choice: JESTER KING CRAFT BREWERY


Editors’ Choice

BEST BEER EVENT

TEXAS CRAFT BREWERS FESTIVAL Ok, let’s get it out of the way: We were an official media sponsor of this event. So yeah, our perspective is a little slanted. But the fact that you, our dear readers, agreed with us only substantiates the pick. Everything great about TCBF last year was back, but more. Besides an outstanding showing of new, rare, debuting, and onetime-only beers from the local scene, this event drew beers from the other exciting and growing craft brewers in Houston, DFW, and beyond that we rarely see fresh on tap in Austin. And it only makes it easier to love and support the TCBF knowing that it’s run, supported by, and benefits the Texas Craft Brewers’ Guild, and not just some shit head car show organizers from out of town looking to score some cash by highjacking Austin’s name. Readers’ Choice: TEXAS CRAFT BREWERS FESTIVAL Editors’ Choice

BEST BEER BAR

DRAUGHT HOUSE PUB AND BREWERY Duh. Although, this year there were a few other heavy contenders. If 2010/11 was the year of new breweries, 2012 was the year bars rushed to bring more taps to pour all that new beer. With respect to these valiant efforts, Draught House still could not be touched in 2012. Instead of easily riding their reign for the past few years, they have actively been defending the empire with the addition of regular food trucks, continuing the popular Antonelli’s Cheese pairing nights, sporting a strong Austin Beer Week schedule, and emphasizing the debut of many a local and national new beer. Plus, Josh Wilson’s saison run this fall was pretty special, something that understandably, though regrettably, gets lost on a sea of 70+ taps. Readers’ Choice: DRAUGHT HOUSE Editors’ Choice

BEST BOTTLE SHOP

SUNRISE MINI-MART ON ANDERSON From our editorial meeting notes, “Sam is the tits.” Some of us have been buying beer at the Sunrise MiniMart on Anderson since 2006 and witnessed their rise from conveniently located c-store (see what I did there?) to the leading north Austin bottle shop. Sunrise spread the love between stocking lots of local beers and acquiring all the national big hitter releases that make it to Texas. Go more than three times and Sam will remember your name AND your favorite beer style and sooner than later start throwing recommendations at you the second you step across that humble c-store threshold. God bless the small business owner. And being next door to an East Side Pies and blocks from BYOB Pinballz doesn’t hurt. Readers’ Choice: WHIP IN &.


Best of the Rest BEST WIZARD BEARD Michael Waters, Uncle Billy’s CLASSIEST AUTOMOBILES STORED AT THEIR BREWERY Thirsty Planet BREWERY MOST LIKELY TO HANG OUT UNDER THE BLEACHERS IN HIGH SCHOOL Real Ale Brewing STOPS KEEPING TIME AFTER 4:20 Whip In TREATS THEIR MAILMAN THE BEST Live Oak Brewing BEST BARTENDER TO HAVE ON YOUR SIDE Constanze, Draught House MOST LIKELY TO COMBINE RUNNING AND BEER EVENTS Hops & Grain EDGIEST BREWER Jeff Young, Black Star Co-op BEST GALAGA MACHINE Billy’s on Burnet BEERIEST TATTOO Nate Seale, (512) Brewing MOST LIKELY TO RETURN AS A BJ’S BREWHOUSE Uncle Billy’s, Lake Travis

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GREATEST LOSS Lovejoy’s Taproom

BEST USE OF ICE C. Hunts

BEST HUGS Amos Lowe, Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.

BEST “WURST“ DECISION Free Bangers’ logo tattoo

BEST SMILE Brian “Swifty” Peters, Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.

LEAST LIKELY TO FINALLY PACKAGE (512) Brewing

BEST “DAY TRIPPER” BREW PUB Double Horn BREWERY MOST LIKELY TO SELL YOU THE SAME $14 BEER THREE TIMES WITH THREE DIFFERENT LABELS Jester King MOST DISAPPOINTING PLACE TO GET A HAIRCUT Barber Shop (Dripping Springs)

BEST LOCAL BEER SELECTION Easy Tiger. Oh wait, never mind. BEST PLACE TO GET A BEER AT THE TRIANGLE Galaxy Cafe READERS’ POLL SPOILERS 99.91.5.217 67.79.10.98 BEST BARTENDER Roon, Draught House

WORST PARTY GABF Judges’ Leftover Beer Party

MOTS LIKELY TOO PONT OUT AN ABG TYPO/ERROR Jon Airhart

NICEST BLOGGER Matt Abendschein, You Stay Hoppy Austin

OWNS “GASTROPUB” WITHOUT SHAME Bay Anthon, Hopfields

WORST BEER EVENT Austin Beer Fest

BEST REPLACEMENT FOR THE PARLOR ON NORTH LOOP Workhorse

MOST GEOMETRIC BREWERY Circle Brewing HOMEBREWERS’ GONE WILD Rogness MOST LIKELY TO HAVE (512) WHISKEY BARREL DOUBLE PECAN PORTER AND DJ MEL ON A MONDAY NIGHT Nasty’s

BEST BLOG FOR CATCHING RUSSIAN MALWARE BeerTownAustin BEST USE OF PERIODS tie: Drink.Well. & in.gredients BEST MUSIC AT A BEER EVENT DJ JBL, Draught House Anniversary Party


GABF’d AGAIN by AARON CHAMBERLAIN

WE HAD ONE GOAL GOING INTO THIS YEAR’S GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL (GABF) trip. Have a better time than last year. Do it better, basically. Don’t get me wrong, we had a blast last year, but we wore ourselves out by Saturday. Our first idea this year was to get the hell out of Denver the second we landed. Read more on that in Beer and Loathing (p. 30). Denver is great, but burnoutability is high in the Mile High City. Our day and half in Fort Collins and Boulder was a wise choice. Crowds were sparse and good beer was flowing everywhere you looked. Did you read our GABF story last year? Chris gave you a good idea about the actual GABF sessions. Lots of beer. It was pretty much the same thing this year. It is probably a good idea to make some sort of plan before entering the exhibit hall, like what breweries you want to hit or styles you want to stick to. We always talk about doing that, but hardly ever stick to the plan. There are a lot of distractions inside. So what do I write about? Luckily, every year the Brewer’s Association gives media types story ideas. Usually they are pretty lame. But let’s give a few a shot: HOMEBREWING Let’s skip this one, shall we? We just did a feature on homebrewers last issue. If you missed it, check the website. It’s up there somewhere. Good luck. DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WINE AND BEER JUDGING Wine glasses are easier to break. Actually this is not true. The other day my three year old was drinking some OJ from one of my beer chalices or as he calls them “your fancy glass” as he was watching Fireman Sam. I was laying on the couch pretending to be awake. He knocked it over on the carpet and it burst into a billion pieces. Wine and Beer judging are the same. BITTER IS BEAUTIFUL Are they talking about ABG editors? We can save this for the “style issue.” And when I say style I mean fashion, not beer styles. Look for that in 2015. BEER FESTIVALS AS A MODERN WAY TO GATHER This is true. Another modern way to gather: Black Friday. Dumb idea. DOGS AND HOPS I think this was a reference to dogs becoming quite sick if they eat hops. Don’t let your dog eat hops. This story seems to involve science and a lot of research, therefore we are going to skip it. Well, that was a waste of time. The real story about GABF is pretty simple. Denver drowns in amazing beer for one week. You should try to make it, at least once in you beer drinking life.

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Texas GABF Medal Count *<DA9H Bottle Rocket, Uncle Billy’s-Lake Travis, Kellerbier or Zwickelbier Royal Scandal, Peticolas Brewing Co., Classic English-Style Pale Ale Shiner Bock, Spoetzl Brewery, American-Style Dark Lager Shiner Oktoberfest, Spoetzl Brewery, German-Style Märzen Shiner Bohemian Black Lager, Spoetzl Brewery, German-Style Schwarzbier

(H>AK:GH Hans’ Pils, Real Ale Brewing Co., German-Style Pilsener Firemans #4, Real Ale Brewing Co., Golden or Blonde Ale Iron Thistle, Rahr & Sons Brewing, Scotch Ale

&7GDCO: Uberbrau, Humperdinks Restaurant and Brewery, American-Style Amber Lager

UNCLE BILLY’S

REAL ALE BREWING CO.


BEER & LOATHING

GABF Daytrippin’ in Colorado by CHRIS TROUTMAN

BEING IN COLORADO FOR THE GREAT American Beer Festival, we decided to take advantage of the gross amount of fresh beer made within a ridiculous proximity (it’s like 3:5 breweries to people up there). That area is like America’s shaker pint but without all the pretentious blogger hate that actual shaker pints get these days. We spent our first evening in Fort Collins and did several of the same things we did in last year’s Beer and Loathing (remember that?), but with a nice stop at Choice City Butcher & Deli and the Tap and Handle, both must-do stops if you’re in the area. But we’ll start our story where we left off last year, leaving Fort Collins. With a hearty breakfast in our guts via Lucile’s Creole Cafe, we burnt rubber southwest to Oskar Blues’ Liquids & Solids in Longmont. There we met our guide for the day, Stuart West of the Zymurologist blog. Stuart’s an excellent homebrewer and level headed beer enthusiast, who’s always ready to write a letter (or blog post) of reprimand if he thinks you or your event failed to deliver as advertised or hyped. We enjoy hanging out with Stuart, because unlike several of these fly-by-night beer journalists (present company included), it takes something really

impressive to excite this guy. He’s been in the craft beer world for a while and has seen a lot, good and bad. So when Stuart takes you somewhere or tells you to try a beer, you can trust it’s pretty fucking impressive. Liquids and Solids is Oskar Blues’ restaurant pub and home of their giant Dale’s Pale Ale silo can. Nothing makes you ready for beer before noon like a 50 foot silo can. When we showed up they were only serving beer made within a 15 mile radius (including the Oskar Blues lineup). I had a tasty sampler from Longmont’s Left Hand Brewing and found the Java Lava to be the biggest hit amongst these guides and their guide. We had more Oskar Blues beers and turned the conversation to butt chugging (no correlation, of course), amusing the idea of using our massive influence to turn the craft beer frat crowd (you know who we’re talking about) onto the craze. We then decided it wasn’t extreme enough a punishment and possibly/ sadly, too plausible, so we came up with the latest craze for all those craft beer bandwagon idiots: Angel Dusting! To keep this magazine out of the NC-17 camp, I’ll spare you the details, but leave you with this . . . [if you’re reading this, I was outvoted by the rest of the editorial staff and this bit was cut. Find


me at a bar, buy me a beer, and I’ll fill finish the story] . . . and then we all go back to just fucking drinking beer out of cans, bottles and glasses (even shakers) like it’s supposed to be. We wrapped up our enlightened conversation and headed southwest to Boulder; specifically Upslope Brewing Co. Stuart spent a good 10 minutes on the phone trying to relay the importance of our visit to the tasting room attendant. “These are very important media types from Austin, Texas . . . They want to do a story on you . . . Is the brewer there? Tell him Stuart’s on the line . . . OK, we can be there in ten minutes . . . Austin Beer Guide . . . it’s a magazine, not a blog . . . yes, they’re credentialed media . . . OK, thanks.” Remember, if Stuart thinks it’s a big deal, it must be. We showed up just in time to shake the brewer’s hand and get a business card before he had to head to a real media appointment. His loss. But beers were still poured, and generously. Upslope served us more 4 ounce glass samples than they had taps. The server even shuffled kegs around so she could pour us even more. At the peak, there were possibly 128 ounces of beer in 32 taster glasses just for the five of us. It was so cray. And they were all very good. Most tasting rooms will have maybe two out of five, if not less, impressive beers. It’s safe to venture Upslope had a solid 88 ounces of 128 that were excellent with 44 of those ounces being most impressive. After all these very tasty beers we understood Stuart’s imperative tone earlier with the person on the other end of the phone. And thus we reward them with a positive write up in our credentialed magazine. We got so caught up in the whirlwind of good beer that before we left we bought enough of their Pumpkin Ale cans for each of us to drink them from then to Thanksgiving (I still have one). So with 128 ounces of 32 different beers sloshing around on top of Cajun breakfast in our tummies, we all decided it was a great idea to go to Avery. And so did every other GABF attendant arriving early on Thursday. Whatever, the more the merrier. Avery is located in an industrial warehouse park with limited parking, views, and seating. But you don’t go to Avery for any of those things, you go for the over 18% ABV aged beers. After shifting our way through the human mass to the bar we were greeted by an overworked, under enthused bartender with no patience or time for me to read the menu. Using my best judgement in light of the situation, I ordered a dozen eight ounce samples of various soured, barrel aged, and imperial beers across the menu I’d never or rarely seen before in Austin. Of course they handed these to me one at a time shouting the beer name at me once then leaving me with 12 tall glasses of nameless beers to take back to the table the rest of our party had secured. Four back and forth trips later (can you tell I didn’t love our time there?), we then spent the next hour sampling and pathetically attempting to ID each of these beers. It was fun but pointless. Then a table


of Sam Adams’ reps stopped by and delivered a 2006 Mephistopheles bottle. So if those other dozen 10% plus ABV beers weren’t enough, this did the trick. Luckily Josh was driving, and he missed most of this stop as he and Kevin were tracking down a Staples to print out and sign some documents for Kevin’s realtor. Oh yeah, he was buying a house this day. Back to the beers. We did our best, but could not finish those giant Avery beers in time and jumped back in the Chrysler 300 headed to the first session of GABF. Yeah, we rented a Chrysler 300. Pretty sure it was on loan from Jay Z. I think Aaron’s recapping our GABF fun (p. 22), so I’ll skip it sans this one short description: for every unique beer served in that hall, there’s a fart. Gross. Four hours later we dragged our asses out onto the cold streets of downtown Denver in search of a few simple immediate necessities: a place to sit down, something mindless to eat, water, and zero farts. Minus the fart clause, we found all these things at the “brew pub” chain, Rock Bottom. That name does not leave anything to the imagination. And as we choked down chipotle lime stuffed whatever, we each contemplated what decisions brought us to that lonely, sad place. No one talked. A kind of regret settled over our booth as we suffered through our food and service. But despite this gloom, we were rewarded with a glorious scene to perfectly define our GABF experience. So terrific was this simple act, that I doubt this impeccably perfect gesture could be respectfully recreated with mere words in print. I’ll try. A guy honked his girlfriend’s breasts from behind while walking to their table. Yeah, apparently witnessing that act of “affection” was exactly what we needed to get us out of Rock Bottom (both literally and figuratively). From there we took the bus up north (Jay Z’z 300 was in the hotel garage, and none of us were in the mind to drive it) to Falling Rock (never to be confused with Rock Bottom) for a quick pint and then on to the Beerliner where we closed out our long day in Colorado slinging guides and beers to the weary, worn, and loathing. Walking the streets of Denver back to our hotel, I imagined we possibly shared experiences with Kerouac and this column’s tribute, Hunter S. Thompson, in this gateway city to the west. But probably not. We were just some assholes from Texas on leave from our wives, babies, jobs, and reputations looking for a good time and some good beer and loathing on the eastern side of the Rockies.


BREWERIES

(512) Brewing Co. INFO

CURRENT SEASONAL

BREWER/FOUNDER . . . .Kevin Brand (Owner), Nate Seale (Brewer) ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Summer 2008 TOURS. . . . . . . . . . . Some Saturdays with RSVP URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.512brewing.com

YEAR ROUND BEERS

*&'7GJ>C STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Imperial Brown Ale ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.6% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . Roasty, nutty, slightly sweet FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . . Grilled sausages, fish

*&'>E6 STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American IPA ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hoppy, citrusy, solid FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . .Spicy thai, tex-mex, italian, ALL pizza, BBQ

*&'8VhXVWZa8gZVbHidji STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chile Stout ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Smooth, slight burn, FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . Refried beans, quesadillas, corn

*&'EZXVcEdgiZg STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Porter ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.8% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . .Full bodied, roasty, pecans FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . .Red meats, ice cream, chocolate

WE RECOMMEND Pecan Porter, Bruin, IPA *See full listing of available beers at www.austinbeerguide.com

*&'L^i STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wit or white beer ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.2% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft QUICK SIP. . .Light, semi-tart, hint of grapefruit FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . White pizza, light pastas, hummus, salads, seafood

Kevin Brand moved back to Austin from California in early 2008 to start the brewery and began brewing beer that summer. Brand’s initial lineup was the Wit, Pale, and IPA, but quickly added the Pecan Porter to the year round line up after the enormous reception it received as the first winter seasonal. Currently (512)’s beers are only available on draft but they have released a limited number of bottles of Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter (along with Wild Bear and THREE) in the past and sprinkled them around town. They just celebrated their four year anniversary with the release of FOUR, an English Strong Ale. We suggested a Quad in the last issue, but we guess they didn’t read that issue.


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BREWERIES

Adelbert’s Brewery INFO BREWER/FOUNDER . . . . . . . . . . . . Scott Hovey ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winter 2011/12 TOURS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fridays, 5-8pm URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.adelbertsbeer.com

YEAR ROUND BEERS GVbWaZg6aZ STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Belgian Style Blonde Ale ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.3% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle QUICK SIP. . . . . . . Bright, semi-spicy, drinkable FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . Chicken, cheese, grilled tilapia, rustic bread

9VcX^cÉBdc`h STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Belgian Style Dubbel Ale ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.2% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sweet, nutty, plum FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . . . Ribs, brie, brownies

WE RECOMMEND Scratchin’ Hippo, Tripel B

*See full listing of available beers at www.austinbeerguide.com

HXgViX]^cÉ=^eed STYLE . . . . . . . . . . Belgian Style Biere de Garde ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.8% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . Malty, earthy, semi-sweet FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . . . . Thai, steak, spicy Italian Ig^eZa7 STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Belgian Style Tripel Ale ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9.3% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cloudy, candy, fruity FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . Spinach salad, strawberries, lobster

In early 2010, Scott Hovey was ripe for a mid-life career change and when he looked for inspiration he found it in the eclectic and exciting life of his deceased older brother, Adelbert. Inspired by his brother’s willingness to chase his dreams, Scott decided to turn his homebrew hobby into a career. Always a fan of Belgian style ales, Scott was introduced to the complexities and flavor possibilities in bottle conditioned aged Belgian beers at the 2010 Craft Brewers Conference. He returned and set out to start Austin’s first all Belgian style bottle and keg conditioned brewery, aptly named after his older brother. Of the six beers to be released in 2012, each one is named after an experience or story that his brother Adelbert loved to tell.


BREWERIES

Austin Beerworks INFO BREWER/FOUNDER . . . . . . . . Adam DeBower, Michael Graham, Mike McGovern and Will Golden ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Summer 2011 TOURS. . . . . . . .Fridays, 5-8pm (RSVP required) URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.austinbeerworks.com

YEAR ROUND BEERS 7aVX`I]jcYZg<ZgbVcHX]lVgo STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Schwarzbier ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.2% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Cans QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Roasted, coffee, slightly hoppy, dry FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . S’mores, scones, beef jerkey ;^gZ:V\aZ6bZg^XVc>E6 STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American IPA ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.2% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Cans QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hoppy, piney FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . . . Thai, steak, spicy Italian EZVXZbV`Zg:migVEVaZ STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Extra Pale Ale ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.1% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Cans

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Drinkable, crisp FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . . Vegan hotdogs, pickles, Sidora’s homemade Chex mix EZVga"HcVe<ZgbVcE^ah STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . German Pilsner ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.3% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Cans QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Light, hoppy, crisp FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . .Sausage, breads, mustard, burgers

CURRENT SEASONAL Hejic^`Gjhh^Vc>beZg^Va8d[[ZZDVibZVaHidji STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Russian Imperial Stout IMBIBING OPTIONS . . .Draft/Specialty Growler QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Coffee, sticky, big FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . Cream, cigarettes, biscotti, morning paper

WE RECOMMEND Sputnik, Black Thunder

*See full listing of available beers at www.austinbeerguide.com

Austin Beerworks is a collection of four friends spanning from the East coast to Austin, united and “hell-bent on excellence” in beer making. The beerworkers, Michael, Will, Adam and Mike, have raised an impressive production brewery and cannery in the northwest sector of town since April 2011. With their regular lineup of four beers, including 2011 GABF silver medal winner Peacemaker Extra Pale, the four friends have come storming out of the gates and onto the Austin beer scene. The Austin Beerworks fellows aim to make super tasty, yet drinkable beers, perfect for our refined, but also often heat-parched Austin palates. Look for seasonal releases and a new IPA series to be released in 16 oz four-pack cans sometime in 2013.


BREWERIES

Circle Brewing Co. INFO BREWER/FOUNDER . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ben Sabel and Jud Mulherin ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winter 2010/11 TOURS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Quarterly open houses; check website URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.circlebrewing.com

YEAR ROUND BEERS 6a^W^7adcYZ STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Blonde Ale ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.3% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Crisp, FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL. . . . . . . . . Chicken masala, hummus, sushi

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Light hops, spicy, biscuity malt, crisp FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL. . . . . . . . . . .Grilled meats, chips and salsa, seafood C^\]ia^\]i9gn>g^h]Hidji STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Irish Dry Stout ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.7% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Roasty, dry, cocoa FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL. . . .Raw oysters, shepherd’s pie, stew

WE RECOMMEND Nightlight, Envy, Circle App

7ajgIZmVh=Z[Z STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hefeweizen ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.6% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . Bananas, light, gulpable FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . .Pizza, salad, crab legs :ckn6bWZg6aZ STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amber Ale ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.8% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft

Ben Sabel and Jud Mulherin were childhood friends in Tennessee. As youngsters they shared a dream to open a “shop.” Like many young friends, as they grew up, their lives took different paths, but they never lost touch. And they never forgot their dream. As adults they both loved beer, so it was inevitable that their dream would morph into becoming brewery owners. Circle Brewing appeared on the internet beer rumor mill in the second half of 2008. Fast forward two years, Ben and Jud were brewing their first batches of beer for Austin. Envy Amber and Blur Texas Hefe were their first beers to be released. They followed those with their Nightlight Dry Irish Stout. Circle brews their beer following the Reinheitsgebot, the German purity law from 1516. Their basic philosophy: to make beer “with only the best ingredients and NONE of the other stuff.” If you can find Smokin’ Beech on tap somewhere, get it while you can.


BREWERIES

Hops and Grain Brewery INFO BREWER/FOUNDER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Josh Hare ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winter 2011/12 TOURS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Friday 2-6pm Saturday 12-4pm URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.hopsandgrain.com

YEAR ROUND BEERS EVaZ9d\EVaZ6aZ STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . American Pale Ale ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.0% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Cans QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dry, hoppy, bitter FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL. . . . . . . . . . . . . .Fish tacos, salt and vinegar chips, gummy bears

KdajbZhd[DV`HZg^Zh STYLE . . . . . . . . . . Oak aged small batch series IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oak & booze 9ZaGdWaZHZg^Zh STYLE . . . . . . . . 100 % barrel fermented series IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Subtle

Note: Follow H&G on Twitter, Facebook, or their newsletter for the latest Greenhouse, Volumes of Oak, and Del Roble beers.

WE RECOMMEND Pale Dog, Greenhouse, Del Roble

6ai"ZgVi^dc6aZ STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Düsseldorf-style Altbier ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.2% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Cans QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Malty, nutty, moody FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL. . . . . . . . . . . Grilled fish, any kind of meat on a stick I]Z<gZZc]djhZHZg^Zh STYLE . . . . . . . Rotating series of small batches IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Taste the rainbow

Bringing his Colorado beer knowledge and inspiration to Austin, Josh Hare has opened one of Austin’s two East side breweries. With two year-round beers canned for easy use during your outdoor drinking endeavors, and a constantly rotating selection of Greenhouse beers, Hops & Grain has something for everyone. Recently, the ALT-eration took home gold at the 2012 World Beer Cup. The Greenhouse lineup has grown to include the popular “The One They Call Zoe,” a hoppy lager, a Baltic Porter, Belgian Porter, and the Volumes of Oak series of oak aged beers. They even collaborated on a beer with us called Night RYE-der. If that isn’t enough, Hops and Grain is an environmentally sustainable operation that uses up-cycled malted barley from brewing to make natural and wheat free dog treats called Brew Biscuits.


BREWERIES

Independence Brewing Co. INFO BREWER/FOUNDER. . . .Rob & Amy Cartwright ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Fall 2004 TOURS. . . . . . . . . . . First Saturday of the month URL . . . . . . . . .www.independencebrewing.com

YEAR ROUND BEERS 7ddiaZ\\Zg7gdlc6aZ STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . American Brown Ale ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Big roasty malt flavor, caramel, nutty FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . . Steak, roasted pork, Chinese takeout >cYZeZcYZcXZEVaZ6aZ STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . American Pale Ale ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.5% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . Piney, hoppy, light malt FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . Reubens, sausage and peppers HiVh]>E6 STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American IPA ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle

QUICK SIP. . . . . Very hoppy, balanced malt body FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . Greasy-fatty Mexican, pizza 8dck^Xi=^aaDVibZVaHidji STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oatmeal Stout ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.5% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cacao, licorice, roast FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . . . . . Ice cream, chocolate, toffee

CURRENT SEASONAL ?VheZg^aaV STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Old Ale ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9.3% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottles QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Big, boozy, dark fruits FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . .Wild game, rich cheeses, plums

WE RECOMMEND Convict Hill, Stash

*See full listing of available beers at www.austinbeerguide.com

Husband and wife Rob and Amy Cartwright started Independence Brewing Co. in South Austin in 2004, but were active members of the ATX brewing community long before. Rob began brewing at Austin’s Copper Tank (RIP) in 1994 and after meeting Amy decided to open the brewery. Prior to opening the brewery the couple embedded themselves in the Austin beer community by putting on the Texas Craft Brewers Festival in 2004 and 2005. Since opening, Independence has created a local niche for themselves by packaging the OU Suks bottles every fall for the UT vs. OU game, supplying the Alamo Drafthouse house beer from 2004-2009, and hosting the largest monthly beer gathering at their first Saturday tasting and tours. They have been releasing one-off beers in their Brewluminati series. For latest info on this series stay tuned here: www.independencebrewing.com/our-beers/brewluminat


BREWERIES

Jester King Craft Brewery INFO BREWER/FOUNDER . . . . . . . . Jeffrey Stuffings and Michael Steffing ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Fall 2010 TOURS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Most Saturdays, 1-4pm URL . . . . . . . . . . . . www.jesterkingbrewery.com

YEAR ROUND BEERS 7aVX`BZiVa STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . Farmhouse Imperial Stout ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Big roast, coffee, chocolate FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL. . .Cheesecake, roast beef and other bloody meats AZEZi^iEg^cXZ STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Farmhouse Table Beer ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.9% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Subtle hop spininess, yeast esters, wild flowers FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . Crackers and light cheeses, pears, grilled flaky white fish BVYBZ\ STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . .Provisional Farmhouse Ale ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9.6% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle

QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spicy, earthy, dry FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . Tomato salad, soft cheeses, sardines

CURRENT SEASONAL 9VhzWZg`^cY STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saison/Farmhouse Ale ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.5% IMBIBING OPTIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Draft/Bottle QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tart, earthy FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL. . . . . . . .Apples, roasted turkey

WE RECOMMEND Le Petit Prince, Das Überkind *See full listing of available beers at austinbeerguide.com

Ambitious from the start, the brothers made their commercial debut with a session beer, wearing the moniker Commercial Suicide. It was anything but. They have since transitioned this beer, along with their original lineup to farmhouse versions (Farmhouse Wytchmaker, Farmhouse Black Metal, etc.), brewed a second collaboration beer on the market with gypsy brewer, Mikkeller, called Beer Geek Rodeo / Whiskey Rodeo / Weasel Rodeo (you can still find these if you know the right places to look), and have most recently released a new round of their sour barrel aged creations (Buddha’s Brew, Funk Metal, Das Überkind, RU-55, and Ol’ Oi!). In mid-2012 they shifted their packaging efforts to focus mainly on bottles with just few naturally carbonated kegs and gravity casks available for bars. Their tasting room is open most Saturday afternoons at the brewery, and is most often the best place to find and grab their latest beers.


BREWERIES

Live Oak Brewing Co. INFO BREWER/FOUNDER . . . .Chip McElroy (owner, founder), Dusan Kwiatkowski (Brewer) ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1997 TOURS. . . . Saturdays at Noon (RSVP required) URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.liveoakbrewing.com

YEAR ROUND BEERS =Z[ZLZ^oZc STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hefeweizen ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.1% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bananas, cloves, hazy, super refreshing FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL. . .Blue cheese! E^ao STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Czech Pilsner ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.7% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hoppy, dry, refreshing FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . .Sausage, pizza, burgers, anything really

CURRENT SEASONAL Eg^bjh STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weizenbock ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ~8% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . Draft (Early Winter) QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bananas, booze, clove FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . . Coffee and scone on a cold night, by itself DaYIgZZ=j\\Zg STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American Barleywine ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.7% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hoppy, toffee, boozy FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . .Perfect by itself—it is food

WE RECOMMEND Primus! *See full listing of available beers at www.austinbeerguide.com

A^WZgVi^dc6aZ STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American IPA ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.3% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . Hoppy, great malt balance FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . Tobacco, foie gras or other duck dishes

Built by hand by Chip McElroy in a small (and now worn) building on the east side of town, Live Oak has been an Austin staple since 1997. They use an old-world style of brewing mostly practiced throughout Germany and the Czech Republic and use techniques such as open fermentation and secondary lagering on some of their styles to give their beers a very distinct Live Oak taste. This is best reflected in their Pilz and much beloved HefeWeizen.


BREWERIES

Real Ale Brewing Co. INFO BREWER/FOUNDER . . . . . . . . . . Philip & Diane Conner (Founders), Brad Farbstein (Owner), Tim Schwartz, Erik Ogershok (Head Brewers) ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1996 TOURS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Fridays 2-5pm URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.realalebrewing.com

YEAR ROUND BEERS 9Zk^aÉh7VX`WdcZ STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Belgian-Style Tripel ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.1% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sweet, boozey, honey FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . . . Tuna salad, grilled cheese, tomato soup Adhi<daY>E6 STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American IPA ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.6% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle QUICK SIP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Citrusy hops, strong malt background FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . . . Fried chicken, gorgonzola, gumbo (spicy or otherwise) G^d7aVcXdEVaZ6aZ STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . English Pale Ale ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.3%

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Light hops, spicy, biscuity malt, crisp FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . .Seafood grilled chicken, chips and salsa

CURRENT SEASONAL E]dZc^mm:H7 STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . .Double Extra Special Bitter ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.2% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle QUICK SIP . . . . . .Bitter, hoppy, toffee, caramel FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . . Sharp cheeses, beef, hearty stews H^hne]jh7VgaZnl^cZ6aZ STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .English Barleywine ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle QUICK SIP . . . . . .Coffee, slight roast, quaffable FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . . . . Rich cheeses, by itself

WE RECOMMEND Devil’s Backbone, Sisyphus, Phoenixx ESB *See full listing of available beers at www.austinbeerguide.com

One of the longer running breweries in central Texas, Real Ale has been in operation since 1996. The brewery originally operated out of a basement of an antique shop in Blanco (50 minutes outside Austin). In 1998, current owner Brad Farbstein took over. Maxed out at 5,500 barrels a year, Real Ale moved just outside the downtown area in 2006 to a new facility that allowed them to produce 10-12 times that amount. In 2009 they started bottling their seasonal beers. In 2010, they began turning out a series of experimental Mysterium Verum (Real Mystery) beers, including seasonals aged in oak barrels or entirely new brews. Currently, they are rolling out their new Brewers’ Cut small batch series with a Signature Hop Pale Ale, Black Quad, and a Dry Hopped Porter and Imperial Red to come next. Seek them out.


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BREWERIES

Rogness Brewing Co. INFO FOUNDERS . . . . . . Forrest and Diane Rogness ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring 2012 TOURS. . . Most Saturdays, 1pm (RSVP required) URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.rognessbrewing.com

RECENT RELEASES 7ZVgYn<jVgY STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Biere de Garde ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.2% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Slight spice, earthy, FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . . . .HEB rotisserie chicken (you know, the kind you get at HEB when you are too lazy to cook) Dhi STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Porter IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Smooth, cocoa, malty FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . . Veggie burger, fried anything

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle QUICK SIP . . . . . . . . . . . . . Smoky, sweet, toffee FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . Smoked gouda, pork chop, brisket Nd\^ STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spiced Amber ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.2% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle QUICK SIP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chai-like FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . . Indian curry, cinnamon rolls, sunrises =da^YVn6aZ STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winter Ale ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9.6% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . .Draft/Bottle (Limited)

WE RECOMMEND Ost, Rook, Rattler

GViiaZg STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pale Ale ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.5% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft QUICK SIP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Citrusy hops, malty FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . .Ramen, pad see ew Gdd` STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scotch Ale ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7% Founders Forrest and Diane Rogness, along with Dave Ebel, Dave Heath, and Dan Wheeler, have been pumping out beers in Pflugerville ever since this project was kickstarted in 2012. And they do it without too much concern over style guidelines or popular “safe bet” beers. With the ethos of a homebrewer, Rogness aims to change it up, and keep it interesting, while delivering high quality brewed beers. You can find year-round and seasonal beers on draft or in 22 oz bottles around town, but if you swing by their tours you’ll get to see that homebrew mentality in action and try out the latest small batch concoctions they’re testing.


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South Austin Brewing Co. INFO BREWER/FOUNDER . . . . . . . . . . Jordan Weeks ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winter 2012 TOURS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Check website URL . . . . . . . . . . .www.southaustinbrewing.com

YEAR ROUND BEERS 7Za\^VcHinaZ<daYZc6aZ STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Belgian Golden Ale ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.8% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle QUICK SIP. . . . . . . . . . . . .Fruity esters, quaffable, brite, smooth FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . . . .Fish, fruits and honey, soft cheeses, frites HV^hdc9É6jhi^c STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Belgian Saison ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft/Bottle QUICK SIP . . . . . . . . . . . . Sweet, spicy, peppery FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . Salads, chicken, pheasant, fruit

WE RECOMMEND Belgian Style Golden Ale, Saison D’Austin

SOUTH AUSTIN’S GRAND OPENING

Parked in the same neighborhood as Independence and (512) breweries, South Austin Brewing Co. have been chomping at the bit (Yeah we use that phrase. We’re dad’s now, remember?) to get to brewing since 2010. Founder Jordan Weeks has a rich brewing history in Austin, and with his trusty 50-barrel Newlands brewhouse plans to supply the fine folks of South Austin and beyond with yummy Belgian inspired beers. Out of the gates, SABC are slinging beers both on draft and in 750 ml cork and cage bottles to be found at finer locations.


THERE WILL BE BLACK

The dark comes out earlier these days. Let’s embrace that oncoming black. There Will Be Black builds a hoppy dark tower on a foundation of solid British pale and crystal malts, constructs a midsection of American and German black malts and then sends a spire of New Zealand hops vaulting into the low-hanging clouds. Sharp and snappy, full-bodied but dry, There Will Be Black has a core of black bread and dark chocolate, wrapped in a bright coat of orangey, minty hops. There Will Be Black doesn’t believe in Black IPA, because the day is not the night, and pale is not black. There Will Be Black doesn’t believe in berry-flavored vodka. There Will Be Black does believe in your burger, is revelatory with chicken molé, and intends to marry your lamb vindaloo. We think you’ll approve.

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Thirsty Planet Brewing Co. INFO BREWER/FOUNDER . . .Brian & Tammy Smittle ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Summer 2010 TOURS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Saturdays, 11am-3pm URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.thirstyplanet.net

YEAR ROUND BEERS 7jX`Zi]ZVY>E6 STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American IPA I ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.9% MBIBING OPTIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft QUICK SIP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Slightly sweet, bitter finish, hoppy nose FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . .Pâté, pizza, fish and chips

IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft QUICK SIP . . . . . . . Crisp, refreshing, drinkable FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . .Sausage, crawfish

CURRENT SEASONAL H^akZgWVX`EVaZ6aZ STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . American Pale Ale IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . Limited Draft Release QUICK SIP . . . . . Fruity, yet hoppy, lemon, crisp FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . .French fries, curry dishes

WE RECOMMEND Buckethead IPA, Silverback Pale Ale

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Everyone remembers when they first really started falling in love with beer. For Brian Smittle it was while he was living in England studying British politics and experiencing true “real ale.” Following college graduation, Brian made the move to Colorado where he took his affection for beer one step further and volunteered at a brewery in Vail. He soon became a paid employee and full-time brewer (a.k.a. “living the dream”). Through his work there he met some college students who offered him an ownership piece of a brew pub in Oklahoma. They opened in 1993 and grew to include a brewery and four satellite stores. While successful, Brian wanted to get back to the brewing operations so he and his wife Tammy looked for a location to set up their own operation. They chose Austin and started putting their beers on the market in the summer of 2010 beginning with the Buckethead IPA. They celebrated their two year anniversary this past summer with the release of Franklin Smoked Porter, a beer containing malts smoked in the famous Franklin BBQ pits.


BREWERIES

Twisted X Brewing Co. INFO BREWER/FOUNDER. . . . . . . . . . . .Jim Sampson and Shane Bordeau ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring 2011 TOURS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Check website URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.texmexbeer.com

YEAR ROUND BEERS 8dl8gZZ`EgZb^jbIZmBZm9Vg`AV\Zg STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vienna (Dark) Lager ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.4% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft QUICK SIP . . . . . . . . . .Drinkable, slightly sweet FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . Gorditas, tostadas, tamales

QUICK SIP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sweet, agave, oak FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . . . . Mole or by itself after a big meal of mole Il^hiZYMEgZb^jbIZmBZmAV\Zg STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Light Lager ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.2% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft QUICK SIP . . . . . . . .Light, very drinkable, clean FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . . . Elote, nachos, enchiladas

WE RECOMMEND Fuego, Señor Viejo

;jZ\d?VaVeZŠd>c[jhZYIZmBZmE^ahcZg STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chile Beer/Pilsner ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.2% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft QUICK SIP . . . . . . . . . . . . Crisp, slightly dry, hot FOOD IT CHASES DOWN WELL . . . . . . . . Steak, roasted pork, Chinese takeout HZŠdgK^Z_dIZmBZm>beZg^Va7aVX`AV\Zg STYLE . . . . . Barrel Aged Imperial Schwarzbier ABV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.2% IMBIBING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Draft

Since our first issue in April 2011, Austin’s beer scene has changed (it seems to change and grow each month). One of those changes: Twisted X. It was started by Jim Sampson and Shane Bordeau in Cedar Park (though they have plans to move to a destination brewery in Dripping Springs in the future). They held their initial release party on Cinco de Mayo, where they introduced beer fans to the Fuego Jalapeño Infused Tex Mex Pilsner, Twisted X Premium Tex Mex Lager and then unnamed Premium Tex Mex Dark Lager. The dark lager has now been blessed with the moniker: Cow Creek. Also be on the look out for Siesta, a prickly pear lager. It is a summer seasonal that proved to be quite popular and could still pop up around town. With a Tex-Mex theme they are bound to quench the thirsts of a large swath of Austin beer drinkers. Austinites love Tex-Mex. Austinites love beer. Tex-Mex beer? Forget about it, a match made in heaven. Could a pico-de-gallo beer be in the works? Let’s hope so. Mole Porter—that’s the ticket!


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Black Star Co-op INFO

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LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . .7020 Easy Wind Drive Midtown Commons, Suite 100 Austin, TX 78752 PHONE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 512-452-BEER HOURS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mon-Thu 4pm–12am, Fri-Sat 11am–1am, Sun 11am–12am URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.blackstar.coop

Black Star Co-op is the first known cooperatively run/owned brew pub in the world with members from across the globe. Monthly beer socials, starting in 2006, provided an outlet for recruiting new members and grew to host up to 500 members at each gathering. Black Star Co-op encapsulates everything Austin with an emphasis on local producers and community action, all through enjoyment of local beer.

HOUSE BEER SAMPLING =^\]:hiZZb . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Extra Pale Al GZXVaX^igVci9dX`]VcY . . . . . . . . Robust Porter  KjaXVc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rye IPA :eh^adc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scotch Ale

WE RECOMMEND Epsilon, the Dockhand family

Draught House INFO LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4112 Medical Pkwy Austin, TX 78756 PHONE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .512-452-MALT HOURS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mon-Thu 5pm–2am, Fri-Sun 1pm–2am URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.draughthouse.com

HOUSE BEER SAMPLING GZYEaVcZi. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Red Ale 7dbWVn>E6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American IPA ?jWVa6aZ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winter Warmer 7^\IZm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . American Strong Ale BVai7Vaa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American Porter

BREW PUB SNAPSHOT Brewer Josh Wilson likes to keep his beers moving. Josh doesn’t adhere to the general brew pub rules that say you have to develop four solid recipes and keep those on year long while only reserving a few taps for experimentation and seasonals. After visiting Draught House for a few years, you may notice that Josh keeps a loose yearly brewing schedule with styles and specific brews mirroring the seasonal calender.

WE RECOMMEND Malt Ball, Red Planet (also Double Red Planet), Bombay IPA


BREW PUBS

Namaste Brewing at the Whip In INFO

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LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1950 IH-35 Austin, TX 78704 PHONE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 512-442-5337 HOURS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10am–12am URL . . . . . . . . . . www.whipin.com/brewery.htm

Born a simple family owned convenience store on the side of I-35, Whip In was not content to live its days out that way. After becoming one of the top bottle shops in Austin, they slowly crept tap by delicious tap to becoming one of the largest draft and Texas brewed beer selections in town. And now, they are home to Namaste Brewing.

HOUSE BEER SAMPLING 7gV]bVaZ. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American IPA H]V`i^6aZ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sour Fruit Ale AV`h]b^=Z[Z . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spiced Wheat Ale @Va^Yjg\VaZ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barleywine <VcZh]VaZ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Belgian Quad

WE RECOMMEND Brahmale

North by Northwest INFO

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LOCATION. . . . . . . . . 10010 Capital of TX Hwy N Austin, TX 78759 PHONE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 512-467-6969 HOURS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Varied, check website URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.nxnwbrew.com

North by Northwest is Austin’s most upscale brew pub and offers a complete menu, with the restaurant itself driving many people to the establishment. Identifiable by the grain silo out front, the feel is very “Northwest lodge,” rounded out by stone, wood and a fireplace. The beers are solid and their monthly cask nights have a dedicated following.

HOUSE BEER SAMPLING Cdgi]ZgcA^\]i . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pilsner 9jX`VWjh]6bWZg. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amber Ale En_^c\dEVaZ6aZ . . . . . . . . . . American Pale Ale D`VcV\Vc7aVX`6aZ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Black Ale 7Vgidc@g^Z` . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sour/Lambic

WE RECOMMEND Pyjingo Pale Ale, Barton Kriek


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Pinthouse Pizza INFO

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LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4729 Burnet Road Austin, TX 78756 PHONE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 512-436-9605 HOURS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4pm–12am URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.pinthousepizza.com

Pinthouse Pizza opened to much anticipation in the fall of 2012, on the cusp of Austin Beer Week. Following California’s Pizza Port model, the brew pub slings beers from the bar, and pizzas from the counter in the beer hall-esque atmosphere. Head brewer Joe Morfield brews a solid line up of staple beers, along with a series of special releases and his Fallen Cask IPA series. Go for the pizza, stay for the beer.

HOUSE BEER SAMPLING 8VabVBjZgiV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Session Ale >gdc<Zccn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pale Ale 7ZVgYZYHZVa . . . . . . . .Imperial Dry Irish Stout BVcDÉLVg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American IPA ;VaaZc8Vh` . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Cask IPA Series

WE RECOMMEND Bearded Seal, Man O’ War

Uncle Billy’s INFO

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LOCATION. . . . . . . . . 1530 Barton Springs Road Austin, TX 78704 PHONE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 512-476-0100 HOURS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Varied, check website URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.unclebillysaustin.com

Texas is BBQ heaven. Austin is Texas Craft Beer heaven. Put them together and you get Uncle Billy’s Brew and Que. Now with two locations, Uncle Billy’s is the ideal spot after boating on the lake or a day of festival-ing at Zilker Park. Along with their regular lineup of four beers, you’ll find 2-3 rotating house beers and a handful of Texas guest taps.

HOUSE BEER SAMPLING 7VX`)%7adcYZ. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Blonde 6\VkZL^i. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Witbier 6m=VcYaZEVaZ6aZ . . . . . . . American Pale Ale =deOdbW^Z . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American IPA

WE RECOMMEND Agave Wit, Hop Zombie


BREW PUBS: DAYTRIPPERS

Barber Shop INFO LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .207 Mercer Street Dripping Springs, TX 78620 PHONE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 512-829-4636 HOURS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Varied, check website URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.barbershopbar.com

BREW PUB SNAPSHOT Barber Shop is another testament to the iron will of homebrewers. With an emphasis on the “bar” in Barber Shop, they left the historical buildings name the same, while sprucing up the inside with a lush wood bar, rustic amenities and a strategically occupied tap wall. Brewer John McIntosh intends to focus on English pub ales.


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Double Horn Brewing Co.

Middleton Brewing

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LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .208 Avenue H Marble Falls, TX 78654 PHONE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 830-693-5165 HOURS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Varied, check website URL . . . . . . . . . . . www.doublehornbrewing.com

LOCATION. . . . . . . 9595 Ranch Road 12, Suite 4 Wimberley, TX 78676 PHONE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 512-847-3435 HOURS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Varied, check website URL . . . . . . . . . . www.middletonbrewingllc.com

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Double Horn, the first and only brew pub in Burnet County, is seated right off 281 in Marble Falls. Frustrated by the lack of quality beer, food and atmosphere to enjoy it in, owner Dusty Knight opened Double Horn last May. Knight and head brewer Eric Casey have made it their mission to supply residents with quality house beers and local craft brews.

The owners, the Middleton’s, hail from the sunny state of California. They brought with them, like many other west coast brewers, a love for the HOP. In addition to hoppy monsters, they specialize in subtle Belgian style ales. They are housed in the same complex as Wimberley Brewing Company, a one stop pub crawl!


BREW PUBS: DAYTRIPPERS

Flix Brewhouse

Pecan Street Brewing

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LOCATION. . . . . . . . . 2200 South IH-35, Suite B1 Round Rock, TX 78681 PHONE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 512-244-3549 HOURS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lobby opens one hour before first show time (See website for show times) URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.flixbrewhouse.com

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 East Pecan Drive Johnson City, TX 78636 PHONE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 830-868-2500 HOURS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Varied, check website URL . . . . . . . . . . .www.pecanstreetbrewing.com

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Pecan Street resides in a space formerly occupied by the town hardware store, in Johnson City’s historic town square. Owners Tim and Patty Elliott, with their head brewer and son Sean, aim to make the brew pub the town gathering center that the hardware store once was. Their house beers and guest taps are complimented by head chef John Yachimski’s eclectic brick oven pizza, salad and burger menu.

How many movie theatres have a brewhouse in their front window? Not many. You might even catch brewmaster Justin Rizza, formerly of Independence Brewing, brewing up something tasty as you rush in for the latest Tolkien flick. Drink from their four regular and two seasonal house taps or one of many guest taps.

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Wimberley Brewing Co. INFO LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9595 Ranch Road 12 Wimberley, TX 78676 PHONE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 512-847-3435 HOURS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Varied, check website URL . . . . . . . . . . . .www.wimberleybrewing.com

BREW PUB SNAPSHOT Wimberley Brewing is housed in the same complex as Middleton Brewing (Wimberley was there first). As you walk into Wimberley you will notice there are a lot of kids running around. Actually, they are not running around, they are working. This is a true family business. The beers are good here and the pizza is surprisingly fantastic. Try the spinach pizza.


More Texas Breweries *

ALAMO BEER COMPANY

SAINT ARNOLD BREWING COMPANY

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . San Antonio URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.alamobeer.com

LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Houston ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1994 URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.saintarnold.com

DEEP ELLUM BREWING COMPANY LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dallas ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2011 URL . . . . . . . . . . . .www.deepellumbrewing.com FRANCONIA BREWING COMPANY LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . McKinney ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2008 URL . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.franconiabrewing.com GUADALUPE BREWING COMPANY LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . New Braunfels ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2012 URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.guadalupebrew.com NO LABEL BREWING COMPANY LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Katy ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2011 URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.nolabelbrew.com PEDERNALES BREWING COMPANY LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fredericksburg ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2012 URL . . . . . . . . . . . www.pedernalesbrewing.com RAHR & SONS BREWING COMPANY LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fort Worth ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2004 URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.rahrbrewing.com RANGER CREEK BREWING & DISTILLING LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . San Antonio ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2010 URL . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.drinkrangercreek.com

SOUTHERN STAR BREWING COMPANY LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Conroe ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2008 URL . . . . . . . . . .www.southernstarbrewery.com SPOETZL BREWERY (SHINER) LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shiner ESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1909 URL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.shiner.com *Texas breweries with beer currently available in Austin


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ABG PODCAST

Stool Sample Podcast with Hops & Grain Hops & Grain, where 6th Street ends and podcasting begins. Or something like that. We headed down to meet Josh Hare on a Friday night and hang out in his always welcoming tasting room. Some of us even rode our bikes and the MetroRail. Seemed like a very H&G green/sustainable thing to do. We had a great time chewin’ on Brew Biscuits, listening to Josh break down his organizational beer chart, and making him stew as we worked through our Best of 2012 Editors’ Choices. Use the QR code to link directly to this audio gold.

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Austin Beer Guide - Winter 2012  

Austin Beer Guide - Winter 2012 aka Best of 2012 Issue aka GABF 2012 Issue

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