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The Brew 4/29

Posted on 30 April 2015 by Admin - Mike Cortez

This week in, The Brew! We had some technical difficulties last week which shut down the page for a couple of days but we are back in action. A huge apology to our friends with Untapped Music & Beer Festival for this issue which did not let us post our review of the Austin festival stop. Also, this week we talk about a brewery that is celebrating 4yrs and the official opening of Houston’s latest brewery. Check it out now here in, The Brew!

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Austin – Last weekend the Untapped Music and Beer Festival made its stop in Austin for the first time and festival goers welcomed the event with arms wide open. The weather was quite perfect for an afternoon of drinking beer. Live music keep the crowd entertained as they bounced from booth to booth sampling beer. Sadly, many of the rare and specialty beers were gone within the first couple hours of the gates opening. Austin’s own Jester King had already shut their tent down by 4pm. Untapped was a great chance to try some of the new up and coming breweries such as Austin’s Strange Land Brewery which was sampling their great Last Gentleman Bourbon Porter which is aged for a couple of months in bourbon barrels. While not new, breweries that have limited distribution to Austin such as Peticolas, Lakewood, Community, Lone Pint and Goliad were present at the festival serving some of their highly sought after beers. The event was almost a perfect day until the headlining band Manchester Orchestra took the stage and after just a couple songs in, Mother Nature lit up the skies with a great display of lighting. It sent many scrambling to leave the festival and get to their cars before the rain fell but it came too fast. Many were caught in the storm trying to make it to their vehicles while others squeezed into the medic tent to stay dry. The festival grounds quickly made for a muddy nightmare for those caught out in the storm but many of the breweries hunkered down under their tents to wait out the storm but nearly everyone left the event wet in covered in mud. While the festival couldn’t help the weather, many would agree that the Untapped Music & Beer Festival was a big hit and we can’t wait until it rolls back into town next year. If you are up in north Texas, get ready because you will get your turn next as the Fort Worth Untapped Festival is rolling into your town on May 9th. Click her for tickets and more information.

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Dripping Springs – This weekend kicks off countless events for Cinco de Mayo and while many will be celebrating with a Corona or Dos XX, those in Texas will be celebrating with a beer from Twisted X Brewing Company. This Saturday marks their 4th Anniversary and they will be celebrating at their brewery. Aside from the fun of their anniversary, they will be releasing their new Saison X which has been aged in Cabernet wine barrels for nine months. They will also have a cellar release of their black lager, Senior Viejo which has been aged in tequila barrels. Just to keep things interesting Twisted X will tapping special casks throughout the day. For more information, please click here.

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Houston – The day has finally come to open Houston’s newest brewery. The great guys at 11 Below Brewing Company will be opening the brewery to the public this Saturday and will follow with weekly Saturday tours starting May 9th. Founded by Bryce Baker, Brandon Moss and Jeff Handojo along with head brewer Keenan Zarling, the oil and gas industry group turned brewers are excited to finally share their beers fresh from the tap at their brewery in northwest Houston. Their name 11 Below was a play on the fact that a barrel of beer which is 31 gallons is 11 gallons below a 42 gallon barrel of oil. Their grand opening this Saturday is sold out as mentioned, they will have weekly Saturday tours starting May 9th. 11 Below beers can be found at bars in Houston now with plans to expand distribution over time. They will have three core beers which will be available for the time being, the 7-Iron, Oso Bueno and Color Blind. The 7-Iron is a 4.5% ABV session ale this will be light on the palate with a soft malty profile and an even softer hop finish. The Oso Bueno is their 5.3% ABV American Amber Ale which will be one of their lighter beers that will have a malty forward profile with a light hoppy finish. Lastly, their Color Blind is a 6.3% ABV Red IPA which is brewed with 4 hop varietals including Mosaic. I am really excited to see these guys evolve in the market and soon expand to cities outside of the Houston area.

As always, if you’re looking to get out this weekend we suggest you visit a local brewery, don’t forget that we have a list of all of the breweries near you so head over to the Breweries and Brewpubs page and go support your local brewers.

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The Brew 4/15

Posted on 16 April 2015 by Admin - Mike Cortez

This week in, The Brew! Tax day is here and we could all use a beer. I am sure many are excited that this day is past us and hopefully you made some money to spend on beer. This week we look into the beer festival rolling into Austin, we see who’s having an anniversary in the Hill County and we see why women rock! Check it out now in this week’s edition of, The Brew!

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Austin – This weekend the Untapped Music and Beer Festival rolls into Austin. Festival organizers have found great success in past years with festivals in Dallas, Houston and Ft. Worth but this year they have added Austin to the mix. This Saturday, attendees will have the opportunity to sample more than 250 beers from over 65 breweries from Texas and beyond. Much like the festivals past events they will also have live music from up and coming local and national musicians. Manchester Orchestra will headline the event along with co-headliner and Austin native, Joe Black Lewis. While music is an important part of the festival, the beer will take most of the attention, especially beers from breweries that are either new to Texas or those that have limited distribution in the Austin area. Some that are worth looking out for are Goliad Brewing, Lone Pint, Community Beer Co, Middleton Brewing, Strange Land Brewing, Peticolas Brewing and the latest beer releases from Alamo Beer Co. Tickets are still on sell so get yours now. We will be out at the festival shooting interviews to be sure to say hello if you see us around. For tickets and more information, please click here.

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Fredericksburg – When many think of Frederickburg, all that comes to mind is Oktoberfest and weekends away at a Bed & Breakfast but there is much more in the small German town in the Texas hill country. Pedernales Brewing Company is located just 3 miles outside of downtown Fredericksburg and they have been brewing great beers for the last 3 yrs. This Saturday, they will celebrate 3 great years with a party at the brewery from 11-3pm. They will have live music, local food trucks and they will be selling pints of their beer. Pedernales will be releasing their latest seasonal Krystal at the event so this will be a great chance for you to try it before it hits your local watering hole. Who know, maybe Robert Earl Keen will stop by to have a few beers named after him. Congratulations to the great folks at Pedernales Brewing Company.

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Austin – The beer industry has long been a male dominated community but when you look around, there are plenty of women who enjoy a good beer just as much as the men. With thanks to organizations like Girls Pint Out and writers like Beer Bitch, there have been more women exposed to craft beer. On International Women’s Day last month a worldwide event known as International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day asked women brewers to create their own recipe for a beer called Unite Red Ale. The ladies from Bitch Beer, Girls Pint Out and the Pink Boots Society teamed up to brew at Adelbert’s Brewery, Middleton Brewing and Uncle Billy’s Smokehouse & Brewery to create different recipes for the Unite Red Ale. Next week there be a very special event to showcase the beers brewed for last month’s International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day. The event will take place next Tuesday, April 21st at Stadium (908 E 5th St., Ste 106. Austin, TX 78702) in east Austin from 6-10pm. For a donations of $5 to the Central Texas chapter of Pink Boots Society, attendees will get a chance to try the beers that these great women brewed from the three Austin area breweries. Cheers to all of the kick ass women who made this event possible. For more information, please click here.

As always, if you’re looking to get out this weekend we suggest you visit a local brewery, don’t forget that we have a list of all of the breweries near you so head over to the Breweries and Brewpubs page and go support your local brewers.

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The Brew 4/9

Posted on 10 April 2015 by Admin - Mike Cortez

This week in, The Brew. We are back from a nice little two week vacation. Did a little traveling, got some sun and enjoyed some beer. Now we are back in action and catching up on everything we missed. So let’s get to it, this week we are giving a big cheers to a brewery celebrating 19yrs, check out a new beer from an Austin brewery, give you the heads up about a big beer festival and lastly we talk about the largest brewery in Texas this is about to start offering tours (Don’t get too excited). Check it out now in this weeks edition of, The Brew!

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Blanco – What first started as a small brewery in a basement has now become one of the most popular breweries in the state of Texas. This Saturday, Real Ale Brewing Company will be celebrating 19yrs in business and they are celebrating with a big party. With a new year comes a new beer and Real Ale will have their 19th Anniversary Baltic porter, pouring at the event. They will also be showcasing over 50 of their beers including the rare Mysterium Verum and cask condition offerings. Tickets are available now for only $5 and if there are any left they will be sold at the door for $10. Live music will keep the party entertained and food trucks will be selling grub. Cheers to all the hard working folks at Real Ale and we wish them continued success. For tickets and more information about the event, please click here.

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Austin – Independence Brewing Company has gain a lot of steam since the start of 2014. They upgraded the brewery, gave their taproom a facelift and now that have released a new beer. This Saturday, Independence is inviting everyone out to check out the new taproom and check out their first tapping of the new summer seasonal release, Red Bud, a Berliner Weiss style beer. Red Bud is a great way to welcome summer with its 4.2% ABV light body that is great for drinking on the hot Texas summer days. Inspired by classically tart and refreshing Berliner Weisse flavor profile, RedBud is light and lemony with a crisp acidity. It is brewed with a lactic culture to create the classic sour-citrusy lemon flavor and finished with high carbonation. You can pick it up 6-packs at stores now or visit the brewery this Saturday from 1-7pm where you can also try the rest of their great beers. Click here for more info.

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Dallas – It’s that time again for the fourth annual Big Texas Beer Fest in Dallas. This year they will have over 100 breweries represented pouring over 400 different beers including many of the latest breweries to open in the state. The festival returns to the Fair Park Automobile Building for a fun day of craft beer, good food and live music. The beer list looks pretty amazing for this year’s festival so attendees are in for a real treat. For those of you that didn’t get your tickets, you are out of luck. The festival is completely sold out and there will be no ticket sells at the door. Click here for more information.

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Houston – While many will surely turn their nose to this, Texas’ largest brewery Anheuser-Busch will start offering brewery tours this Friday. I know what you are all thinking, who cares about Budweiser but fan or not, you have to admire the brewery itself. It has been almost 20yrs since the brewery offered public tours. Back in the 1971, the Anheuser-Busch brewery was a popular location thanks to the Busch Gardens amusement park that was located on the brewery grounds. While Busch Gardens was a fun destination for families it failed to compete with Six Flags Astroworld amusement park on the south side of town. Anheuser-Busch decided to close the Busch Gardens theme park after just three years and put all of their focus on the beer. The brewery continued working around the clock and once they ended public tours in the mid ‘90s, they closed to brewery the public like some kind of Willy Wonka Beer Factory. Starting this Friday the brewery will start tours daily from 10am-6pm and will off different tour experiences from all ages tours to tours designed for only those 21+. Click here for more information.

As always, if you’re looking to get out this weekend we suggest you visit a local brewery, don’t forget that we have a list of all of the breweries near you so head over to the Breweries and Brewpubs page and go support your local brewers.

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