Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Went to Billy's on Burnet last night for a delicious glass of a cask-version (512) Bruin. Yet again, (512) took a beer that didn't impress me much in its original incarnation, but became outstanding when they tinkered with it. I had the same experience with their One – the first version, for last year's one-year anniversary, was unspectacular, but the One.2 (aged in oak, I think?) blew me away at this year's Flying Saucer Fall Beer Fest.
Unfortunately, the Bruin was soured by the performance of the Texas Rangers in the World Series, but that's not the brewer's fault.
Today's lineup (sorry I'm late on some of these):
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Lots of good stuff on today's schedule:
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
That means I need you to step up and cover for me. There's a lot of good beer out there waiting for your liver. Go get it.
Below is tonight's ABW schedule. If I were going out, I'd have to pick that double feature of Strange Brew and Beerfest at Uncle Billy's. Two of the silliest movies ever made.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Below is Tuesday's ABW schedule. Don't look for me — Tuesday is my poker night. I'll be hoping my lucky streak continues into my cards, and I'll be enjoying my growler full of NXNW IPA (not the cask version, sadly, but I'm sure still great).
(But oh, DAMN I wish I could attend that Divine Reserve vertical tasting.)
Monday, October 25, 2010
It's a twitter based contest challenging people to describe beer in 6 words. Contestant follow us on @indybrewing and tweet their 6 word entry with the #indy6words tag. Entries must be received before the end of Austin Beer Week, 12 am October 30th. Entries will be judged by Independence Brewing staff, and contest winner will be awarded a VIP private beer tasting for up to 10 people at Independence Brewing.
I might make it out to the NXNW event tonight, but I may be using up all my night-out credits with the family, so perhaps not. Don't want my kids telling their teachers, "Oh, I never see my daddy, he's always at a bar."
Here's today's schedule:
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Today, I'll definitely have to join at least some of the bicycling pub crawl being thrown by my beer-blogging colleagues, Craft Austin and Beertown Austin (click on poster at right or link below.) It combines two of my favorite things in the whole world — bicycling and beer — and it's all in my neighborhood. Can't beat that.
Here's today's schedule:
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
(Image shamelessly stolen from Craft Austin.)
Monday, October 18, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
- North by Northwest Oktoberfest, Oct. 16-17: A big favorite for my family, I'll probably hit both days of this just because it's so kid-friendly. Oompah bands, German food, German-style brews, bouncy houses and facepainting for the kids, and cute waitresses in dirndls. That's really all I need in this life.
- Flying Saucer Fall Beer Festival, Oct. 16: Apparently those chuckleheads at the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission have been screwing with the Flying Saucer and have forced them to modify the setup they originally had planned, but it all sounds too complicated to summarize here. Bottom line, there is still a beerfest, it's happening noon-10pm, and there will be 50 different beers from 30 different breweries.
- Austin Beer Week, Oct. 23-30: An absolutely crazy assortment of activities, too many to list here, spread out all over the city. I won't even try. Just go check out their calendar. At a minimum, I'll definitely try to hit the Draught House's 42nd Anniversary Party on the 23rd, and no doubt I'll go to Black Star Co-op's brewery tour since it's in my neighborhood. The double feature of Strange Brew and Beerfest at Uncle Billy's Brew & Que on the 27th sounds pretty awesome, too. (Note: I really, really wish the people promoting this would have made an outreach to me. I mentioned in my "Beer Flights" column in the Chronicle that it was coming up, but I had no idea of the scope of it until just now. With earlier outreach, I could have done a bang-up feature on it in the Chronicle and really given it good publicity.)
Friday, October 08, 2010
New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat
Wraps up in Austin on October 30
Come ride, dance and experience the ultimate freedom: trading your car for a bike!
Ft. Collins, CO, October 8, 2010 –Clip a card in your spokes and wear your Halloween costume all weekend long…Tour de Fat is back! New Belgium Brewing’s traveling celebration of all things bicycle rolls through 13 cities this year, raising money and sharing bike love. The Tour de Fat finale is once again in Austin, coming to Fiesta Gardens on October 30.
For the fourth year in a row, Tour de Fat is looking for volunteers to accept the swapper challenge. One volunteer in each city will give up their car and receive a hand-built Black Sheep (http://www.blacksheepbikes.com/) commuter bike. The volunteer is chosen after submitting a video or essay describing their desire to live sans-car for a year. To submit an application, log on to http://www.newbelgium.com/tour-de-fat.
“The car-for-bike swap is the pinnacle of the day, illustrating one person’s true belief in all that a bicycle can offer,” said Bryan Simpson, spokesman for New Belgium. “Bikes represent freedom, fun and fitness while helping the environment. It’s a way of life that we live and share at New Belgium.”
Tour de Fat is free to participants, but beer and merchandise proceeds from the Austin stop will go to Yellow Bike Project (http://www.austinyellowbike.org/), Austin Cycling Association (http://www.austincycling.org/index.html) and Austin Ridge Riders (http://www.austinridgeriders.com/). Since its inception 11 years ago, the philanthropic cycling circus has raised more than $1 million on behalf of non-profit organizations.
“A sure sign of fall is the Tour de Fat — a great, traveling party dedicated to bikes and to the people who love bikes,” said ACA President Gilbert Martinez. “Not only is it a great party, but support from the Tour de Fat will help us continue to provide bike safety education to cyclists in Central Texas.”
“At the Yellow Bike Project, we have a huge soft spot for volunteers and donation, so of course we get all googly when the Tour de Fat comes through,” added Pete Dahlberg, Community Coordinator for Austin's Yellow Bike Project. “Over 100 volunteers crop up to make the party happen, and then New Belgium donates the proceeds to local bike non-profits. In between, there's a lot of great variety acts, weird bikes to ride and really good beer.”
“We are very excited to have Tour de Fat return to Austin for the fourth fabulous year!” exclaimed Judi Ronkartz, president of The Austin Ridge Riders Mountain Bike Club. “It is an event not to be missed, especially this year on the eve of Halloween. New Belgium’s generosity helps fund all of our Programs which include regular group rides, the Mountain Bike Patrol, Kid Trips and Trail Building and Maintenance projects.”
What: New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat
When: Saturday, October 30, 2010
Where: Austin’s Fiesta Gardens
9:00 a.m. Bike Parade Registration
10:00 a.m. Bike Parade Launch
11:00 a.m. Performances Begin
12:20 p.m. The SLOW RIDE
1:30 p.m. The Great Bike Story Contest for New Belgium Cruiser Bike
2:35 p.m. Car-for-Bike Trade Celebration
3:50 p.m. Faux Finale
3:55 p.m. Faux-Real Finale
4:00 p.m. Curtain Closes
Yard Dogs Road Show (http://www.yarddogsroadshow.com/)
The Dovekins (http://www.myspace.com/dovekins)
A Honeymoon Cabaret (http://www.daredevilchicken.com/honeymoon.html)
Yellow Bike Project, Austin Cycling Association and Austin Ridge Riders
Keep Austin Beautiful (http://www.keepaustinbeautiful.org/)
Why Tour de Fat is a Must-Attend Event:
- Tour de Fat encourages everyone to embrace their inner-cyclist and ride the streets as a cohesive carnival of creativity. Each show begins with a costumed bike parade that stops traffic and turns heads along the way. (Costumes are highly encouraged!)
- Tour de Fat seeks to leave as small an environmental imprint as possible and composts and recycles waste from each tour stop. The waste diversion rate for 2009 was 94 percent.
- Tour de Fat is free to participants, but beer and merchandise proceeds go to local cycling non-profits. Since its inception, Tour de Fat events have raised more than $1.25 million for philanthropy.
- All musical acts perform on a solar-powered stage with decorations made from recycled materials, trucks and transport use biofuel sourced from recycled waste oils, and all vendors operate off the grid.
- This is a pro-bike celebration, not an anti-car rally…non-cyclists are more than welcome to join the festivities.
See http://www.newbelgium.com/tour-de-fat for the Tour de Fat credo, schedules, videos and to submit your entry to swap your gas guzzler for a shiny new bicycle. Also visit our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Belgium-Tour-de-Fat/10150099069050417?ref=ts.
About New Belgium Brewing Company
Tour de Fat 2010 schedule:
June 26 – Chicago, Palmer Square Park
July 3 – Milwaukee, Humboldt Park
July 10 – Minneapolis, Loring Park
July 31 – Seattle, Gas Works Park
August 14 – Portland, Waterfront Park
August 21 – Boise, Anne Morrison Park
September 4 – Fort Collins, Mothership
September 11 – Denver, City Park
September 25 – San Francisco, Lindley Meadow in Golden Gate Park
October 2 – San Diego, Balboa Park
October 9 – Tempe, Tempe Town Park
October 23 – Los Angeles, L.A. Historic Park
October 30 – Austin, Fiesta Gardens
New Belgium Brewing Company, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, began operations in a tiny Fort Collins basement in 1991. Today, the third largest craft brewer in the U.S., New Belgium produces eight year-round beers; Fat Tire Amber Ale, Ranger IPA, Sunshine Wheat, Blue Paddle Pilsner, 1554 Black Ale, Abbey, Mothership Wit and Trippel, as well as a host of seasonal releases. In addition to producing world-class beers, New Belgium takes pride in being a responsible corporate role model with progressive programs such as employee ownership, open book management and a commitment to environmental stewardship. For more information, visit www.newbelgium.com.
Thursday, October 07, 2010
(photo is copyright John Anderson; do NOT reprint without his permission.)
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Kellerweis: Yum! I'm really disappointed I didn't discover this hefeweizen early in the summer instead of just last week, but thankfully, it's not a seasonal, so I can keep getting it. Delicious notes of banana and cloves. Be sure to drink in a glass instead of the bottle, so you can swirl the yeast into it.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Here's the schedule:
"Meet Austin's Newest Brewers" and Lisa White, VP of White Labs
Mark your calendars for Saturday, Oct. 9th. Representatives from 6 new Austin breweries and the VP of White Labs will be hanging out and fielding questions throughout the day.
11am-Noon: Hops and Grain
Noon-1pm: Black Star Co-op Pub and Brewery
1pm-2pm: South Austin Brewing Company
2pm-3pm: Jester King Brewing Company
3pm-4pm: Ranger Creek Brewing and Distilling
4pm-5pm: Circle Brewing Company
5pm-6pm: Lisa White, VP of White Labs
Monday, October 04, 2010
German-Style Kölsch (46 Entries)
Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower Beer
Saint Arnold Brewing Co.
Ordinary or Special Bitter (47 Entries)
Rio Blanco Pale Ale
Real Ale Brewing Co.
Extra Special Bitter or Strong Bitter (42 Entries)
Saint Arnold Elissa IPA
Saint Arnold Brewing Co.
Scottish-Style Ale (22 Entries)
Saint Arnold Oktoberfest
Saint Arnold Brewing Co.
Munich-Style Helles (42 Entries)
The Covey Restaurant & Brewery*
Fort Worth, TX
* Almost immediately after winning this award, the Covey closed down!
Sunday, October 03, 2010
First impression, a rather candy-ish smell. That was verified by the taste.There's some weird candy taste in there, like licorice or something. Not good for this reviewer, as I don't like licorice. But it's not overpowering. Definitely heavy on the malt, and this was a good day for it – a cool front finally made things feel like fall down here in Texas.
Overall: A solid, if unspectacular, Oktoberfest beer. I'd give it a low B.