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Austin Beer Week 2015

Austin Beer Week is here again! Seven Ten glorious days celebrating the craft beer community of Austin. It’s hard to believe this is my third preview. You can check out the posts from  2013 and 2014,I didn’t you wrong.  Here are my picks for 2015:

Austin beer week 2015

Friday, October 23

Craft Pride | 5pm | (512) 2015 Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Release Party. You’re already at Craft Pride and it probably took you 30 minutes to find a parking spot on Rainey…you might as well stick around for the official opening ceremony.

Craft Pride | 6pm | The Opening Ceremony of Austin Beer Week, and celebratory toast. Craft Pride is rolling out some rare and cellared brews.

craft pride flight beer wood

Saturday, October 24 

*UPDATE* Both events have been rescheduled due to the impending deluge and flooding. Be safe and stay home, everyone.

(512) Brewing Co | 12 pm | 7th Anniversary Jam, This party is a cornerstone event of Austin Beer week, in my opinion, and my favorite brewery birthday bash. (512) really has outdone themselves this year, more firkins, more nitro taps, more everything!

*This event has been rescheduled to 11/14 due to inclement weather. 

*UPDATE* Draught House | 1 pm | 47th anniversary party. This Austin institution always celebrates their anniversary in style. The tap list has yet to be released, when it does it will certainly be newsworthy. This year’s party includes a pig roast.

*This event has been rescheduled to 11/7 due to inclement weather. 

The annual dilemma, the Sofie’s Choice of Austin Beer Week, these are my two favorite events. I would love to see them take place on different days in the future. I made this happen with my mind. I’ve done both before, it’s possible, but I would recommend an Uber. I haven’t missed a (512) birthday bash yet, you’ll will find me there.

 Sunday, October 25

Hang on the East Side for lunch, dinner, and some great beers.

Hops and Grain | 1pm | Guided Flight by the Founder, Josh Hare guides you through four bourbon barrel aged beers and each course is paired with a tasty treat from Micklethwait Craft Meats.

Blue Owl Brewing | 6pm | Austin’s newest brewery celebrates their grand opening with a pig roast. $35 buys your dinner and a one of every beer in Blue Owl’s lineup.


Monday, October 26

Red’s Porch | 11 am | Special Sour Tapping, It seems a bit early in the day but why the hell not? It’s only Monday, beers TBA.

Hi Hat| 6pm | Everything East– Hi Hat taps taken over by East Side breweries. Not sure if this is an “official event” but it’s a great concept and I endorse it.

Tuesday, October 27

ELM + Austin Beerworks Restaurant Crawl | 6pm | Start at Italic and then walk to Arro. Two Austin Beerworks beers at each destination, paired with dishes from the two ELM restaurants. Reservations required $25, very limited.

Austin Beerworks


Wednesday, October 28

NXNW( North) | 5:30 pm | NXNW’s latest sour Blood of the Dragon has been waiting to meet you, this black ale has been souring for two years in small bourbon barrels.

North-by-Northwest-NXNW-BreweryThursday, October 29

Easy Tiger | 5pm | Mysterium Verum Flight Night- enjoy Real Ale’s most exotic sour beers including some cellared treasure.

Red’s Porch | 11 am | Bourbon Barrel Battle- Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stouts are showcased at this tap takeover.  Lineup TBA.

Jester King | 7 pm |  Jester King has retooled Funk n’ Sour Fest since its debut in 2013. The lineup will surely be robust and special, but the $85 price tag could be cost prohibitive for some.

Friday, October 30

Wright Bros. Brew & Brew | 6pm | Hans-a-thon Jr–  My favorite pilsner, Real Ale Han’s Pils cask conditioned and dry hopped.

hans pils real ale

Saturday, October 31

Hops and Grain | 7 pm | 3rd Annual Halloween Party. $20, partygoers will receive four pours and a souvenir glass. This party features live music and Kick Drum Burgers. This is the best Halloween party on 6th street.

Halloween Mashup w/ Odell & Real Ale | 7pm | Halloween Tap takeover tag teamed by Odell and Real Ale Brewing Co. Couple costume contest with prizes. Judging at 9pm.

spratx hops and grain

Saturday, November 1

Austin Beer Guide| 2 pm | #CraftsSlacker Bike Pub Crawl. The sweaty closing ceremony of ABW. This “award winning ride” has planned stops at Ozone Bike Shop, Black Star Coop, Thunderbird (Koenig), Billy’s on Burnet, and Draught House.

big wheel bike

What events are you planning on attending this year?

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