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Austin Beer Week 2016

Austin Beer Week is here again! Seven Ten days celebrating the craft beer community of Austin. This is my fourth preview. You can check out the posts from  20132014, and 2015. I didn’t steer you wrong in the past. Here are my picks for 2016.

Friday, October 28

Craft Pride | 7:30 pm | The Opening Ceremony of Austin Beer Week, and celebratory toast. Craft Pride is rolling out some rare and cellared brews. Did you know there is an official Austin Beer Week Toast?

Craft-Pride

Saturday, October 29

This is the marquis day of ABW. You may remember the Austin area experienced some terrible weather and flooding this weekend in 2015. The inclement weather caused the rescheduling of several events. The forecast is much more pleasant this year.

(512) Brewing Co | 12 pm | 8th Anniversary Jam, This party is a cornerstone event of Austin Beer week, in my opinion, and my favorite brewery birthday bash. (512) will be pouring their anniversary beer, an oatmeal coffee ale, rare firkins, barrel-aged beers, and special beers only available at the party. I haven’t missed a (512) party yet, until this year. Have fun every one!

512 Brewing

Draught House | 1 pm | 48th anniversary party. This Austin institution always celebrates their anniversary in style. The tap list has yet to be released, it is always legendary. The Draught House stashes beers for months, maybe years, for this special event. It is always impressive. Happy Birthday! Tap list 

draught-house-48thSunday, October 30

A day to help others, two great benefits happening in Austin.

Wright Bros. Brew & Brew  | 12 pm | Girls Pint Out and Pink Boots Society of Central Texas are hosting a raffle of swag donated by participating breweries to benefit Dress for Success. Donations will also be collected for local women in need. For more info check out the Facebook Event.

ABGB | All Day | The guys at ABGB have brewed up a pale ale, Mr. Squeezebox, to  help out local musician, Anthony Ortiz, with cancer. $1 from every pint will be donated to assist him with medical bills. Here is the fundraising link.

Monday October 31

Craft Pride | 6 pm | Pumpkinator Vertical! A 2013 keg, a Bourbon Barrel Aged 2014 keg, a 2015 keg, a 2016 keg and a 2016 cask! Sample at your own pace and will get full 5oz samples of each beer for only $20. That is a deal! Drake approved.

drakepumpkinator

Hops and Grain | 7 pm | 4th Annual Halloween Party.  The party will feature eight beers on tap and a costume party. Slap on your sexy Ken Bone costume and head down to the east side.

Tuesday November 1

Take the night off, you earned it.

Wednesday  November 2

WhichCraft Beer Store | 6 pm | (512) Wild Bear release. Some cellared versions of previous vintages will be available for purchase.

wild-bear

Thursday  November 3

Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden | 6pm | Jester King’s cofounder Jeffrey Stuffings guides you through a flight of Le Petit Prince, Snorkel, RU55, Fēn Táo and Atrial Rubricate for $25.

Jester King Barn wm

Friday November 4

Austin Home Brew Festival | 6pm | Come celebrate the skill of Austin home brewers. The event will feature 15 different brewers and will be hosted at Austin Home Brew Supply.  Due to TABC law, you must purchase a membership to the Austin Homebrew Appreciation Society to attend the Austin Homebrew Festival. The cost is $50.

Saturday November 5

Hopfields | 4 pm | FLOAT THE FIRKIN 20th Birthday Party! Stone and Real Ale celebrate their anniversaries with a custom firkin and special releases.

Custom Real Ale/Stone Collaboration Hans Firkin with Centennial, Cascade, and Loral hops
Real Ale 19th Anniversary Baltic Porter
Real Ale 20th Anniversary Imperial Rye IPA
Real Ale 20th Anniversary Mysterium Verum Rye
Stone Xocoveza
Stone 20th Anniversary Citracado Imperial IPA
Stone Vertical 02.02.02 Belgian Strong Ale (First of the series)

Sunday November 6

Hops and Grain | 12 pm |10 local artists on display and eight beers on tap. Get that holiday shopping done early.

There are some great events this year, but 2016 ABW feels a little tired. The events have become formulaic. There hasn’t been a whole lot of variation in the last three years. Compared to 2013, Austin Beer Week 2016 feels lack luster. I think it is time to shake things up.  Perhaps ABW 2017 will be more diverse and exciting. Cheers!

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