One of the things I love about Austin is how it seems to effortlessly flow from one organized event or festival into the next. The month started out with ACL Music Fest, then moved on to the Austin Film Festival, Texas Book Festival and now here we are closing out the month with Austin Beer Week. Yes, there’s a week for that.
Austin Beer Week (ABW), now in it’s fourth year, is a “multi-day, multi-event, brewer-centric showcase of all things craft beer.” It benefits Texas Craft Brewers Guild , a non-profit dedicated to promoting and educating the public about craft beer.
It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint
Austin Beer Week hosts 200+ events over a nine-day period. Activities include food pairings, special tappings, book signings, movie premieres, trivia nights, and other unique events such as a burlesque show, ping pong tournament and even keg-lifting competitions.
Many of the events are held in central Austin locations, but there are several participating venues a little further out of the city. Fortunately for those of us in the Lake Travis area, the Whole Foods Bee Cave is one, hosting four official events throughout the week. They’re also offering happy hour pricing all day on Halloween for anyone dressed in costume. So go ahead an stop by on your way home from the office – you can tell them you’re Lumbergh from Office Space. Who will argue with that? You may even get a free pint.
Tuesday’s Hops and Grain Beer Dinner sold out, but there are still several options for you to do your part to support local craft beers:
Wednesday, 10/30: Taste and Talk with Garrett Crowell from Jester King, 6:30 pm
Thursday, 10/31: Live Music at The Buzz and Happy Hour pricing all day for anyone in costume
Friday, 11/1: Firkin Friday! Real Ale firkin tapping of 4-Squared, 5pm until supply runs out
Saturday, 11/2: Austin Beerworks Tap Takeover, 5pm until supply runs out
Sounds like the perfect opportunity to experience a taste of ABW, and you can even squeeze in some grocery shopping while you’re at it. For more information on the Whole Foods Bee Cave events visit here.