The Beerists: For the second year in a row, this Austin-based beer podcast (thebeerists.com) took home a national Podcast Award for Best Food and Drink-Related ’Cast.
New brewery on tap: The Oasis, TX Brewing Company will begin brewing beer in the former Uncle Billy's Lake Travis location this April (6550 Comanche Trail), and will begin releasing beer in kegs and cans in June. The brewery reports that its core lineup will include a trio of “chug-worthy classics”: including a kellerbier, an American pale ale, and a hoppy English-style session ale.
Jester is King: A recent beer-ranking tally from beer geek resource Ratebeer.com revealed farmhouse brewery Jester King (13187 Fitzhugh Road) as the highest-ranked Texas brewery of 2013; JK’s Atrial Rubicite brew—a barrel-aged sour beer flavored with raspberries—also won the honor of highest-rated beer.
Welcome to Austin, please don’t move here: A handful of revered out-of-town beers will be available in Austin starting this spring as they launch their inaugural Texas distribution: Odell Brewing Company (Fort Collins, CO), Atwater Brewery (Detroit, MI), Elevation Beer Company (Poncha Springs, CO), No-Li Brewhouse (Spokane, WA), and SweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta, GA).
New Digs: Austin’s Independence Brewing (3913 Todd Lane) has upgraded its facilities in a major way, completing a 10,000-square-foot brewhouse expansion, just in time for the company’s 10th anniversary. Cheers!
“Because Real Bitches Know Beer”: For staying plugged in to the local beer scene, one of our favorite resources is Bitchbeer.org, a women-run blog sharing up-to-date Austin beer news, from tasting events to navigating the Whole Foods craft beer cooler. And with a book deal (Austin Beer: Capital City History on Tap came out in September) and national press (the Cooking Channel, the Huffington Post, and Glamour magazine, among others) already under their belt, the two-year-old Bitch Beer has come a long way from when “we decided on a whim to start a beer blog with our girl friends after a fun-filled day at Thirsty Planet,” cofounder Caroline Wallace says.
You’ve probably seen the new Austin bike-share program B-cycle popping up around downtown, or as they call it, “magic bikes that are there when you want one and gone when you don’t.” In other words, see a bike, swipe your card, and ride!
With 40 projected bike-share stops set to open this month, the newly launched app makes using the program even more accessible, and real-time stats tell whether there are available bikes or docks. Better start coming up with a new excuse for skipping an event because you “couldn’t find parking downtown.”
Find the app in the iTunes store or more at austin.bcycle.com
The Zilker Park Kite Festival teaches us how to make a competition-worthy kite using everyday materials.
1. Decorate the paper and fold in half horizontally so the front faces the outside.
2. One-third of the way down from the folded edge at the top of the paper, fold the paper again diagonally.
3. (Not shown) Turn the paper over so the fold faces the bottom. Leaving the fold in place, open up the paper like a book.
4. Tape across the back seam, which will tape the two sides together.
5. Tape the straw one inch down from the top (horizontally). Do not tape the straw in the middle. Put tape on the ends only!
6. Turn the kite over to the front to make the keel—with the scissors trim two inches off the fold from the top.
7. Put a dot about one-half to three-quarters of an inch in from the point you just made, cover the dot with tape, and use the hole punch to make a hole. This is where the kite string goes. Tape the cut together at the top of the fold.
8. Tail! Turn the kite over to the back. Tape a four-foot piece of crepe paper to the center of the bottom.
9. Tie your kite string in the hole punched in the keel in step 7. Go fly your kite!
Instructions based on a guide provided by Bunnie Twidwell.
This year’s festival takes place March 2. The 2014 event marks the festival’s 85th anniversary, making it the oldest continuously running kite event in the United States. More information at abckitefestival.com
Director Reenie Collins can’t get enough of
1. Moscow Mules from Second Bar and Kitchen
“They serve them icy cold in these fabulous old copper mugs! We love to go there and grab a drink and bite to eat before walking to Austin City Limits Live or The Elephant Room.”
2. “New Old Austin”
“As a native Austinite, I love seeing the older central city neighborhood revitalization. Areas such as the South Lamar Corridor, Second Street, East Sixth and East Fifth Streets, Rosedale/ Burnet Road. All of these are seeing a great resurgence of live music venues, funky shops, and great food.
3. The new Whole Foods in The Domain
“I go probably three times a week just to see what great local products they are featuring.”
Collins is the new executive director of HAAM— Health Alliance for Austin Musicians—which provides access to affordable health care for Austin’s low income, uninsured working musicians, with a focus on prevention and wellness. HAAM is also a beneficiary of TRIBEZA’s March Music Series.
Photography by TRIBEZA staff
by Joanna Steblay
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