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Weekly Roundup – Where to Drink on a Weekend Trip to Austin

I recently visited Austin for the first time, and being the beer freak I am, I went to as many beer destinations as I could possibly cram into a single weekend. For a detailed run down of all the places I visited, check back in a week or two – I’ll be posting the full article of my exploits. In the meantime here are a few of the places I highly recommend you make time to visit if you’re only visiting the Lone Star state for a few days.


Weekly Roundup - Austin - Austin BeerworksAustin Beerworks

Austin Beerworks a must visit if you can time it right – their beer is seriously good but they’re only open to the public at certain times. Make sure you check their events page to see when they are hosting events or happy hours – a ticket is almost always required in order to attend, and it isn’t uncommon for them to sell out.

Where is it?
3009 Industrial Terrace Austin, TX 78758
info@austinbeerworks.com


Weekly Roundup - Austin - Barber ShopBarber Shop

While Barber Shop is officially in Dripping Springs, about a 30 minute drive from Austin, it’s totally worth every minute to take a detour for a drink with the locals. While I’d be inclined to label it a hole-in-the-wall, it ultimately really isn’t, especially with the selection of beers on draft as well as some special bottles they may have tucked away in the cooler. I had a thoroughly good time the night I rolled into Barber Shop and I guarantee you will too.

Where is it?
207 Mercer Street Dripping Springs, TX 78620
512-829-4636


Weekly Roundup - Austin - BangersBanger’s

Sausage any way you want it abounds at Banger’s, along with the best beverage to pair with cooked meat – beer! They boast the largest sausage selection in Austin and also have over 100 beers on draft. There’s a bar and tables inside and long community-seating picnic tables underneath the shade of the trees outside. If you have a dog there is even a leashless mini dog park so your pooch can mingle while you get your drink on. If you’re vegetarian you’ll find options on the menu to accommodate you as well – even sausage – with choices of smoked mushroom and asparagus, or beet and goat cheese.

Where is it?
79 & 81 Rainey St. Austin, TX 78701
512-386-1656


Weekly Roundup - Austin - Pinthouse PizzaPinthouse Pizza

Pinthouse Pizza may seriously be the best place in Austin to get a pizza and a flight. They have over 40 craft beers including a lineup of their own brews – which I recommend ordering if you enjoy IPAs because most of their beers have a hoppy, bitter profile. If you aren’t sure what to order the bartenders will assemble a flight for you. Their pizzas are also very tasty – I got the Hill Country and it paired very nicely with my flight, which by the way, had a very nice presentation. If you really like the taster glasses (which I did of course!) you can buy those as well as any of their other glasses too!

Where is it?
4729 Burnet Rd. Austin, TX 78756
512-436-9605


Weekly Roundup - Austin - The Ginger ManThe Ginger Man

Part of a family of pubs that were opened by a man named Bob Precious, The Ginger Man in Austin is the third location that opened, back in 1994. The pubs derive their name from a 1952 novel by J.P. Donleavy called The Ginger Man– a story about the misadventures of a young American studying in Dublin, Ireland just after World War II. Supposedly the main character was quite the witty, boozing scoundrel, and the book is a hilarious read according to the reviews. The Ginger Man pub focuses on quality beer and service and they have an extensive list of beers both in bottles or draught.

Where is it?
301 Lavaca St. Austin, TX 78701
512-473-8801


Got a favorite beer hangout in Austin? Tell us about it in the comments below!

 

 

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Weekly Roundup – New Beerish Places Open In Columbus

It’s springtime here in Ohio and new bars, beer stores, and restaurants are popping up faster than, well, let’s just say faster than a family of rabbits! Columbus has seen major growth in “Beerish Places” over the past 6-12 months, and it seems as we progress through 2013 this trend is continuing.


Opening This Week:


The Crest Gastropub
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The Crest, a new gastropub in Columbus opens today, Friday, April the 26th, at 4pm – just in time for Happy Hour! The Crest is focused on craft beer, local spirits, and fresh quality food in a comfortable, relaxed environment. They have 60 taps that include both craft beer and even some draft wines, as well as a couple Brothers Drake Meads. They also have 40 of their own housemade infusions and signature cocktails.

Where is it?
2855 Indianola Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43202
614-268-6838


The Pint House Beer Garden
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The Pint House is located in the Short North and just opened this week – Thursday, April 25th to be exact. Open 7 days a week starting at 3p Mon-Fri and 11a on Sat-Sun, early reviews sound promising. Geared towards the 30-ish crowd there will be a focus on an upscale bar menu and a wide beer selection, as well as 1,000 square foot beer garden area.

Where is it?
780 North High St. Columbus, Ohio 43201
614-429-3986


Opening Soon:


The Ohio Taproom
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Located at the corner of Northwest and Third, The Ohio Taproom focuses on selling goods made in Ohio, starting with craft beer. They have various growler sizes available that you can fill with any of the 20 Ohio beers they have on tap. According to their social media feeds they are due to open any time, probably in the next couple of weeks.

Where is it?
1291 West Third Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43212
614-585-2212


Recently Opened:


Savor Growl
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Near the corner of Weber and Indianola, Savor Growl places a focus on providing fresh, high-quality beer in growlers to-go. There are 60 beers on tap with a mix of local, craft, and imported beers. This location was previously Weber Market, and was recently renovated and transformed into a growler fill shop.

Where is it?
2991 Indianola Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43214
614-261-6112


Arch City Tavern
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Also recently opened in the Short North, the Arch City Tavern website touts that they serve “Crafted Beer, Crafted Food, Local Spirits.” Their online menu currently has 24 beers on draft (mostly craft) and around 30 bottles of additional craft beers available. They also serve upscale comfort foods, such as lobster mac and cheese and the Arch City Burger, made with four kinds of beef.

Where is it?
862 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
614-725-5620


The Pint Room
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Not to be confused with The Pint House (listed previously), The Pint Room is located in Dublin, Ohio, and can be considered the veteran of this list – and it’s only been open a few months! They boast 101 taps (which is quite impressive to look at when you approach the bar) and have large hanging menus hanging on the wall with the beers listed according to style. They also offer growler fills of various sizes, plus tasty food – including gourmet burgers.

Where is it?
4415 West Dublin Granville Rd. Dublin, Ohio 43017
614-889-6558

 

Are you a fellow Columbus-dweller? If so, have I missed any of the most recently opened Beerish Places on my list? If so, please leave a comment below!