Third annual Austin Beer Week offers films, drinks, education

With new breweries, brewpubs and bars popping up all over the city, it is easy to see that Austinites love their beer–so much so that we have devoted an entire week just to celebrate it. This week is the third annual Austin Beer Week, ongoing Oct. 20-28.

Even though Austin Beer Week is halfway through, there are still plenty of events happening until Sunday. Check out some of Hilltop Views’ day-by-day picks for the week, including special brewery tours, parties, beer pairings and chances to meet craft brewers.


Movie + Beer and Food Pairing

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar will screen the 1993 Canadian comedy “The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie: Strange Brew,” paired with some Canadian food specials and Texas’ best selection of strange brews. Featured brews include Circle Brewing’s Dry-hopped Envy Amber, Hops & Grain’s Bourbon Barrel-aged ALTeration, Jester King’s Gotlandsdricka, Real Ale’s Brewers’ Cut Black Quadruple and Twisted X’s Siesta Prickly Pear Lager.

Tickets are still on sale for the 7 p.m. screening and can be purchased at


Tastings + ‘Hot Glass Cold Beer’ Showcase

Hops & Grain Brewing will be teaming up with the East Side Glass Studio for a beer pairing with a variety of samples and live glass blowing demonstration.

The free event is from 6-10 p.m. at the Hops & Grain brewery on the East Side.


Beer College – Brown Ales

Put down the notebook and pick up your glass. John Brack of Austin Homebrew Supply will lecture on a flight of specially-selected brown ales: Envy Amber from Circle Brewing, Rook Scotch Ale from Rogness Brewing, Tumbler Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada and Thirsty Goat Amber from Thirsty Planet. Special entrees prepared by the chef of Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden will also be provided.

The event is pay as you go and starts at 7 p.m. at Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden on Rainey Street.


Draught House 44th Anniversary Celebration

Draught House Pub & Brewery will be celebrating its 44th anniversary with an array of cask, barrel-aged, sour, weird and rare brews. The party will also feature a pig roast–one marinated in smoked beer, the other in pumpkin beer–and music by DJ JBL. Attendees can receive a commemorative glass.

The party is pay as you go and starts at 1 p.m., lasting for the rest of the day.


Austin Beer Week Closing Party

Austin Beer Week will team up with Beertown Austin (the makers of the Austin Beer Guide) to close the week with a party at Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery. Glassware from Beertown Austin will be available, along with craft beer left over from other Austin Beer Week events.

The party is from 8 p.m. until closing time and is pay as you go.