Eighteen days into the June #StateBeer Challenge and a lot of great Texas beer has been drunk thus far. The picture above is the cask version of the (512) IPA. The (512) IPA is one of my favorites in Texas, but when it's from a cask, it goes from great to fucking great. There's just something magical about that creamy texture that makes for one of the best drinking experiences in the world. But did you really think the (512) IPA was the only beer I had? Ha, I laugh at that.
This past weekend was a special one for me getting to celebrate my first official Father's Day. Meggie's mom and dad also came to Austin so naturally we had to go to a couple new restaurants. I always step in to make sure where we go has a decent beer selection of course.
First up, Easy Tiger.
This bakery and beer garden is fairly new to the Austin food scene. Upon entrance, patrons are instantly smacked in the face with fresh baked breads and pastries for sale. I have to say, the bread was delicious.
When a place calls itself a beer garden, it better deliver, which Easy Tiger does with a great craft beer selection, a lot of which is local beer including Live Oak, Real Ale and South Austin Brewing Co. My mother-in-law and father-in-law left it up to me to order the beer. We ended up getting South Austin Brewing's Golden Ale, Live Oak's Pilz and Real Ale's Hans Pils.
All three went great with the plates we ordered, which really just consisted of a bunch of house-made meats, cheese, house-made pretzels and spreads. Wunderbar! Both pilsners went especially great with the salty cheeses.
We had great service (thanks to Matt the general manager for sample pours of the beer, my father-in-law loved that!) and the food was great. My one complaint would be the beers are a little more expensive than most other places.
That night, we went to Parkside, another 6th Street restaurant. I don't think I've ever gone to two places on 6th Street for food on the same day! It was good, but that's about it. I paired Independence Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout with some wonderful oysters and some beef tartare.
Beyond that, I spent a lot of time at the Draught House over the weekend sampling some great beer. A new favorite of mine is Circle's WRYteous Rye Wheat IPA, a deliciously fruity, dry and hoppy ale perfect for the hot summer months.
Get your #StateBeer on and enjoy all the craft beer your state has to offer!
Other beers consumed: Jester King Drink'in the Sunbelt, Ranger Creek Mesquite Smoked Porter, Austin Beerworks Fire Eagle IPA, Deep Ellum Farmhouse Wit