Austin’s drinking events calendar, January 2018

4:06 p.m Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 Austin360
Banger's is just one of the local bars participating in a barrel-aged beer bonanza in late January, with offerings like the Community Beer Co. Rum Barrel-Aged Legion on tap.

If you’re not one of the people participating in ‘Drynuary’ — which involves the completely heroic, if awkwardly named, task of abstaining from alcohol throughout the first month of the year — then bookmark this calendar for all of the boozy events happening in Austin in January. We’ll update it as more events are announced. (And remember: Always drink responsibly.)

Friday, Jan. 5

Adelbert’s Travelin’ Man Intercontinental IPA Release, 4 to 10 p.m. Adelbert’s Travelin’ Man has been overhauled to appeal to both the West Coast hop heads and the East Coast haze craze fans. Taste it at this debut, featuring cans.

Saturday, Jan. 6

Workshop: Homebrewing 101, 12 to 1 p.m. The Bullock Museum is hosting this class, led by SoCo Homebrew, about how to make your own beer, as part of the museum’s exhibit about Prohibition in Texas.

Sunday, Jan. 7

Harry Potter Trivia at Zilker Brewing, 6 to 9 p.m. Test your knowledge of the wizarding world at this trivia night featuring Muggle beer, the prize of a wand-making class and more. 

Monday, Jan. 8

The Craft Series at the Driskill, 6 to 8 p.m. This month’s beer dinner at the 1886 Cafe & Bakery features four delectable courses paired with four beers from Uncle Billy’s Brewery. $40.

Thursday, Jan. 11

New Year’s Wine Walk, 5 to 9 p.m. The Hill Country Galleria’s monthly social will help you explore the shops at the galleria while tasting wine from all over the world.

Friday, Jan. 12

Adelbert’s Contemplating Waterloo Release, 5 p.m. There are just over 200 bottles of this gin barrel-aged saison, which lends a complex array of lavender, juniper and oak notes to the palate, available in the taproom.

Saturday, Jan. 13

Save the Narwhal, 11 a.m. Pinthouse Pizza is tapping a four-year vertical, from 2013-2016, of Sierra Nevada’s malt-forward monster of an imperial stout, Narwhal. Other Sierra Nevada brews will join the taps.

Tuesday, Jan. 16

Mashup Series: Austin Beerworks & Wild Gift Coffee, 4 to 6 p.m. This series combining two beverage specialities is kicking off with tours and tastings at this North Austin brewery and nearby roastery. 

Wednesday, Jan. 17

Whiskey Dinner at the Driskill Grill, 6:30 p.m. The chefs at the Driskill have teamed up with the local Kooper Family Rye for a four-course paired dinner featuring cocktails and meaty cuts from Austin’s own Ranger Cattle. $89.

The Glenlivet Tasting and Dinner at Peche, 7 to 10 p.m. Sip on different expressions of the single malt Scotch whisky and enjoy a paired dinner with dishes like scallop risotto. $81.24.

Friday, Jan. 19

Brix & Ale’s Texas Whiskey Pairing Dinner, 6 to 8 p.m. The tavern and restaurant inside the Sheraton Hotel in Georgetown is hosting a five-course dinner with the stellar Texas whisky from Balcones Distilling in Waco. $75. 

Hops & Grain Beer Dinner at Whip In, 8 to 10 p.m. Enjoy Indian cuisine paired with five Hops & Grain brews, including the relatively new Haze County Double IPA. $50.

Saturday, Jan. 20

Banger’s 2nd Annual Barrel Bonanza and Smokeout, 11 a.m. The Rainey Street bar is celebrating the best in barrel-aged beer with the likes of Brash Brewing’s Hammer Smash Face, Firestone Walker’s Velvet Merkin and more.

Circle Brewing’s Cookies and Craft Beer Pairing, 1 to 4 p.m. Indulge in Girl Scout cookies paired with Circle brews at this afternoon tasting that, yes, will have a Girl Scout cookie booth so you can take more treats home with you.

Craft Pride’s Bishop’s Barrel Blowout, 3 p.m. Celebrate Saint Arnold Brewing’s big win at Great American Beer Festival with this carefully curated Bishop’s Barrel tap takeover and bottle release.

Sunday, Jan. 21

Monday, Jan. 22

Mega Mutt Monday at Banger’s, 6 to 9 p.m. You and your dog can have happy hour together. Banger’s is also celebrating the release of Bell’s Brewery Hopslam, a double IPA with honey.

Wednesday, Jan. 24

NXNW’s Revolution Spirits and Craft Beer Dinner, 6 to 10 p.m. Cocktail and beer pairings at this four-course dinner will feature NXNW beers and Revolution spirits, including the Cafecito and the Amico Amaro.

Thursday, Jan. 25. 

Throwback Thursdays Launch Party, 5 p.m. Irene’s is shifting from Tiki Thursdays to Throwback Thursdays with classic cocktails. The new night will debut with a bottle of 10-year Old Rip Van Winkle from Irene’s reserves.

Slab BBQ & Texas Keeper Cider Pairing, 7 to 9 p.m. Chow down on three barbecue dishes with the ciders from this far South Austin cidery for only $18 per person. 

Friday, Jan. 26

´╗┐Blue Owl & Black Star Collaboration Release: Can't Quit You III, 3 p.m. This year’s collaboration between Blue Owl Brewing and Black Star Co-op will be a hazy New England-style sour IPA.

Saturday, Jan. 27

Rauchfest at Live Oak Brewing, 2 p.m. Celebrate all things smoked, from beer to food to cigars, at this all-day event featuring Live Oak’s smoked beers, as well as live music, a knife-forging demonstration and food trucks.

Ruggedman Brewing’s One Year Anniversary, 2 to 8 p.m. The New Braunfels brewery is celebrating one year in business with 16 different beers on tap — a mix of crowd favorites and new releases, including four barrel-aged beers.

Searsucker’s Cans & Jams, 3 to 6 p.m. Searsucker’s monthly live music series continues with tunes from Belle and the Beasts and discounted $4 cans from Independence Brewing. A portion of the proceeds from the cans go toward Service Dog Inc.

Wednesday, Jan. 31

William Chris Wine Dinner at Garbo’s, 6:30 p.m. Join the winemaker of this Hill Country winery for a paired seafood feast and meet-and-greet. $150.

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