Some of them were wrapped neatly in holiday-themed paper; others, like mine, were simply in gift bags sans the tissue paper. We set them all under a tiny Christmas tree in a tiny apartment, helped ourselves to some beer and waited as numbers 1 to 7 were written down and cut into squares.
It was our white elephant swap a week or so before Christmas — except that instead of tossing bows onto random, mostly useless items we’d found around the house or in a store, we had taken care to find each other either really rare, or just really tasty, craft beer. There was one four-pack, Sierra Nevada’s Narwhal Imperial Stout, in the mix. The rest of the beer was in bombers, 22 oz. bottles. All of it we wanted.
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Meet the new Liquid Austin writer
When I took over the booze beat, Liquid Austin, from Emma Janzen late last month, I already knew quite a bit about craft beer, especially the brews made right here in town. But not too long ago, I avoided beer altogether, mistakenly assuming all of it tasted like the cheap beer offered at college parties. I’m happy to say plenty of beer isn’t like that, and I’m ready to point the way to the good stuff. I’ll also be reporting on wine and spirits, of course — everything you need to know about drinking in Austin.