Recent weather has been perfect for hot toddies. If you crave other libations, here are some drinking related events this month:
Make Your Own Bitters class at North Door, 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday and Jan. 15. Two-part class on learning tricks of the trade from Bar Congress’s bar manager Jason Stevens. $45. 502 Brushy St. www.ndvenue.com.
Karbach Brewing’s Austin launch at Craft Pride, 8 p.m. Tuesday. The Houston brewery starts its Austin debut week at Craft Pride, 61 Rainey St., with a tap takeover. Other places featuring Karbach this week include Flying Saucer, the Growler Room and Pinthouse Pizza. More on the takeover at www.karbachbrewing.com.
Speed Rack at Red 7, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. A speed-bartending competition that raises money for breast cancer charities, the contest features lots of local and regional bartenders (all female) making cocktails as quickly and accurately as possible. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. 611 E. Seventh St. red7austin.com.
Cooking with Wine Workshop at Central Market North Lamar, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. Learn how to enhance flavors with wine. Food and wine pairings include White Bean Stew with Wine Sauce; Sole with Beurre Blanc, with Chablis; Coq au Vin, with Bordeaux; Beef Bourguignon, with Burgundy; and Riesling Poached Pears & Sweet Mascarpone, with Riesling. $60. 4001 N. Lamar Blvd. www.cookingschoolsofamerica.com.
Trivia Night at Rogness Brewing, 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24. Compete in a night of trivia to win prizes and drink Rogness beers, including a few found only at the brewery. 2400 Patterson Industrial Drive in Pflugerville. rognessbrewing.com.
Cellared Bottled Beer Releases at Black Star Co-op, Sunday, Jan. 26, to Wednesday, Jan. 29. Four days of Black Star sharing vintage keg tappings and bottles. 7020 Easy Wind Drive. www.blackstar.coop.
4th Annual Lone Star Paralysis Bourbon Bash at Jack Allen’s Kitchen, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29. Food pairings with spirits from Treaty Oak, Garrison Brothers, TX Whiskey, Eagle Rare, Buffalo Trace and 1792. Proceeds go to Lone Star Paralysis, which raises funds and awareness to find a cure for paralysis. 7720 Texas 71 West, Oak Hill. jackallenskitchen.com.
Tickets on sale
Montreal-based, ’80s-inspired electrofunk duo Chromeo has yet to set a release date for its forthcoming fourth album, "White Women," but it has dropped a couple of tracks and announced a bunch of tour dates. The band will be in Austin at Stubb’s on April 7, and tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday Also at Stubb’s? Tickets for a second date (April 6) for Grouplove and MS MR go on sale Friday, after the tickets for the April 5 show sold out quickly.
Tickets set to go on sale Friday:
• Lord Dying at Hotel Vegas (Feb. 18)
• Kevin Seconds, Scott Reynolds at the Mohawk (March 4)
• Bayside at the Mohawk (March 25)
• Grouplove, MS MR, Smallpools at Stubb’s (April 6; second date added)
• Chromeo, TOKiMONSTA at Stubb’s (April 7)
• Green River Ordinance, Jillian Edwards at the Parish (April 17)
• Future Islands at the Mohawk (April 23)
• The Men at the Mohawk (April 26)
• Drive-By Truckers at Stubb’s (May 1)
• Bombay Bicycle Club, Royal Canoe at Emo’s (May 18)
Already on sale: Tickets to see Sebadoh at Red 7 on Feb. 14 ($15-$17); Dr. Dog and Saint Rich at Stubb’s on Feb. 21 ($25-$27); the Gories at the Mohawk on March 21 ($15); and Sarah Neufeld of the Arcade Fire at Lamberts on April 11 ($10-$12).
— Virginia Yapp
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