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For National Ice Cream Day, a sweet, boozy pairing you never thought you needed

Beer and ice cream might sound like odd bedfellows, but Lazarus Brewing and Lick Honest Ice Creams are putting them together in the ultimate booze and food pairing for an event that has the added benefit of being for a good cause.

On July 31, the two local companies are teaming up for what they are calling the “happiest of happy hours”: five of Lick’s ice creams paired with five of Lazarus’ beers. All of Lick’s proceeds from the tasting will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas. Tickets are $40.

Both the scoops shop and the brewery promise during the pairing that you’ll probably taste unexpected flavor combinations — such as Lazarus’ Amandus Strong Golden Ale with Lick’s Goat Cheese, Thyme and Honey ice cream, which is Lick chef and co-owner Anthony Sobotik’s current favorite match-up. The beer’s fruity character complements the herbal sweetness of the ice cream, without either being too overbearing.

With National Ice Cream Day on July 16, doesn’t the Lazarus and Lick pairing, taking place at the East Austin brewery, sound like just the kind of event you should make sure you have tickets to attend? In addition to that, Lick is donating 7 percent of its total revenue on July 16, a Sunday, to the Ronald McDonald House nonprofit. The events are part of its Cones for a Cause campaign.

Lick opened its fourth location earlier this year in the Mueller area but also has shops on South Lamar Boulevard and Burnet Road. Each one will be accepting donations to Cones for a Cause throughout the month. 

Here are two more National Ice Cream Day events this weekend you might want to scoop up:

  • 2nd Annual National Ice Cream Day Extravaganza at Craftsman: The Cesar Chavez Street bar will have ice cream from the non-dairy NadaMoo and ice cream sandwiches from Moojo, as well as several boozy dessert creations from the bar itself, starting at noon July 16.
  • National Ice Cream Day at HOPE Outdoor Gallery: Ice cream shop Sweet Ritual has teamed up with the gallery to sponsor several street artists’ ice cream-themed murals. Take photos in front of the murals starting at 11:30 a.m. July 16 while eating ice cream cones.

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